Tropicana Las Vegas is one of the oldest properties open today on the strip, and has a fabled history. As one of the first properties I visited on the strip, it was also one of the first tastes of Vegas I ever had, and even at its age it still has a pretty unique theme.
The South Beath theme the property has was reinforced in renovations over the past decade, and some unique architectural features are among the things that make the property special.
The Casino Floor
Tropicana’s casino floor is certainly not the largest (it features only about 650 slot machines), but it’s certainly capable enough, with slots, table games and video poker. Most of the slots I recall being a bit older in vintage, but in recent years they’ve been doing some modernizing of the floor like other casinos on the strip.
There’s a high limit for higher limit players, but the bulk of the game are lower denom and/or lower limit games. The Video Poker isn’t anything to write home about, with the best pay tables at $1 denomination and above, and overall a step below many downtown casinos.
The table games section is compact, but has some variety and features all the core games players will traditionally seek.
One of the more remarkable features of the property, and found on the casino floor, is a stained glass ceiling, installed more than 40 years ago, that was at risk during a proposed renovation a few years ago but was cancelled, keeping the ceiling safe from being removed/destroyed for now.
However, as this is being written, the property is up for sale (the third such time in the last decade), and each time it’s been sold there has come pronouncements of big changes (although most of the changes in recent years have been renovations of existing aspects of the property).
Tropicana’s two towers contain nearly 1,500 rooms, and are well themed to match the South Beach vibe found elsewhere on the property. Rooms start at 375 square feet and are set up to be comfortable and spacious, as well as affordable, while having the amenities people expect from a Vegas room.
Being an older property, room rates tend to fall at the lower end of the spectrum, but the quality of what you get is still quite good for the price.
Players Club Program
Tropicana is one of two casinos in Las Vegas linked to the mychoice program (the other being M Resort). mychoice has properties across the country that feed into these locations, so if you play at some of their other properties like the Hollywood Casinos, your play may open up offers for Tropicana.
mychoice is one of three national programs, but unlike the other two, they don’t have the same depth of presence on the Las Vegas strip, so you don’t have as many hotel options, but you can still take advantage of things like being able to use earned comps from other properties in Las Vegas, which is always a welcome touch.
They sometimes have a very generous card sign-up program. At the time I signed up, I was given a loss rebate program that was 50% instant, and 50% return within a year. As it happened, I traveled to Vegas the first couple of years for a work conference, and the conference was one week earlier in year two, so I was able to claim my second half three days before it expired.
That was a more generous offer than they’re doing now, but their new player programs have traditionally been more generous than most of the other strip properties, and is a good getting to know you sort of structure.
They have a few shows, like Legends in Concert, and a few food options, like a food court and a Robert Irvine-backed restaurant. Some options have remained closed due to the pandemic, but will likely return as things recover.