Rio Las Vegas Review

By

Jeremy Koering

• Chief Editor

Last updated on July 8, 2022

Rio Las Vegas Review

Rio Las Vegas is a budget-friendly hotel located Just Off-Strip in Las Vegas. Suites start at $19/night. The resort is home to great entertainment including Penn & TellerWOW The Vegas Spectacular, and The Comedy Cellar.

Rio Review

Rating: 2.8/5

What We Like

  • It is a budget-friendly hotel option.
  • Lots of live entertainment on-site.
  • Huge pool complex.

What We Don’t Like

  • 10-minutes from The Strip that requires rideshare or taxi.
  • Hotel is rundown and old.

Bottom Line

The Rio Las Vegas is a great option for those looking for an affordable hotel and off-strip stay in Las Vegas. The all-suite hotel has a variety of entertainment options, including Penn & TellerWOW The Vegas Experience, and the Comedy Cellar.

Guests can also enjoy a variety of other amenities, such as a large swimming pool complex and restaurants. However, the Rio is not on the Strip and will require a car, rideshare, or taxi to go to other attractions and hotels in Las Vegas.

Rio Las Vegas is an excellent, affordable option that sits off-Strip right in Las Vegas. The all-suite hotel and casino is far enough removed from the Strip that you can relax and enjoy quieter nights, but all the entertainment and nightlife available right at Rio is truly some of the best in Las Vegas.

Guests can easily access attractions like the Kiss by Monster Golf Course and award-winning shows from Penn & Teller, WOW – The Vegas Experience, the infamous Comedy Cellar, and so much more.

Rio Las Vegas Hotel Rooms & Suites

Rio Las Vegas is what we call an all-suite resort, meaning every room is a suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and high-quality amenities that are simply standard for all. Most rooms are 500 square feet with either Strip views or Mountain views and have amenities like mini-fridges, a sofa, a TV with On Demand movies, an in-room safe, and more. 

A night’s stay at Rio Las Vegas starts at $19/night.

Rio Las Vegas Pools & Spa

Relax with a drink in hand by the Voodoo Beach Pool at Rio Las Vegas! This is a 21+ pool that features four different pool areas, two bars, and plenty of daybeds and cabanas available to rent out for the day.

Rio’s spa features 15 treatment rooms, couples suites, and relaxing lounges with complimentary snacks and beverages. Regulars rave about the anti-aging facial and body luxe hydrating body treatment. No matter what you choose, you’re bound to feel rested, rejuvenated, and ready for a night out!

Rio Las Vegas Restaurants

Enjoy a sinfully seared steak from the 50th floor of Rio Las Vegas at Voodoo Steak. Not only are the views here incredible, but the food is also undeniably excellent. In addition to a wide array of beef cuts, Voodoo also offers crowd favorites like their beloved lobster bisque and seasonal sides. The restaurant’s signature cocktail is the Witch Doctor – a cocktail that combines the science of dry ice with five rums and fruit juices in a fishbowl vessel. Voodoo Steak is connected to Voodoo Nightclub, located on the roof of Rio Las Vegas; a night at Voodoo Steak gives you free admission to the rooftop club!

Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho literally translates to “the drunken donkey,” making this Mexican joint one of the most fun finds in Las Vegas! From Guy Fieri, you can expect flair and flavor with signature dishes like crispy mahi-mahi tacos, trash can nachos, lava rock shrimp, salsas, and tortillas all made in-house, and so much more. When you visit El Burro Borracho, you can’t leave until you try a Caliente Margarita, or any of their margaritas for that matter. El Burro Borracho just steps away from Rio’s Voodoo Beach pool, so it’s an excellent spot for a refreshing and flavorful pick-me-up any time of the day.

If you love Korean-style barbeque, Kang’s Kitchen should be on your must-visit list. This is a great spot to bring a group of friends or the family due to the sharing style of Kang’s menu; pick a few menu items and grill your items to your liking right at the mini grill at your table. The fast, casual atmosphere with its clean, modern yet colorful décor is the perfect place to socialize and bring your best energy. All ingredients are of the highest quality and hand-selected and sourced to ensure nothing but the best for Kang’s Kitchen patrons! 

Comfort foods and giant servings are to be expected at the one and only Hash House A Go Go. You will find twists on traditional recipes and nothing but farm-fresh ingredients at play when you sit down to a plate of “twisted farm food” (their words, not ours). Brunch is such a fun meal, and the Hash House A Go Go menu puts a huge emphasis on serving large portions of brunch classics like house hashes, hotcakes, chicken and waffles, and more. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, try the one-pound stuffed burger! Essentially, expect all your favorite brunch foods with a funky twist. 

Have you ever been in a space that features over $3 million worth of wine? After you visit Rio’s Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, you’ll officially be able to answer ‘yes’ to that question! The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room at Rio Las Vegas is home to one of the largest, public collections of wine in the country. For wine connoisseurs, there are a few rare, hard-to-find wines sprinkled amongst more everyday wines here and it’s worth checking out (and tasting!). The wine stewards at the bar can help guide you to the perfect pour and pair your wine with a few delectable bites. Choose from 100 wines by the glass at one of the most impressive wine collections in the country!

Rio also features many more casual options like Pho Da Nang Vietnamese KitchenKJ Dim Sum & Seafood, and Royal India Bistro. For something quick that you can take while you’re on the go, stop by Sports Deli or SmashburgerStarbucks is also available at Rio Las Vegas for those moments where you just need coffee.

Rio Las Vegas Shows & Things to Do

Penn & Teller started dazzling crowds in 2001 in Las Vegas with their sharp, witty, and hilarious magic show – and the rest is history! This Emmy award winning pair are experts at large-scale illusions, sleight of hand tricks, and much more. Even if you’ve witnessed a Penn & Teller show before, you will not be bored as each show brings different illusions and new innovations in the world of magic. These two are sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys of Magic,” as they are known to sometimes reveal how they nail their tricks. Regardless, they will still leave you stunned and entertained!

Get down with some H2O at WOW – The Vegas Spectacular, right at Rio Las Vegas. With performers that have been featured on America’s Got Talent, this show is one of the most exciting in Las Vegas and has wone Best of Las Vegas accolades year after year. Witness more than 30 artists execute insane acrobatics and dance numbers on their 180-degree theatrical environment. Dazzling water walls, holograms, and 3D multimedia projections adorn the impressive abilities on the people you see on stage, making for an experience full of wonderment and magic. 

Enjoy an intimate night of gut-wrenching laughter at The Comedy Cellar. Lovingly called “the Cellar” by its regulars, the Comedy Cellar originated on the east coast in the quirky Greenwich Village of New York City and this is the only west coast iteration of the club that exists. The interior décor and design pay homage to its east coast roots with brick walls, stained glass, low ceilings, underground layout. Comedic giants like Dave Chappelle, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and many more got their start at the Comedy Cellar in New York, and the Comedy Cellar right at Rio Las Vegas carries on the tradition of having “the best taste in comedians.” 

If you’ve never heard of Chippendales, you may have been living under a rock; but now you know, and you can see this adults-only show at Rio Las Vegas! Live on The Chippendales Theater stage, the hottest men in Vegas deliver a sensual, sexy, and tantalizing show that will be sure to have you feeling the heat. This show is considered a non-stop party having featured guest performers like Vinny Guadagnino from Jersey Shore and Chaun Williams from FBoy Island. Party before and after the show in the infamous Flirt Lounge and bring your favorite guy friends; this show is open to all genders looking to have their hearts stolen by some of the sexiest men in Vegas. 

Have the night of a lifetime on Rio’s 51st floor at the Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub! This indoor/outdoor nightclub offers stunning views of the sparkling Las Vegas strip, as well as the Vegas mountain range. Dance the night away on the patios dance floor to some of the hottest DJ sets and performances that come through Las Vegas. Order VIP bottle service to really kick the night up a notch, and make sure you try the Witch Doctor – a rum cocktail topped with dry ice for a crazy cool effect. 

If you love Kiss (the rock band), you’re bound to get a few hole-in-ones at the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf course at Rio Las Vegas! Enjoy Kiss’ top hits while putting around the 13,000 square foot, 18 hole course. This is unlike any other mini-golf course you have ever seen: you’re greeted by state-of-the-art video and special effects as you make your way through the course. Guests can also revel at some very real Kiss props that the band used in past live shows.

Rio Las Vegas Casino 

Rio’s casino feels like a gaming paradise, with over 1,000 slot machine games and dozens of table games available. The casino floor is masquerade-themed, offering a fun yet relaxed and inviting atmosphere for players at all levels, from novice to the most seasoned experts. Popular table games at Rio’s casino floor include BlackjackRouletteCrapsLet It RidePai Gow Poker, and much more. For poker enthusiasts, Rio is home to the World Series of Poker! Check out their Poker Room which features 14 tables and 24-hour gameplay. 

Caesar’s Race & Sportsbook at Rio Las Vegas is a great space for keeping up with your favorite races and games. Six huge television screens offer play-by-play action as well as smaller, more personalized stations to keep the closest eye on the prize.