Las Vegas Casinos and Hotels


The Tropicana

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Address: 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas NV 89109
Phone: 702-739-3626 or 888-381-8767

This property sits on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, the south end of the Strip. North of it, across the Avenue, is MGM Grand, with Excalibur right across the Boulevard. The Tropicana first opened in 1957 on the Strip and was built by Ben Jaffe, a Miami developer who wished to open a Cuban-styled hotel, making it one of the very oldest casinos in the city. It is currently owned by Penn National Gaming. This is separate ownership from any other Tropicana casino in other cities; they’re not connected to the Las Vegas hotel. Over the years, the property has endured a complicated chain of ownership changes, difficulties due to the influence of organized crime in the city, and lawsuits to secure the name. Today its name is held exclusively for the Las Vegas area. Google Maps shows its location.

The hotel has 1467 guest rooms and two towers, the Tiffany Tower and the Island Tower. The hotel became affiliated with DoubleTree by Hilton in 2012.

Pedestrian bridges that go above street level connect it to MGM Grand and the Excalibur.

The Casino  

The casino floor has a High Limit area, which was featured in Architect Magazine. Its carpet, like a poured-acrylic painting, is dizzying but makes the slot machines tiny steady islands in that purple sea, possibly enticing patrons to stay put. This area is quite different from the active, showy main slots floor.

There are around 18 blackjack tables in the main area if they are operating; most have limits starting at $10 and go up to $1000; these are 6-deck games with a shuffle machine. You should also find a table with doubledeck blackjack with bets starting at $25 (and considerably lower house edge). The high limit section holds 6 more tables with bets starting at $100 going up to $5000.

Trop closed its Poker Room in 2012, just 7 months after opening it. It was called the Jamie Gold Poker Room, named for the 2006 WSOP champion. Quite a few casinos made similar closings then due to the financial challenges especially the recession, and poker has seldom been a top earner.

They boast 621 slots, including Sharknado, Jade Wins and Golden Wins, World of Willy Wonka, and soon, PacMan. There are hundreds of slots to play that range from the classic to the newer model machines. Some of your options include Wheel of Fortune, Wolf Run, Hangover, Dark Knight, Sex in the City, Ghostbusters and Gold Fish. You’ll find reel and video reel games, and plenty of video poker. Check the Private High Limit area for a $100 slot machine and things like that. The High Limit area also has blackjack and mini baccarat. They

Sports Book and Race Book — operated by Cantor Gaming. Online gaming for visitors is available and legal within the state of Nevada.


The hotel has a good range of restaurant options.
Trago Lounge — Beer, cocktails, spirits. A 24-hour elegant bar.
Robert Irvine’s Public House — American pub food with special creations by Chef Robert Irvine. Dress is casual.
Oakville Steakhouse — steak and seafood specials, Australian Tajima Wagyu beef; business casual dress. Wine Spectator prize.
Bacio — Italian breakfasts here with fancy rich baked goods, as well as very healthy food choices.
Red Lotus Asian Kitchen — casual dining on Asian-inspired dishes. Both lunch & dinner.
Savor Brunch Buffet — Brunch specials like fancy waffles, authentic pizza station, eggs Benedict, smoked salmon, fresh baked goods.
Fresh Mix — green salads, wraps, Mexican cuisine.
South Beach Food Court — Open 24 hours.
Barista Cafe — In the Club Tower, near the Conference Center. Offers tea & coffee, smoothies, danish & donuts, sandwiches, fruit and yogurt.

Hotel Amenities

The pool was voted Best in Las Vegas. That’s a huge achievement considering that there are many hotels with excellent pools in the area. Just like the rest of the facility, the pool area is in the middle of a tropical environment and it covers almost two acres.

The pool has an open deck, waterfalls and it’s surrounded by beautiful landscaping. Next to the pool, you’ll find several lagoons that add a touch of beauty to the whole area. They make a nice place to take a dip and refresh after sunbathing, too.

You can relax at poolside or in one of the private lounge spots. You can also unwind at one of the cabanas, which are available for daily rentals. They do come in a variety of sizes so you’ll need to check with the hotel to see which one fits your needs the best. The cabanas feature two lounge chairs, a couch, a table, bottled water, three Rockstar energy drinks and a raft. You will also receive a deck of Tropicana Las Vegas playing cards and for an added fee, you can receive food and beverage service.

Trop’s spa has over 50 treatments that include facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. They are known for having the most comfortable “Relaxation Lounge” in town with plush sofas, refreshments and dim lighting.

The fitness center overlooks the pool and the Strip and here you can enjoy state of the art equipment that includes strength, weight and cardio workouts. The cardio equipment has iPod docking stations and personal TV screens.

The Tropicana offers wheelchair accessible rooms for those who need them and some have roll-in showers. Handicapped parking is available and they offer equipment for the deaf. You will need to let the hotel know what type of accommodations you’ll need when booking your stay to make sure you get a room with the amenities you need.


Shows are given in the Legends in Concert Theater, which has 1,100 seats. There is a comedy club showroom as well, currently called The Laugh Factory. Both the concert theater and this comedy showroom have changed names multiple times — usually as the main resident act changes. In the past, the comedy room was called: Rodney’s Place (for Rodney Dangerfield), the Comedy Stop, the Bobby Slayton Room, then Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, before the comedian moved his show to the MGM, and the club took its present name.

Two of the best-known exhibitions the hotel ever featured were the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition and Bodies: The Exhibition, but these both moved to the Luxor in 2008.

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