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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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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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Experience the fun and excitement of Brazil at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Located just minutes west of the famed Las Vegas Strip, on Flamingo Road, it's a perfect location if you want to be close to all the action and major attractions in Las Vegas. Plus, the Rio itself comes packed with shops, theaters, bars and restaurants.The hotel has a vibrant atmosphere with brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor that will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. The Rio is known for hosting the main event in the prestigious World Series of Poker annually. Thus, gaming takes precedence on the sprawling casino floor, which has 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.The two top crowd-pleasers at the resort, however, are the buffets. The Carnival World Buffet has been winning awards and acclaim since the Rio opened in 1990. This massive spread features more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily. And seafood lovers are sure to enjoy the catch at the Village Seafood Buffet. Imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and more! Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, but don't lose heart if you see a line. Service is quick as well as friendly, so you'll be surprised at how short the wait time really is.Fine meals can be had at the Rio as well. Tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is at the helm of Martorano's, where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess. Or indulge in a 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. Other delights include the dry-aged Angus beef at the All-American Bar & Grille, the authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Da Nang, the fresh oysters at Buzio's Seafood Restaurant and the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items. You can grab a quick meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.In addition, the entertainment alternatives are excellent. Penn & Teller, the quirky and frequently gruesome magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts, including "MJ Live," a tribute to Michael Jackson starring impersonator Michael Firestone, comedian Eddie Griffin and The Rat Pack Is Back, which brings the sounds of the legendary performers back to life. The seductive topless revue "X Rocks" showcases sexy choreography set to heart-pounding rock songs.For a spirited evening, 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.A thrilling zip ride, the VooDoo Zip Line adds excitement to any visit. Guests can to soar for 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.Accommodations at the Rio range from the spacious 600-square-foot standard suites to the opulent, one-bedroom Masquerade suites, boasting 1,600 square feet and a 180-degree view of the city. All of the suites include stylish furnishings, a large flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a complimentary in-room safe.For sun and relaxation, spend an afternoon at the pool complex with golden sand areas and cascading waterfalls. Plenty of shops -- including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and a Harley-Davidson store -- are located throughout the premises. Pampering treatments are offered at the Rio Spa & Salon to refresh your mind and body. And the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's.An eye-popping place to stay, guests at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will enjoy superior service, comfort and value just a short distance from the Strip.
 
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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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History has seen great empires literally rise from the dust. Similarly, modern day Las Vegas has been witness to the erection of colossal creations -- like The Venetian.Opened in 1999, this megaresort, where the Sands Hotel of Rat Pack lore once stood, is situated in the center of the Strip. It's inspired by the art and architectural beauty of Venice, Italy's most romantic city. In fact, The Venetian has faithfully re-created such historic landmarks as the Campanile Tower, St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace. Arched bridges, piazzas and cobblestone pathways are also incorporated throughout the property.The Venetian is also an eco-friendly property where you will find numerous green initiatives in place -- like LED lighting, solar panels, a reclaimed water system, eco-safe cleaning products, low-flush toilets and much more.Among the activities offered, visitors 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, has a location at the front of the resort.For more serious Broadway-caliber entertainment, head to The Venetian's custom-built Sands Theatre, which features the worldwide smash "Rock of Ages." Plus, a variety of headliners and comedians -- such as David Spade -- regularly appear here. The hotel is also home to "Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show" -- featuring a group of talented vocalists from Australia singing Motown tunes. The Venetian brings the world to your table as well. Indulge in an impressive array of culinary creations at its celebrity chef-helmed restaurants. There's the fresh seafood of AquaKnox by chef Tom Moloney, the bistro classics of Bouchon by chef Thomas Keller (who also operates the Bouchon Bakery at two locations in the Venetian), the Italian delights of B & B Ristorante by chef Mario Batali and the classic meaty fare of Delmonico Steakhouse by chef Emeril Lagasse. Zeffirino by chef Zeffirino Belloni has a prix fixe menu for an unforgettable food and wine experience. DB Brasserie by chef Daniel Boulud is a traditional brasserie with the energy of a café. Buddy Valastro, star of the reality show "Cake Boss" has opened Buddy V's. It's the first restaurant venture for the famous baker and offers new twists on Italian-American classics as well as Valastro family favorites, like Sunday Gravy and Steak Pizzaiola. Adjacent to his restaurant is Carlo's Bakery, which serves cannolis, Italian cookies, Buddy's lobster tail pastries and, of course, his famous cakes.Feast on more casual offerings at the patio-style Trattoria Reggiano, Wolfgang Puck's café-like Postrio and the Old Mexico-themed Taqueria Cañonita. Select from breakfast items, seafood, burgers, chicken, salads, sandwiches and more than 20 fabulous desserts at the Grand Lux Café. B&B Burger & Beer by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich features hamburgers made from high-quality American beef with signature sides, robust salads and standout shakes. Or try the Public House, where brews and spirits of all kinds are paired with a pub menu prepared with gourmet flair. Rounding out the restaurant choices is a fabulous food court in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, an expansive collection of approximately 160 high-end shops (including Barneys) flaunting the hottest names in the fashion world. In fact, it spans about 875,000 square feet, stretching from the indoor canal at The Venetian all the way to the Waterfall Atrium at The Palazzo. In early 2015, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will open featuring delicious fried chicken and other beloved Southern staples as well as a unique cocktail menu -- with a special on-site ice room where mixologists will harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations.Nightlife options abound all over The Venetian. There's The Bourbon Room, inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in Broadway musical "Rock of Ages." Partiers can get shots of bourbon and other fine spirits 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, the world's leading DJs and a multisensory environment, in addition to a 40-foot-long outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Strip. The rollicking Rockhouse is in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, complete with tire swings for the bartenders and birdcages for dancing. For a nightlife experience during the day, check out Tao Beach, where you can enjoy sunbathing 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 including massages, mud masks, aromatherapy experiences, facials, body scrubs and more.Gaming is available around the clock on the opulent and spacious casino floor. Test your luck on the latest video poker and slot machines or with a hand of blackjack and baccarat. There's an elegant more than 14,000-square-foot poker room, which houses 59 tables and can accommodate up to 600 players. The Cantor Race and Sports Book at The Venetian is home to a grand screen measuring 100 by 30 feet that can display more than 34 separate sporting events simultaneously.And the word "grand" only begins to describe the luxury and abundance of amenities in the accommodations. There are two towers -- the 36-story Venetian Tower and the 12-story Venezia Tower -- all filled with suites. Even the smallest one measures about 650 square feet and contains a sunken living room, an entertainment center with a 32-inch flat-screen HDTV, Egyptian cotton sheets and a work desk. With fine Italian marble used for the floors, vanities, showers and Roman tubs, the spacious bathrooms are palatially appointed as well.For business travelers, The Venetian is the ideal location because it's connected to the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Couples looking to get married, go on a honeymoon or celebrate an anniversary will revel in the Old World storybook charm. Indeed, visitors from all walks of life are sure to feel the spirit of "That's amore!" the minute they set foot in this make-believe Italian wonderland.
 
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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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Experience the fun and excitement of Brazil at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Located just minutes west of the famed Las Vegas Strip, on Flamingo Road, it's a perfect location if you want to be close to all the action and major attractions in Las Vegas. Plus, the Rio itself comes packed with shops, theaters, bars and restaurants.The hotel has a vibrant atmosphere with brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor that will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. The Rio is known for hosting the main event in the prestigious World Series of Poker annually. Thus, gaming takes precedence on the sprawling casino floor, which has 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.The two top crowd-pleasers at the resort, however, are the buffets. The Carnival World Buffet has been winning awards and acclaim since the Rio opened in 1990. This massive spread features more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily. And seafood lovers are sure to enjoy the catch at the Village Seafood Buffet. Imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and more! Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, but don't lose heart if you see a line. Service is quick as well as friendly, so you'll be surprised at how short the wait time really is.Fine meals can be had at the Rio as well. Tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is at the helm of Martorano's, where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess. Or indulge in a 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. Other delights include the dry-aged Angus beef at the All-American Bar & Grille, the authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Da Nang, the fresh oysters at Buzio's Seafood Restaurant and the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items. You can grab a quick meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.In addition, the entertainment alternatives are excellent. Penn & Teller, the quirky and frequently gruesome magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts, including "MJ Live," a tribute to Michael Jackson starring impersonator Michael Firestone, comedian Eddie Griffin and The Rat Pack Is Back, which brings the sounds of the legendary performers back to life. The seductive topless revue "X Rocks" showcases sexy choreography set to heart-pounding rock songs.For a spirited evening, 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.A thrilling zip ride, the VooDoo Zip Line adds excitement to any visit. Guests can to soar for 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.Accommodations at the Rio range from the spacious 600-square-foot standard suites to the opulent, one-bedroom Masquerade suites, boasting 1,600 square feet and a 180-degree view of the city. All of the suites include stylish furnishings, a large flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a complimentary in-room safe.For sun and relaxation, spend an afternoon at the pool complex with golden sand areas and cascading waterfalls. Plenty of shops -- including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and a Harley-Davidson store -- are located throughout the premises. Pampering treatments are offered at the Rio Spa & Salon to refresh your mind and body. And the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's.An eye-popping place to stay, guests at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will enjoy superior service, comfort and value just a short distance from the Strip.
 

Would one want to walk to the Strip?

You could,but the shuttle is best
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kerrville tx.
 
Experience the fun and excitement of Brazil at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Located just minutes west of the famed Las Vegas Strip, on Flamingo Road, it's a perfect location if you want to be close to all the action and major attractions in Las Vegas. Plus, the Rio itself comes packed with shops, theaters, bars and restaurants.The hotel has a vibrant atmosphere with brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor that will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. The Rio is known for hosting the main event in the prestigious World Series of Poker annually. Thus, gaming takes precedence on the sprawling casino floor, which has 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.The two top crowd-pleasers at the resort, however, are the buffets. The Carnival World Buffet has been winning awards and acclaim since the Rio opened in 1990. This massive spread features more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily. And seafood lovers are sure to enjoy the catch at the Village Seafood Buffet. Imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and more! Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, but don't lose heart if you see a line. Service is quick as well as friendly, so you'll be surprised at how short the wait time really is.Fine meals can be had at the Rio as well. Tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is at the helm of Martorano's, where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess. Or indulge in a 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. Other delights include the dry-aged Angus beef at the All-American Bar & Grille, the authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Da Nang, the fresh oysters at Buzio's Seafood Restaurant and the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items. You can grab a quick meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.In addition, the entertainment alternatives are excellent. Penn & Teller, the quirky and frequently gruesome magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts, including "MJ Live," a tribute to Michael Jackson starring impersonator Michael Firestone, comedian Eddie Griffin and The Rat Pack Is Back, which brings the sounds of the legendary performers back to life. The seductive topless revue "X Rocks" showcases sexy choreography set to heart-pounding rock songs.For a spirited evening, 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.A thrilling zip ride, the VooDoo Zip Line adds excitement to any visit. Guests can to soar for 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.Accommodations at the Rio range from the spacious 600-square-foot standard suites to the opulent, one-bedroom Masquerade suites, boasting 1,600 square feet and a 180-degree view of the city. All of the suites include stylish furnishings, a large flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a complimentary in-room safe.For sun and relaxation, spend an afternoon at the pool complex with golden sand areas and cascading waterfalls. Plenty of shops -- including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and a Harley-Davidson store -- are located throughout the premises. Pampering treatments are offered at the Rio Spa & Salon to refresh your mind and body. And the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's.An eye-popping place to stay, guests at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will enjoy superior service, comfort and value just a short distance from the Strip.
 

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, 3 months ago
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james
kerrville tx.
 
Experience the fun and excitement of Brazil at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Located just minutes west of the famed Las Vegas Strip, on Flamingo Road, it's a perfect location if you want to be close to all the action and major attractions in Las Vegas. Plus, the Rio itself comes packed with shops, theaters, bars and restaurants.The hotel has a vibrant atmosphere with brightly colored carpeting, signage and décor that will make it seem as if you've arrived in the middle Carnival season. The Rio is known for hosting the main event in the prestigious World Series of Poker annually. Thus, gaming takes precedence on the sprawling casino floor, which has 1,200 slot machines and 80 different table games.The two top crowd-pleasers at the resort, however, are the buffets. The Carnival World Buffet has been winning awards and acclaim since the Rio opened in 1990. This massive spread features more than 300 dishes prepared fresh daily. And seafood lovers are sure to enjoy the catch at the Village Seafood Buffet. Imagine loading your plate with unlimited lobster, crab legs, shrimp, sushi and more! Both of these buffets are usually packed with patrons, but don't lose heart if you see a line. Service is quick as well as friendly, so you'll be surprised at how short the wait time really is.Fine meals can be had at the Rio as well. Tough, tattooed Philadelphia chef Steve Martorano is at the helm of Martorano's, where rich, Italian-American favorites are served in excess. Or indulge in a 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. Other delights include the dry-aged Angus beef at the All-American Bar & Grille, the authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Pho Da Nang, the fresh oysters at Buzio's Seafood Restaurant and the one-of-a-kind dim sum menu at KJ Dim Sum & Seafood Chinese Restaurant. Hash House A Go Go has creatively prepared, oversized portions -- which include everything from breakfast and brunch to dinner items. You can grab a quick meal at the BK Whopper Bar or the Sports Deli, which situated near the six giant screens in the busy race and sports book.In addition, the entertainment alternatives are excellent. Penn & Teller, the quirky and frequently gruesome magic duo, have their own theater at the Rio, as do the hunky Chippendales dancers. The Crown Theater hosts an array of acts, including "MJ Live," a tribute to Michael Jackson starring impersonator Michael Firestone, comedian Eddie Griffin and The Rat Pack Is Back, which brings the sounds of the legendary performers back to life. The seductive topless revue "X Rocks" showcases sexy choreography set to heart-pounding rock songs.For a spirited evening, 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.A thrilling zip ride, the VooDoo Zip Line adds excitement to any visit. Guests can to soar for 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.Accommodations at the Rio range from the spacious 600-square-foot standard suites to the opulent, one-bedroom Masquerade suites, boasting 1,600 square feet and a 180-degree view of the city. All of the suites include stylish furnishings, a large flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, and a complimentary in-room safe.For sun and relaxation, spend an afternoon at the pool complex with golden sand areas and cascading waterfalls. Plenty of shops -- including The Wine Cellar & Tasting Room, Fashion 101 and a Harley-Davidson store -- are located throughout the premises. Pampering treatments are offered at the Rio Spa & Salon to refresh your mind and body. And the resort provides shuttle service to and from Harrah's.An eye-popping place to stay, guests at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will enjoy superior service, comfort and value just a short distance from the Strip.
 

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, 3 months ago
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james
kerrville tx.
 
History has seen great empires literally rise from the dust. Similarly, modern day Las Vegas has been witness to the erection of colossal creations -- like The Venetian.Opened in 1999, this megaresort, where the Sands Hotel of Rat Pack lore once stood, is situated in the center of the Strip. It's inspired by the art and architectural beauty of Venice, Italy's most romantic city. In fact, The Venetian has faithfully re-created such historic landmarks as the Campanile Tower, St. Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge and Doge's Palace. Arched bridges, piazzas and cobblestone pathways are also incorporated throughout the property.The Venetian is also an eco-friendly property where you will find numerous green initiatives in place -- like LED lighting, solar panels, a reclaimed water system, eco-safe cleaning products, low-flush toilets and much more.Among the activities offered, visitors 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, has a location at the front of the resort.For more serious Broadway-caliber entertainment, head to The Venetian's custom-built Sands Theatre, which features the worldwide smash "Rock of Ages." Plus, a variety of headliners and comedians -- such as David Spade -- regularly appear here. The hotel is also home to "Smokey Robinson Presents Human Nature: The Motown Show" -- featuring a group of talented vocalists from Australia singing Motown tunes. The Venetian brings the world to your table as well. Indulge in an impressive array of culinary creations at its celebrity chef-helmed restaurants. There's the fresh seafood of AquaKnox by chef Tom Moloney, the bistro classics of Bouchon by chef Thomas Keller (who also operates the Bouchon Bakery at two locations in the Venetian), the Italian delights of B & B Ristorante by chef Mario Batali and the classic meaty fare of Delmonico Steakhouse by chef Emeril Lagasse. Zeffirino by chef Zeffirino Belloni has a prix fixe menu for an unforgettable food and wine experience. DB Brasserie by chef Daniel Boulud is a traditional brasserie with the energy of a café. Buddy Valastro, star of the reality show "Cake Boss" has opened Buddy V's. It's the first restaurant venture for the famous baker and offers new twists on Italian-American classics as well as Valastro family favorites, like Sunday Gravy and Steak Pizzaiola. Adjacent to his restaurant is Carlo's Bakery, which serves cannolis, Italian cookies, Buddy's lobster tail pastries and, of course, his famous cakes.Feast on more casual offerings at the patio-style Trattoria Reggiano, Wolfgang Puck's café-like Postrio and the Old Mexico-themed Taqueria Cañonita. Select from breakfast items, seafood, burgers, chicken, salads, sandwiches and more than 20 fabulous desserts at the Grand Lux Café. B&B Burger & Beer by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich features hamburgers made from high-quality American beef with signature sides, robust salads and standout shakes. Or try the Public House, where brews and spirits of all kinds are paired with a pub menu prepared with gourmet flair. Rounding out the restaurant choices is a fabulous food court in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, an expansive collection of approximately 160 high-end shops (including Barneys) flaunting the hottest names in the fashion world. In fact, it spans about 875,000 square feet, stretching from the indoor canal at The Venetian all the way to the Waterfall Atrium at The Palazzo. In early 2015, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar will open featuring delicious fried chicken and other beloved Southern staples as well as a unique cocktail menu -- with a special on-site ice room where mixologists will harvest hand-cut blocks for an array of libations.Nightlife options abound all over The Venetian. There's The Bourbon Room, inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in Broadway musical "Rock of Ages." Partiers can get shots of bourbon and other fine spirits 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, the world's leading DJs and a multisensory environment, in addition to a 40-foot-long outdoor terrace with stunning views of the Strip. The rollicking Rockhouse is in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, complete with tire swings for the bartenders and birdcages for dancing. For a nightlife experience during the day, check out Tao Beach, where you can enjoy sunbathing 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 including massages, mud masks, aromatherapy experiences, facials, body scrubs and more.Gaming is available around the clock on the opulent and spacious casino floor. Test your luck on the latest video poker and slot machines or with a hand of blackjack and baccarat. There's an elegant more than 14,000-square-foot poker room, which houses 59 tables and can accommodate up to 600 players. The Cantor Race and Sports Book at The Venetian is home to a grand screen measuring 100 by 30 feet that can display more than 34 separate sporting events simultaneously.And the word "grand" only begins to describe the luxury and abundance of amenities in the accommodations. There are two towers -- the 36-story Venetian Tower and the 12-story Venezia Tower -- all filled with suites. Even the smallest one measures about 650 square feet and contains a sunken living room, an entertainment center with a 32-inch flat-screen HDTV, Egyptian cotton sheets and a work desk. With fine Italian marble used for the floors, vanities, showers and Roman tubs, the spacious bathrooms are palatially appointed as well.For business travelers, The Venetian is the ideal location because it's connected to the Sands Expo and Convention Center. Couples looking to get married, go on a honeymoon or celebrate an anniversary will revel in the Old World storybook charm. Indeed, visitors from all walks of life are sure to feel the spirit of "That's amore!" the minute they set foot in this make-believe Italian wonderland.
 

Is Venetian has coffee pot to rent for room?

no,no coffee pot in the rooms
2 years, 3 months ago
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james
kerrville tx.