I will be staying at the Rio my 3rd time this September. You can't beat it on a hoilday weekend. The pool is just crowded enough, but not so crowded you can't get a chair. The view from the Voodoo is the best in Vegas, and with the free shuttles every half hour to Caesar's, Bally's/Paris/,
I like the Gold Coast. When I stay at the Rio and the limits get out of hand, I know I can stumble across the street and get $5 Craps and Blackjack all day long. When I want the amenities of a Strip casino, all I have to do is head back over to the Rio or Plams across the street.