TI Treasure Island : The VegasTripping Review 2008

Review, Photos and Video Walkthrough of the New Rooms at TI Treasure Island

Posted by Chuckmonster

Over the past few months, a large percentage of Las Vegas casinos have begun to freshen up their room offerings as yet another avalanche of new joints come online over the next five years. Whenever there is a dramatic expansion in room inventory, aging properties are forced to choose between dropping a peg or two in the pecking order or make the necessary capital expenditures to keep them competitive. MGM Mirage has uniformly (with only a handful of exceptions) opted to go the capex route and have shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars upgrading restaurants, casino technology, night clubs, entertainment and their guest rooms. With major upgrades to nearly every square inch of The Mirage nearly complete, it was an obvious choice to inject TI Treasure Island's sea worn Rodger with jollity of a fresh and different flavor.

Compared to MGM Grand - location of my last Vegas stay - arrival at TI is supremely effortless. The distance from self-parking garage to the hotel lobby at TI is barely a skip when juxtaposed to the expedition that is walking MGM Grand. TI is noticeably smaller, easier to navigate and doesn't insult the guest who 'just wants to get there' by forcing them to wander through multiple acres of tchatchki shoppes that soley function as a macro-version of the supermarket check out display. TI proves to be a certifiably intimate, yet full featured alternative to the super-mega-resorts which surround it. The lobby was unbelievably packed at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, with a long line of very chatty guests snaking from the fully manned naturally lit front desk all the way to the VIP check in lobby. Being a 'smart ass' I decided to hop onto vacant 'invited guest' line and checked in instantaneously. The front desk attendant was pleasant, easy going, smart and sorted out a bunch of oddball requests I made with nary a blink. I signed the dotted line, got the keys and headed on up to room 10028.

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Upon exiting the elevator, the changeover from the old Laura Ashley meets Victorian particleboard wonderland to an sleekly updated take on 60's modernism, done up in muted array of candy store colors. The elevator vestibules have evolved from simple large passage ways to community lounge areas surrounded by a mix of real and fake foliage, curvy dark wood furnishings accented by polished and brushed metal pieces of decorative artwork. On initial impression, I'm reminded slightly of Wynn Macau's public hotel area decor, mainly TI's choices in bric-a-brac. The new corridors and vestibules have an extremely relaxing aura, particularly when compared to the older version which can be found on a handful of yet to be transitioned floors of the hotel.

TI Treasure Island Las Vegas Review 10028After a quick jog down the hallway, I arrived at room 10028, slid the Mystere branded key card into the lock - bleepbleep - and headed into the room.

Clockwise from the immediate left upon entry is a doorway to the bathroom and a mirrored dual-door closet with stop-jamb lighting. Ten yards or so forward the room opens up to reveal a single king-sized bed perpendicular to the left wall, chaise lounge/bar table by the window which points directly at the built-into-the-wall desk and entertainment center.

To help you get an even better idea of how the room is laid out, we've included one of our often imitated, yet never duplicated, trademark video walkthroughs on the last page of the review.

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Comments & Discussion

Great, informative review as usual. I am staying at a Petite Suite in late-September and I was interested to read about the results of the remodeling. TI has always been one of my favorite Strip resorts, particularly for it's location. The one drawback was the prevalence of 6/5 single deck 21 in the casino which is a game I will not play. Good to hear that it's being phased out.

TI looks much better than I expected. In fact, it looks great! I'm disappointed they didn't put in new safes large enough for a laptop. I'd opt for the Petite Suite at probably not much more money.

wow. surprising, and very good to know. i'll bump this up on the list for the next trip. i'm still kinda surprised by it but it's great to know. it does look very comfortable.

@detroit - the petite suites are pretty nice over all, and quite spacious. MGM Mirage ran a week long $50 upgrade deal for the Petite Suites not so long ago. you really do get a lot of bang for the buck with the new designs.

So if you were in a hotel crisis like I am right now (between Mirage and TI) which would you rather stay at?
The only reason I'm leaning toward Mirage is because I can get a tower room for the same price I can a regular room and Mirage's rooms look like they have bigger windows and whatnot. TI's prices are about $60 cheaper for the 5 days I'm going on (which isn't that big of a deal).
I've always stayed at the south end of the strip (Excalibur and MGM) so this will be new to be staying where all the action is

As usual, a very detailed, thorough review by Chuckmonster. Thanks for all that great info. TI is nothing like I thought it would be. It looks very inviting.

Whoa! Where did you get your information regarding the trademark / name change? That's incorrect. The corporate name for TI is still "Treasure Island Corp." a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE. The resort was previously marketed as "Treasure Island at The Mirage" for obvious reasons. However, the "TI" moniker was introduced in 2003 simply for branding purposes in the new logo and marquee on the strip to promote the more contemporary and adult nature of the property after all the changes were made. Using the "TI" had nothing to do with any issues regarding the Indian gaming resort in MN with a similar name. FYI

@vegasDV the story of the TI copyright case is here : http://www.indiancountry.com/content.cfm?id=850

Also referencing background information on TI/Mirage Resorts in John L. Smith's Steve Wynn bio "Running Scared." Do you think we should start putting footnotes in features?

I don't believe that I stated that the name change was a result of the lawsuit. From all the research I did for the article, I found no references for whatever settlement came out of it. If you've got the goods, email us!

Daaaaamn! Call 'em out Chuckmonster! Tell 'em they better come correct!

Great information . We are staying at the TI in September for the first time since the removal of the "pirate" theme.

I am staying at TI when i come back to Vegas in Dec. This review helped me make the choice. I usually stay closer to the center of the Strip but thought it was time for a change of pace.

I think TI is one of the best values on the strip and prefer its location and size over many resorts that others consider superior properties like Mandalay Bay.

Just out of curiosity Chuck, what were the oddball requests you made at check-in?

@_justJoey i needed a late check out and some other stuff i can't mention. :P

The beg. of Feb. my girlfriend and I started what turned out being a 12 night hotel bench. Our goal was to find the most comfortable bed on the strip, then buy it for our newly redone bedroom. Started at TI in their elite bed, turns out they have one bed better than the elite. Not exactly sure what room that associates with though. Then ending up going to MGM, Venetian, Planet Hollywood, Trump, Trump (liked that hotel), Excal, Red Rock, Mirage, Wynn, Westin, Ceasar, etc. Of all the strip we liked the Elite bed at TI and the Heavenly Bed at Westin. I agree they have a quality hotel that I feel is better than the big boys of Trump, Venetian, Wynn etc. I also felt that wow feeling when I woke up. Kinda surprised with how well you ended up sleeping feeling. Need more of those nights.

I stumbled upon this just in time. I'll be heading out there in less than 3 weeks and I was a little worried staying at a property I know little about. But your review has put me at ease. I've got a Petite Suite booked and I'm hoping to get into a Tower Suite upon arrival. Excellent review as always.

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