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“No wonder Linn County passed the casino vote” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

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Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Riverside
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“No wonder Linn County passed the casino vote”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Worst payout around! And now the payouts will probably be tighter as they try to pile up the money before Linn County builds a casino. The buffet food isn't worth the price. Better to spend your money on a lottery ticket.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
Helpful?
9 Thank Michael B
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RCGR, General Manager at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, responded to this review, March 12, 2013
Our payout percentage has been consistently and is currently above the Iowa statewide average. While we understand that our buffet price may be higher than some other casino buffets in Iowa, we are also confident that the variety and quality of food is better as well. In addition to the buffet, we do have other options for dining including Ripple Diner and Ruthie's Steak & Seafood.

Payout information for Iowa can be found at http://www.iowa.gov/irgc/PercentagePosting.pdf.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottumwa, Iowa
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2013

I have visited this property numerous times, and stayed in the hotel probably 7 or 8 times. The rooms are magnificent with comfortable beds, a glass shower, and a variety of channels to choose from. Very modern and up to date.
The buffet, I think it's called "Robert's Buffet" from the 2 times I have ate there is not very good. They have a variety to choose from, but the food is not up to par in my opinion. Very dry, and tastless.
They have a pool that is very interesting, you can swim outside from the indoor part of the pool. The outside has many lounger chairs, and there is a nice bar/restaurant that is attached to the golf shop that you can order food and drinks(alcohol and non) from. My husband and I did this one day last summer, the food was very good. You can even take your own cooler outside as well.
The casino has never been good to me, but is very modern and nice. Employee's are usually "ok" not that talkative which I like in a dealer.
Overall, I will keep going back because they do offer a decent rewards program when you sign up for their players cards.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
1 Thank Melia H
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RCGR, General Manager at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you have enjoyed our hotel rooms, indoor/outdoor pool and casino. Besides Robert's Buffet, we also offer Ripple Diner, where you can sit and order off a expansive menu that includes breakfast all-day, and Ruthie's Steak and Seafood, an upscale dining experience that you won't soon forget.
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

Iowa has a number of casinos. Unfortunately for me, Riverside was the first one I had been to, and it set the standard too high. After staying there, the atmosphere and service at other casinos is a disappointment. The overall service at Riverside is outstanding. The casino is brightly lit, not dark and dreary. The food at the restaurants is amazing, particularly at Ruthie's. It's a treat to visit Riverside, even if you're, like me, not much of a gambler.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank MidwestMom27
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RCGR, General Manager at Riverside Casino & Golf Resort, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you for your review, we are happy to hear that our resort and especially our employees were to your liking. We take as much pride in providing great guest service as in our resort space and offerings. On behalf of our 700+ employees, we hope you choose to visit us again soon!
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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93 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for a conference. Deluxe king room with flatscreen TV, desk, office chair, easy chair, mini-refrig, closet, drawers, huge shower (no tub), toilet, sink. The mattress was firm, to my liking, and had choice of firm or soft pillows. Plenty of electrical outlets for recharging gadgets. The room was clean with no smoky odor at all, though when you first enter the facility, the smoke odor from the casino area (main floor) near front desk was noticeable.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Thank RLNielsen
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Iowa
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72 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

We stayed at Riverside while attending a weekend wedding in Iowa City. We're glad we did! The rooms were nice, and the facility top-notch. Casino is clean and well-ventilated, so you don't smell like smoke when you leave. Slots are fun. Bar service was good and fairly-priced for a casino. We were well-treated everywhere we went. Both meals at the facility were very good; we ate at the bistro-style place and the buffet-- not gourmet food by any means, but filling and decent. My husband greatly enjoyed his round of golf, too. This is a very nice complex.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank mtcowgirl
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Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank DRGilbert
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Johnston, Iowa
Level Contributor
22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank BeachLOVER0217
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Additional Information about Riverside Casino & Golf Resort

Property: Riverside Casino & Golf Resort
Address: 3184 Highway 22, Riverside, IA 52327-9690
Location: United States > Iowa > Riverside
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Riverside
Hotel Class:4 star — Riverside Casino & Golf Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 201
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(R). 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(R) is designed for one special reason - your total enjoyment. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Riverside Casino & Golf Hotel Riverside
Riverside Casino And Golf Resort
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