Riviera Hotel & Casino
2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada
By Chuck Hawks
The Riviera is one of the older resorts on the Strip, dating back to the 1950's, but unlike some, it shows no signs of fading. It maintains a solid three-star (***) rating.
Two towers plus good restaurants and bars, one of the better buffets, decent rooms, and good service keeps the customers coming back. Kady's 24 hour coffee shop, for instance, is one of the better places on the Strip for breakfast or lunch.
Because it has been added to over the years, the Riviera's layout is not as tidy as some of the newer properties, but it is not as difficult to navigate as some Las Vegas resorts. The Riviera bills itself as "The alternative for adults," and it makes an effort to live up to the billing. The casino, shops, shows, and pool areas are primarily designed for adult enjoyment, and are not rigidly themed like those in more family oriented resorts like Circus Circus, Excalibur, or Treasure Island. Don't miss the line of life size bronze showgirls in front of the hotel.
Rooms at the Riviera are quite adequate. Taxi cabs are easily available. And the Riviera is one of the best hotels (second only to the Las Vegas Hilton) in reasonable proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Visitors give the Riviera an average overall rating.