It wasn’t until around two weeks before our trip that it dawned on me, we booked our Vegas trip on a budget. Alarm bells began to sound in my head as I read the reviews on TripAdvisor. How many Avios do we have in our account, how quickly can I book somewhere else, can we just cancel the trip?
Then the day came, cruising at 36,000ft above the North Atlantic in what can only be described as a flying pub we chatted with some fellow passengers while waiting at the pop-up bar that had formed at the back of the aircraft. We got some bizarre looks and awkward silences when we mentioned where we were staying. Panic set in again, we were just hours away from checking in to what was made out to be the hotel from hell.
Located on the south end of the strip, the hotel sits alongside some heavy hitters like the MGM Grand. If you’re driving, valet parking is free. However, we never used this due to the car park being so close to the entrance.
If you’re not renting a car, there are still plenty of public transport options. The Monorail is only across the road in the MGM Grand, and it’ll take you down as far as the Stratosphere, it runs from 7 am every morning usually until 2 am the next morning. The Deuce operates 24/7 and stops at the Tropicana going Northbound and lets you off at the Excalibur going Southbound. You can view the current Deuce & SDX route maps by clicking here.
Think dried tropical fruit mix. We’re talking white sand with a warm tropical palette, some parts of this hotel do make you question if you’re in Vegas or Miami (albeit having stepped through a time machine). Somewhat recent renovations have given a new lease of life to this once neglected hotel.
Staff & Facilities
Some of the team honestly go out of their way to help. We had an enjoyable experience at check-in, and it suggested that we switch to a room with two doubles to get a view of the strip, and when you’re near the top of the Club Tower, you certainly do get an incredible view over the famous strip. The Tropicana may not have as many pools as the newer resorts, but it’s still got quite a large lagoon style pool with plenty of palm trees and loungers.
Our room was larger than most studio apartments, with a bathroom you could easily swing a chain of cats around. All the rooms have beautiful white plantation shutters on the windows and ample storage space for clothes & shopping. For groups and families adjoining rooms are also available.
The hotel has a selection of dining options, however, during our stay, we only ever dined in the Beach Cafe and grabbed some late night coffees from Starbucks. The Beach Cafe had a lovely, reasonably priced breakfast buffet despite being a hotel restaurant. I’d highly recommend the fruit plate off the regular breakfast menu, just make sure it comes with the elusive carrot cake.
Value for money
We bundled our hotel in with flights so only paid €1200 for the entire trip. At the time of writing, prices for two are averaging €57.50 per night for July 2016. However, this does not include the $25/day resort fee which covers both the WiFi & access to the gym among other things. Regardless it still represents excellent value for a hotel of this standard.
I’ll admit we both had low expectations when we arrived at this hotel, but we were blown away by both the service received and the standard/cleanliness of this hotel.
We stayed at this property in early February and temperatures were averaging 18 – 22 Celsius. Sadly the pool wasn’t open, despite the weather being ideal swimming weather by Irish standards.
Would we stay here again?
Yes, however as we spent most of our time on the north end of the strip, we’ll be opting for a hotel more centrally located next time. I’m thinking the Oriental.
Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas 89109
T: +1 888 381 8767