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Rio 1-3 August Star Trek Con

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by LA2VegasTrekkers, Aug 13, 2014.

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  1. LA2VegasTrekkers

    LA2VegasTrekkers High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This was a very quick trip, so a rather short report. We drove out after work on Friday, so it took us about 5 hours, but we got in before midnight. We would not normally stay off-strip, but Rio was the location of the con and with such a quick trip, we didn't want to drive back and forth a bunch.

    THE ROOM
    We had a room booked at Rio in the Masquerade Tower. We valeted which was very convenient since all the self park is a million miles walk and missed the fact that the Diamond check in was still open so just went to the main desk, but there was no line, so no problem. Our room was on the 38th (I think) floor, just under VooDoo and looking out at the zip line toward the north strip. It was a relatively nice room, actually. Better than I expected and a very comfortable bed. There was both a mini bar and an empty fridge for drinks. I didn't care for the combo tub/shower as we've gotten used to the separate shower at other properties, but it was clean and the water pressure/temperature were good. We were on an offer with $125 free play and $125 resort credit.

    THE ENTERTAINMENT
    Star Trek Con
    We spent a lot of Saturday at the con. We walked the dealer room, which was mostly the same stuff from every year. Didn't buy anything. The highlight was that Peter Weller was on stage for quite a while. He was amazing. He talked about Buckaroo Bonzai, Robocop, Odyssey 5, directing Sons of Anarchy and Longmire, as well as his roles on Star Trek. He also completed his PhD in Renaissance Art History and spoke extensively on that and philosophy and modern affairs. What an intellect! As usual, all the costumes fans wore were amazing and we had a great time just wandering around.
    X Rocks
    We picked this tickets up for Saturday night off the free Diamond list. After a minor seating snafu, we ended up at a table against the stage. The girls are amazingly beautiful and the choreography and concepts were awesome, but I would swear there was way more "rock" music in the regular X Burlesque at Flamingo. All in all, for free, it was a great show and we enjoyed having drinks at the bar outside the showroom afterward overlooking the X Rocks pit with the dancer in the middle. Great eye-candy.

    THE FOOD
    First thing to note is that Rio has the best beer selection of an CET property. We could get Fat Tire comped on the floor. Additionally, the frozen slushy place at the front has a great selection including Sam Adams Red Ale, which I haven't seen anyplace outside of Boston. We at at the Village Seafood buffet even though we remembered not really liking it last time. This time, we got some decent warm, split crab legs brought to the table and between that and a few items from the buffet, we were both satisfied and had spent most of the resort credit. My problem with this place is really the seemingly extremely limited selection. For it's size, there really seem to be a very few worthwhile items. We also met friends later at All American Bar & Grille. We just had beers and the deviled egg appetizer, but that was very good. Everyone else enjoyed their meal, so we may try it again in the future. A few stops at Starbucks rounded it all out. My biggest complaint is that neither of the two Starbucks, nor the All American place have a Diamond line. The place was packed because of the con and the line at Starbucks was huge. We really missed this perk that seems to be pervasive at strip CET properties. The hostess at All American offered to "seat us at next available" but it didn't end up being any quicker than if we had stood in the line.

    THE GAMBLING
    Pretty minimal. We were so busy with the con, we didn't have a lot of time. Put in a bit on the CSI machines and crossed the finish line to Diamond for another year. That's about it.

    Thus ends my extremely boring report of events. Good luck to all my fellow Vegasaholics!
     
  2. Motorcat

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    I like Star Trek ............. I not a Trekkie but if I am going to do the space thing its Trek for sure.

    Anyway, I would really like to go to one of these conventions just for the people watching aspect of it. A buddy of mine is a comic book collector.He dragged me to a comic con about a year ago and it was fun/interesting. Got my picture taken by the Batmobile -Adam West era, scored a huge old school Godzilla poster (luv some zilla) and took a ton of pictures of the cos players. I could see the Trek convention being even more interesting.

    Do you have any pics to share ?
     
  3. tringlomane

    tringlomane STP Addicted Beer Snob

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    Good report! If you have a few pics though, I wouldn't mind seeing them either. I've never gone to something like this.
     
  4. pphold

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    i was in Vegas at the same time but didn't make it over. Wished I did but too many things to do and so little time.

    Would have like to see the star trek convention maybe next year.

    You have any pics to post?
     
  5. breanna61

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    All American used to be my fav for burgers in the good old Marnell Rio days. Tried it again a year or so ago and the bun was rock hard stale....maybe hit a bad day. I should give it another try but it's hard to lure myself from Holsteins now. Would enjoy seeing some photos too. Has the Masquerade tower been reno'd to Sama style rooms? For years Rio was my home Casino and I think I'd like to stay again sometime once everything's been reno'd.
     
  6. LA2VegasTrekkers

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    Sadly, no. I am the worst about that. We go pretty much every year, so I always forget to take pictures. Sorry. However, it is super fun and a great way to spend a day.
     
  7. LA2VegasTrekkers

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    I'm really sorry I don't have pictures to share, all!

    breanna61, we haven't stayed at Rio often enough or recently enough for me to know about the reno, but I can say our room in the Masquerade tower was quite respectable and we had no issues.
     
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