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A Suite Review of the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas
The Rio Hotel - Luxury Off The Strip
The Rio is located off the famous Las Vegas Strip but it's only a mile to the west and it's part of an intersection that includes the Gold Coast and Palms. With the possible introduction of a train stop in the area, the Rio could be an anchor hotel in what could become a new East-West Strip in Las Vegas. It probably would be happening already if it weren't for the economy.
If you are staying at the Rio, the easiest way to get to and from the Strip is by taking the free shuttle. It'll drop you off at Harrah's and pick you up there behind the casino. If you want to go elsewhere, you'll probably want to pick up a cab. Las Vegas taxi service is simple because they are all regulated in regards to what prices they can charge and therefore there's no need wait for a cab you think will be cheaper.
Room sizes and prices, and entertainment
The Rio is a suite hotel, in that all the rooms are at least a basic suite. The Deluxe Studio Suite runs anywhere from $60 a night all the way up to $250 depending on the day you are staying there. For instance, if you're staying on New Year's Eve, expect to pay several hundred dollars for the night. That's the way all hotels are in Las Vegas, so it's not like Rio is the only place doing this. For a little extra you can have a Deluxe Studio Suite and you're pet can stay too. Don't worry, these suites are separate from the suites where pets are banned.
For a little more luxury, go with the Premium Studio Suite. It usually runs $20 to $50 more than the Deluxe Studio. If you're really going to live it up in Vegas, the Masquerade Suite is actually a good deal at $400 to $600 night. It's 1600 square feet, which is bigger than my first house. It also offers a 180 degree view of Las Vegas. Rio has a great view of the Bellagio fountains, in case you're wondering. The Carioca Suite is actually a little smaller, but because of the luxury items they've added it's the most expensive room at Rio. It's a couple hundred more per night than the Masquerade Suite.
If you're looking for entertainment, check out the VooDoo Lounge, one of the most popular clubs in Las Vegas. For shows, you can check out the Show in the Sky, which happens nightly in the casino and might just be the best free show in Vegas. Rio also books Chippendales dancers and Penn & Teller, which is one of my favorite Vegas shows.