Whitewashed High-Rise Hotel on Strip with Tropical Ambiance
Resorts in Vegas take great pleasure in defying their geography: in a quick cab ride, 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 resides hundreds of miles away. The South Beach atmosphere is the result of $180 million transformation, completed in 2011. It was money well spent, according to Las Vegas Weekly, which recognized the hotel as Best Comeback of the Year.
The sprawling pool snakes underneath the 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.
For a more elegant dining experience, head to Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine for aged rib eyes and lobster tails or smuggle takeout into a 24-hour wedding chapel. At Bacio by Carla Pellegrino, the eponymous celebrity chef whips up Old-World classics such as penne alla vodka and scaloppini al marsala.
Las Vegas Strip: Multifaceted Entertainment Mecca
Modern slots no longer dispense piles of quarters, but the trill sound of a winning slot machine still resonates as the siren song of Vegas. The Tropicana Las Vegas' own casino is pepped with more than 800 slots, set among a race-and-sports-book area and tables huddled with card sharks playing no-limit hold 'em poker.
Gambling, however, is hardly the property’s only source of entertainment. On April 14, Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas kicked off its 12-week run at the Tropicana Theatre, with some of the show's top alums such as Carson Kressley, Joey Fatone, and Kyle Massey. In the Tropicana Las Vegas' southern tower, the 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.