Whitewashed High-Rise Hotel on Strip with Tropical Ambiance
Resorts in Vegas take great pleasure in defying their geography: in a quick cab ride, one can visit an Eiffel Tower and a decadent Roman palace. The New Tropicana Las Vegas is no exception. Palm trees and white day beds line the hotel’s Beach Club, while the nearest coastline resides hundreds of miles away. The whitewashed New Tropicana Las Vegas underwent a $200 million transformation in 2011 that gives it the feel of a South Beach hot spot, and Las Vegas Weekly recognized the New Tropicana Las Vegas as Best Comeback of the Year.
Near the sprawling pool area, RPM Club screens partiers from the sun in its all-white lounge and nightclub (beach access is closed for the season). The 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. The newly opened Glow, A Mandara Spa offers more than 50 treatments within its luxurious walls.
Come dinnertime, Biscayne Steak, Sea & Wine grills premium steaks and Safe Harbor–certified seafood, and Bacio by Carla Pellegrino serves subtly flavored Italian fare in an elegant, monochrome setting. After-dinner drinks and a frenetic soundtrack fuel dance moves at RPM Nightclub, the New Tropicana Las Vegas' 16,500-square-foot venue where guests have complimentary admission to three bars and an elite gaming lounge.
Upstairs, Club Suites serve as oases from the continuous carousal at the hotel casino below. Bamboo detailing covers the dry bar and chaise lounge in the living room, and white plantation-style shutters draw back to reveal a plush king-size bed. An oversize desk provides ample space to count one's casino winnings or fold brochures into origami lounge singers.
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 New 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 excitement: In the New Tropicana Las Vegas' southern tower, the museum at the Las Vegas Mob Experience 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—illustrate the nebulous behind-the-scenes workings of organized crime as well as how these gangsters are responsible for the evolution and suspiciously high Pac-Man scores of Vegas.