Tropicana Las Vegas - The VegasTripping Review 2006

The Way Vegas Used To Be and Won't Be Shortly

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Casino Vibes

The casino on the otherhand is full of vivacousness. The main pit of the casino is housed in a truly beautiful stained glass veranda - a 1960s precursor to the Dale Chihuly glass artwork in Bellagio's lobby. It's gives the main pit a serene almost religious vibe. Underneath the veranda $5 blackjack is present (as advertised) as were a handful of other minimums and games. The slot machines are all coin-in coin-out which, despite the neatoness of hearing the ching ching ching of people cashing out their winnings is a dirty and time consuming task particularly when the hopper gets jammed and you have to wait for a slot tech. There is news that Ticket based machines will be installed in the next 6 months. As a result of the coin op machines, most of the slots are older models - not crusty, but recent vintage. For example, new joints will have Triple Double Wild Cherry machines, but the Trop has older pre-ticket Wild Cherry machines. The high limit slot vestibule seems more like semi-repurposed space than a true "high roller area". It did have a small lounge with a hot table for food service but it was all closed up when I rolled in there.

In the main casino lobby there were two Folies Bergere showgirls gladly posing for photos with any and all who passed through. This photo is blurred because a kid ran into me as I took the snap. Grrr.


The casino personnel were all very friendly and helpful, and the drink service was pleasant and often. The Tropicana's ATM machines are a little deceiving - default screen has info about Tropicana shows and restaurants, one could be confused into thinking they were show ticket kiosks (I was). On the Paradise Tower side of the casino near the Folies Bergere Tiffany Theater, is the fabulous little Celebration Lounge which has some bad pay schedule Video Poker machines and some great Newcastle Ale on tap (huge glass $5). There is a live band performing in the lounge (they're good) and plenty of table seating.

Another neato little feature of the Tropicana is the photo gallery in the hallway that heads out to the parking garage. Lots of great vintage Vegas casino and entertainment photos.

The Bottom Line

The Tropicana offers many different types of eateries on premises as well as the Trop Shops shopping promenade. Due to time constraints on this 24 hour burn through the desert, I wasn't able to spend any time dining or poking around the shops. There are a ton more things to do at the Tropicana than outlined here - Folies Bergere and XTreme Magic with Dirk Arthur for shows, The Las Vegas History Museum (closing soon), Calypso Buffet, Trop Shops and the other fine eateries. All in all, the Tropicana was a pleasant, yet brief experience. The casino and hotel are well kept, the service is friendly and attentive and the casino is playable and enjoyable. With some attention to the finer details of presentation and style, the Tropicana experience could be upgraded and updated greatly. Whether or not this type of stop-gap refurbishment is in the cards with the impending sale of Aztar Corporation remains to be seen. But for the Vegas Tripper looking for a clean, comfortable, no frills room in a great location the Tropicana is a fantastic option. At the very least, all serious Trippers should consider dropping by the grand dame before it meets its eventual demise.

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Comments & Discussion

I read on LV Casino Death Watch that the new owners may rennovate and not tear down the Trop, I really hope this is true. I had a great stay there last summer, and low rollers like me need a place to stay! Does the Strip really need another overpriced hotel for beautiful people who drive BMWs and go to "be seen"? I don't think so.

You are dead on about the Celebration Lounge, we had a ball there. Love your website, keep up the nice work!


Still waiting for the Flamingo to get blown up. Those were some heavy rumors back then!

Hi!great article just wanna know something,last summer i stayed in las vegas in this hotel and i used the conditioner and since that i love it!can you tell me what brand is it? I will thank you a lot

@alo16 You might want to ask that on the Tropicana's Facebook page....

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