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Las Vegas , USA
3700 W Flamingo Rd
+1 866 746 7671
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Despite its giddy Carnaval theme, the all-suites Rio casino hotel is often overshadowed by the action at the Palms casino resort across the street. Occupying most of its corny two-story 'Masquerade Village' is a 100,000-sq-ft casino decked out with a colorful motif and more than 1200 slot machines, 80 table games, a full-service race and sports book with 100 TVs and a cut-throat poker room that's home to the World Series of Poker finals.

An innovative new bar system guarantees you won't go thirsty: iPad-wielding 'Beverage Ambassadors' take your order, then 'BevErtainers' bring your drinks in between doing 90-second song-and-dance numbers back on the main floor. Ringed around the casino are run-of-the-mill retail shops and a pair of overhyped buffets . The crowd-pleasing comedy and magic duo Penn & Teller draw in fans from far and wide, as do the flirty Chippendales dancers.

Fifty floors above the village, atop one of Rio's towers and reached by a glass elevator, is VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub , a past-its-prime dance floor where revelers bop around to '80s music while drinking in the views ā€“ and some seriously gigantic cocktails. More thrilling is the new VooDoo Zipline , which slingshots tandem riders over 30mph.