I finally had the chance to stay at the completely remodeled Tropicana Hotel in August, when I found a very good rate (and not even as a "mystery" hotel listing) -- $42/night for a two-night stay. At that rate, the new-and-improved Tropicana was a bargain. Except for a couple of fairly minor quibbles, I enjoyed my stay and would definitely stay at the Trop again.
Location: The Trop is exactly where it's always been, which is a good thing: right on the Strip at...Tropicana Avenue, natch. It's hard to believe that the old, decaying 3-star Trop occupied that prime piece of Strip real estate for 4 decades before being renovated. The Trop's main entrance is right off its namesake boulevard, and the (valet) exit is right onto the southbound Strip -- very convenient for wherever one wants to go in Vegas. The Trop sits on its own little compound, without being crowded by other (but still very nearby) hotels. I never did find the entrance to the self-park garage, but that was OK, as the valets were excellent, and one could also park in the surface lot between the hotel's main tower and Trop. Ave.
Room: I was upgraded (a bit) to something like a mini-suite: a corner room on the 20th floor of the...Island Tower (I think; in any event, it was the tower behind the main/hotel-entrance tower). I quite liked it; very nice, cool, beach-y furnishings; slatted-wood window blinds; all painted in a pleasant cream color. A couple of faux tropical potted plants completed the homage to the hotel's name and theme. The furnishings were not lux but acceptable for a 4-star, and the room's decor made for a good atmosphere. The bed was comfy, and the renovated bathroom large but with one old-Trop holdover: a huge tub in one corner of the (large) bathroom with what looked like the original (60s/70s) showerhead, taps, faucet, and drain. The pull-to shower curtain was on flimsy plastic hooks; otherwise, the shower/tub was fine -- certainly spacious enough and good water pressure. The one letdown in the room was the A/C, which didn't get quite as cool as I like. A mechanic came up and explained that the A/C system in the tower was...something like a fancier version of a "swamp cooler", with pipes drawing up chilled water in exchange for...not-chilled? water. Whatever. He advised me to keep the blinds closed during the day, especially in a room with direct western exposure and thus hot Vegas sunlight all afternoon. Again, not a major issue, but it seems that the Trop owners might have gone with a more powerful/efficient A/C system while renovating other aspects of the hotel.
Other hotel features: The tower I stayed in didn't have any restaurant, but there was a coffee stand with Starbucks (with the coffee brought over from the actual Starbucks in the main tower). That was convenient. The elevators (at least the bank on the outer wall) rode in glassed-in cages with great views up the Strip. I didn't take a dip in any of the hotel's pool areas, but they looked inviting and with plenty of room for all. I played a few of the video slot machines in the main tower's casino; nothing of note there; the hotel's casino area is relatively small for a Strip property. Oh, a nice touch -- the lobby and other public areas of the hotel smelled like coconut.
Bottom line: The Trop is once again a major player on the strip, and if you can get a room in the $40-to-$50 range, I'd call that the best hotel bargain on the Strip. Welcome back in your new suit, Tropicana.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prepare to be surprised. The New Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton redefines the expectations of today's global travelers with a recently completed $200 million transformation that provides a casually elegant experience on the Las Vegas Strip. With a unique South Beach vibe, the hotel features all-new rooms, suites and luxury villas that evoke the sentiment of a breezy beach house or penthouse in Miami, a fresh redesign of the 50,000-square-foot casino, several award-winning restaurants, a new race and sports book, and Glow(R), a Mandara Spa and fitness center. First-class entertainment includes "The New Illusions" starring Jan Rouven and "Raiding the Rock Vault" in the all-new Tropicana Theater (coming November 2014), Laugh Factory comedy club and live music in the Tropicana Lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel Las Vegas
- Tropicana Resort Las Vegas
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