A Quick Review of the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas
Do you value history over luxury?
Let me start off by saying the Riviera Hotel and Casino is absolutely a Las Vegas landmark. It's been around since 1955 and has hosted everyone from the Marx brothers to Dean Martin, both of whom were once minority owners in the resort. In addition, the Riviera was owned by the mafia for a time during the 1960s and 1970s.
Despite all this history, the Riviera has some problems. It doesn't attract the people it once did and the owners had to file for bankruptcy in 2010. There are two reasons why people don't go to the Riviera: it's old and not as luxurious as the newer resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and it is located on an abandoned part of the Strip. The area north of Encore and the Fashion Show Mall was once filled with casinos like the Stardust and New Frontier. These other resorts are now gone, demolished to make room for newer resorts. The economic crisis halted new construction, so the Riviera sits along in a barren wasteland of strip clubs and pawn shops between the Strip and Fremont Street.
Rooms, entertainment, and more at the Riviera
Now that I've thoroughly trashed the Riviera, I should at least mention its positives. For one, it's easy to get from the Riviera to The Strip or up to Fremont Street. Buy a pass on the Deuce Bus, which will cost about $7 a day, and you can get to anywhere you want on the Strip or up to downtown Las Vegas without having to walk. Trust me, you don't want to walk from the Riviera to anywhere other than the Deuce bus stop.
The Riviera has five towers you can stay in, and they've updated the rooms so you won't feel like you're staying in a place that was built nearly 60 years ago. Actually, you probably won't be staying in a room that old, because the Riviera has expanded since its original opening. Rooms start as low as $25 a night, which is about as low as they go in Las Vegas without being comped. There are a wide variety of rooms available, although none of them really compare to the luxury suites offered in newer Strip hotels like Palazzo or the new Cosmopolitan hotel.
For entertainment, you've got Crazy Girls, which is adults only, and Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show, which isn't anything special, in my opinion. I suggest traveling to one of the better shows on the Strip or going up and checking out the lights at the Fremont Street Experience at night.
Overall, the Riviera has an interesting history and is dirt cheap, so you might be ok staying there if you plan on moving around a lot in Las Vegas and not just hanging out in your hotel room.