Treasure Island Deluxe Rooms
The VegasTripping Review 2016
When we last reviewed Treasure Island in July 2008, MGM Mirage had just dumped a ton of money into the place, the end of a five year project that transformed Treasure Island from pirate themed family destination to sleek, new, modern "TI" sex dungeon theme. Barely five months later MGM Mirage - at the brink of self-inflicted bankruptcy - sold TI to former New Frontier owner Phil Ruffin for $500 million bucks.
Since taking over the resort, Mr. Ruffin tore out nearly all of MGM's upgrades and replaced them with schlocky, fanny pack tourist traps and eateries. In quick succession, Ruffin gave the boot to MGM's esoteric dining choices, lounge/nightlife attempts, and sexy pirate booty vibe. He's also reclaimed Buccaneer Bay for bar space and bolted on buildings of dubious design.
With Las Vegas Strip firmly established as a "lesser of two evils" duopoly of Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International, having a fun, clean, independent resort option has become increasingly more essential. Currently, budget constrained Vegas travelers have four mid-tier options:Tropicana of Las Vegas, SLS, Stratosphere and Treasure Island.
Eight years ago, at the dawn of the age of the flat panel TV we gave the new rooms at Treasure Island high marks for post-armoire furnishings, laptop aware techno-usability and sleepy, dreamy comfort. The universe has changed since 2008. We survived an epic economic meltdown (and recovery) and now have computers on our wrist that are more nimble and powerful than the computers that were in our pockets or laps in 2008.
How has Treasure Island fared? The answer is... surprisingly well, on the surface.
I arrived at Treasure Island by automobile and parked in their self-parking garage. I had some time to kill before checking in so I wandered about in the area. I rode the tram to and from The Mirage, then walked over to the Palazzo for a bit, then did a loop at Wynn and poked my head over the walls of the Alon parcel before heading back to TI to check in. This whole neighborhood is effortlessly walkable and full of THE BEST stuff in Las Vegas. As far as location, Treasure Island has it in spades.
Check in was fast... so fast that I never got the chance to take a photo of the registration desk! The attendant was cheery, helpful and had some incredibly long, delicately painted fingernails. She ran me through the system, handed my keys and pointed me towards the elevator banks, moving with a style and ease.
She also handed me an envelope which contained four coupons containing discounts and offers promised in the resort fee fine print - a high class version of the Funbook!
2 for 1 cocktails, $25 off future stay, a fitness center pass, and 2 for 1 buffet. I wish I had opened the envelope before I got home... I may have taken advantage of a few of these offers while I was there. Open the envelope folks!
I dragged my crap out of the lobby, turned left and 50 paces later arrived at the Treasure Island elevator core. I hopped in, pressed 27... and... away... we... go!