Planet Hollywood - The VegasTripping Review 2007

The Grinders take the "new" P-Ho for a Test Drive

Posted by Richie Raviolis

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas - The VegasTripping Review 2007 I think it's the classic song from The Who that goes, "New room, same as the old room...", or something like that. It could be the theme song for the rooms at the newly renamed Aladdin, now called Planet Hollywood. Having signed up for the Aladdin players club in the past, and thus being on their mailing list, we received an invitation in the mail to come stay at the new Planet Hollywood. We were excited to be among the first wave of people to see the improvements. Plus, we got four nights for the price of three with our "special invitation" deal.

Planet Hollywood LogoMiss Melody and I arrived for our four night stay at the new Planet Hollywood by taxi early on Sunday afternoon. We entered the revamped lobby with it's shiny black floors and ultra-hip neon-adorned walls slowly changing color from red to green to purple. I noticed the new Planet Hollywood logo, a red, lower-case "ph" within a circle. It kind of reminded me of an unimaginative tech company's logo, while it made Miss Melody think of the hemorrhoidal cooling gel Preparation H.

Feature Pho Hallway

The main check-in line was quite long, and it quickly got twice as long behind us while we waited. But they had about ten counters open and the wait was pretty short, and the check-in was fast and easy.

The narrow corridor to the elevators was blocked by several employees wearing matching sports jackets. When we tried to get by they lead us to a counter nearby saying, "Come over and sign up for some comps..."

All I wanted to do was to get to our room, but we dragged our bags over to the counter and quickly realized what was happening. Westgate Properties is building two huge towers right behind, and connect to, Planet Hollywood, (we saw the construction zone from our taxi). We were offered any number of comps and freebies if we simply signed up for their timeshare presentation. I was already backing away when Miss Melody, seeing a chance for some good comps, said, "Okay, sign us up."

We went to the Westgate timeshare presentation and got our comps, a free show plus $50 toward a meal at Planet Hollywood restaurant. The whole thing really wasn't that bad, although I dreaded the decision at first. I will say, as a warning, that these timeshare hawks approached us throughout our stay. To put it not-as-nicely, I would say we were harassed. They occupied every entrance and exit of the hotel and casino. I found myself plotting escape routes to avoid them. Even my plan to exit through the mall, now called The Miracle Mile, was foiled by these sports jacket monsters.

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What the fuck's up with that pool?

What, you guys in Jersey at the community pool? What exit?

I think it'll be a decent place when all's said and done. The buffet is good, the rooms are alright but often overpriced, and they're getting Alfredo's and Earl of Sandwich which are two places I'm fond of when I'm at the Mouse Trap in Florida (instead of the Roach Trap in Nevada.)

There's still a lot of work to be done though. I was pleasantly surprised with some things and disappointed with others (entrance still sucks.) It seems like the things they changed the most were the things that least needed any fixing.

This is regaurds to the bashing of Planet Hollywood Casino.
I can't stand people who only have negitive things to say. The old saying fits here. "If you don't have anthing nice to say, Don' say anything"
We stay and have stayed at Planet Hollywood for the last five years and have always been treaded VERY well. I should add we stay there twice a year.
My other comments are:
(1) How much time do you spend in the room?
Our rooms have always been clean and very comfortable.
(2) What do you go to the pool for?
I go to lay in the SUN and swim, not lay in the shade.
(3) Everyone who goes to Las Vegas knows that Planet Hollywood in under construction and if you want to stay there you should expect some discomfort.
(4) As for the Monster by the elevators, All they had to say was "NO".

Also the Grand opening is not until Sept. So why would anyone expect the place to be perfect????

I don't really see this review as a "bashing" of Planet Hollywood, but instead an honest recall of Mr. & Mrs. Grinders telling of their experience at Planet Hollywood in May 2007. They were invited to visit the "new" P-Ho, and booked based on that marketing message, what they got was a hotel that is literally under construction - they had no idea that the construction would, in fact be falling into their fruity drinks while lounging at the pool.

We stand by The Grinders' review of the P-Ho as honest and accurate - forgiving even. The conclusion on the final page pretty much sums it up in a level headed positive tone.

Besides what Chuckmonster has already said about the PH review, I would like to respond to each of jclabree's comments. (I am the writer of the review, by the way).
1. I don't think we said anything bad about the room. We say that the room is big, yet regular and average, not bad in any way.

2. As a reviewer it is our job to give an honest take on the ambiance and comfort of our stay, and for the pool area, that is exactly what we did. If you compare the PH pool with most other pools I've seen on the strip, the PH pool's ambiance, and therefore, the overall comfort of the pool area is poor. Yes, I was disappointed, and it is our job to let other people know what the pool area is like so they are not disappointed, as well. We let the reader decide what they want from a pool and decide from there. And remember, we did ask PH what they planned to do to the pool area. They told us they didn't plan to do much of anything. So the PH pool may be fine for you, but maybe not for everyone. Put it this way, I wish we could have read an honest description of the pool before I went.

3. As Chuckmonster said, we got an invitation for the "new Planet Hollywood". Besides, we were very forgiving of all the construction, (we didn't even mention some of the early morning banging in the rooms next to us) . But we had big flakes of stuff falling into our drinks and into the pool. That is not being negative, it is not our opinion, it is just the facts.

4. We mentioned the "monsters" by the elevators, (and near EVERY entrance and EVERY exit), because we wanted people to be ready for what we felt was a real bother. Our point was that we did say YES the very first time, but that didn't stop us from being harassed for the rest of our stay every time we walked through the lobby, or the casino, or the mall... etc. They would practically grab us by the arm and lead us to the counter for "some great comps". We'd say, "we've done it already! We've done this already!"

Again, our conclusion states: "Planet Hollywood is in a good location, and as grinders we would say that even the old rooms aren't bad for the price. The bathrooms are big and nice, and the beds are comfy. I'm sure the new rooms will look a bit better". And earlier in the review we say the rooms look clean. Yes, we found a butt on the bathroom counter, and again... that is a fact. But we even spun that into a positive service statement by mentioning how good they were about switching our room right away.

We had a good time at Planet Hollywood.

I have always enjoied staying at the new Aladdin and have stayed there several times. I loved the arabian nights decor and the fact that you didn't have that long walk through the casino from the desk in order to get to your room. The Spice Market Buffett was always great and I always did OK on the slots. Yes, the pool area was nothing to write home about but the resort rooms I always booked were large, nice and had a good view of the strip. The bathrooms were huge and well layed out.

This past January I took a trip out to Vegas with a friend, staying at the Riviera for the first time. This was a winter getaway from his job and I was asked to go because his son and daugher-in-law couldn't get away. I stopped in to the new Planet Hollywood and just about cried! The decore was just plain "Blah" and I couldn't even enter through the front of the casino. I had to walk through the Dessert Passage in order to get inside. I'm glad to hear that the casino will have some neon lights and some type of decore to it, but if there is a weak point at all to this property, it is the pool area. Not much they can do with waterfalls, etc., but they can at least dress up the pool decks and facade with something exciting. By the time I hit Las Vegas again most of the work should be done and I hope I'm not dissapointed like I was this past January. I also expect that the costs of renovations will be high enough so that the slots will not pay out much in order to help cover the costs!

I think your review was quite balanced. You said many positive things about the property and only pointed out errors others would have shouted about.

I would have been horrified to find Bette Midler staring at me over the tub. No way. Would never happen. Heaven help me when she starts appearing regularly at Caesars next year.

I was hoping this place would have its public areas completed by now. This is taking too long.

The timeshare people should be regulated. No question. They are worse than the porn slappers on the sidewalk because the timeshare people are native speakers and think they are better at overcoming objections. I can, and do, say "No" to them, but this becomes tiring after saying it all the time. They are going to cause some people to avoid a trip entirely because the idea of going to Vegas is to escape reality, not to be followed around and pitched at every doorway.

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