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The Riviera - 2012-08-07

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by acoluzzi, Aug 14, 2012.

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  1. acoluzzi

    acoluzzi Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Two videos posted to YouTube, Scorsese they are not!

    Living room:
    http://youtu.be/zlIkTFCm8Tw

    View from balcony:
    http://youtu.be/b12KYXE-HxM

    Another 24 hour trip to Las Vegas for me. Flew out of Oakland this time. Buddy picked me up at the airport and it was off to the Riviera, we took Paradise and parked in the outdoor parking structure.

    I don't know why I have a place in my heart for this f'ing hotel. I've stayed there 7 times now since 2008 and I lose my shirt every time. I guess it's because I love the history of the place, from the Chicago mob and the demise of Gus Greenbaum to the fact that is was the set for the movie Casino.

    I stayed on a comp and paid $60 to upgrade to a one bedroom suite in the Monte Carlo tower, high up, overlooking the pool and facing South for a wonderful view of the strip. I have a video but I'm not sure where to post it.

    The suite was very clean and very dated. The bedroom was huge and the bed very comfy. The bathroom had the outer changing chamber and then the shower room with a jetted tub, sinks, shower, and not one but two shatphones. The bathroom was huge probably 100 square feet and looked pretty much vintage 1975 although it was relatively clean. A sign on the wall with innkeepers rights said something about max rental on the suite was $2000 which made me laugh a little bit.

    The living room had grandma's couch, a small dining room table, and a few chairs which we promptly took out to the balcony. It was 110 degrees out so a perfect balcony day, not. Anyways, the suite was great, I took the bed and my buddy got grandma's couch.

    Food: Queen Victoria Pub, I had the 20 for 40 Groupon, 1 turkey club, 1 steak sandwich, and two Blackthorn Ciders for lunch, left a ten dollar tip and the groupon covered the rest. I had the club and ciders and my buddy got the steak sandwich and a cup of imaginary good cheer.

    Food: R Steak and Seafood, I had another groupon, 50 for 100, we both got the steak and lobster and it was freaking incredible. Filet perfectly medium just melted in your mouth and the lobster tail was perfect as well. 60 for that. We split calamari and onion soup to start and shared a baked potato and creamed spinach with the dinner. I took leftovers since we had a fridge. The spinach sucked but everything else was perfect. Bread to start the meal with 3 kinds of butter. Final bill was 175 and I tipped on the entire thing so 220 was my total, 120 of my money and the 100 dollar Groupon. I HIGHLY recommend this place for a meal. It is VERY nicely done inside unlike the rest of the Riv which is about to implode.

    Gaming: Being the Riv I lost at everything I touched, VP, slots, 3CP, LIR, Blackjack. I've still never played craps and of course they took out the single zero roulette so I lost some more on the double zero variety. The only win I had was across the street and Circus Circus, Aces and Eights bank of VP I hit my one and only royal on last year. This time I hit 4 aces for $200 (400 coins). I know had I been playing DDB the hand would be 2000 coins. However this bank of VP is one of the best things around. Progressive for a sequential royal was up to 26K for quarters or half dollar, and 13K if you're playing nickels. I played a single 20 dollar bill for over an hour before I hit the 4 aces. It's so refreshing to have 2 pair pay double your bet, I'm not used to that as I usually play deuces games which of course pay nothing for two pair :)

    Weather: 110 degrees with high humidity, not much wandering during the day.

    Adventure: I went for a walk around 10pm, was still in the 90s. I walked down to Encore, through it to Wynn, played VP at each. Walked through Palazzo then Venetian, played there. Ended up at Harrah's playing LIR which yes I lost at, then 3CP, then roulette, cash gone! Every single gaming table at Harrah's was full and it was midnight on a Tuesday, very impressive. To get back to the Riv I took the monorail to the Hilton, played some Loose Deuces (did hit a couple royal with deuce actually) then walked back across the street to the Riviera.

    Final note: Riviera is not going to make it. The place was a ghost town even at night. There's simply no foot traffic now that that area of the strip is a graveyard. I have little hope for the Hilton or LVH or whatever the hell it is. That place didn't have a soul in it, especially back by the sports book where I was, save for one lone security guard who might have been sleeping in his chair. Center strip was hopping and bopping like nobody's business. I gotta stay down there next time and let the Riv just die it's slow death, it's really depressing. I did enjoy staying in the suite, and did have a nice dip in the pool, but that's it, no more Riviera for me.

    I apologize for the sloppy writing style, I'm trying to work from home today and run after my two year old at the same time.
     

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  2. Iamrice

    Iamrice High-Roller

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    Thanks for the report, I'd love to see the video of the room!
     
  3. Candy Apple

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    Congrats on your 4 of a kind!

    How was the food at Queen Victoria Pub?

    I hear the Peppermill next door is always packed. Surprised more of them don't stumble over to the Riviera.
     
  4. Deby

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    Where did you find the progressive VP machines at the Riviera? They moved them, and I couldn't find them last time.

    Thanks for writing your report.
     
  5. Reed

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    Thanks for the tr. Never hear much about the Riviera and I guess there is a reason why. The last couple of trips I have made in there it has been a ghost town as well.
     
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    Shatphone. Good word. :beer:
     
  7. acoluzzi

    acoluzzi Low-Roller

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    I've added links to my first post.
     
  8. acoluzzi

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    I have not tried their British fare but it looks good. The regular ole sandwiches and burgers I've eaten were very good. I love the Queen Vic because it serves Blackthorn cider, and that's my drink. The drink waitresses will not comp it, or even get it for me, so I keep going back to the bar for pint after pint in a to go cup :)

    The Peppermill could send every customer to the Riv and it still won't be enough.
     
  9. acoluzzi

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    There were several progressive banks of DDB scattered about the main floor. I was mostly playing the Aces + Eights across the street at the pink tent.
     
  10. acoluzzi

    acoluzzi Low-Roller

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    I believe it's now the only strip hotel that retains it's original structure. The first tower built in 1955 is called the Mediterranean North and contains the "classic" rooms. Flamingo got rid of the original Ogden House which had Bugsy's suite in it in 1993 and Tropicana just imploded most of the garden rooms I believe.
     
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    I took my teens to the Illusions magic show at the Riv 2 weeks ago and, not being a huge fan of magic shows, I decided to gamble while they were in the show. You are absolutely right, there was almost no one in the whole casino! There were some areas where I was the only one as far as the eye could see.

    Seemed really sad. I think you are right, if there's no one in the casino, they might be the next one to go.

    Thanks for sharing your trip report, enjoyed it!
    diane
     
  12. Srvanwyk

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    Got rid of single 0 huh? Well guess I have one less reason to stop in... See what the craps action is like maybe... To bad I always liked the riv...
     
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    I said this on another thread on this site, I have never been inside the Riviera, but I must say at night it is the coolest looking casino in Vegas the way it is lit up.
     
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    Ha! I absolutely agree... love the Riv's night time "curb-appeal"! Westward Ho wasn't bad either...
     
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  15. Candy Apple

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    Me too.

    My other favorite was the Stardust.
     
  16. PSM

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    Not a good enough destination to wanna walk all the way there from center Strip, and definitely nothing there worth paying cab fare for. There's nothing else in that area to make the walk or ride worth it, either, and I haven't seen any plans to change that. It's really just a matter of time before the Riviera slips into the history books. I just don't see anyone building up that area soon enough to make it a real worthwhile destination before they're forced to close up shop.
     
  17. theotherone

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    Great videos! I lived the balcony one. I wish I was in Vegas so bad and i hope I can stay or at least visit the Riv soon.
     
  18. acoluzzi

    acoluzzi Low-Roller

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    Visit the Riviera while you can, it may not be around much longer.

    One thing I forgot to mention, the pool area has cabanas now. What they did is remodel all 7 of the ground floor suites in the San Remo tower, the ones that open up to the pool. Now instead of hotel rooms they're cabanas. I didn't get a look inside but was told they used "most" of the room, so there's a sliver of a room left next to each one, sounds very strange. From the prices I've seen for one of these I don't think anyone's doing a pool party at the Riv anytime soon.
     
  19. AliGee

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    I got a bit of vertigo watching the balcony video, but thanks for putting it up. It points out how isolated the Riviera really is now. Interesting report from a property that should be saved just for the history of it, but of course that's not what Vegas ever does.
     
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