If you’re looking to stay on the strip in Las Vegas but don’t want to spend an absolute fortune then the Tropicana Hotel makes a great option. Read this Tropicana hotel Las Vegas review before you book your next trip to sin City. You can check out the best prices for your dates here. First built in 1955, the Tropicana Hotel was one of the first on the strip. It has featured in many Vegas based movies and definitely evokes the spirit of old school Vegas. The vibe is South Beach vacation and the whole hotel just feels more relaxed than it’s neighbouring modern resorts. Lovely if you’re traveling with kids and need to escape the high rollers and stag dos that prefer the newly, glitzier hotels.
The Pools at Tropicana Hotel
The pools at the Tropicana are absolutely beautiful and my favourite part of the hotel. The theme of the hotel is very much Miami/Florida Keys/Vacation vibes which suits the pools perfectly. The pools are what makes the Tropicana a great choice if you’re visiting Vegas with kids. The pool area is open daily between 10am and 5pm although it does close during the colder winter months. A pool menu is available so you can enjoy a drink while you’re soaking up the Nevada sunshine. There’s even a swim up blackjack table! There’s also a small wedding chapel should you be in the city to get married or renew your vows.
The Rooms at Tropicana in Las Vegas
Again the rooms are themed around a tropical vacation vibe in contrast to the ultra modern aesthetic of surrounding hotels. I liked the fact that it felt a bit different even though our room felt a little dated. There’s a little bit of rattan, some Tropicana branded toiletries, small bottles of water, TV and large comfy beds but very little else. The bathroom was plenty big enough with a bath, shower, fresh towels and plenty of storage space. If you can stump up for one of their bungalow suites, they look a lot nicer! And have balcony or patios, way more space and a more modern feel. You can have a look at all the room options here.
Location of the Tropicana
Where the Tropicana is located on the Las Vegas Strip is possibly its best selling point. Located near the middle of las Vegas Boulevard and within easy walking distance to all the main sights but without the extortionate price tag of nearby hotels. The monorail stops at the next door MGM hotel so you wont have to walk far to travel up and down the Strip. You can have a look at the Monorail Map here. It’s also only a few minutes in a cab from the airport which is perfect after a long flight. Traffic down the strip can be horrendous.
Approximate distances from Tropicana
Welcome to Las Vegas Sign: 1.3 miles, 30 minutes walk Paris Hotel: 1 mile, 15 minutes walk The Venetian: 1.7 miles, 40 minutes walk Fremont Street Experience: 7 miles, 10 minutes drive
What to do around the hotel
As mentioned, the Tropicana takes a great spot on the strip, right in the middle of the action whilst still managing to feel peaceful. Neighbouring hotels are where to head to for some action. The MGM next door is a great place to explore with kids and New York, New York with its outdoor roller coaster and miniature versions of the city will entertain the whole city. I love soaking up the vibe at Paris hotel which is just a few minutes walk away. Have a look at my post on what to see on the Las Vegas Strip for more ideas.
Where to eat at Tropicana Hotel
There are plenty of dining options at the Hotel. The food hall is a great option for good value, quick lunches and there’s an onsite Starbucks for your daily caffeine fix. We often opted for the smaller coffee kiosk at the bottom of the lifts to the room to keep our costs down for breakfast, the fresh pastries were delicious! We often opted for the smaller coffee kiosk at the bottom of the lifts to the room to keep our costs down for breakfast, the fresh pastries were delicious! If you’re after a more substantial meal, there are a few high end restaurants to choose from along the walkway to the rooms.
Parking at the hotel
Both Valet parking and Self parking is currently free at the Tropicana. They will occasionally charge when there are large events at the arena.
Shows at the Tropicana Hotel
You can’t visit Las Vegas and not take in at least one show. There are so many great ones to choose from ranging in price from the super reasonable to the absolutely extortionate. Tropicana takes the middle ground here. Its laughter factory is a great place to see up coming comedy talent. You’re also likely to catch a great magic act at the hotel, perfect for entertaining the kids for under $30 a ticket.
The Casino at the Tropicana Hotel
This is definitely not my strong point. Traveling with kids and playing the slots do not go hand in hand. However hubby spent a few evenings with work colleagues in the Tropicana casino and seemed to enjoy himself. The casino floor isn’t too big or overwhelming There’s also an area for sports betting if that’s your thing. There’s a private high rollers area just off the main casino.
What to watch out for
Most of the rooms at the Tropicana hotel are set in the back. It’s a long old walk after returning from a busy day exploring to collapse into bed. As with all hotels in Vegas, the Tropicana charges a daily resort fee for use of facilities, water, wifi etc. Make sure you check what it is before booking to factor it into your budget. When we stayed it was around $40. I hope this Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas review has helped you plan your next visit to the city. For a more luxurious hotel in Las Vegas, check out my review of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, another great option if your in Vegas with kids.