3801 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas , NV, United States, 89109
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Singles, Romance
Best for Value for money - Expert review of Tropicana
Thanks to a US$2b cash injection in 2010, one of the most traditional hotels was transformed into what looks to be one of the best accommodation options in Vegas.
Although the renovation won’t be fully completed until late 2010 (the casino floor still has some work to be done), the turnaround so far have been nothing short of extraordinary. The pool was recently voted the best in Vegas by locals, and the renovated rooms in the Paradise Tower, which opened in April, are now some of the best looking in town. Best of all, because the casino’s not yet finished, they’re still available at pre-refurbishment prices, making it my favourite place when it comes to value for money.
At the southern end of the Strip (or as far south on the Strip you should stay if you want to keep things walkable); what it loses in location, it makes up for in its position – directly opposite MGM Grand and New York New York (the beginning of the Strip proper). Get a corner room, and although you might get some traffic noise from Las Vegas Boulevard (the Tropicana sits on one of the busiest junctions), you’ll get views of the desert and the mountains to the east and west, and the Strip – from Luxor’s pyramid up as far as Caesars Palace and the Bellagio. Trust me, you’ll be so smitten that it’ll actually be a joy if you have to stay in.
The old Trop rooms (which you can still book) are nothing to write home about, but the refurbished ones (in the Paradise Tower for now – the other towers will be renovated in due course) are, by Vegas standards, revolutionary. Well-sized, beautifully put together, there’s no grotty carpet clashing with floral curtains here – think wicker and wooden furniture, leather seats, window shutters and a russet and bamboo colour scheme.
The amenities, too, are a step up from standard Vegas offerings – flatscreen TVs (definitely not a given in this town), iPod docking stations, and plush towels and bathrobes. WiFi is a spectacularly fast connection, and is included in the daily US$8.99 resort fee.
Here’s the downside of staying here at the moment – the casino itself is still midway through its transformation, so although one area is sporting a new look (white marble flooring, leather seats and cream columns) the rest of it is still dark and threadbare. Also, the casino is a lot smaller than in other hotels - if you're a gambler, you'll be disappointed.
Two cafes (South Beach Café and Havana Go Go) offer sandwiches and coffee. There’s also an Italian restaurant (Bacio) and a steakhouse (Legends). In a break from Vegas tradition, there’s no buffet at the new Trop – if you want to gorge, you’ll have to cross over the Strip to Excalibur instead.
A basic salon (hair, manicures and pedicures) is due to open imminently. The outdoor pool area reopened in May this year, and has already been named the best pool in Vegas by a poll of locals on the local TV station. Although it’s fairly modest by Vegas standards, it’s well laid out (split into various areas so it doesn’t feel overcrowded) and beautifully landscaped (think vibrant flowerbeds in the middle of the desert). There's even WiFi, so you can work poolside. There is music playing all day, though, so bring earplugs if you want a silent sunbathing session.
Excellent. Staff have been retrained as the rooms have been refurbished, and it shows – they’re pretty faultless and very friendly. Mention it's your first time at the hotel, and from my experience, they should try to upgrade you, too.
A mixture – groups of young people (a hangover from the old-style Trop), families and couples. Expect it to get slightly more upmarket as word gets out about the new rooms.
There's a daily resort fee of US$8.99. Look out for special offers, as the hotel has been churning out some spectacular deals recently.
More information on Tropicana:
- Price from:
- 3801 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas , NV, United States, 89109
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool
- South Strip