Last time I stayed there was 2005 and it was dying then. Worn carpet, crappy buffet, beds too soft, bathrooms from the 70's with chipped tiles, no hot water.
I'm staying at the Riviera for my Vegas trip in March. Can't wait...
Otherwise, a bland, kind of smokey, older folks place with little glamour or ritz. If you like really bright casinos its good haha. No food or anything like that to rave about that makes the place a destination. Only go if you might get slightly upset that you didn't when you had the chance. Otherwise, no need to go.
On the M, YES GO THERE BY ALL MEANS. Incredible buffet (i went twice during my last trip), great value, good gaming rules, decent machines and a beauty to look at. Also has excellent CWs. I highly recommend this place.
Hard Rock- Its a nice place to check out, cool memorabilia on the walls. Otherwise, the gaming is meh and its aimed at a young crowd. Even as a young man i don't completely embrace it.
If you can only do one of these 3, go to the M.
Seconded all around. Additional point: my name is also Ross.
The Riv is a depressing place that looks like at one time it was very cool but I'm glad we stopped in.
Also, wasn't the Riv the place where "The Hangover" guys did their "Rain Man" schitck?
The wife and I will be heading to Vegas in 2 weeks. Because of family reasons, this will probably be our last trip for a few years. I have been making a list of stuff we want to do, and have never gotten around to.
There are a few major casinos we have never been to. I think the Riviera is the only one on the strip. I have never heard anything that has made it sound like it's worth driving to.
Also we have never been to Hard Rock. Is there anything to check out? Is it worth driving to M if we have the chance?
I'm sorry to hear that you will be off the visitor list for a while. Hope things are okay.
Are the, "Crazy Girls" statues still outside the Riv? If so, your wife would appreciate it if you did not go there. Spend an extra half hour at Bellagio and see two fountain shows instead.
is because of the old Vegas history. Kindof a classic, right ?
Everything is OK. Our extended adolescence is just ending, and we'll have a baby soon. So I fully expect the Riviera to be gone by the next time we are back.
We have definitely seen the Crazy Girls statues a few times, while stuck in traffic on the strip.
It is one of the few remaining Rat Pack/Ocean's 11 casinos, so we will probably go, just to say we've been there.
We had never even thought about rock memorabilia at the Hard Rock. We will definitely go for that reason. We now feel kind of dumb that we haven't gone before.
As for M, it will probably depend on our schedule, and where we go. We might check it out on the way back from the Hoover Dam bridge.
Everything is OK. Our extended adolescence is just ending, and we'll have a baby soon.
Great news! Congratulations! However, the growing baby may be a good reason to stay out of the low ceiling, smoke filled Riviera. Trust the board on this one, the only "Rat Pack" you will see there are in the traps in the food court. Everything appeard to be re-done back in the 80's, so if you enjoyed the era of big hair, designer jeans, and skinny ties, have at it. The cool 50's and 60's are long gone from that place.