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The Tropicana in Las Vegas - Hotel Penthouse Loft Review

Updated on March 22, 2011

The Tropicana - One of the Oldest Hotels on the Strip

The Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas has been around forever. It's one of the few remaining hotel resorts on the Las Vegas Strip that can claim to be over 50 years old. You might remember that the Tropicana is one of the places Hunter S. Thompson's literary alter-ego Raoul Duke mentions in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It's also referenced in The Godfather Part II. 

Putting its history aside, the Tropicana is a 3 star hotel with a lot of character. It has a lot of things going for it: rooms are cheap, it's located on the Las Vegas Strip, accessing the rest of the Strip is easily done by walking or by getting a $7 pass on the Deuce Bus, and it's where a lot of young people stay, so it's great if you're young and single.  

Tropicana room rates and reviews

The Tropicana is one of the best deals on the strip. Rooms start for as low as $59 a night. If you're not staying on a weekend you can stay for 4 nights for the price you'd pay for 1 night at some other hotels in Las Vegas.

I'm not sure who comes up with the ratings for Las Vegas hotels, because I'd rate the Tropicana higher than the Luxor or Excalibur, which are both located across the street. The Tropicana is generally listed as a 3 star hotel, which isn't terribly good. I don't agree with that rating. They've continually made upgrades to their hotel, which is more than can be said of the Luxor, which has some rooms that look like they haven't been thoroughly cleaned since the place was built. In addition to the standard Deluxe Room, the Tropicana also has rooms with great Strip views for a little extra and for an even better upgrade go with the Paradise Suite starting at $109 a night. The Penthouse Loft is basically a two story luxury apartment and is a great value compared to other penthouses in Las Vegas. You'll want to reserve one of those at least 6 months in advance. 

For entertainment the Tropicana has Brad Garrett's Comedy Club, which features a lot of young comedians. There are also plenty of live music shows, including Yesterday, a Beatles tribute. Starting in December 2010 the Tropicana has The Las Vegas Mob Experience, which chronicles the rise and fall of the mafia in Sin City using the ghosts of various gangsters.

Club Nikki beach opens in Spring 2011 and is sure to be one of the hottest spots for young people in Las Vegas.  


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