ROOM: It’s HUGE! And the bed… OH THE KING SIZED BED! We slept for 12 hours straight. The nice thick mattress was like falling onto a cloud. The size of the suite was at least double what you would find elsewhere and includes a couch, a comfortable chair, a two-person working desk and flat screen TV.
Yes, there are some cons, which I will mention, but the pros of our room far outweigh the things that are easily overlooked.
Pros: Because we are artists, we noticed the wall art right away. The art is beautiful and restful. A watercolor of rolling hills and etheric sky hangs above the two person couch and is the first thing we see when waking. “Good morning world!”
Over the bed is a gold and soft purple image of a peaceful outdoor scene. Off the end of the bed and to the right was an enormous wooden TV cabinet and pay per use bar. Around the dividing wall and near the entry door we found a long storage unit and on top were a complimentary Keurig coffee maker and coffee items, drawers for clothing storage, a hair dryer, sink and a double glass mirrored sliding door with a mini frig inside. The bathroom included a toilet, of course, large tub/shower with curtain and another sink with lots of counter space. Four stylistic lamps, a large wall mirror made the choice of gentle lighting an easy one. Every suite has a view from its wall of windows. For us, when we look slightly up (11th floor) we can see many of the strip hotels – Whyndham, Trump, Encore, Wynn, Treasure Island, Palms and the Mirage. The room is wonderfully sound proof and the entire evening the only thing we could hear was the gentle humming of the beautifully chilled air conditioner. The room was immaculately cleaned and the tile floors polished to a high sheen. We even had a dressing table with chair and large mirror for easy make up application.
Cons: The carpet is old and needs replacing. The door to room 1187 does not close tightly. We returned from an evening out to find our door ajar. That Keurig coffee maker we mentioned earlier? You’ll pay $8 for a box of coffee pop-ins from the room bar (looks like there’s enough in there for about 3 cups of coffee). There’s also a Starbucks downstairs by your elevator in the Impanema tower. The flat screen TV is rather small. In some spots the wall paper is in need of repair or replacing. The mini frig was cool, but not cold enough and not adjustable. The view from the floor to ceiling windows with black-out curtains and sheers when looking down is of the industrial air conditioning units, the delivery bays, and asphalt, parking and industrial buildings. The bathroom, as with most hotels today does not have a vent, so when you shower the mirror gets steamed quickly and there are no windows in the room to vent the steam.
Ours was a working and together-time vacation so while working at the desk on our articles, we found the cold AC blowing on our backs both annoying and distracting, but where else were they going to place it? We just learned to work faster.
We waited for the Rio’s Semi-Annual Sale and our price for two nights, which included 12% sales tax and $25 per night resort fee (which is taxable, like the room), internet and free parking, was $154.56
We did wonder what the Resort Fee included and discovered it was for In-room Wi-Fi, Fitness center access, In-room local/tool-free calls and access to their Rio Spa and Salon. More about that in an upcoming article.
Be assured, the cons are not enough to keep us from returning or encouraging you to enjoy a restful, romantic getaway with your sweetheart at a very reasonable price.