I highly recommend the Tropicana. I stayed at the Tropicana from Nov 30 - Dec 2.
History: I’ve been coming to Vegas since I was a child (a perk from growing up in Los Angeles) and we used to stay at the Tropicana all the time because it was family friendly (large pool) and was a great value. However, as time passed, the flashier “resort” hotels that sprung up have more recently caught our eye. Through a mix of chance and luck, we found ourselves staying at the Tropicana again after many years (I’m 29 now).
Hotel: The hotel is completely remodeled from what it used to be like. The hotel has a bright tropical resort feel (think palm trees), no dim lights in here making it hard to walk around and find things. Also, I didn’t notice the coconut hotel perfume being irritating, it was light and pleasant. The layout of the Casino (some of it was still going through some minor renovations when we were there) is easy to understand so you won’t feel lost getting to your room from the slots or tables. However, even despite the remodel, certain things couldn’t change to match the newer hotels, one of these is the height of ceilings (I know this is very nitpicky of me, and shouldn’t matter in deciding on a hotel, but it was something that stood out to me—very “old Las Vegas.”)
Reception: The friendly staff was quick and efficient with our check in (less than 3 minutes in line). (No one likes to wait here, especially after a long drive or flight, so kudos to them for that).
Room: The rooms have been completely remodeled! It’s such a nice change from some of the “heavier” feeling rooms of nearby hotels, where everything is dark, cramped and serious (or as they call it “sleek”). Here, the Tropicana, like its new lobby, is much more fresh, open, light and relaxed. I thought this was a nice touch and design choice that kind of bucks the trend of other Vegas establishments. The room has everything that a room should have: TV, WiFi, AC/Heat, Alarm Clock, Phone, Windows + Shutters, etc. The room was made up every day; towels/bath products replaced every day and overall, felt clean.
Beds: The beds are super comfy, but a bit on the firm side (but I enjoy firm beds), same goes for the pillows.
Bathroom: One of my only gripes is that the bathrooms haven’t been upped to a resort level feel (this again may be due in part to the limitations of a remodel than a complete tear down/rebuild the hotel issue). Of course the bathroom had a toilet/ two sinks/ blow dryer and a shower that had no issues what so ever. However, I really did not enjoy the bath products that were provided. The Shampoo and Moisturizers felt like they dried out my hair/skin more than they nourished. The bar soap wasn’t frothy or luxe—very basic feeling. Anyway, if this is the biggest gripe I have, you really can’t go wrong with this hotel.
Location: Location is a tricky thing, because you never know what people want exactly. I thought the location was great, it is on the same corner as Excalibur (which has a free tram to Luxor and Mandalay Bay), NYNY and MGM Grand (which has a pay tram that goes pretty far down the strip). I walked to Planet Hollywood Hotel and Cosmopolitan/Aria Hotels and those were literally 7 minutes away at most (walking). Finally, we did drive out to the Wynn Hotel because we didn’t want to commit to walking there and back (although by car, everything is very close).
Value: Best value in town.
Conclusion: If you haven’t been to the Tropicana in recent years, I would definitely recommend you give it a try. You won’t be disappointed. If you have been there recently, then you know what I’m talking about, and I’m sure you are or will become a repeat customer, like me. Or if you've never been to the Tropicana, then I think this is the perfect time for you to have a great experience at the Tropicana.
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+ Great Service (check in/out was fast and staff was very friendly)
+ Great Value (you can't beat these prices in Vegas)
+ Great Location (see above re: walking times to other hotels)
+ Great Remodel (completely unrecognizable from before)
+ Great Rooms (see note about bathrooms below)
- Ceilings not as high as other hotels (a limitation of the remodel)
- Bathrooms not "resorty" enough (I would prefer higher quality soap/shampoo/moisturizer)
- Casino slightly smaller than similar resorts (but has everything)
- No buffet (fatties unite!)
Special note: if you ever have any concerns or questions, contact Nicole (email@example.com) she is an amazing ambassador for the Tropicana, they're lucky to have her, as are we. (Read between the lines: *cough cough* she helped us out with part of the fees *cough cough.*)
You want the Paradise Tower (closer to the strip).
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