Dubbed the “Entertainment Center of Las Vegas,” the Riviera Hotel and Casino is certainly a lively attraction on the strip!
Opened in 1955, the Riviera Hotel and Casino was once the first ‘high rise’ on the Vegas strip ñ oh, how times have changed. Now it’s not the only big building on the strip, so it’s sometimes overlooked at the place that was opened with old time celebrities ñ Liberace and Joan Crawford. When you walk inside, you’re instantly taken back to the older days of Vegas. The casino area is cramped and dark, with a mysterious appeal that makes it feel sinful and dangerous. Of course, this also means that some people might feel a little cramped and claustrophobic.
The rooms at Riviera are fairly decent, with modern decor and simply furnishings. Since the hotel is in a little bit of a bidding war, they’re probably not going to be updated any time soon ñ that is, until the new owners take over. From most of the rooms, you can actually see the pool, so that’s an added bonus if you like people watching.
The food at the Mardi Gras Food Court is delicious, while also being affordable ñ a rare combination. Or you might also want to head to the other food choices ñ Chinese, Greek, and American styles.
True to its adults-only appeal, the Crazy Girls stage show is a sexy revue while you can also see female impersonators at An Evening at La Cage.
Rooms start at $59 and feature basic amenities like a flat screen TV and free parking.