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Frank Marino sizzles in Divas Starring Frank Marino. After starring in "La Cage" at Riviera for more than 20 years, this Vegas icon is taking audiences by storm in his new show at Imperial Palace. During the 75-minute revue, superstar female impersonators portray famous divas including Britney Spears, Cher, Madonna, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross and Beyonce. Marino stars as comic icon Joan Rivers and host of the show.Divas Starring Frank Marino opens with Lady Gaga's "Let's Dance." A female impersonator portraying Lady Gaga lip-syncs to the chart-topping hit while six attractive male back-up dancers help get the party started on stage. Wearing a short, white, patent leather dress, sparkling glasses and a blonde wig, this Lady Gaga has all the pizzazz of the real performer.Next, Marino enters to greet the audience and tell a few jokes.You won't believe what we have going on back stage, says Marino. We have Madonna, Cher and Bette Midler getting ready, and they're all shaving in the same mirror.As the show's emcee, Marino is sassy, spunky and stunning in his ever-changing wardrobe of extravagant sparkling gowns and feather boas. He puts on a different outfit between each act, bringing an international whirlwind of couture to the stage with every entrance."This damn dress is made like a cheap hotel, there's no ballroom," jokes Marino after walking on stage wearing a fitted evening gown.People watch in amazement as each new female impersonator takes the stage. Although the performers don't sing, they emulate every aspect of the divas they're impersonating from their looks to their signature moves. A high-energy soundtrack adds to their exhilarating performances. Every act features a No. 1 hit from your favorite diva including Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," Britney Spears' "Circus" and Madonna's "Music." Some divas perform solo while other acts also feature the talented back-up dancers.Later in the show, an impersonator portraying Liza Minnelli brings audience members to their feet with his riveting performance of "New York, New York." His convincing dance moves and facial expressions make it hard to believe he's not actually singing.Throughout the show, people sing along and dance in their seats to the popular songs. Glitzy costumes, dazzling performers and a soundtrack of chart-topping hits - Divas Starring Frank Marino has it all.
 
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SEE this show!!!! A MUST!!
PostedSeptember 3, 2012
I was not sure when I booked this,but what a wonderful time I had. You will laugh till you cry. The performers and dancers are superb. I will do this show every time I go,as it is always evolving. Do not miss this. The IP,is under construction,but the show is worth the dust.
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 Rat Pack is Back
Rat Pack is Back
People might immediately think Elvis when it comes to Las Vegas, but before The King, the city jived to the tune of four entertainers who won over audiences with their cool musical stylings and playful stage demeanor.During the 1960s, the Rat Pack - Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin brought fame and recognition to the city as both an entertainment capital and gambling destination during their run inside the Copa Room at the Sands. Today, audiences can relive the revelry and timeless music of the Rat Pack era in the show The Rat Pack is Back at the Rio."What happens in Vegas all started with the Rat Pack," said the show's producer Dick Feeney. "The real legend of Vegas - the cool cats, the drinking, the partying, the gambling, they epitomized it, and people still look at those days with fond memories."The Rat Pack is Back starts with a custodian mopping the stage and reminiscing about working at the Sands and hanging out with Frank and the guys."Boy those were the days. I sure do miss them," says the custodian before walking off stage.Video clips of vintage Vegas play on screens hanging on both sides of the stage, reminding everyone of where the city's reputation as a glitzy and glamorous destination started.The curtain opens and the 12-piece Lon Bronson orchestra gets the audience going with some toe-tapping music before performers portraying all the members of the Rat Pack enter the stage. They sing and dance, conveying all of the charisma and camaraderie of the real entertainers.Dean takes center stage with drink in hand and fittingly sings, "Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes." His smooth voice and casual stage presence convey all the essence of the real performer. He pauses between songs for some playful joking with the audience."I'm on the whiskey diet," says Dean, "in one week I lost four days." Everyone laughs before he gets back to singing the Italian love song "That's Amore" where he invites the audience to join in.He does a smooth rendition of "Ain't That a Kick in the Head," before Sammy Davis Jr. joins him on stage to sing "That Old Black Magic" and "What Kind of Fool Am I."Just like the real Rat Pack, you never know who is going to come out on stage next. Sometimes the performers interrupt one another for some good old fashioned ribbing.Later in the show, the four guys are joined by a beautiful woman portraying Marilyn Monroe. Wearing a red high-cut gown she sings "Happy Birthday" to a lucky guy in the audience.Frank, Sammy, Joey and Dean reunite on stage to belt out a few more classics including "Luck Be a Lady," "Lady is a Tramp" and "New York, New York." These four cool cats really know how to have a good time. By the end of the show you will too.-- By Caroline Fontein
 
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Three thumbs up!!!
PostedSeptember 3, 2012
The Rat pack may be gone ,but these guys will take you back,they are as close to the real thing as you can get. Ithought I was really seeing Frank,Dino and Sammy. BRAVO!!!
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Prominently positioned just west of Las Vegas Boulevard, this multi-colored beacon of a hotel is a close neighbor to all of the action on the Strip making it easy for guests to venture around Sin City, but from the wide variety of shows, bars and restaurants located within the hotel, you could easily find yourself staying on the property.Seamlessly integrating its Brazilian inspiration into every element of the hotel, the lively aesthetic of the brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor of the Rio will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. And adding to the energetic environment is when the crowds amass for the prestigious World Series of Poker held every summer. If you're not here during poker's premiere event you can still enjoy gambling as the Rio has a sprawling casino floor with 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.Drawing in crowds year-round are the hotel's buffets -- The Carnival World Buffet and the Village Seafood Buffet. Off the two, the Village Seafood Buffet earns the greatest amount of praise. Just imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and other swimming selections, eating it all… and then doing it again. Drooling? That can become a reality. Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, so be prepared to wait, especially during any holiday weekend.If you are not hungry enough to attempt fitting the contents of the ocean into your belly but hungry enough to think about it, then we are sure that you will find a non-buffet restaurant to suit your needs with the selection that the Rio has to offer. Among the restaurants are Martorano's by the tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is a sure bet where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess; the All-American Bar & Grille where they are known for their dry-aged Angus beef; Pho Da Nang with exceptionally authentic Vietnamese cuisine; Buzio's Seafood Restaurant known for their fresh oysters; and there is the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. For quicker bites, Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items or you can grab a meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.If you are looking to transform your dining experience into your nightlife experience, we know you'll love the succulent steak and one of the most striking views of Las Vegas at VooDoo Steak and Rooftop Nightclub, situated on the 50th and 51st floors of the resort's Masquerade Tower. And while you're up there, go ahead and check out the thrilling VooDoo Zip Line – a zip line ride, where guests soar more than 800 feet from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub in the hotel's Masquerade Tower to the Ipanema Tower. The 70-second journey boasts stunning 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and adds an element of daring excitement to any occasion.Whether or not you opt for a ride between the towers, you can either stay and party at the rooftop club until the Strip's neon tubes flicker off with the rise of the morning sun, or you could slip off and catch one of the hotel's in house shows. Penn & Teller, the quirky magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky and ever-famed Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts including comedian Eddie Griffin and there is the seductive topless revue "X Rocks," which showcases sexy dancers and steamy choreography to the soundtrack of heart-pounding rock songs. And when you get thirsty from all that you've done or from thinking about all that you're about to do, swing by the sexy Flirt Lounge in the lobby of the Chippendales Theatre or the high-tech I-Bar, where you can order drinks from a touch-screen computer built into your tabletop.Since this is Vegas, we know that there is a good chance that you will not be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning (or afternoon) after a night out on the town. The best detox is to re-tox (well at least we think so). So grab a cold one and soak up the sun with an afternoon at the hotel's indulgent pool complex. With golden sand and cascading waterfalls, this complex inspired by the Brazilian paradise is a necessity. If sun and fun is not how you like to recover, opt instead for a day of pampering at the Rio Spa & Salon. Shops are found throughout the property including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and the Harley-Davidson store, shoppers can get their fix of retail therapy on the property, however, the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's for those who want to venture out onto the Strip as well.
 
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It is not the strip,but just a shuttle ride away.
PostedSeptember 3, 2012
I booked here,mostly for the Carnival Buffet and OMG you will not be disappointed. The food is delicious. I was there for 3 days and did not make every station,but cleaned my plate each time. Please remember to tip your server and shuttle driver. They put up with a lot . The floats in the casino,only on Thur-Sat.,this was a bummer. See the Rat Pack show,it is so worth it. coffee pots and refrigerators in each room. Take your own Keurig coffee pods.
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"I'll be baack!"We know...you're wondering what do the "Terminator" movies and an Italian-themed luxury resort in Vegas have to do with each other? OK, not a lot. But that famous line, which is uttered in some form in all of the franchise's films, happens to be the same one said by guests (without Arnold Schwarzenegger's gruff Austrian accent) upon leaving The Venetian.So consider yourself warned: If you spend your Vegas vacation here, you'll be spoiled for all other hotels. You'll want to come back to The Venetian -- time and time again. It's just that great.Located a tad north of the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, directly across from The Mirage, this megaresort is a colossally cool creation in modern day Vegas. Opened in 1999, it's situated where the Sands Hotel of Rat Pack lore once stood.Now this is obvious so it probably goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway -- The Venetian is inspired by the art and architectural beauty of Venice. There are faithfully re-created landmarks from Italy's most romantic city everywhere. You'll spot the Campanile Tower, St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace. Arched bridges, piazzas and cobblestone pathways are incorporated throughout the property. And just wait until you see the Renaissance-style ceiling in the lobby...you might as well cross Venice off your bucket list because this is almost as awesome.The Venetian, which sits next to The Palazzo (its sister resort), consists of two towers -- the 36-story Venetian Tower and the 12-story Venezia Tower. Both of them are filled with suites (and only suites...so get ready to be unbelievably comfortable). The smallest one measures about 650 square feet and features Italian marble floors, Roman tubs with separate showers, Egyptian cotton sheets, a sunken living area and other palatial amenities.Unfortunately, many things will entice you to leave your suite at The Venetian (otherwise, you would never come out). You can take in Broadway-caliber entertainment like the smash hit "Rock of Ages." The hotel is also home to "Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show," featuring four talented vocalists from Australia who sing Motown tunes. Plus, a variety of headliners and comedians -- like the ladies of the "Lipshtick" comedy series -- regularly appear here.The Venetian brings a cornucopia of dining choices to you as well. Indulge in culinary creations (most of which you won't be able pronounce) at its celebrity chef-helmed restaurants. There's the fresh seafood of AquaKnox by Tom Moloney, the Italian delights of B & B Ristorante by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, the meaty fare of Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse, the contemporary French dishes of db Brasserie by Daniel Boulud and the bistro classics of Bouchon by Thomas Keller (who also operates the Bouchon Bakery at two locations in the resort).Buddy Valastro, the star of the reality show "Cake Boss," offers family favorites, like Sunday Gravy and Steak Pizzaiola, in his first-ever restaurant Buddy V's. Adjacent to it is Carlo's Bakery, where you can get cannolis, Buddy's lobster tail pastries and, of course, his famous cakes.Feast on more casual offerings at the patio-style Trattoria Reggiano and the Old Mexico-themed Taqueria Cañonita. B&B Burger & Beer, another venue by Batali and Bastianich, features hamburgers with super delicious shakes. Select from breakfast items, seafood, chicken, salads, sandwiches and more than 20 fabulous desserts at the Grand Lux Café. Or try the Public House, where brews and spirits of all kinds are paired with a gourmet pub menu. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is the latest eatery to open at The Venetian. It serves delicious fried chicken and other beloved Southern staples. Yardbird also has a truly unique cocktail menu -- thanks to a special ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut, flavored blocks, sculpt them into crazy shapes and then put them in the drinks. (You won't believe the cube...or rather sphere...that comes in the Yardbird Old Fashioned!)Speaking of drinking, nightlife options abound at The Venetian. There's The Bourbon Room, inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in the musical "Rock of Ages." Partiers can get shots of bourbon while dancing to feel-good tunes from the '80s. V Bar is a chic, intimate spot where you can sip on a martini while relaxing in a double-sided leather chaise lounge. For a more pulsating scene, head to TAO Nightclub, which boasts gorgeous go-go dancers, some of the world's leading DJs and a 40-foot-long outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Strip. Last but not least is the rollicking Rockhouse, which boasts tire swings for the bartenders, birdcages for dancing girls and a mechanical bull. For a nightlife experience during the day, check out TAO Beach, where you can sunbathe on beautiful Asian-inspired daybeds or in lavish cabanas. If you'd prefer to catch some rays without being immersed in the pool party scene, The Venetian also has a sprawling pool deck with access to seven outdoor swimming pools, four hot tubs and 41 cabanas. And Canyon Ranch SpaClub is a quiet oasis where you can be pampered from a menu of rejuvenating treatments that includes massages, mud masks, aromatherapy experiences, facials, body scrubs and more.Many other things will compete for your attention at The Venetian too. Test your luck on the opulent casino floor, in the elegant 59-table poker room or at the race and sports book operated by CG Technology. You can stroll inside and outside along canals teeming with authentic gondolas steered by singing gondoliers. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, a worldwide attraction featuring celebrity wax figures, is situated at the front of the resort. And the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo is a collection of approximately 160 high-end shops (including Barneys) that flaunts the hottest names in the fashion world.On a side note, The Venetian ideal if you're a business traveler because it's connected to the Sands Expo and Convention Center. And, in addition to all the things that already make this resort remarkable, it's eco-friendly. So, if you want to ease your conscience by sleeping in a place that takes sustainability seriously, The Venetian -- with solar panels, a reclaimed water system and many other green initiatives -- is it.Stay at the Venetian and you'll get a suite, more amenities under one roof than you can fathom and a great location on the Strip (should you ever leave the premises). You'll have an all-around amazing time in Vegas at The Venetian. And we know -- because like an old record, everyone who stays here says it -- you'll be back!
 
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Very nice,just not for my style
PostedSeptember 3, 2012
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This is a beautiful hotel. I do not care for the lighting,in the casino,I prefer a more subdued lighting. My room was very nice,but beware if you remove products from the mini bar to place your items in there,you will be charged,as it is weight sensitive,even if you put the products back.
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 Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular
Unmasking 'Phantom'By Kristine McKenzieWhen the Venetian resort announced it was spending $40 million to design a custom-built theater for "Phantom of the Opera" and renaming the show "Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular," audiences knew they were going to be getting a little something extra in this version of the popular Broadway musical. Even though the Las Vegas production has been enhanced, fans of the original will not be disappointed. Creator Andrew Lloyd Webber, director Hal Prince, choreographer Gillian Lynne and others from the show's original creative team helped develop "Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular" and pared the show from its original two and a half hours down to one hour 35 minutes. Some dialogue and the intermission have been cut from the original, but all of Webber's well-known songs remain intact.The things that distinguish the Las Vegas version of "Phantom" from its Broadway counterpart are elaborate new sets and special effects and the 1,800-seat theater, which is itself a spectacle.Welcome to 19th century ParisThe Venetian employed renowned architect David Rockwell to design the Phantom Theatre, which took 11 months to build. Rockwell's work includes the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and Nobu restaurant in Las Vegas. The site, which is located in a space formerly occupied by the Guggenheim Museum, had to be completely excavated and the theater was built from the ground up.Designed to closely resemble the Opera Garnier in Paris, the lavish Phantom Theatre features plush red seats and curtains, gold statues and carvings, a hand-painted ceiling topped with an 80-foot wide dome and opera boxes lining the sides. The opera boxes are inhabited by 70 colorful mannequins, which were built in Belgium. No two are alike and each one is completely outfitted in an authentic period costume.The centerpiece of the theater (and major plot point of the show) is the chandelier, which weighs 2,100 pounds and cost $4.5 million to create. The shimmering chandelier is comprised of 29,444 individual crystals that were hand strung.In this version of "Phantom," the chandelier hangs in four pieces, which assemble in dramatic fashion during the beginning of the show. The spokes of the ceiling's dome support 32 cables that guide the chandelier into place and it takes 40 individual computers, complete with navigational software, to run the chandelier. During the show's climactic scene, the chandelier falls 45 feet in three seconds and stops only 10 feet above those seated beneath it - an effect that always causes a stir in the audience."The people sitting underneath feel the wind rush and some people scream … and I don't blame them," said Production Stage Manager Ray Gin. In addition to the customized theater, the Las Vegas production of Phantom differs from the original with new sets, state-of-the-art technology and special effects. This is a show where what goes on behind the scenes is almost as incredible as what happens onstage.Enhancement and modernization of the illusions throughout the show were developed in part by Jim Steinmeyer, who has also worked with David Copperfield.One of the new sets includes a beautiful opera house façade not seen in other productions of "Phantom." Gin said the lights on the set run on car batteries that must be recharged each night. During the scene that features the façade, fireworks explode above the opera house - another effect seen only in Las Vegas. "Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular" employs two pyrotechnicians to oversee the fireworks and other fire illusions in the show.Everything in the Phantom Theatre is state-of-the-art including the sound. Gin said the entire theater is filled with surround sound speakers -- there is even sound coming up from the stage, immersing the performers in the music, which is provided by a live 19-piece orchestra.The stage measures 60 by 50 feet - mammoth by Broadway standards. A special CO2 fog machine spreads dry ice 360 degrees around the stage to fill it quickly during the lake scenes.Besides the 43 actors working onstage, there are 70 crew members behind the scenes making the magic happen and making sure everything runs smoothly including stunt people, wardrobe, makeup and wig assistants.One crew member drives the Phantom's boat with a joystick controller, maneuvering around a maze of candles on stage and another drives the huge staircase set seen in the "Masquerade" number.A day crew is specifically assigned to do things like dust the mannequins, hand-paint shoes, check the intricate beading on all the costumes and repair even the most minor flaws."Our credo is that it's got to look like it's opening night," said Gin.The Music of the NightGin said the audience reception has been very positive to the show. "I think these audiences are great. They go in expecting one thing and they're astounded…They're very appreciative. They're loud."They're loud because "Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular" features an incredibly talented Broadway-caliber cast. Anthony Crivello is the Phantom, Kristi Holden and Kristen Hertzenberg play Christine Daaé and Andrew Ragone appears as Raoul. The show, a tale of unrequited love, is based on Gaston Leroux's famous novel about a ghost haunting the Paris Opera House. Christine Daaé, an aspiring opera singer is being tutored by a mysterious man she believes is her "angel of music," sent to her by the spirit of her dead father.In reality, her angel is the Phantom of the Opera, a lonely, disfigured man who hides behind a mask and lives in an eerie lair beneath the opera house. Not only does the Phantom fall in love with Christine's magical voice, he becomes obsessed with her as well.It doesn't bode well for anyone when Christine becomes engaged to her childhood sweetheart, Raoul. The Phantom is thrown into a jealous rage, causing mayhem around the opera house and ultimately forcing Christine to choose between the two."Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular" definitely lives up to its new name. Whether you're a longtime fan of the show or it's a first-time experience, you'll leave the theater wishing the music of the night would never end.
 
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I love this!!
PostedSeptember 3, 2012
I first saw this,in March,of 2012. I flew back,in August,just so I could see it one last time before it closed. Vegas will not be the same without this theater production
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Prominently positioned just west of Las Vegas Boulevard, this multi-colored beacon of a hotel is a close neighbor to all of the action on the Strip making it easy for guests to venture around Sin City, but from the wide variety of shows, bars and restaurants located within the hotel, you could easily find yourself staying on the property.Seamlessly integrating its Brazilian inspiration into every element of the hotel, the lively aesthetic of the brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor of the Rio will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. And adding to the energetic environment is when the crowds amass for the prestigious World Series of Poker held every summer. If you're not here during poker's premiere event you can still enjoy gambling as the Rio has a sprawling casino floor with 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.Drawing in crowds year-round are the hotel's buffets -- The Carnival World Buffet and the Village Seafood Buffet. Off the two, the Village Seafood Buffet earns the greatest amount of praise. Just imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and other swimming selections, eating it all… and then doing it again. Drooling? That can become a reality. Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, so be prepared to wait, especially during any holiday weekend.If you are not hungry enough to attempt fitting the contents of the ocean into your belly but hungry enough to think about it, then we are sure that you will find a non-buffet restaurant to suit your needs with the selection that the Rio has to offer. Among the restaurants are Martorano's by the tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is a sure bet where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess; the All-American Bar & Grille where they are known for their dry-aged Angus beef; Pho Da Nang with exceptionally authentic Vietnamese cuisine; Buzio's Seafood Restaurant known for their fresh oysters; and there is the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. For quicker bites, Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items or you can grab a meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.If you are looking to transform your dining experience into your nightlife experience, we know you'll love the succulent steak and one of the most striking views of Las Vegas at VooDoo Steak and Rooftop Nightclub, situated on the 50th and 51st floors of the resort's Masquerade Tower. And while you're up there, go ahead and check out the thrilling VooDoo Zip Line – a zip line ride, where guests soar more than 800 feet from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub in the hotel's Masquerade Tower to the Ipanema Tower. The 70-second journey boasts stunning 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and adds an element of daring excitement to any occasion.Whether or not you opt for a ride between the towers, you can either stay and party at the rooftop club until the Strip's neon tubes flicker off with the rise of the morning sun, or you could slip off and catch one of the hotel's in house shows. Penn & Teller, the quirky magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky and ever-famed Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts including comedian Eddie Griffin and there is the seductive topless revue "X Rocks," which showcases sexy dancers and steamy choreography to the soundtrack of heart-pounding rock songs. And when you get thirsty from all that you've done or from thinking about all that you're about to do, swing by the sexy Flirt Lounge in the lobby of the Chippendales Theatre or the high-tech I-Bar, where you can order drinks from a touch-screen computer built into your tabletop.Since this is Vegas, we know that there is a good chance that you will not be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning (or afternoon) after a night out on the town. The best detox is to re-tox (well at least we think so). So grab a cold one and soak up the sun with an afternoon at the hotel's indulgent pool complex. With golden sand and cascading waterfalls, this complex inspired by the Brazilian paradise is a necessity. If sun and fun is not how you like to recover, opt instead for a day of pampering at the Rio Spa & Salon. Shops are found throughout the property including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and the Harley-Davidson store, shoppers can get their fix of retail therapy on the property, however, the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's for those who want to venture out onto the Strip as well.
 

Would one want to walk to the Strip?

You could,but the shuttle is best
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Prominently positioned just west of Las Vegas Boulevard, this multi-colored beacon of a hotel is a close neighbor to all of the action on the Strip making it easy for guests to venture around Sin City, but from the wide variety of shows, bars and restaurants located within the hotel, you could easily find yourself staying on the property.Seamlessly integrating its Brazilian inspiration into every element of the hotel, the lively aesthetic of the brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor of the Rio will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. And adding to the energetic environment is when the crowds amass for the prestigious World Series of Poker held every summer. If you're not here during poker's premiere event you can still enjoy gambling as the Rio has a sprawling casino floor with 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.Drawing in crowds year-round are the hotel's buffets -- The Carnival World Buffet and the Village Seafood Buffet. Off the two, the Village Seafood Buffet earns the greatest amount of praise. Just imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and other swimming selections, eating it all… and then doing it again. Drooling? That can become a reality. Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, so be prepared to wait, especially during any holiday weekend.If you are not hungry enough to attempt fitting the contents of the ocean into your belly but hungry enough to think about it, then we are sure that you will find a non-buffet restaurant to suit your needs with the selection that the Rio has to offer. Among the restaurants are Martorano's by the tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is a sure bet where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess; the All-American Bar & Grille where they are known for their dry-aged Angus beef; Pho Da Nang with exceptionally authentic Vietnamese cuisine; Buzio's Seafood Restaurant known for their fresh oysters; and there is the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. For quicker bites, Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items or you can grab a meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.If you are looking to transform your dining experience into your nightlife experience, we know you'll love the succulent steak and one of the most striking views of Las Vegas at VooDoo Steak and Rooftop Nightclub, situated on the 50th and 51st floors of the resort's Masquerade Tower. And while you're up there, go ahead and check out the thrilling VooDoo Zip Line – a zip line ride, where guests soar more than 800 feet from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub in the hotel's Masquerade Tower to the Ipanema Tower. The 70-second journey boasts stunning 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and adds an element of daring excitement to any occasion.Whether or not you opt for a ride between the towers, you can either stay and party at the rooftop club until the Strip's neon tubes flicker off with the rise of the morning sun, or you could slip off and catch one of the hotel's in house shows. Penn & Teller, the quirky magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky and ever-famed Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts including comedian Eddie Griffin and there is the seductive topless revue "X Rocks," which showcases sexy dancers and steamy choreography to the soundtrack of heart-pounding rock songs. And when you get thirsty from all that you've done or from thinking about all that you're about to do, swing by the sexy Flirt Lounge in the lobby of the Chippendales Theatre or the high-tech I-Bar, where you can order drinks from a touch-screen computer built into your tabletop.Since this is Vegas, we know that there is a good chance that you will not be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning (or afternoon) after a night out on the town. The best detox is to re-tox (well at least we think so). So grab a cold one and soak up the sun with an afternoon at the hotel's indulgent pool complex. With golden sand and cascading waterfalls, this complex inspired by the Brazilian paradise is a necessity. If sun and fun is not how you like to recover, opt instead for a day of pampering at the Rio Spa & Salon. Shops are found throughout the property including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and the Harley-Davidson store, shoppers can get their fix of retail therapy on the property, however, the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's for those who want to venture out onto the Strip as well.
 

Does the Rio charge a resort fee?

No,nor do their sister hotels,this is why I stay there. you may get a lower price up front somewhere else,but add on their resort fees and then choose
2 years, 8 months ago
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james
kerrville tx.
 
Prominently positioned just west of Las Vegas Boulevard, this multi-colored beacon of a hotel is a close neighbor to all of the action on the Strip making it easy for guests to venture around Sin City, but from the wide variety of shows, bars and restaurants located within the hotel, you could easily find yourself staying on the property.Seamlessly integrating its Brazilian inspiration into every element of the hotel, the lively aesthetic of the brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor of the Rio will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. And adding to the energetic environment is when the crowds amass for the prestigious World Series of Poker held every summer. If you're not here during poker's premiere event you can still enjoy gambling as the Rio has a sprawling casino floor with 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.Drawing in crowds year-round are the hotel's buffets -- The Carnival World Buffet and the Village Seafood Buffet. Off the two, the Village Seafood Buffet earns the greatest amount of praise. Just imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and other swimming selections, eating it all… and then doing it again. Drooling? That can become a reality. Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, so be prepared to wait, especially during any holiday weekend.If you are not hungry enough to attempt fitting the contents of the ocean into your belly but hungry enough to think about it, then we are sure that you will find a non-buffet restaurant to suit your needs with the selection that the Rio has to offer. Among the restaurants are Martorano's by the tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is a sure bet where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess; the All-American Bar & Grille where they are known for their dry-aged Angus beef; Pho Da Nang with exceptionally authentic Vietnamese cuisine; Buzio's Seafood Restaurant known for their fresh oysters; and there is the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. For quicker bites, Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items or you can grab a meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.If you are looking to transform your dining experience into your nightlife experience, we know you'll love the succulent steak and one of the most striking views of Las Vegas at VooDoo Steak and Rooftop Nightclub, situated on the 50th and 51st floors of the resort's Masquerade Tower. And while you're up there, go ahead and check out the thrilling VooDoo Zip Line – a zip line ride, where guests soar more than 800 feet from the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub in the hotel's Masquerade Tower to the Ipanema Tower. The 70-second journey boasts stunning 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip and adds an element of daring excitement to any occasion.Whether or not you opt for a ride between the towers, you can either stay and party at the rooftop club until the Strip's neon tubes flicker off with the rise of the morning sun, or you could slip off and catch one of the hotel's in house shows. Penn & Teller, the quirky magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky and ever-famed Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts including comedian Eddie Griffin and there is the seductive topless revue "X Rocks," which showcases sexy dancers and steamy choreography to the soundtrack of heart-pounding rock songs. And when you get thirsty from all that you've done or from thinking about all that you're about to do, swing by the sexy Flirt Lounge in the lobby of the Chippendales Theatre or the high-tech I-Bar, where you can order drinks from a touch-screen computer built into your tabletop.Since this is Vegas, we know that there is a good chance that you will not be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the morning (or afternoon) after a night out on the town. The best detox is to re-tox (well at least we think so). So grab a cold one and soak up the sun with an afternoon at the hotel's indulgent pool complex. With golden sand and cascading waterfalls, this complex inspired by the Brazilian paradise is a necessity. If sun and fun is not how you like to recover, opt instead for a day of pampering at the Rio Spa & Salon. Shops are found throughout the property including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and the Harley-Davidson store, shoppers can get their fix of retail therapy on the property, however, the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's for those who want to venture out onto the Strip as well.
 

Does the shuttle from the Rio to the strip (Harrah's area) run on a regular schedule? Is it complementary?

yes,every 30 min,from 10am-1am. It is free,but tip your driver.
2 years, 8 months ago
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james
kerrville tx.
 
"I'll be baack!"We know...you're wondering what do the "Terminator" movies and an Italian-themed luxury resort in Vegas have to do with each other? OK, not a lot. But that famous line, which is uttered in some form in all of the franchise's films, happens to be the same one said by guests (without Arnold Schwarzenegger's gruff Austrian accent) upon leaving The Venetian.So consider yourself warned: If you spend your Vegas vacation here, you'll be spoiled for all other hotels. You'll want to come back to The Venetian -- time and time again. It's just that great.Located a tad north of the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, directly across from The Mirage, this megaresort is a colossally cool creation in modern day Vegas. Opened in 1999, it's situated where the Sands Hotel of Rat Pack lore once stood.Now this is obvious so it probably goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway -- The Venetian is inspired by the art and architectural beauty of Venice. There are faithfully re-created landmarks from Italy's most romantic city everywhere. You'll spot the Campanile Tower, St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace. Arched bridges, piazzas and cobblestone pathways are incorporated throughout the property. And just wait until you see the Renaissance-style ceiling in the lobby...you might as well cross Venice off your bucket list because this is almost as awesome.The Venetian, which sits next to The Palazzo (its sister resort), consists of two towers -- the 36-story Venetian Tower and the 12-story Venezia Tower. Both of them are filled with suites (and only suites...so get ready to be unbelievably comfortable). The smallest one measures about 650 square feet and features Italian marble floors, Roman tubs with separate showers, Egyptian cotton sheets, a sunken living area and other palatial amenities.Unfortunately, many things will entice you to leave your suite at The Venetian (otherwise, you would never come out). You can take in Broadway-caliber entertainment like the smash hit "Rock of Ages." The hotel is also home to "Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show," featuring four talented vocalists from Australia who sing Motown tunes. Plus, a variety of headliners and comedians -- like the ladies of the "Lipshtick" comedy series -- regularly appear here.The Venetian brings a cornucopia of dining choices to you as well. Indulge in culinary creations (most of which you won't be able pronounce) at its celebrity chef-helmed restaurants. There's the fresh seafood of AquaKnox by Tom Moloney, the Italian delights of B & B Ristorante by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, the meaty fare of Delmonico Steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse, the contemporary French dishes of db Brasserie by Daniel Boulud and the bistro classics of Bouchon by Thomas Keller (who also operates the Bouchon Bakery at two locations in the resort).Buddy Valastro, the star of the reality show "Cake Boss," offers family favorites, like Sunday Gravy and Steak Pizzaiola, in his first-ever restaurant Buddy V's. Adjacent to it is Carlo's Bakery, where you can get cannolis, Buddy's lobster tail pastries and, of course, his famous cakes.Feast on more casual offerings at the patio-style Trattoria Reggiano and the Old Mexico-themed Taqueria Cañonita. B&B Burger & Beer, another venue by Batali and Bastianich, features hamburgers with super delicious shakes. Select from breakfast items, seafood, chicken, salads, sandwiches and more than 20 fabulous desserts at the Grand Lux Café. Or try the Public House, where brews and spirits of all kinds are paired with a gourmet pub menu. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is the latest eatery to open at The Venetian. It serves delicious fried chicken and other beloved Southern staples. Yardbird also has a truly unique cocktail menu -- thanks to a special ice room where mixologists harvest hand-cut, flavored blocks, sculpt them into crazy shapes and then put them in the drinks. (You won't believe the cube...or rather sphere...that comes in the Yardbird Old Fashioned!)Speaking of drinking, nightlife options abound at The Venetian. There's The Bourbon Room, inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in the musical "Rock of Ages." Partiers can get shots of bourbon while dancing to feel-good tunes from the '80s. V Bar is a chic, intimate spot where you can sip on a martini while relaxing in a double-sided leather chaise lounge. For a more pulsating scene, head to TAO Nightclub, which boasts gorgeous go-go dancers, some of the world's leading DJs and a 40-foot-long outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Strip. Last but not least is the rollicking Rockhouse, which boasts tire swings for the bartenders, birdcages for dancing girls and a mechanical bull. For a nightlife experience during the day, check out TAO Beach, where you can sunbathe on beautiful Asian-inspired daybeds or in lavish cabanas. If you'd prefer to catch some rays without being immersed in the pool party scene, The Venetian also has a sprawling pool deck with access to seven outdoor swimming pools, four hot tubs and 41 cabanas. And Canyon Ranch SpaClub is a quiet oasis where you can be pampered from a menu of rejuvenating treatments that includes massages, mud masks, aromatherapy experiences, facials, body scrubs and more.Many other things will compete for your attention at The Venetian too. Test your luck on the opulent casino floor, in the elegant 59-table poker room or at the race and sports book operated by CG Technology. You can stroll inside and outside along canals teeming with authentic gondolas steered by singing gondoliers. Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, a worldwide attraction featuring celebrity wax figures, is situated at the front of the resort. And the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo is a collection of approximately 160 high-end shops (including Barneys) that flaunts the hottest names in the fashion world.On a side note, The Venetian ideal if you're a business traveler because it's connected to the Sands Expo and Convention Center. And, in addition to all the things that already make this resort remarkable, it's eco-friendly. So, if you want to ease your conscience by sleeping in a place that takes sustainability seriously, The Venetian -- with solar panels, a reclaimed water system and many other green initiatives -- is it.Stay at the Venetian and you'll get a suite, more amenities under one roof than you can fathom and a great location on the Strip (should you ever leave the premises). You'll have an all-around amazing time in Vegas at The Venetian. And we know -- because like an old record, everyone who stays here says it -- you'll be back!
 

Is Venetian has coffee pot to rent for room?

no,no coffee pot in the rooms
2 years, 8 months ago
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james
kerrville tx.