Rio Hotel - Casino, Las Vegas
The neon lights of the Paris Hotel is also very nice. I could not take a better picture of it because I was in a bus at night- I chose the front seat at a double decker bus. I sat at the front to be able to take most of the pictures of the neon lights of the hotel.
I had a two-day bus pass so I made used of it...
A couple years ago, we stayed at the Aladdin Hotel and I got a better picture of the Paris Hotel with its neon lights and also was able to take a picture of the Bellagio Fountains glimmering at night!
The Rio is a carnival theme hotel off the strip. We wanted to go there to see the free Show in the sky in the Masquerade Village. The Rio provides a free shuttle bus which we caught from Ballys but I think it does do pick ups at other locations (Harrahs etc).
The show in the sky is a colourful show of dancing and music. There were also people walking around on stilts throwing mardi gras beads beforehand. There are also floats which move around at the top of the casino, you can stand upstairs to get a better look or you can even pay (prebook) for a ride in a float, we didn't do this though.
During the World Series of Poker (WSOP), The Rio transforms into a madhouse :p Pros and gold-diggers with ambitions go at it in the worlds biggest battle for astronomical piles of dollar-bills. If you prefer to spend your cash elsewhere, there is also a good diner there, serving traditional American food close to the sports book that we tried.
PS: Keep your eyes and ears open. You never know what celebrity you might bump into.
We booked to go to see Penn and Teller before we left the UK. It was easy to collect the tickets at Rio box office but we were surprised at how far off the strip the Rio hotel is. We walked there and caught the courtesy shuttle bus back for picking up the tickets during the day, then got a taxi there and back in the evening as it wasn't the most ideal place to walk after dark.
Penn and Teller were well worth the ticket price. They were fresh as if it was one of their first shows and funny. Some of the jokes were definately aimed at the American audience and we really didn't geddit but they weren't the biggest part of the show. Teller even does a monolgue....which if you know about Penn and Teller, you'll know how rare that is!
Penn & Teller certainly have a lot of charisma on stage.
Before the show the audience was allowed to go up on stage and checkout the props and take photos.
After the show we where able to get photos with both Penn & Teller. Great Night out !!
This is an amazing free show to watch at Rio, just above the gambling area. The floats are attached to the ceiling and move around with dancers on etc.
The lights, costumes, face masks, dancers and music are out of this world.
You can also go on one of the floats (I never realized at the time but would have been so much fun).
I would highly recommend everyone go and check this out.
The Rio is one of the newest resorts on the strip and has a distinctive South American/ Latin vibe. Every so often the volume of the music would increase and a few of the wait staff would hop up onto some of the slot machines for a dance. The most striking thing about the Rio was the enrgy surrounding the place. The casino staff is amongst the friendliest on the strip and the customer service was simply great. Its a little off the strip itself, located on the other side of the I-15, but despite the distance, the Rio is well worth the time.
If you take a trip off the Strip out to the Rio Hotel Casino, do not miss the Carnival!! I think this starts about 3pm and then every couple of hours or so, but its worth the wait if you mistime it. Suspended above the casino floor the full Rio Carnival glides out on ceiling runners with floats and dancers equally matching the real thing. People in full Rio carnival dress sit in the floats throwing out jewelery, sweets etc. and you can actually sign up to be one of them. A real spectacular and all free!
Great free sky parade. Sexy people on floats on the ceiling throwing beads. It was fun! The buffet at the Rio hotel was huge with good food. The afternoon vintriolquist show was great. Get a coupon from someone on the strip. You get in for $15.00 and get 2 drinks. Good deal.
If you go to where the shops are in this hotel you will see it , everyday they hold a parade with floats but the floats are hanging from the roof , they all have dancers on them and you can even sit on them but while it is going on there is a show going on underneath .
It lasts about 30 mins and is really good they throw beads out to you so you collect them like in New Orleans.
After you have watched the parade in the sky two chippendales come out and pose on the stage well you can go up and have your photo taken with them and in about 20 mins they are ready . You get two A4 size photos in a nice wallet/frame for about $23.
Don't miss the New Orleans style parade in the sky. Get a good spot in the balconies preferrably across from the stage on the ground floor. The parade circles around the ceiling, but their are dancers on the stage on the floor below in the middle of the slot machines. They even throw beads from the floats just like they do in New Orleans. For $9.95 you can sit on one of the floats circling the ceiling.
Ladies, if you're looking for something to do and love to see gorgeous hot men, then Chippendales is your #1 guide to entertainment. I saw these men for the firtst time March 31, 2005 and they can really put on a show!!!! The Flirt Lounge (inside the Chippendales theater) has great drinks and great looking waiters clad in black leather pants too. During the show some lucky women get picked to go on stage. After the show you can get your pictures taken on stage with the men. Too much fun!!!! After the show the Flirt Lounge is a great place to mingle with the men of Chippendales too. The ticket prices are reasonable and the service is fantastic!!! If you're in Vegas you need to check out these fine men!!!!
During a night tour through the city of Las Vegas we visited The Rio. It's situated just outside The Strip . At that moment we didn't know it was voted "Best hotel value in the world" and "Best overall hotel in Las Vegas".
To be honest, our interest didn't go out to these prizes won by the hotel. What we liked was the fact that the all glass walls of the building afforded us beautiful views of The Strip. Especially at night it's great to see all the neon lights and the shows played at The Strip.
But the main reason why we visited The Rio was the New Masquerade Village Entertainment Complex. This complex has a rather huge casino, which features the oldest attraction in Las Vegas; "Show it the Sky", which is an indoor parade that floats high above the casino floor. It is a bit of a Mardi Gras style party. The music is loud; the artists in the float are entertaining the people by singing and dancing. It's great. Be aware that you're must be on time, because once the show is started everybody is screaming and dancing and you won't be able to get through.
A nice detail is that at the end of every show the dancers at the float will throw plastic necklaces in the crowd. A lot of guests were really begging for the beaded necklases from the cast, because once every while they'll throw a real golden necklace!!!