Check into the Riviera’s Sinatra Suite to experience a piece of classic Las Vegas
By Kiko Miyasato
Photography by Christopher DeVargas
As one of the last bastions of classic Las Vegas—an era that helped define this glittering city and gave it its sexy, sleek swagger—the Riviera stands on the Strip proudly, in part because of the top-notch talent that has graced the property. Dinah Shore, Ginger Rogers, Red Skelton, Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley and Debbie Reynolds have all appeared onstage at the Riviera. Even the wily foursome known as The Rat Pack were a frequent presence at the hotel over the years.
Its leader, Frank Sinatra, fell in love with the Riviera so much that he returned in his later years for a run of performances in 1990 and 1991, helping ring in 1992. During his early-’90s dates, his last permanent engagement in Las Vegas, the hotel dedicated one of its hotel suites to the Chairman of the Board—a room built to his exact specifications. Sinatra settled into that 29th floor penthouse oasis for the remainder of his Riviera run. It has since been dubbed the Sinatra Suite and is open to guests looking for the perfect opportunity to experience a piece of Vegas history, a place where Ol’ Blue Eyes himself once hung his hat.
Continuing to watch over his 2,053-square-foot suite, a portrait of Sinatra hangs in the double-door entryway to the two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom dwelling that’s the perfect balance between classic design and modern luxury. The master bedroom boasts an ornate wooden headboard, sitting area and vanity, and the bathroom is swathed in gold and black flooring.
Both the master and guest bathrooms have enormous Jacuzzi tubs with steps leading up to the water. There is a wet bar and six-seat dining room, the perfect place to entertain guests. But perhaps one of the best highlights of the Sinatra Suite is the balcony and views. Balconies in Vegas resorts are extremely rare, but this one affords a nearly 360-degree view of the valley, and guests can access the wrap-around balcony from the living room and both bedrooms. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun come up or relax under the stars.