Rio

Just a short distance west of the Strip, the Rio Las Vegas offers a Brazilian theme and a high-flying zip line in a colorful resort packed with restaurants, bars and theaters.

The vibe:

Offering affordable all-suite accommodations, near (but not too near) the action.

What we love:

Attention thrill seekers: Allow us to introduce you to the Rio Zipline. This daunting ride begins on top of the Rio’s 51-story Masquerade Tower. You’ll be strapped in a chair (with only a lap belt) and slide for about 800 feet to the 20-story Ipanema Tower. Then you’ll return again… backwards.

The Rio hosts the prestigious World Series of Poker each year. Imagine the Super Bowl, but instead of the Vince Lombardi Trophy the winner goes home with a diamond-encrusted bracelet and at millions in cash.

Called Voodoo Beach, the Rio’s pool deck features palm trees, waterfalls, hot tubs and swimming pools that each have different vibes. There are fish- and clam-shaped pools. Kids flock to the sand-bottomed pool near the entrance while adults make tracks for the lagoon-style pool at the back.

Insider tips:

Women, indulge your feminine side by going to the lounge in the lobby of the Chippendales Theatre. It has an all-male waitstaff…and be sure to check out the ladies room. We love the circular dressing area with its purple leather couches and softly lit vanity. Dubbed “the gossip pit,” this is the perfect place to debate which Chippendale dancer has the hottest bod.

For an elevated drinking experience, step down into the Wine Cellar & Tasting Room. It’s crammed with more than 10,000 bottles – including one that came from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar. Choose from more than 100 wines sold by the glass. Cheese plates and freshly baked breads will enhance your enjoyment too.

Good to know:

This hotel is not located on the Strip. Although you can see the Strip and it appears to be close, we don’t recommend walking to it because you’ll have to pass over a major interstate while crossing busy on-and off-ramps.

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