Bluegreen Club 36 Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Off the Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Cons

  • No spa
  • Noisy planes overhead
  • Indoor pool -- no sunlight; chlorine smell
  • Limited natural light in the rooms
  • Wi-Fi costs a daily fee

Bottom Line

Opened in August 2008, the 478-room Club 36 is a time-share hotel with clean, modern suites equipped with full kitchens, dishwashers, and washers and dryers. But the indoor pool, noisy planes over the sundeck, limited dining, and remote location don't make it an ideal pick.

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Opened in 2008, this 478-room time-share hotel comes with clean, modern, apartment-like rooms. But for anyone outside the Bluegreen network, there's not much draw to this place.

Airport right behind the hotel
Airport right behind the hotel

Bluegreen Club 36 is part of the Bluegreen time-share club -- meaning that the rooms are all one- or two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and washer/dryers. Non-members, however, can still book a room at the hotel as regular guests.

Club 36 is getting a lot of attention from its members, mostly because it's the first West Coast property in the Bluegreen network (all others are located in the East Coast). Unless you're one of the time-share owners though, there's nothing to get too excited about. Everything, well, seems to be working against it -- only an indoor pool, a remote location in audible range of the airport, and very few dining options around.

Like anywhere in Vegas, this hotel's got a theme. As a nod to its airport-adjacent location, they went with "the golden age of air travel." The pool cafe is named after Amelia Earhart, and there are homages to her around the hotel, along with black-and-white photographs of Cessna planes and early Air Force pilots. The rooms even come with retro clock radios.

For better apartment-style accommodations in Vegas, you'll find greater value in the Hilton Grand Vacations Club At the Las Vegas Hilton or Marriott Grand Chateau. Both have better locations, ample guest room space, and bright, sunny interiors.

 Location

Off the Strip, two miles from the airport. There's nothing to eat nearby, just some fast food and a single sit-down restaurant within the Bluegreen complex. On Thursdays through Sundays, there's a complimentary shuttle that runs between the MGM Grand and the hotel.

Vast emptiness surrounds this hotel -- or at least it feels that way. The hotel is two miles from the landing strip at the McCarran airport, and a long way from the casinos along the Vegas Strip. Unless you have a car or can afford to call a taxi every time you venture outside hotel property, you're stuck in this new, mostly empty, building complex.

Which isn't to say there's nothing inside the complex. There's a liquor store, a pizzeria called Due, a Subway, and Einstein & Co. Bagel Shop. A convenience store and a sit-down restaurant are also available on-site.

A complimentary shuttle runs between the Bluegreen complex and the MGM Grand every 15 minutes on Thursdays through Sundays. To head further north of the Strip, you'll have to switch to a public bus like the Deuce.

 Rooms

Apartments with full kitchens, washer/dryers, and cramped, dim quarters in the one-bedroom standard rooms. Rooms are stylish, but not sensible.

Kitchen and Dining area in 1 Bedroom Deluxe Room
Kitchen and Dining area in 1 Bedroom Deluxe Room

All rooms are apartment units -- complete with a full kitchen and a washer and dryer -- that start at 480 square feet for a one-bedroom standard (rooms can also be connected to create a two-bedroom unit). Stylish details include a vintage-style CD player/clock radio and black-and-white photographs that are meant to evoke the hotel's early 20th century, birth-of-aviation-era theme.

  • City or desert views
  • Flat-panel TV with cable and premium channels, as well as DVD players
  • CD player and clock radio
  • Wi-Fi for a fee
  • Full kitchens include stovetop, mircrowave, coffeemaker, refrigerator, blender, coockware and dish linens,
  • Washer/ dryer
  • Bathrooms have shower/tub combos
  • One or Two Bedroom suites

 Features

Large, heated indoor pool and whirlpool. Top-notch fitness center, mini-arcade and complimentary Internet stations on-site.

Large, heated indoor pool
Large, heated indoor pool
  • Heated indoor pool, unlike most Vegas hotel pools which are seasonal (they close for the winter months, which can get a little chilly)
  • Sundeck is an open terrace with lounge chairs and tables facing the McCarran airport
  • Whirlpool
  • Fitness center on the second floor with treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes and weight machines face four flat-screen TVs on a colorful mosaic wall
  • The game room is actually a mini-arcade
  • Complimentary Internet terminals (two PCs) where printing is also free, and printouts can be picked up at the front desk.
  • The hotel provides a free shuttle that goes between the MGM Grand and the Bluegreen complex

 Family

Apartment-style rooms are great for families, and kids can enjoy the indoor pool and game room year-round, but the hotel is far removed from the major Vegas attractions.

The Game Room
The Game Room

Most of the guests at the hotel are families who own time-shares. All rooms are large (starting at 480 square feet), and they come with queen-size pullout couches and a private bedroom for parents. Complimentary cribs and high chairs are available upon request.

Among the family highlights, there's an indoor swimming pool and a small arcade room (there are no free games, so you'll have to pony up some quarters for your kids). Board games like Scrabble and Uno are available at the front desk.

There's also plenty of kid-friendly food on the property, ranging from the hot dogs and nachos at Amelia Bar and Grill to the chicken wings at Due's Pizzeria.

 Food

Amelia, the pool bar, serves hot dogs, nachos and salads. There's a Subway, a pizzeria, a bagel shop, a sit-down restaurant and a liquor store in the complex.

Pizza from nearby Due Pizzeria
Pizza from nearby Due Pizzeria

There are a few dining options in the Bluegreen complex, and the hotel opened a sit-down restaurant called Grind Burger after our visit. As you may have guessed, this joint has burgers -- and not much else. For a five-dollar footlong, there's -- what else -- Subway. Next to it is a wood-fire pizzeria called Due. Go for the Sette pie -- it's chock-full of fresh garlic, meatballs, roasted peppers and onions, mushrooms, and mozzarella.

  • Amelia, the pool bar and grill offers a limited menu and drink menu for lunch and dinner
  • An Einstein Bros. bagel shop
  • Rooms come with kitchens, but the closest grocery store, Vons, is a mile away. A number of restaurants deliver to the hotel, also.

 Bottom Line

Opened in August 2008, the 478-room Club 36 is a time-share hotel with clean, modern suites equipped with full kitchens, dishwashers, and washers and dryers. But the indoor pool, noisy planes over the sundeck, limited dining, and remote location don't make it an ideal pick.

Things You Should Know About Bluegreen Club 36

Address

  • 324 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, 89115, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Club 36
  • Las Vegas Club 36
  • Las Vegas-Club 36

Room Types

  • 1 Bedroom Deluxe Suite
  • 1 Bedroom Standard Room
  • 2 Bedroom Deluxe Suite
  • Presidential Suite

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Hotel Information

Location: Off the Strip, Las Vegas
Address: 324 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, 89115, US
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