Whitewashed High-Rise Hotel on Strip with Tropical Ambiance
Resorts in Vegas seem to take great pleasure in defying their geography: in a quick cab ride through town, you can visit a replica of the Eiffel Tower and a decadent Roman palace. Tropicana Las Vegas is no exception. Palm trees and white day beds line the nearly 2-acre pool, though the nearest coastline is hundreds of miles away. The resort's South Beach atmosphere is the result of a $180 million transformation that was completed in 2011. It was money well spent, according to Las Vegas Weekly, which recognized the hotel as Best Comeback of the Year.
The Tropicana's sprawling pool snakes underneath a pedestrian bridge that connects the resort's two 20-story towers. Waterfalls splash beside the pool's edge and next to the outdoor patio of the Beach Café, which serves poolside cocktails alongside salads and burgers.
Dine at the elegant Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine, which serves aged rib eyes and lobster tails. At Bacio by Carla Pellegrino, the eponymous celebrity chef whips up Old World classics such as penne alla vodka and scaloppini al marsala.
Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip: Multifaceted Entertainment Center with Casino and Shows
Modern slots no longer dispense piles of quarters, but the trill sound of a winning slot machine is still the siren song that attracts people to Vegas. The Tropicana Las Vegas's own casino is lined with more than 850 slots, set among a race-and-sports-book area and tables huddled over by card sharks who play no-limit hold'em poker.
Gambling, however, is hardly the property’s only source of entertainment. The onsite Laugh Factory club welcomes pro comedians such as Mark Pitta and Grammy nominee Judy Tenuta. In the Tropicana Las Vegas's southern tower, Mob Attraction Las Vegas showcases the underworld history of the Vegas Strip dating back to Prohibition. More than 1,000 historical artifacts—including personal mementos of mobsters from Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel to Charles “Lucky” Luciano—and live actors illustrate the nebulous behind-the-scenes workings of organized crime.