One little known secret of the Strip is the abandoned rooftop pool found at the Riviera! I had no idea it was there the one and only other time I visited Las Vegas. A total sucker for abandoned things and the stories behind them, I plan to drag Eric up to the roof to check this out after we finish playing with some of the (apparently equally secret) Riviera pinball machines. (We’ll be traveling to Vegas for our 1 year anniversary in December!)
What little information I’ve been able to find about the pool – in Vegas enthusiast forum discussions and in a random online trivia quiz – indicates it was never used. After a new section of the Riviera was built in the 1980s and the grand new rooftop pool was filled with water, the resort made the unfortunate discovery that the pool leaked into the casino below. The high cost of repairs made them just chalk it up to a loss and the pool was fenced off forever.
The area is still accessible as a public smoking area and the rooftop deck can be accessed via the 2nd floor valet elevator, allowing visitors to get a sense of the glory that never was!
Fun Vegas Fact: Most of the famed Las Vegas Strip is not actually in Las Vegas, but in Paradise and Winchester (different pieces of Clark County).