River Rock Casino Resort
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Friday 22nd July Day 12
Michelle was up early as she wanted breakfast and had to finalize a few queries with the bill (eeek). having packed, she quickly woke dean, headed for breakfast and to sort the query out. it was then an express check off the bus and....Welcome Vancouver!!!!!
we were greeted by rather grey looking skies, we …
Stu found the missing Canadian dollars, hooray! In time to spend them too. Terry Haigh skyped this morning but unfortunately could not be heard due to technical problems, Stu enjoyed seeing his lovely face though and the handwritten messages!
It was raining as we left the hotel (in fact it rained all day non stop) and we jumped on the train to …
Stu watched the football online this morning so I got to lie in until it finished at 10am, he was very pleased with the result I might add so in a very chirpy mood when he came to wake me up.
We have big curvy escalators in our hotel lobby, I think I have only ever seen straight escalators before but these ones are very bent, something I will …
Cannot get out of bed in Vancouver, we hit snooze about 5 times and then reset the alarm for another hour. Did eventually get into town though. Very cold again so I decided not to stand still at all which led to me walking in circles quite a bit.
Back by the waterfront we found the olympic torch (which unfortunately was not alight) and watched …
We could not wake up this morning so it was quite a late start to the day. We skyped the folks and then headed out into the cold and rain of Vancouver.
The sky train took us to 'Waterfront' and for brunch we bought smoothies which was a bad idea as they were icy cold and made us feel even colder than we already were.
We went to tourist info …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
TravelPod Member ReviewsRiver Rock Casino Resort Richmond
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Historical Traveler Reviews River Rock Casino Resort Richmond
Stayed here one night in October. Beautiful hotel, easily the best deal in town.
My husband and I spent one night at this hotel and enjoyed it immensely. We arrived at 1:00 on Thursday hoping that our room might be available and were very pleased to be checked in right away. We stayed in a one bedroom suite. The view was lousy but we didn't mind because we felt we were getting a pretty good deal for a Vancouver area hotel. It should be mentioned that the soundproofing in the rooms is great given the proximity to the airport. You can watch planes coming and going, yet barely hear them. Our only complaint about the room was that we tried to turn down the heat but the thermostat kept resetting. Upon check out I learned that had I called the desk they could have lowered it for us. 22 degrees celcius is too warm to sleep in! I used the fitness facility which is well equipped and clean, then joined my husband at the hot tub. He noted that there are some grout problems in the hot tub that will need to be repaired. A bit surprising given how new the hotel is. We enjoyed a full breakfast the next morning which was included in our $124.00 plus taxes room rate. Parking is included which is a big consideration when staying in many hotels. Every staff person we came in contact with was attentive and pleasant, and seemed eager to help out. The seasonal decorations were beautiful and made quite an impact in the main entrance. We would definitely return!
Just arrrived back home after a 2 day stay - Oct. 26 & 27/2005. We were celebrating our anniversay and this is the perfect spot to do so. The hotel is gorgeous and our room was more than above average - stunning decorating, top quality furnishings, plush towels, at least 400 thread coount sheets, incredibly comfortable bed. The hotel itself is top notch with fabulous touches - rock tables on an outside patio with a fire in the middle of the table, custom carpets, custom lighting throughout etc. The staff was wonderful - very friendly and extremely attentive. As we were checking out, they were right there asking if our car had been valet parked so that they could go and get it for us. There were so many special touches it is hard to list them all. We highly recommend this hotel. Now....to the casino !! We have been to all the big ones and just came back from Vegas in August. This casino is very, very, very tight and we spent more than we should have with little return. I was playing the slots and they were not much fun - $20 was gone in 5 minutes! My husband hit the 3 Card poker table 3 times and left as the dealers were winning nearly every hand. This is the only drawback. If you are going to the hotel with the intention of gambling then you had better take twice the money you planned on or save it and go to Vegas. The Great Canadian Casino organization needs to recognize that people will stay longer and likely spend more if they can have some fun doing it. Going through $100 in less time than it takes to eat my lunch is not my idea of fun. We found ourselves staying away as time wore on and I personally went out of the hotel and went shopping. If I'd been having more fun in the casino I would have stayed there.
Stayed at this wonderful resort hotel October 22/05, a very busy Saturday night. We got a terrific grand opening rate of $119 CDN. Our room was located in the East Tower on the 7th floor. Unfortunately, the hotel was booked to capacity and we had to take a smoking room but it wasn't that bad. The one-bedroom suite was wonderful. The decor was very tasteful and contemporary, lovely furniture and pretty comfortable at that. Although billed as a suite, there was no door between the "bedroom" and living area. The king-size bed was very comfortable and almost required a stepstool to get in! My daughter reports the sofa bed was very comfortable as well. Large bathroom with shower, no tub. Ate at Runway 26 Buffet which was very good, good service as well. The pool area was awesome. A great waterslide and hot tub complemented the pool. The casino was great fun. Very large and lots of choices (they could use a few more poker slots though). Would definitely stay here again.
This hotel is fabulous. Recently stayed for 4 nights. Hotel only opened at the beginning of September & the owners have got it just right. You don't even have to leave the hotel as there is loads going on. They have a 24hr casino, theatre with known celebrities entertaining regulary, Lulu's Lounge with live band every night, swimming pool with jacuzzi & water slide, beauty treatments & much much more. The main rooms are all suites with seperate bedrooms & wait till you see the beds, you just won't want to leave them, they are like sleeping on a giant marshmallow - the best sleep I've had in years. The accommodation prices are very reasonable & there are loads of different eating places, which are all very inexpensive. When we arrived at first we were a bit put off when we realised the hotel was in the flight path to vancouver international airport, but once you were inside the complex you would have been none the wiser. The soundproofing was excellent & not only did you not hear the airplanes, but you never heard a sound from any of the other rooms. I can't wait for my next visit to Vancouver & would visit, just to stay in this hotel again.
We found this hotel to be the most comfortable place we stayed on our two week trip to British Columbia. We stayed one night and moved on to Vancouver, then came back for a night, got upgraded and wound up staying an extra night to rest. Wonderful bedding and amenities. The valet, front desk and concierge folks were all very friendly and helpful. The only problem being that we left 5 postcards with the concierge to mail and they were never forwarded. Would definitely stay here again. Also, liked casino.
Gaming at the river rock
The hotel is impressive, but gambling was not much fun at the River Rock, staff were unattentive, the croupier at roulette was more interested in chatting with the pit boss, then taking care of patrons.It took half an hour to get an attendant to a roulette "machine" as it would not accept ten dollar bills, a gentleman next to me said this was the norm here, the machines always break down and no staff to help.I wasnt approached once for a overpriced drink or beverage.I wont spend another penny here, give me WA state or Nevada anytime
We stayed at the River Rock on the first weekend it was open and had no troubles at all. It is located in a very industrial area which made us cautious of the quality of the place but once we were greeted by the doorman/valet and entered the hotel, I knew it would be more than fine. Our luggage was taken immediately to the front desk where we checked in easily. I had requested a room with a balcony and were given exactly that. The only bad thing is the rooms with balconies on the fourth floor and they have zero view BUT it was a huge balcony with trees, flowers and it was nice to get fresh air. The room itself was wonderful - the furnishings reminded me of a "W" hotel - earth tones and simple but luxurious. We had a one bedroom suite that had a separate bedroom, living room, desk area and a large bathroom with upscale shampoos, etc.... The quality of towels and plush robes was very high. We ordered room service one morning - it was quick but we didn't receive all of our food. What we did get was good. We gambled at the casino both nights we were there - it was very busy. We ate at the food court, it was adequate. The pool was not open (we were told when making res.) Highly recommend this place as a quick adult getaway, but not for kids, even with the pool as there is not much else for them to do there.
Stayed at the River Rock Resort for 1 night (Sept. 3rd) in the 2 bedroom suite (marina view). We waited about 15 minutes in the check in line. They said the hotel was fully booked. There seemed to be a lot of people in the lobby/lounge area waiting for their rooms to be ready. So, I was really hoping our room would be ready. And sure enough it was! The room was great. There was a separate living room area with huge TV. Two Separate bedrooms -- 1 king bed and 1 queen bed, both rooms with TVs and closets. The bathroom was spacious and lots of counterspace. The view wasn't all that pleasant even though it was a marina view. We kind of saw swampy marshlands from our bedroom. The river isn't all that pretty.
We stayed at the River Rock Casino Resort twice during the Labour Day weekend. Once on Friday night at the start of our holiday and again on Sunday night on the way home. We were able to experience two different levels of rooms and the same delightful service on both stays. This new hotel is one that definitely deserves a recommendation.