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
- 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 stayed on Feb 13th. Front desk person was very nice,welcoming. We stayed in a room in the tower. It was a lovely room....our room and common areas all very clean. Close to other casinos. We would stay here again....but stay away from room service. We order basically the same breakfast where ever we travel, even other countries,so the price was not a surprise. Room service is a treat...but not here. Our breakfast came up in a paper shopping bag. Bacon and eggs in thin plastic boxes like frozen dinner type boxes with thin plastic lids. They were cool when they arrived. The home fries were tiny squares about the size of a pencil eraser and had to be eaten with a spoon because they fell off the fork. The toast was in a separate plastic box and was soggy and wilted. All the little paper wrapped condiments came a brown paper bag. We would have gotten a better breakfast at a fast food restaurant. This is disgraceful for any hotel, but certainly for one that is part of the Hilton family. Sadly we have to say service is poor because this breakfast was the only service we encountered. The woman who delivered the meal was very pleasant....if only the meal was't so poorly presented. Where was the tray or trolley, silverware not plastic utensils, real containers of condiments. Very shabby.
I stayed here for three nights to attend a conference at the Mandalay Bay. The hotel lobby is like any Las Vegas hotel lobby : noisy, crowded and full of slot machines and cigarette smoke. Once you find the registration area they are efficient, smiling and it was pretty much like any check-in area. The room was large, well organized in traditional US style : wall sockets few and far between, lamps that are extremely large and heavy. I'm not complaining, just mentioning it - this is a traditional hotel room. The bed was excellent and the air conditioning unit reasonably efficient. The window had slatted wooden shutters which were extremely efficient as black-outs.
The bathroom was OK, the half-depth bath was a bit tired looking but everywhere was very clean.
Restaurants / Room Service : I tried all meals and both of the two restaurants offering in room dining. Breakfast was excellent especially the omelettes. Lunch and dinner I tried the Asian restaurant. The fried rolls were a bit meh, but the chicken and beef dishes I tried were very good indeed for Vegas.
The spa and fitness area was somewhat hard to find but the gym was reasonably good, with bikes, nordic, treadmills and a few machines and weights.
The final benefit of the Tropicana is the proximity to the tram at Excalibur (2 minutes on foot) so you can get to Mandalay Bay quickly. Of course you can also walk there in 15 minutes.
Hotel was reasonable priced and was nice. My biggest complain was lack of eating options. The food court is limited, they have a sports bar type and take out Chinese and one higher end restaurant . It basically forces you to either eat very casual or go outside. They need to bring in some better places to eat.
I was attending a conference here and decided to stay as I’m a Hilton Diamond member. I arrived to register at 9pm on Sunday to find two long lines, a Hilton Honors line and a regular registration line. There was a sign directing Diamond members (and the casino’s club members) to VIP registration, but the doors were locked (turns out they closed at 8pm). I waited over 30 minutes to register (and was given a Jr. Suite for my troubles - which gave me a little more room with a chair and tree - not so sweet!)
The room feels old and housekeeping was inconsistent with taking towels that were hanging and replacing soaps that had plenty of use left.
Breakfast for two at Bacio was $70 for eggs, sausage, potatoes, coffee and OJ. That’s ridiculous.
To get to your room, you must go through the smoke filled casino. I was forced to stay here due to business. I sear it took years off my life. To make matters worse, the hotel couldn't take credit cards for days. Staff said "systems were down" I won't stay here again.