Tropicana Hotel & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pros

  • Modern South Beach style, thanks to $180 million renovation completed in 2011
  • Great location on the south end of the Strip, connected via pedestrian bridge to other hotels
  • Simple modern rooms with tropical style, free Wi-Fi, big flat-screens, and iPod docks
  • Big, attractive indoor/outdoor pool with swim-up gambling
  • Bagatelle Beach, a huge pool club and nightclub
  • Large, modern fitness center with pool views
  • 10,000-square-foot spa
  • South Beach Food Court, bistro fare at Bagatelle, an Italian restaurant, and a steakhouse
  • Laugh Factory comedy club
  • Magic show and Mob Attraction

Cons

  • Long check-in lines
  • Casino is smaller than others on the Strip
  • Reports of maintenance issues
  • A trek to reach some rooms
  • No in-room coffeemakers

Bottom Line

A $180 million renovation completed in 2011 turned the once-dingy Tropicana into one of the nicer mid-range hotels on the Strip. This storied hotel is one of the oldest in Vegas -- it was built in 1957, and once had mob associations -- but today it is clean, modern, and even somewhat stylish, with South-Beach-inspired decor and a sprawling pool club and nightclub, Bagatelle Beach. The casino isn't as large as others on the Strip, but the central location makes it easy to gamble elsewhere -- the hotel is connected via pedestrian bridges to MGM Grand and Excalibur. The basic contemporary rooms have fresh tropical style; guests should stay in the Paradise Tower to be close to the Strip or the Club Tower to be close to the pool. But note that prices tend to be a bit higher than at other mid-range options such as Treasure Island and New York New York.

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 Scene

paradise tower near strip, club tower near pool

 Location

Excellent location on the sothern end of the Las Vegas Strip

Most Las Vegas visitors want to explore all of the big properties along the densely packed 3.5-mile-long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Strip, and the Tropicana, at the southern end, offers easy access to many of them. Pedestrian bridges connect guests to the Excalibur, MGM Grand (which has an enormous casino), and New York New York (which has its own roller coaster).

Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3 to ride. There's also a monorail system, which stops at Bally's, Caesars Palace, Harrah's, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara (the hotel has closed, but the stop still exists). A single-ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.

Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a 10- to 15-minute cab ride from McCarran International Airport; the ride typically costs about $15.

 Bottom Line

A $180 million renovation completed in 2011 turned the once-dingy Tropicana into one of the nicer mid-range hotels on the Strip. This storied hotel is one of the oldest in Vegas -- it was built in 1957, and once had mob associations -- but today it is clean, modern, and even somewhat stylish, with South-Beach-inspired decor and a sprawling pool club and nightclub, Bagatelle Beach. The casino isn't as large as others on the Strip, but the central location makes it easy to gamble elsewhere -- the hotel is connected via pedestrian bridges to MGM Grand and Excalibur. The basic contemporary rooms have fresh tropical style; guests should stay in the Paradise Tower to be close to the Strip or the Club Tower to be close to the pool. But note that prices tend to be a bit higher than at other mid-range options such as Treasure Island and New York New York.

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Address

  • 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Room Types

  • Club Deluxe Room
  • Club Spa Suite
  • Club Suite
  • Deluxe Room
  • Deluxe Room w/ City View
  • Paradise Suite
  • Penthouse Loft

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 1876
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: The Strip, Las Vegas
Address: 3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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