Maven Meter: Rio Macau Casino & Hotel
(Last updated: May 20, 2020)
In business since 2006, the Rio Macau is a pretty decent mid-range option in the middle of the Amizade Strip. Sadly, for reasons I don’t understand, their sharp looking signboard was removed in 2018.
The Rio Casino is run by a third party operator on the Galaxy license, who unsurprisingly, is doing next to nothing with it. It’s like the Waldo Part Two.
RIO PHOTO GALLERY
RIO CASINO GAMES
The Rio has become a full fledged Baccarat Hall. Congratulations for being so insignificant!
Baccarat – Minimums from $300 and up.
Commission Free Baccarat – Minimum bet is $200.
Sic Bo – 7 different bets are available. Minimum Big/Small bet is $100.
Slot Machines – All of the Rio’s slots are located in the basement. There are 110 machines in all, with 5 and 10 cents minimums. Electronic versions of Baccarat, Roulette and Sic Bo all check in at $5.
RIO CASINO PROMOTIONS
Rio’s dead chip program returns 0.8% on buy ins of $10,000. Alternatively, players can choose to redeem points instead, at a rate of 1.0%.
Free hotel rooms can be had at the following buy ins:
If you’re just playing cash games accumulating points on the Rio card, 18 points returns a dining voucher, while free rooms require 50 points from Sunday to Thursday and 70 points on Friday and Saturday.
Fortune VIP Club – Independent VIP operator has rooms on the 2nd floor. It costs $100,000 to join the program with the cash back return 1.25% (monthly), or 1.1% (immediate settlement).
The Rio is a top mid-range option situated close to the Amizade Strip. It has excellent prices for being such a nice and well-maintained hotel, and I would give it serious consideration if I were you.
Prices are in Macau Mops and include all tax and service charges.
You might be able to save $100 to $150 if going through a third party travel website like Agoda or Trip.com
RIO HOTEL ROOM
I stayed in the Family Room in April 2016 for the unbelievably low price of $650 a night.
While it probably could have used a bit more furniture and decoration inside to make it more complete, we had no issues with our time there and would gladly return again.
The bathroom was like a separate en suite in itself, with a large shower, nice bathtub, and impeccable marble furnishings.
If you’re on the road with 3 or 4 friends, you’ll be hard pressed to find a larger room in Macau for a cheaper price.
RIO MACAU RESTAURANTS
Although the Rio is said to have two restaurants, Club Rio only opens from midnight to 6:00 am, cornering the vampire market completely. I’m sure most of us humans will have to be content with trying Canton 8.
Canton 8 – Canton 8 is an offshoot of a more famous outlet in Shanghai that has two Michelin stars. I wouldn’t let the name brand fool you though – no one in Macau is talking about this iteration.
It is fairly cheap though, with dim sum $28 to $58, soup $58 to $228 and appetizers $38 to $98. Delicacies like sharks fin and bird’s nest run $58 to $1688, while seafood is $138 to $788 and barbecue favorites $88 to $888. Main meat options are also reasonably priced, only $68 to $228, while vegetables are $58 to $88 and classic rice and noodle dishes $88 to $108.
Located on the 3rd floor, Canton 8 is open from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm in the afternoon, and from 6:00 pm to 4:00 am at night.
With hours like that, it seems like they’re also dipping their toe in the vampire market as well.
RIO MACAU POOL
The Rio pool is very small but the views from the 23rd floor are pretty killer.
Hours are from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 3:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
They also have what they call a “gymnasium” beside the pool, but it’s so small and pathetic that I’m going to proceed like it doesn’t exist.
RIO MACAU SPA
Rio Sauna – Privately run spa on the fifth floor offers full service for $2640 to $4557, while legit 90 minute massage runs $1498 (Shanghai) and $1598 (Thai).
If you just want to use the facilities, the door pass is $1236, and good for 12 hours. For some reason, all of their happy ending services have been discontinued.
The Rio Spa is open 24 hours.
THE LAST WORD
The Rio kind of flies under the radar but it has a good location, large modern rooms and great prices. In terms of hotels on the Amizade Strip, you could certainly do a lot worse.
As for the casino, it’s completely redundant and should be ignored altogether, like the Baccarat Hall that it is.
RIO MACAU LOCATION
The Rio is located beside the Comendador Ho Yin Gardens, one block West of the Amizade Strip.