Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino


Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino

Casino infobox
casino=Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino
theme=Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Carnival and Mardi Gras
address=3700 W Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, Nevada 89103
Phone: (702) 777-7777 Toll Free: (800) 888-0400
logo=Rio Vegas logo.svg
rooms=2,548 Suites
date_opened=January 15, 1990
space_gaming=120,000 ft² (11,148m²)
shows=Penn & Teller
Chippendales"
"Tony N Tina's Wedding"
"Masquerade Show in the Sky"
attractions="The Carnival World Buffet"
"Voodoo Lounge"
"Club Rio"
"World Series of Poker"
restaurants="Voodoo Café"
owner=Harrah's Entertainment
casino_type=Land-Based
renovations=2005
names_pre=
website= [http://www.playrio.com playrio.com]

The Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino is located off the Las Vegas Strip in Clark County, Nevada, USA. It is better known as The Rio and is owned and operated by Harrah's Entertainment. The Rio was the first all suite casino in the Las Vegas area.

The hotel towers are covered in the signature purple and red glass. The Rio hotel's 2,563 suites range in size from 600 ft² up to 13,000 ft² and have floor to ceiling windows.

The complex includes a wine cellar that has more than 50,000 bottles. The Rio Pavilion convention center has a total of 160,000 ft² of space. A Race and Sports Book is also available.

There is a free shuttle to the Harrah's-owned Harrah's Las Vegas, Paris/Bally's and Caesars Palace.

History

*Opened on January 15, 1990 as a locals casino; it had been constructed and was owned and operated by Marnell Corrao Associates. The opening acts were the Brazilian Group, Sergio Mendes '99 and Henrietta Alves of New Orleans, bringing the first two-piano act to Las Vegas, with various co-performers.

*A 20-story expansion tower was added to the current Ipanema Tower in 1993.

*Danny Gans opened as the headliner in 1996.

*Masquerade Village, a hotel tower and casino expansion including the "Masquerade Show in the Sky", opened in 1997, at a cost of over $200 million.

*The Rio was purchased by Harrah's Entertainment in 1999 for $888 million. After the purchase, the Culinary Workers Union organized the Rio employees through card check recognition by enforcing the neutrality clause of the existing Harrah's contract on the new acquisition. cite web
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*The Rio's Samba Theatre was the host venue of the 30th Anniversary Special for the hit CBS game show "The Price is Right".

*Hosted the World Series of Poker in 2005, the first time this event was not held at Binion's. Binion's was used for the final three tables and the last two days of the competition as part of the celebration of Las Vegas' centennial.

Buffets

"The Carnival World Buffet" has been a signature attraction since the casino opened. It was the first buffet in Las Vegas to have multiple live cooking stations and theme sections on the buffet line. "The Carnival World Buffet" is credited with taking Las Vegas buffets to a new level in quality and price. "The Carnival World Buffet" was so successful that when the "Masquerade Village" opened it included a higher end seafood buffet, "Village Seafood Buffet".

Masquerade Village

Masquerade Village is a section of the casino that includes "Masquerade Show in the Sky". The show is a free show that features dance and style from Brazilian Carnival, and Mardi Gras type floats. The show has a stage with a dance and singing show while "floats" on guide rails hang from the ceiling and go throughout the Masquerade Village. Performers on the floats toss "Rio"-themed plastic bead necklaces to the show's audience.

ee also

* Harrah's Entertainment
* Las Vegas, Nevada

References

External links

* [http://www.playrio.com Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino web site]

* [http://travel.yahoo.com/p-hotel-365232-rio_all_suite_hotel_casino-i Rio Hotel and Casino] - User reviews, expert advice, articles and more information on the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino
* [http://www.vegasrex.com/shows/prince-at-the-rio-3121-club-review/ Prince Review at the Rio]


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