It's highly unlikely that hotel planners sit down with their architects and say "How can we make it as difficult as possible for guests to get around?". And yet, many Vegas resorts are so poorly laid out that you may find yourself questioning whether it's deliberate. Entrance through the back, reservation desk in the very front, long hauls through the casino, and marathon treks down unbelievably long corridors...that's the norm, not the exception
The situation gets even more frustrating once additional towers are added to an original building. Such is the case with Rio Las Vegas. Depending on whether you park in their original north garage or east-facing Masquerade garage, you'll need to navigate twisting corridors or banks of escalators before reaching the main interior. Then it's a parade through the casino to find the front desk, which is always understaffed (automated kiosks rarely work, too). After receiving your keys and a property map, it's back through the casino to either the original Ipanema Tower or the instantly recognizable Masquerade Tower.
If you absolutely must stay at Rio, be sure to apply for a free Caesars Rewards player card. Members often receive Rio rates of only $10 per night, not including a mind-boggling $35 per night (plus tax) resort fee. As the lowest-tier property on Caesars' portfolio, you can expect negligible drink service, a skeleton crew, duct tape-quality maintenance, frequently-closed restaurants, and dwindling amenities. And don't forget that Rio's Voodoo Beach recently earned a place on our list as one of the worst pools in the city.