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February 18th, 2015 at 8:44:02 AM permalink
Say goodbye to another long-time Vegas landmark. The details are in this article: Riviera hotel to be demolished for Las Vegas convention center expansion.

Personally, I thought the Riv was a decent place to stay on the Strip on a low budget. It was often compared to Circus Circus, across the street. Between the two, I would go with the Riv. Overall, I thought the Riv was a decent place for the money. I don't think anybody worked there under the age of 50. The cocktail waitresses looked like the grandmothers of those at the Cosmopolitan. However, they treated players well. It hardly took any play at all to get the attention of a host and pretty generous offers. For those who like classic Vegas, I think the Riv is about as close to it as you can still get. I think a lot of old timers will be sorry to see it go.

As I mentioned in another thread, this time I'm not going to miss the implosion. That article said they are schedule to close in August. That probably means an implosion about a couple months later. Who is up to joining me?

The question for the poll is what are your feelings on the news?

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February 18th, 2015 at 8:53:49 AM permalink
It is sad to see this place go. I really think the stalled projects that were close to it for years in the Echelon and Fontainebleau contributed mightily for this. Those two projects gave the impression that the strip ended at Wynncore which it really didn't. Stardust gone, Desert Inn, gone, and now this. The only outpost of the old Vegas left on the strip might be the Flamingo
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February 18th, 2015 at 8:58:43 AM permalink
It needed to go. It was not a good place recently. Time for something better to be put there.

So goeth Vegas.
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February 18th, 2015 at 9:03:37 AM permalink
I went there with a friend last Christmas eve. I was looking for a key in our random crap tray downstairs then stumbled upon these card sleeves that had riviera labeled on them. Inside there was a $25 matchplay and $10 fsp. I don't remember where they came from but there were two sets and expired on the 31st. I gave one to my friend and we ended up each winning our matchplay. She played hers on roulette. I played mine on craps.
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February 18th, 2015 at 9:06:32 AM permalink
Quote: Gabes22

The only outpost of the old Vegas left on the strip might be the Flamingo

In name only. Unless "old Vegas" was about standing in long lines for everything, resort fees, and cutting corners right and left on the amenities.
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February 18th, 2015 at 9:08:29 AM permalink
It's a little sad but yes, I am surprised it lasted this long. The long term trend is strip casinos becoming more upscale and relying more and more on non-gaming revenues. The only thing they had going for them was close proximity to the convention center. I am sure the period between the Sahara closing and the SLS opening hit their traffic a bit also, and from what I have heard the SLS isn't exactly bringing in the crowds.

The last time I set foot in the Riviera was when I was working a booth at CES in 2006. My company was on a tight budget so we stayed at the Sahara. It was my first time in Vegas and we foolishly ate at an overprice Italian place in the back of the Riviera. It looked cool and old-school but the food was pretty ho-hum and high priced. Still better than the Sahara food, though. I remember checking out of the Sahara and the clerk asked us how we liked our stay. My response: "this is a decent place to stay, but don't eat here."
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February 18th, 2015 at 10:46:27 AM permalink
I voted "other", for two reasons.

First, my first thought was, "What happens to the Pinball Hall Of Fame Annex?" (aka "those pinball machines that were next to the food court"), but I am under the impression that those may have already been removed. (The thought of moving them across the street into the Circus Circus arcade, or midway, is the stuff that nightmares are made of.)

Second, I represent what appears to be a not particularly insignificant number of people whose first thoughts were, "Never mind the Riviera - but make sure nothing happens to the Peppermill!" Their fears seem to be for nothing; the restaurant's Facebook site says that they have a long-term lease and have no plans of leaving. (Besides, unless the convention center wants to add a food court, you would think that it would want to keep the Peppermill right where it is.)
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February 18th, 2015 at 2:47:05 PM permalink
We stayed there a few years back. A friend of ours came along, and my brother met us out there too. I'm sure we got a good rate, and besides I like staying at places I haven't stayed at before. Mrs. Q called on the cell phone when she got up and going. The conversation went something like this:

Mrs. Q: Where are you ?

Mr. Q: I'm across the street at Slots of Fun with my brother.

Mrs. Q: Well I'm going to go to the coffee shop to get some breakfast. Do you want to come back over and eat with Julie and me ?

Mr. Q: Thanks, but I already ate. Call me when you're done.

Mrs. Q: What do you mean you already ate, what did you have ?

Mr. Q: A Heineken and a Chili Dog.

Mrs. Q: Oh for crying out loud. Click.

Well, maybe not quite up to the level of a Mickey Crimm story, but.....
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February 18th, 2015 at 2:53:43 PM permalink
Sad to see, I always meant to actually see the place as it is where my favorite movie, "Casino," was filmed. I just never made it there my few times in Vegas. My guess is I would have been disappointed in what it really was.
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February 18th, 2015 at 2:55:26 PM permalink
I actually think this is a brilliant move by the convention authority. I think it is so brilliant that I can't believe they thought of it.

I will miss it and that whole side of the street has changed since I moved here. Sahara gone, Riv going, Desert In gone, El Rancho gone. I liked going to all of those.
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