Ellis Island Super 8 Newly Renovated Rooms
The VegasTripping Review 2016
Off-Strip budget hotel Ellis Island Super 8 is known primarily for three things - having an on-site brewery, a decent pizza joint and one of the longest running discount steak specials in Las Vegas. For the last 20 years, more words have been spilled in Vegas Trip Reports about the Ellis Island steak special (w/LVA coupon) than the fountains at Bellagio or perennial TR kingpin Lotus of Siam. For whatever reason, the personality profile that writes Trip Reports also likes cheap steak, discount coupons and sublime northern Thai cuisine. Go figure.
Call me stupid, but when faced with the choice between cheap steak and no steak, I'll take no steak. I feel somewhat the same about Vegas hotel rooms. When faced with the choice of a cheap motel or staying home, I'll stay home 99% of the time. I can certifiably guarantee that there is absolutely, positively no way that I - when left to my own devices - would have chosen to stay at Ellis Island Super 8 casino.
Alas, duty called. Or... I made the mistake of asking the VegasTripping community which hotels they wanted me to stay at and review. After soliciting suggestions via @VegasTripping on Twitter and THEpoll, the most compelling arguments were made for reviews of Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island and Ellis Island Super 8... an island tour, if you will.
When I mentioned to my wife that I was planning to stay at Ellis Island, she said "No." Her primary fear, was that I would bring home bed bugs. I reassured her that I had chosen a "recently renovated" room and - fingers crossed - everything would be fine.
I booked the recently renovated option through Expedia, paying $115.45 for a Saturday night, including tax.
I arrived at Ellis Island Super 8 via car, parked in the lot and headed into the office. After a few minutes waiting, a front desk attendant called me up, took my information, swiped my credit card and handed me the keys to room 1076. I asked her if the room I was assigned was one of the "recently renovated" ones. She looked at her computer and, after a few klickity klacks of the keyboard, confirmed that the room she assigned me was indeed recently renovated. She instructed me to go through the adjacent door, turn right and head down the hallway until I found my room.
I walked about 30 yards down the hallway and came upon room 1076.
Looking back, the office is located where where the carpet ends. For those who hate to trudge their stuff through the casino to get to the hotel elevators, this is the jackpot of all jackpots.
The door is decorated with a black and white print out of the 'Welcome to Las Vegas' sign with the words "Las Vegas" super imposed over the words "Las Vegas" on the sign. Clip art as hotel room decor. Is this a normcore inspired, avant-garde play on no-brow decor, or the genuine article. The latter, obvi.
The hotel room appears to be fortified like a tenement apartment in the South Bronx - with multiple deadbolts, chains and metal plates.
I slip my yellow Super 8 hotel key into the lock and *bleep bleep* and open the door to a newly renovated room at Ellis Island.
Before we head in, I'd like to mention that this review is detailed, contains a ton of photos and spills over multiple pages containing commentary and analysis. You can navigate through the pages by clicking on the numbers below.
On the final page of this review you will find a video walkthrough of the room as well as a second walkthrough using a black light. With the black light, we inspect the room for traces of organic matter... your guess is as good as ours as to what this organic matter actually is... animal, vegetable or room service. We call this the "black light housekeeping test."