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“Hidden Gem Off the Beaten Path!” 4 of 5 stars
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Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA 52327   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Riverside
Deerfield, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem Off the Beaten Path!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Having made the 300-mile trek numerous times from Chicago to Iowa City, Iowa, where two daughters have attended U of Iowa, we have been stymied to find the perfect place to stay. Finding good hotels in university towns usually presents a challenge. But on football, graduation or even Parents Weekends, the stakes are raised and so are the lodging rates. But this year we found the hidden gem off the beaten path in Riverside, 14 miles south of Iowa City. Nestled among the "fragrant" farmlands is the Riverside Hotel, sporting an 18-hole championship golf course, several mighty fine restaurants, a casino and entertainment venue, and attractive hotel. Not gamblers, we did stroll through the casino (smoking permitted, yuk) but then retired to our comfortable, quiet, clean and up-scale room overlooking golf course and farmlands. Sports a nice spa with good massages! A great stay for a reasonable price.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Johnston, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

I thought the place was very nice and clean. We also enjoyed the entertainment of two live bands. We did have an appetizer in the Ripple diner, the server was great. Not impressed with the food. The manager in the diner said hello to every four other tables not us. Even on our way out no Thankyou for coming in he just stood there and watched us. We decided not to have dinner there. When I made reservations they said they would shuttle to Iowa city to eat, we thought thats great, until valet told us it was 20 each way. The front desk failed to mention that. The casino makes it so that no places can deliver to hotel.. That was a bummer. Rooms were super very clean and comfy.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Peoria, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you are looking for a quick getaway and live within 170 miles of Iowa City Iowa----then the Riverside Resort is for you. Beautiful casino, hotel & gold complex which is only 13 miles south of I-80 at @ Riverside Iowa. We have been here a number of times and can not say enought about how nice this complex is. They have 3 resturants, weekend shows, golf and much more. Only 13 miles from a giant mall with just about anything you would like. We feel that it is a perfect few days getaway. They usually have coupons available that take a few $$ of the bill.

Room Tip: Most rooms overlook the beautiful golf course. We don't see much difference in the rooms they...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Riverside, Iowa, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Good luck getting a drink. Waiters are AWFUL. Cash only at the main bar? Really?? Pay-out percentage is AWFUL. Put NO booze in over priced drinks. Bars/waiters always understaffed. Rooms,drinks,poker rake, food, golf, all way too expensive. Points are worthless, same amount of gambling in the quad city's got me tons more benefits. Lost $500 playing caribiean stud one night, asked for a free buffet, took 30 minutes and they acted like they were giving away the farm and then they took it off my points. Place is a JOKE and getting worse. The place does look very nice, the rooms are nice, golf course is awesome.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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RCGR, General Manager at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, responded to this review, November 1, 2012
While understandably concerned about your comments, I do want to thank you for providing feedback and would like to address a couple of concerns you raised in your review. First, our slot payout percentage has been consistently and is currently above the Iowa statewide average. Also, Resort Club points (earned based on gaming play) can be used not only in the slot machines but at any resort outlet – towards food, drink, lodging, spa, golf, retail items and entertainment. We hope you choose to visit Riverside Casino and Golf Resort again in the future and allow us the chance to change your opinion about the resort. Thank you again for your time in providing feedback.
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tampa, fl
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

A big thank you and thumbs up to all at this resort. Just returned from our 3rd visit to the TEE Tournament which is held here each September (started for blind/low vision vets, but now has other disabled vets, too). The staff bends over backward for the vets and it is so much appreciated. The accomodations are just great (love the glass shower), and while our stay was accompanied by food in the banquet room, we did do Crab Leg nite at Roberts ($16.99-not bad at all) and had a romantic dinner at Ruthie's (very nice steak, well priced wine list). Wish the pool was heated, but you can't have everything. This is a great place for a destination trip that is a bit different due to location. Also, it is nice to support a venue who treats our disabled vets to such a superb week. It's worth a trip from the midwest to support these folks (only 4 hrs from Chicago, people!) PS-video blackjack for ten cents' a hand, too - my speed!

Room Tip: The suites have the great glass shower, plus a sunken tub-how romantic can you get!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rock Island, Illinois
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Beautiful golf course. We had a gorgeous room (better than some in Vegas). Gambled a bit but never saw anyone win a boatload of money. Different food every night. We had crab legs on Wednesday but I wouldn't have paid that price (had free meals). Smoking is permitted in casinos in Iowa so I smelled like cigarettes all night. Our room and bed linens did too. That was my only real complaint.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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RCGR, General Manager at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you for your kind words, we are happy you felt pampered during your stay. One-half of our casino floor and 80% of our hotel rooms (as well as the full remainder of the resort) are designated as non-smoking areas. Please don’t hesitate to ask for a non-smoking hotel room when making a reservation and know that our slot attendants will be happy to direct you to the non-smoking casino floor areas. Hope to see you back at Riverside soon!
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Marysville, Kansas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

The Riverside Casino and Resort was truly a nice surprise. The decor is very modern and contemporary in the entire place. We stayed one weekday afternoon and night. I was pleasantly surprised with the amenities. The resort had a nice smaller upscale boutique and a beautiful relaxing pool area. Part of the pool is indoors for inclement weather. The resort included a Spa which looked nice as well. I did not use the Spa. Casino area was large and "Las Vegas" style. The golf course looked very nice as well, although we did not golf. We ate at ruthie's restaurant, the upscale dining choice in the resort. Excellent food and great service. The room decor was VERY unique in that it had electric drapes and an automatic curtain covering a totally expansive glass shower in the bathroom. VERY different.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

Address: 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA 52327
Location: United States > Iowa > Riverside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Riverside
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
What does it mean to Live it Up? You'll find out the moment you enter Riverside Casino & Golf Resort™. From the magnificent fountains that greet you as you approach the main entrance to the luxurious surroundings of our casino, hotel, spa, golf course, event center, indoor/outdoor pool and multiple food outlets, every aspect of Riverside Casino & Golf Resort™ is designed for one special reason - your total enjoyment. ... more   less 
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