Tropicana Las Vegas – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
What We Love
- Convenient location at the southern end of the Strip
- Spacious guestrooms with a South Beach feel
- Sprawling four-acre tropical pool complex
- Fun, young vibe for couples or a bachelor(ette) entourage
What To Know
- The hotel’s pool complex is seasonal—it closes for winter and reopens in March—though a hot tub is still available for guests
- A resort fee per night will be collected at the property upon check-in
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Don’t call it a comeback. Tropicana Las Vegas has shed its vintage Vegas aura with a $180-million transformation and it isn’t looking back. The born-again Trop ups the ante with a sexy South Beach style, airy plantation-style rooms, a stunning spa, a smokin’-hot pool complex and the same killer Strip location it rocked back in 1957.
Tropicana Las Vegas’s pool scene is one of the best on the Strip.”}Unlike at many resorts in this town, valet-parking my ride was a cinch, giving me time to pump a couple of coins into the slots before checking in — which is also a much faster and friendlier experience than at most other Vegas resorts I’ve stayed at. One reason for that is Tropicana Las Vegas’s size; a mere 1,375 rooms and suites make it much easier to navigate than those mega-resorts.
My guestroom was like a breath of fresh sea air. Caribbean plantation shutters, sunset-colored daybeds, artificial tropical plants and bold, colorful Latin art prints make these digs refreshingly different from the ho-hum casino norm. High-tech amenities like plasma TVs, iPod docking stations and speedy WiFi are among the essentials for any Vegas stay. Bonus: The in-room safe was big enough to lock up my laptop and my bling.
The tropical pool complex sizzles with hot tubs, lush landscaping and pools ringed by bright white daybeds popping with red pillows shaded by white umbrellas. For the ultimate beauty treatment before a big night out, the new Glow spa by Mandara offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, high-end salon and individual and couples treatment rooms. Want to make that date night special? Start with the side-by-side Swedish massages then wrap it up with Sweet and Spicy Orange Body Scrubs.
It’s hard to forget the storied history of this corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, especially when it includes infamous mob ties and appearances in classic flicks like The Godfather and Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas. And Tropicana Las Vegas doesn’t forget its roots altogether; there’s a mob-themed museum exhibit just off the casino, and even the black-and-white tiled floors of chef Carla Pellegrino’s mod Italian restaurant echo old-school joints where Michael Corleone and Tony Soprano would fit right in.
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We are currently staying at the Tropicana which we have done right around mid June for five years straight. We have always appreciated the fact that it was reasonably priced and yet clean and comfortable with a nice pool area and friendly staff. This year however, will probably be our last. The Landscaping around the property literally has two foot tall weeds and grass growing in planters, the pavement is stained, and the carpets in the casino are semi-disgusting. It's as if they fired the entire maintenance staff and are just milking whatever money they can out of the property. What is ironic is that the pedestrian walkways in Vegas have been cleaned up and have never looked better. Cheap is fine but you still have to clean and maintain a place or it feels like a waste of money no matter how little you spent on the room. We won't be back...
Arrived late from delayed flight. The reception smelt like cigarettes because the Casino is near there. I had bronchitis so that was bad for me. The carpet looked like it should hav3 been replaced 20 years ago.
We finally got to our room on the 1st floor after dragging our bags through the Casino. The room was not near the reception at all. The room was an accessible room which we stated we did not want plus smelt of stale smoke, which we also stated we did not want.
The room overlooked a a roof with lights 24 hrs shining in the windows.
I rang reception to say we didn’t book an accessible room with smoking.
Reception said nothing could be done tonight maybe tomorrow.
Next day reception said they would upgrade us to a suite for another $50. U S a night. So we agreed because we were exhausted.
The Tropicana was built in 1957 and is need of major Reno’s.
We were so disappointed after traveling from Australia to be staying at one of the oldest Casinos in Las Vegas.
We had a four night stay which which was not memorable. We won’t ever be going to Las Vegas again.
Check in was quick and easy given Paradise room 915. Only con was a little chip on bath but not a problem. Loads of Pros. The room was bright exceptionally clean and facing the strip. Being the Paradise tower access was straight off the main entrance and casino floor so no long walk which after a day walking the strip was brilliant. Lots of games to play and excellent choice of slots to play in a very airy and bright casino which we liked. Lots of places to eat and drink varying in price. Starbucks onsight is very convenient especially first thing in a morning. The slots waitresses were always around, very quick and not watered down drinks like most of the other casinos and due to this we often stayed here to play. All the staff we met were very helpful and polite and made us feel very welcome. Hired a car through guest services and this worked out cheaper than an online quote. A lovely hotel and would recommend to friends and family and if we went to Vegas again we would stay here.
First time in a non-Marriott property in a long time, and though I doubt the Tropicana is representative of the doubletree experience, there was a lot to be lacking.
First off, it's difficult to find a hotel from the major chains on the strip (there are decent off-strip options though). The Tropicana is one of the more affordable options - though it is located on the far south of the strip (the RTC bus pass is your friend). A short 10-15 min uber from the airport, it is very convenient to get to and traffic is minimal.
The check-in counter isn't too far from the passenger pick-up / drop-off, definitely one of the smaller hotels. There was a decently long line (20-30 people) when we arrived, but the HHonors line was moving quickly so be sure to sign up for the program. Check-in was quick and easy. Pro-Tip: Paradise tower is less than a minute walk, club tower is about 10 mins away.
The rooms itself are not the newest, but not the oldest either. Definitely room for improvement - lots of hallway noise comes through (can hear doors opening and closing, housekeeping moving back and forth). The tub was leaky. Room size was spacious though, and so was the bathroom.
Didn't have a chance to check out any of the amenities on site so no opinion there (even though everyone has the pay the $37 resort fee - HIGHWAY ROBBERY!). Finally, last issue was had to request a lake check-out, was on hold for 15 minutes trying to get to the front desk. They were able to accomodate the request - but this hotel is seriously understaffed or just not being run well.
We booked months ago for a three night stay. Arrived late afternoon and joined the check-in queue of 12 people and one person on check ins.We had the paper documents for our booking, they had no booking for us, despite prepaid booking. We emailed travel agent and had full confirmation. This took 24hrs for the hotel to work this out, they did have a room available. The casino in the down stairs area is very large, allows gamblers to smoke. As you have to walk through all of this area, be very aware if you don't mind the smell of smoke on your clothes????