Tropicana Las Vegas is one of the oldest hotels in Las Vegas that still stands in its current form. The property opened for business on April 4, 1957. At 1658 hotel rooms, Tropicana is the smallest hotel at the famous South Las Vegas Strip intersection of Tropicana and Las Vegas Blvd. While Tropicana shares its name with other casinos in the United States, the Las Vegas property has no association with any other Tropicana casino.
The casino floor at Tropicana is one of the smallest on the Las Vegas Strip. It spreads about 50,000 square feet of gaming. The main casino pit is immediately inside the front door of the casino.
There are 13 six-deck blackjack tables. Five of these are 6-5 tables, most of which are the first ones by the door. There are eight 3-2 blackjack tables. There is one $25-$2,000 double deck blackjack game. Players may double after splitting and the dealer hits a soft 17 at these tables.
There are three $10-$3,000 craps tables. The odds are 3-4-5 times. Two tables of Three Card Poker with limits of $10-$100 are spread. Pai Gow Poker is available with $10-$1,000 limits. Two double zero roulette wheels have a $10 minimum bet.
There is a high limit area that spreads baccarat and blackjack. Baccarat has $100-$5,000 limits. The double deck has $100-$5,000 limits with the same rules as the game on the main floor. Six-deck blackjack in the high limit salon stays on all 17’s and offers double down after splitting.
The best video poker available is 8/5 Bonus. This game is available in all limits from nickels up to $5 coins. Most of the casino floor consists of penny slots and low-return video poker. There is also a $1 minimum roulette machine.
Tropicana offers eight different hotel rooms. The base rooms are the Club and Paradise Deluxe. These rooms start at 396 square feet. Room sizes go all the way up to the top floor penthouse suite. The hotel was completely renovated in 2010. The hotel reopened in full in 2011. Below are the hotel rooms and their price ranges.
Club Deluxe – $79-$299
Paradise Deluxe – $89-$309
Deluxe Plus – $94-$314
Deluxe City View – $114-$334
Paradise Suite – $239-$449
Club Suite – $204-$424
Club Spa Suite – $429-$649
Biscayne Steak, and Wine – Biscayne Steak, and Wine is the most elegant restaurant offered by Tropicana. Open only for dinner, specialties include steaks and salads. There is also an extensive wine list, as well as many specialty drinks. The average price for an appetizer is $15, while a main course will run about $50.
Bacio – Bacio was inspired by Chef Carla Pellegrino. Bacio is an old world Italian restaurant that offers only dinner service. Price points are $15 for appetizers, and $30 for entrees. Some entrees will top $50. Family style is also available.
Beach Café – Beach Café offers a breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner. Seating is available both indoors and outdoors. The menu consists of the standard items one would find at a Las Vegas casino café. Weekend brunch is offered from 7am-2pm on Saturday and Sunday.
South Beach Marketplace – The South Beach Marketplace is a small food court that offers Pellegrino’s Pizza, which also offers Mexican food. There is also a Starbucks.
Tropicana is one of the few casinos on the Las Vegas Strip that does not have a buffet. The café will spread brunch buffets on weekends and special occasions.
The Tropicana Lounge is the main casino bar. There is a large lounge area available and live musical acts perform nightly. Two-for-one happy hour is available 5-8pm nightly. There is also a casino bar by the sports book. Neither offers quality video poker games.
Tropicana is located at the southeast corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Tropicana Avenue towards the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. There are elevated sidewalks that connect the hotel to MGM Grand and Excalibur.
Mama Mia! Musical – Based on a tiny Greek Island, this musical is performs to classic Abba songs. The show is live nightly.
Laugh Factory – Based on the famous Los Angeles comedy club, Laugh Factory Las Vegas offers a unique comedy show every night. There is no featured entertainer so no two shows are alike. Tickets are $31 and $49. Nevada residents and those with military IDs receive buy one get one free tickets.
Murray the Celebrity Musician – Murray the Celebrity Musician is the latest show to hit Tropicana. He was once a star on America’s Got Talent. Murray’s show is a mix between a magic show and comedy act. Tickets are $32 and $49.