If I didn’t already live here, the newly re-modeled Tropicana Resort would be my new first-choice Vegas destination. Tucked across from the MGM and New York/New York on the south end of the Strip, the Trop’s view, value, new rooms and huge grassy pool area would make me brave the I-15 from either direction, or jump on any airplane.
All New South Beach Styling
Instead of the recent wave of glass towers that has made the famous Las Vegas skyline start to look like Hartford, CT, the Tropicana Resort underwent a modern twist on its classic design. Despite the woes of the national economy, the Trop just completed Phase 1 of a $180 million dollar restoration plan. Their bold confidence has really paid off and lucky guests are sure to spread the news back in their hometowns about a fun, classy nostalgia that has returned to prominence on the Strip.All 1,375 rooms in the resort have been completely remodeled. Flat-screen TV’s, wi-fi throughout the resort, sturdy wooden plantation shutters on the windows, marble top bathroom counters, brand new euro-top beds, all new linens, pillows and fluffy towels accompany a vibrant paint job. Plus, the new Tropicana has almost 100 luxury suites including 8 spa & jacuzzi suites, 9 penthouse lofts and 35 Strip-view suites.
The Nikki Beach and Cafe Nikki brand fits right into the new look Tropicana and promises to attract a younger party crowd that is already mixing well with long-time fans of the resort. “Mob Experience” is the new, interactive attraction at the Tropicana, which adds fuel to the desire to relax, kick-back with a martini and talk about the old days with interesting strangers of all ages.
For those who like the newest technology, the Sportsbook at the Tropicana is fully integrated with the latest interfaces available from Cantor Gaming. Simply put, you can sit by the pool and see all the odds on every option in the Sportsbook and place your bets without ever leaving your spot in the shade.
Take advantage of the seasonal room offers that TropLV.com regularly offers. Discounts of up to 20% for 30-day advance booking, VIP (quick) check-in, no change fees, a 48-hour cancellation policy and late checkout are just a few of the things the Tropicana is doing to attract new customers.
The resort recently hired 600 new service staff and under new CEO Alex Yemenidjian they are committed to giving their customers exceptional, personalized service. That means don’t hesitate to ask for room upgrades when you check-in, or ask for a Strip-view when you book. Not that you’re likely to be disappointed with a southeast-facing room. The view over the main runways of McCarren Airport against the colorful, distant mountains of the Mojave Desert is never the same twice.
One of the Best Pool Areas in Vegas
James Bond, Elvis Presley and Ann-Margaret made the Tropicana pool famous in “Diamonds Are Forever” and “Viva Las Vegas”. The huge, 4-acre pool has lost none of its fun, classy, old glitter, yet the grassy areas surrounding it seem more vibrant and alive than ever before. For those who prefer a little shade with their sun, few pools in Vegas can match the something-for-everyone appeal of the Tropicana pool. (Daybeds and cabanas are available to rent for those who plan to eat, drink and lounge all day.)
With the addition of the Nikki Beach Club, guests even have their choice of pool experience. Open to the public for a price, Nikki Beach features live DJ’s, exotic cocktails and even private, air-conditioned teepees for those who don’t want to break a sweat as they party like rock stars poolside.
Attractions and Shows
The new show “Mob Experience” at the Tropicana should not be missed for any fan of Las Vegas history. The interactive glimpse into the past features is riveting and made personal by various entertaining tour guides along the way. It features 157 different artifacts from the mob-era, including Meyer Lansky’s Medal of Freedom and Mickey Cohen’s actual living room set. Tickets are $39.99/pp and tours are catered in small groups.
For those who liked being assigned a passenger ID in the Titantic exhibit that was at the Trop up until last year, you’re ultimate fate at the end of the “Mob Experience” tour is, shall we say, also uncertain.
The Tropicana Comedy Club currently currently features funnyman Brad Garrett. Tickets are reasonably priced at $39 and $59 (plus tax). Aside from just performing up on stage, Brad also makes unexpected visits around the resort and often surprises guests while they’re checking-in.
Feel like catching “Midnight Train to Georgia” or “Heard It Through the Grapevine”? Seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight performs Tuesdays-Saturdays in the newly revamped Tropicana main theater. Tickets start at just $40. America’s Got Talent finalists Recycled Percussion also perform at the Tropicana. Or, for those in the mood for a mix of DJ’s and live music, check out the brand new, 4,000 square foot Ambhar Lounge.
Now through December 27, 2011, the Tropicana has special room and 2-for-1 show packages to see Recycled Percussion, starting at $59 during the week and $99 on week-ends. The deal also includes $10 off tickets to see Brad Garret, VIP check-in and late check-out options.
Two new restaurants at the new Tropicana cater to steak and seafood lovers and lovers of gourmet Italian food. Both restaurants are open and breezy and decorated in a classy, understated South Beach style. Biscayne features certified fresh fish and juicy cuts of premium steak. Bacio features signature salads, pasta and pizza along with an extensive and unique wine list.Cafe Nikki is a big part of the Nikki Beach experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features elegant outdoor seating overlooking Nikki Beach and an assortment of tapas and sushi items, in addition to several creative dishes from other Nikki Beach locations in the world such as onion crusted yellow snapper and jerk chicken pasta.
Steering away from the traditional buffet spread at other casinos, the Tropicana features a smaller “boutique buffet” for guests inside Cafe Nikki priced at $17.99. There’s also the still expanding South Beach Marketplace that gives guests a range of options including Starbucks, Pellegrino’s Pizza and an all new gourmet ice cream place.
Gaming & Other Amenities
There is a daily Tropicana Resort Fee of $9.99. This includes access to the Tropicana Fitness Center and free Wifi access throughout the resort. The Tropicana Spa is due to open in July 2011.
The Tropicana Players Club is currently offering their “Even the Odds” promotion. On the day new members join the Players Club, they have a $200 safe credit on their slot machine play. If you play the slots and lose on the day you join the Tropicana Players Club, the Tropicana will reimburse you up to $200 on your losses.
Note: the “Even the Odds” promotion does not apply to table games like blackjack, roulette or losses at the sportsbook, but it’s still a very attractive offer for first-time guests at the new and vastly improved Tropicana.