I stayed at this hotel twice for work for about 1.5 weeks each time. Just looking at the pictures of the rooms now brings back memories of the place!
Firstly, if like most people you are coming from HK via the ferry terminal - dont bother walking down the ramp to where the main casinos buses are. The buses to the Rio hotel are small vans and i think only about every half an hour so when they are there the staff are standing at the top of the ramp. So unless you happen to catch one right there, I would catch a Taxi instead - from memory it was about 35 patacas
The hotel itself is on the edge of Macau and about 10 mins walk to the nearest main casino (Wynn) or about 15 mins walk to the main shopping strips. This may not sound much, but given Macau is hot ahd humid most of the year you end up having to catch transport of some sort. It was close to the client I was working on, but otherwise is not a great location.
Also, if you want a non smoking room, make sure you specify this on your booking and remind them when you check in. I stayed for 2 nights in a smoking room which can be quite horrible if you are a non smoker. Although the non smoking rooms are only marginally better and smel of stale smoke - I suspect this is due to the recycling of air through the air conditioners.
Breakfast was a wide variety, but the quality of everthing was quite poor. In addition, make sure you wake up on time as it seems after about 9 o clock most of the food has disappeared courtesy of hungry gamblers from all corners of Asia. The seating area it self is also quite cramped and when it gets full, I have seen people being seated in the lobby outside the restaurant on what looks like garden furniture seating
There is also a "spa" on level 2 - be warned this is not a spa as you would expect in a western hotel, but appears to be some sort of seedy "mens only" spa - would definately recommend you stay away!
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