sights / Architecture

Lonely Planet review

When it opened in 1955, the Riviera was the first high-rise on the Strip. Liberace did the ribbon-cutting honors; film auteur Orson Welles appeared on stage the next year performing – of all things – magic acts. A host of big-name entertainers have starred at the Riviera ever since, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Tony Bennett. But that Hollywood glamour is almost entirely gone now. Inside the dimly lit, confusingly laid-out casino, Penny and Nickel Town are faves with the old-as-the-hills clientele, but times are changing – the Riviera is to undergo a substantial renovation as the resort attempts to court the convention crowd.