How can anybody not like Riviera? It's been around forever and is the only old place left on the strip (unless you count Flamingo which is nothing like it was years ago). The place looks almost the same as it did 50 years ago, they have recently updated all the rooms again. (It's like the 7 year locust, they remodel about every 7 years), and they completely revamped their buffet and now it's pretty darned good!!!
They have a great Las Vegas type atmosphere, relatively low limits on their tables, and the food is good. Besides the buffet, Kady's (next to the poker room) has been around for years and is a great place to eat. Kady's is Riviera's "coffee shop" restaurant. I have never been to their silly show "Crazy Girls" but it's been around a long time so it has that going for it. I'm just not into that type of thing...many of the shows bore me.
But hey, if you can get a cheap room at this place, GO!
The Riv is like your kinda-cool grandma. There's a lot of potential, but it's just not that cool. Nestled between two vacant lots, the Riv is close to almost nothing. The show quality is low, and there are plenty of hidden fees added to show tickets. The rooms are actually pretty nice, updated, and have great views. The pool is old school deep and oval. Tables seem high for this low end joint.
With the demise of the North Strip (R.I.P. Sahara, Stardust, Frontier, Westward Ho), Riviera remains the only classic Vegas hotel/casino down there (no offense Circus Circus). This place has that classic Vegas feel to it and I love it. From the shiny lights out front, to the low limit games, Riviera is a remaining dinosaur of the rat pack era.
We dined at Kady's and the food was average...but average is OK with me at this place because the classicness outweighs everything else.
Who knows if/how long Riviera will be around, so enjoy it while you can. You won't be sorry you did.