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 Riviera
Riviera
Want to experience the postcard image of vintage Vegas? Look no further than the Riviera. Opened on April 20, 1955, this enduring hotel has six decades tucked firmly under its belt.Located toward the north end of the Las Vegas Strip, the Riviera isn't in the heart of the action, but it's not too far from some popular destinations. This is what you'll find in the immediate radius: Wynn Las Vegas and Encore to the south, SLS Las Vegas (as well as the Rock in Rio festival grounds) to the north, and the Las Vegas Convention Center to the east. All of these places are just minutes away by car or take about 20 minutes to get to on foot. And right next door is the Peppermill Restaurant & Lounge, another enduring Vegas gem (be sure to go over and sip a drink beside the kitschy sunken fire pit).Here's the thing about the Riviera: it isn't one of those megaresorts that will cost you a pretty penny. Think of it more as a place to crash for the evening. Accommodations are basic and clean, plus there are a few cool things to do here.First of all, be sure to check out the resort's star-lit glass exterior with pulsating neon at night. It really is beautiful to see.Speaking of those Vegas days gone by, the list of celebrities who have appeared at the Riviera is truly impressive. When it opened, Liberace was the featured performer. Also gracing the resort's showrooms and lounges were Milton Berle, Mickey Rooney, Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, George Burns, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Liza Minelli, Joan Rivers (who had audiences doubled over in laughter) and many, many others. So have a look at a display near the back of property that pays tribute to these legends.Sitting in the Starlite Theater or Le Bistro Lounge today feels like a blast to the past, although the entertainment lineup is very different. Headlining the Riviera is longtime magician Dirk Arthur. Several big cats (Bengal tigers, a snow leopard, a panther and a bobcat...oh my!) and a few feathered friends are featured in his show "Wild Illusions!" If you're after laughs, head up to the Riviera Comedy Club, where you can see the one-man production "40 Is Not the New 20" starring comedian Matt Kazam.Or for one of the city's most longstanding and sensuous topless revues, go to "Crazy Girls," which has been playing at the Riviera for more than 25 years. (Tip: It's supposed to be good luck to rub the bottoms on the bronze statue of the Crazy Girls' butts in front of the Riviera. You'll look a little pervy doing it, we know, but if you snap a photo and post it on your Facebook page, the number of "Likes" you get will amaze you...we guarantee it.)The Riviera's most upscale restaurant is R Steak & Seafood, where you can order classic meat and fish dishes. The Wicked Vicky Tavern has great greasy eats (burgers, wings, pizzas and nachos) and a nice atmosphere for sports fans who want to catch a game. The Banana Leaf Cafe offers an interesting mix of Asian and American specialties. And there's a food court situated next to the Pinball Hall of Fame, where you can test your skills on pinball games dating back to the 1960s.The Riviera also has a fair-sized casino with some table games and lots of slots. There's a William Hill Race & Sports Book nestled just inside the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance. Although small, the resort's courtyard pool is charming thanks to large lawns (with real grass). In addition to a beauty salon and barber shop, there's a tattoo studio and a wedding chapel.Aside from being a great deal for budget travelers, there's another reason to stay at the Riviera. Four of the ultimate Vegas movies -- the Rat Pack original "Ocean's 11" (1960), Martin Scorsese's "Casino" (1995), the X-rated cult classic "Showgirls" (1995) and one of Chevy Chase's Griswold family adventures "Vegas Vacation" (1997) -- were filmed here. To explore the hallowed ground where some your favorite scenes were shot...well, now isn't that motivation enough for you to visit?
 
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fromPhoenix, arizona
Age:35 to 44
Gender:Female
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Family
Purchase Frequency:More than 3 times a year
Star Rating Accuracy:Too High
Gambler:Yes
Game:Progressive Slots
No, I do not recommend this product.
This place is affordable
PostedFebruary 21, 2013
When I checked in the guy at the desk was great. They messed up my room and the guest services,manager had a terrible attitude, along with the woman who checked me out. The buffet was not good at all. If your looking price this is a good place but if you wanr more I would book somewhere else.
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The Silverton isn't located on the Las Vegas Strip, so it's no wonder this quirky place has a distinctly un-Strip-like attitude.First of all, let us explain where it is. The Silverton is located just west of Las Vegas Boulevard, off the I-15 at Blue Diamond Road. That's about five miles south (a 10-minute drive) of the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign. If you don't have a car, don't worry. The Silverton offers free shuttle service to and from McCarran International Airport and The Forum Shops at Caesars, which sits at the center of the Strip.Anyway...getting back to the Silverton's attitude...maybe we should expand upon "un-Strip-like" because it also has a very "un-desert-like" outlook. This hotel was designed to resemble a mountain lodge (minus the mountain). And, except for the casino and the huge aquarium with mermaids (hence why we called it "quirky" above), it does a good of job of capturing a peaceful, rustic feeling.You'll get a down-home welcome when you arrive, and the décor -- lots of stone and wood detail work -- evokes a warm, outdoorsy feeling. For this reason, the Silverton seems to attract a more rugged, independent-minded group of visitors who embrace going off-the-beaten track in Vegas.And this also explains the hotel's featured attraction: Bass Pro Shops. The beloved Midwestern chain has a two-story flagship store connected to the Silverton (you can literally walk right into it from the casino). Modeled after an Adirondack hunting lodge, Bass Pro Shops houses everything related to fishing, boating, camping, golf and open-air recreation. You'll find archery and shooting ranges here. There's even a waterfall that feeds into a 40,000-gallon aquarium where fishing lessons are conducted.Because you can never have enough aquariums, there's an impressive one inside the Silverton too. It's a circular 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium. People are always gathered around it, mesmerized by the exotic fish -- including leopard sharks, stingrays, parrotfish and triggerfish. At various times on Thursdays through Sundays, you can catch free live shows called "mermaid swims." (If Ariel is your favorite Disney princess, then you're in for a treat!) Although there are plenty of benches, chairs and nooks around the aquarium (in addition to the Mermaid Cove Art Gallery, where you can purchase paintings of mermaids by Wil Comier), the nearby Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge boasts elevated seating with a great view.When you get hungry, the Silverton is home to many other restaurants that have nothing to do with the sea. Sink your teeth into a succulent cut of meat at the Twin Creeks Steakhouse. Dig into Mexican specialties while surrounded by colorful lights at the Mi Casa Grill Cantina. Devour upscale café fare in the Sundance Grill, which also has a yummy gelato stand. Or pile your plate high in Seasons, the resort's popular buffet. It features foods from several different cuisines, and on Saturday nights there's a special themed Polynesian spread.If you're more interested in drinking than eating, there are a few nice bars at the Silverton. Our favorite is the Shady Grove Lounge because it has a vintage 1950s Airstream trailer with two mini bowling alleys inside. The Flare Bar, near the parking garage, offers a more contemporary vibe highlighted by 260 color-changing light fixtures.During the summer the Sway Pool & Lounge is a pleasurable place to soak up the sun. Specialty cocktails (like the Silverton Punch) are served at the small yet stylish dipping pool, which is surrounded by cabanas, daybeds and a hot tub.So even though the Silverton is un-Strip-like, it's perfect if you're looking for an affordable, laid-back Vegas vacation. You won't be far from the action, but you will be far enough away to enjoy a more secluded stay...in a curious lodge-meets-casino-meets-mermaids world.
 

Do you have double beds in a room ?

Yes you can get double beds
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