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The Riviera

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Stretching some 1,000 feet along Las Vegas Boulevard South and profiling itself as 'The Entertainment Center of Las Vegas' and 'The Alternative for Grown-Ups', The Riviera is one of the eyecatchers on the northern part of the famed Las Vegas 'Strip', with the most prominent part the blue, richly neon-decorated front.
When it first opened it's doors in 1955 (ribbon-cutting performed by the extravagant pianist Liberace - also the first headliner at the Riviera) construction had cost $10 million dollars - mere petty cash compared to the resorts opening on the Strip these days. The Riviera was then a remarkable venue, being the first high-rise hotel (9 stories). Over the years, the Riviera has been through quite some expansions and changes, the latest major ones being the Monaco Tower (1988; $28 million dollars) and adding 70,000 square feet to the casino in 1990.
The Riviera now has 5 towers:
  • Monte Carlo Tower (220 deluxe rooms, 50 suites, 14 petite suites, 6 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom penthouses);
  • Monaco Tower (901 deluxe rooms, 43 petite suites, 2 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom penthouses);
  • Mediterranean Tower, North (372 deluxe rooms, 3 suites, 7 petite suites and 1 honeymoon suite);
  • Mediterranean Tower, South (147 deluxe rooms, 18 suites and 14 petite suites);
  • San Remo Tower (230 deluxe rooms and 6 suites).back

    The Casino

    With around 125,000 square feet of casino space, The Riviera offers all reel slots and video games, table games, poker, keno and bingo, as well as a complete race and sports book.
    The Riviera has a special designated area for low-rollers, called Nickel Town, which has a lot of low-denomination slots. Check the free, readily available, Las Vegas show- and information guides: sometimes you'll find coupons for 99¢ souvenir mugs and other special offers. back


    The Riviera offers 7 eateries, ranging from fast food to Chinese cuisine:
  • Rik' Shaw
    Chinese cuisine and combination dinners in a casual, relaxed Far Eastern setting. Open Wednesday - Sunday from 5:30p to 11:00p.
  • Ristorante Italiano
    This italian restaurant is often named as one of the premier dining spots in Las Vegas. Open Friday - Tuesday, 5:30p to 11:00p
  • Kristofer's Steakhouse
    In this Mediterranean decorated restaurant you can enjoy steaks, seafood and daily, fixed price, specials. Open 7 days a week from 5:30p - 11p.
  • Kady's Coffee Shop
    The Riviera's 24-hour coffeeshop, overlooking the pool area, has daily specials and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • World's Fare Buffet
    Roast Baron of Beef and fresh carving station. Located near the shopping arcade and open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Mardi Gras Food Court
    Eight quick service restaurants, all in one place: Burger King, Kabalen, Taco Riko, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, TCBY, Riksson Cafe Express and Dragon Sushi. Located near the video arcade, which might come in handy when you're travelling with your (or someone elses) kids.
  • Hound Doggies
    A fast food outlet in Riviera's Nickel Town.
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    Proclaiming to be the 'Entertainment Center of Las Vegas', The Riviera does have quite some entertainment. With 5 separate shows (69 performances weekly), there's quite a lot to choose from:

  • Splash
    Located in the Versailles Theatre (called the Clover Room till 1960), an audience of 1,000 can enjoy a show taking place in and around a 20,000 gallon aquarium, featuring show girls, dancers and special effects. Performed nightly at 7:30p and 10:30p, the show is only open for adults 18 and over - though special family shows are available during the summer.

  • An Evening at La Cage
    Illusionary impersonations about sums this show up. Expect French style cabaret, complete with high heels and nin-button evening gloves. Nightly at the Mardi Gras Pavillion (dark Tuesdays) at 7:30p and 9:30p, with an extra show on Wednesday at 11.15p.

  • Crazy Girls: Sensuality & Passion
    This topless revue offers music, song, dance and comedy by some of the most experienced dancers. This Norbert Aleman production can be seen twice nightly at the Mardi Gras Pavillion at 8:30p and 10:30p (dark Mondays), with an extra show on Saturday at midnight.

  • The Riviera Comedy Club
    Las Vegas' longest running comedy venue features performances seven nights a week at 8 and 10p, with extra shows on Friday and Saturday at 11:45p. Not only (headliner) comedians are featured here, but ventriloquists, hypnotists, magicians and 'shock' comedians as well. In association with KFBI radio, The Riviera Comedy Club is host to XXXTreme Comedy. These late-night shows are held one weekend a month.

  • Le Bistro Lounge
    Located on the ground level of the Mardi Gras Pavillion, talented singers and musicians perform daily from 4p to 8p. Headliner acts are featured in the evening (such as Cornell Gunter's Coasters, Freddie Bell and Loretta Holloway) until early in the morning. Other special events are the Jazz on the Strip series on Mondays and Lon Bronson's All-Star Band on Friday and Saturday. (Note: there's a one-drink minimum, though no cover charge) back

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    There is a wide variety of shops available at the Riviera, selling such items as Russian folk art and sports memorabilia. Here's a selection of shops at The Riviera:
  • Chocolate Heaven Offering a wide variety of chocolates and other confectionery items.
  • D & D Vitamins, perfumes and cosmetics
  • Kid's Inc. Children's clothing, toys and gifts
  • Hotel Gift Shop With two locations (one across from the front desk and one near the buffet in the Monaco tower), the Hotel Gift Shop offers liquors, newspapers, gifts and souvenirs.
  • Marshall Rousso Upscale men's and women's apparel.
  • Nevada Wine Company Personalized labels featuring the wines of Pahrump Valley Vineyards, Nevada's only winery.
  • Splash Co. Store Selling Splash show merchandise
  • Toni's Cats Retail merchandise with a feline motif. back

  • Other amenities

    Besides the gaming, dining, shopping and entertainment, The Riviera also has an olympic-sized swimming pool, two lighted tennis courts, Men's and Women's health spas and exercise rooms, video arcade, an Allstate Car Rental desk, an America West Airlines ticket counter, GoodFellas shoeshine, a business center with fax and photocopying, FedEx, UPS, cellular phones and more, and a wedding chapel. Other services are 24-hour room service, child care services, free safe deposit boxes, wake-up service and wheelchairs.

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