The Tropicana had such a bad reputation that I had never stepped foot in there before my recent trip (August 26-30), despite having stayed on the strip about a dozen times. Their new marketing showcasing the much needed renovations is what changed my mind.
The group: I think it's always helpful to know what kind of people are writing the review so you know what our expectations/needs were. We are laid-back late-20-something professionals from the midwest, somewhat low rollers (we like $5 blackjack). Four of us had just been in Vegas in February, staying at the Aria. One other had stayed at the Encore the last trip, and the other was a Vegas virgin. All of us understood that we were taking a step down staying at the Trop, so we had certainly adjusted our expectations.
The hotel generally: the renovations look great. There was usually somenoe at the door to open the doors for you, always with a smile and a hello. Once you walk in through the newly done entrance, the airy, light casino floor opens up. After staying at the Aria my last trip (I know, quite a different type of resort!), the big thing I noticed was how bright everything is at the Trop. The renovations are ongoing but mostly out of sight - there are temporary walls erected around the casino so you don't have to see the men at work. There is a slight coconut scent in the entrance area - one out of the six of us did not like it, I liked it a lot, and the other four did not mind it much. Definitely not as overpowering and offensive as the scent in the Venetian.
The rooms: We had three rooms - two in the Paradise tower and one in the Island tower. All the rooms we had were newly renovated. I'd say the rooms are solidly 3.5 star rooms. Everything is clean, and, like the hotel, airy and light. The 42" plasma TVs have HD channels, which is not always the case for a lot of the 3 to 4 star hotels on the strip. Toiletries were adequate - your standard shampoo, conditioner, bath gel, lotion and soap. They were scented with a coconut scent to go with the general motif of the hotel - again, I found it very pleasant, but one friend thought it was tacky. The bed was very comfortable. I understand the complaints people have with the shutters. They definitely do not block out all the light. I personally didn't mind because I woke up around 7:30am anyway, but I can see that if you're a light sleeper, you might not like it. None of the people in my party seemed to have trouble sleeping well into late morning, however. One bonus was that you are able to open the windows just a crack, to let some fresh air in.
Island Tower vs. Paradise Tower: The rooms are essentially identical, but I think if I were to go back, I would stay at the Paradise Tower - it's very close to the casino floor and the entrance. In fact, it's so close to the entrance that I realized that the MGM Grand casino floor is closer to get to for someone staying at the Tropicana Paradise Tower than for some of the folks staying at the MGM Grand! However, the Island Tower would be very nice for people who want to use the pool - the elevator takes you basically right up to the pool. Which brings us to...
The pool: I read in a review that the Trop has the best resort rate to pool quality ratio, and I have to agree with that. The pool is relaxing and unassuming - an "ultrapool" it was not, and that's a good thing. About 1/3 or so of the pool area was closed for renovation, but we were always able to get 4 chairs together (2 of our friends weren't much for the pool) and they always kept the free water filled (one was cucumber infused, one was lime infused). Drinks were a little overpriced - we did not order drinks after the first day.
The gym: there is a small gym near the pool area. It was hardly used but had all the basic equipment you need - treadmills, a few machines, a variety of freeweights. Not great but, hey, it's free.
The casino: The casino was very small, although I didn't mind that much, since I only play at one table at any given time anyway! Plus it made it easy for us to say "meet at the blackjack tables". As of last week, there were about a dozen tables open and a bunch of slot machines, but I understand that another renovated section of the casino is opening soon. I appreciated the fact that there was 3:2 $5 blackjack basically all the time. Swim-up blackjack was also pretty fun - a little gimmicky (you basically just sit in about 3 ft of water while you play) but fun for an hour or two. The casino never felt super exciting, even when it got fairly busy, probably because it was so small.
The restaurants: There were 4 restaurants when I visited, including the steakhouse which had just opened. We tried all but the steakhouse. Bacio is the mid-range Italian restaurant. We had pasta dishes, pizza and salad among us. The portions are huge (2 or 3 people could probably have split the spaghetti) and quality is decent enough for the price range ($11-16 entrees). The Havanna Cafe was a good cheap option - cheap but not poor quality, mind you. My girlfriend said the veggie reuben was probably the best that she's ever had. The South Beach deli is open 24 hours and very mediocre - I would not recommend it unless you just need a quick bite at late hour. We also had coffee from the Starbucks kiosk near the conference center area - the coffee was not burnt, so that's always a plus (I noticed that a lot of coffee kiosks on the Strip burn their coffee by keeping the coffee on too long).
Complaints: I do have a couple of minor complaints. First, there was a timeshare scamster set up as an "information" desk right near the check-in on the casino floor. Very tacky. I walked away saying I just want to go to the room, so you would think they would've taken a hint, but when I came back down to the casino area they tried to talk to me again ("all settled in?" etc). Second, more minor complaint: there were two conventions while we stayed, some kind of kids' martial arts convention and a kids' dance competition. That filled the hotel up with a lot of families, some with unruly kids. I understand it might be good business to get those conventions in there but THE reason I don't stay at the Excalibur is because of all the unruly kids - it'd be nice to phase out the family events. Lastly: there was almost no shopping to be done. I understand that part of the renovations includes putting in new shopping, though, and it's certainly not a priority for me.
Final words: I enjoyed the Trop immensely. I had low, low expectations, which were certainly exceeded and then some. For the price, I don't think you can get much better than the Trop right now on the strip, in terms of hotel/room/pool quality and location. And the renovations keep going! I'd be very curious to see what the Garden rooms look like after the renovations - it would be awesome if they were as nice as the Island and Paradise rooms, and they keep the balconies. I also would love to return when the Nikki Beach stuff is done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Prepare to be surprised. The Tropicana Las Vegas - a DoubleTree by Hilton redefines the expectations of today's global travelers with a casually elegant experience on the Las Vegas Strip and a convenient location just minutes from the airport, major convention centers and top entertainment stadiums. With a unique South Beach vibe after a $200 million complete transformation, 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. Top entertainment includes Laugh Factory comedy club and live music in the Tropicana Lounge. ... more less
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