by Tim Larison, CLIA Certified Master Cruise Counselor (MCC)
with comments from Travel Agent Anne Larison
“Why would you stay at the Tropicana?? Isn’t that an old hotel?” said a friend when I told him we were planning to stay at the Tropicana resort on a late August trip to Las Vegas. We were to discover that the Tropicana is a wonderful place to stay!
The Tropicana is an older resort, dating back to 1957, however it has undergone millions of dollars in renovations in recent years. Now part of the Hilton brand, our room was on the Hilton Honors floor. We liked that it was larger than other hotel rooms we have had at newer Las Vegas resorts. And when is the last time you saw a coffee maker in a Las Vegas hotel room? Ours had one – even though there was a coffee shop on site.
The hotel has two towers. One of the two towers is closer to the casino and rooms have a view of the Strip (Paradise Tower). The other (Club Tower) is a bit of a walk from the main entrance.
The Tropicana casino is a mix of the old and new. This picture shows the original ceiling above the casino’s gaming tables. We liked that the casino was smaller and less crowded (especially in the evening) compared to the mega resorts nearby.
The casino dealers and wait staff were friendly and even though this casino is smaller in size, there are larger casinos right across the street.
We enjoyed a breakfast buffet in the Beach Cafe one morning. The made to order omelettes here were especially good! The resort also has two fine dining restaurants and a 24 hour quick serve food court.
As you can see from the building-size advertisement in the picture at the top, a new restaurant is set to open next year. This will be Robert Irvine’s first Las Vegas restaurant.
During certain months of the year the Tropicana hosts pool parties on the weekends at the Sky Beach Club.
The Laugh Factory is Tropicana’s comedy club, featuring nationally known comics nightly. We wanted to see Rich Little, who performs his impressions during the early show on many week nights here. Due to conflicts with other shows we missed Rich this trip – maybe next time!
The Tropicana has an excellent location, on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip at the same intersection as the larger MGM Grand, Excalibur, and New York New York resorts. We liked the easy access to the Las Vegas Monorail. We walked across a bridge to the MGM Grand and bought a 3 day monorail pass. From the MGM Grand station we took the monorail to visit the many attractions and resorts on other parts of the Strip, such as the Olivia Newton John show we attended at the mid-strip Flamingo hotel.
We enjoyed our three night stay at the Tropicana very much! We liked the big rooms, the intimate, uncrowded casino, the food, and the proximity to other areas on the Las Vegas Strip. We plan to stay here again on a future trip!
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