Las Vegas’ Rio heads for remodelling

Credit: Jeff Green Photography.
The famed Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, USA, is to have its Ipanema Tower accommodation renovated.

A total of 1,427 standard oversized guestrooms and suites will be revamped, with the project scheduled to complete during Q1 2024.

Room refreshment

The standard oversized 600 sq ft guestrooms will be significantly upgraded with all new furnishings and fittings, a tub-to-shower conversion, separate living and sleeping zones. The custom furnishings will cater to both work and play, featuring a state-of-the-art 65-in television, wi-fi, and all rooms will have a sectional sofa with a queen-size pull-out bed.

The Ipanema Tower guestroom designs draw inspiration from contemporary and stylish apartments near Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. referencing the collected furnishings, sense of handcraft and timeless flamboyance of Brazilian design. The art collection will focus on Brazilian artists and/or subjects and lends a more authentic art sensibility than the average hotel art.

Funding raise

The plan follows owner New York-based real estate development and investment firm, Dreamscape Companies, completing a US$850 million capital raise  earlier this year, which is financing Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas’ multi-phase renovation.

The company acquired the property in late 2019 from Caesars Entertainment, contemporaneously entering into a sale lease-back with Caesars to operate the hotel.

Honouring legacy

As the first all-suite hotel to hit the Las Vegas Strip in 1990, the resort holds a prominent position in the city’s storied past. With the intent to preserve the property’s bones and honour its legacy, Dreamscape will reimagine the two-tower structure, restoring it into a premiere resort and casino experience with modernised amenities and an array of offerings that speak to today’s gaming and hospitality consumer.

The overarching design approach is part of the larger vision to completely revitalise the property to compete in today’s ultra competitive market; with the aim of creating a vibrant dynamic lifestyle experience.

Creative direction

Dreamscape provided the creative direction for the rooms, with Interior design and architecture by Marnell Architecture Planning & Design.

The property will remain open throughout the renovation, with Dreamscape slated to officially take over and manage operations at the resort this autumn.

Touch of luxury

Dreamscape founder Eric Birnbaum said: “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with Marnell Architecture Planning & Design to breathe new life into this iconic Las Vegas property.

“The new room design blends elements of fun and whimsy with an unmistakable touch of luxury. We are excited to start the remodel this summer and are eagerly anticipating the moment our guests get to experience the refreshed rooms for themselves.”