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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
Pros & Cons
- Good pool scene
- Excellent deals
- Beautiful refurbished rooms
- Small casino