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Treasure Island Las Vegas

Updated on November 27, 2010

Treasure Island Las Vegas

Treasure Island Las Vegas
Treasure Island Las Vegas | Source

Treasure Island Las Vegas was built by Steve Wynn in 1993 and was initially intended to be a second room tower for the Mirage. At some point during construction, a decision was made to build it as a self-contained resort hotel casino instead of as an addition to Mirage. An MGM MIrage property for many years, Treasure Island was sold to Phil Ruffin in December 2008 for $755 million. (The price initially was $775 million but he got a $20 million discount for paying cash. No joke!) Ruffin is the former owner of the Frontier (which has been demolished) and is a partner with Donald Trump in the Las Vegas Trump tower.

Treasure Island's original marquee

Treasure Island's original marquee
Treasure Island's original marquee

Treasure Island initially had this ridiculous pirate theme and was targeting families, as was the popular trend in Las Vegas during the early 1990s. I always thought the giant skull on Las Vegas Blvd. was absurd. That style may work for bizarre heavy metal bands who target teenagers but to me it never looked like it belonged on Las Vegas Blvd.

Treasure Island's new marquee

Treasure Island's new marquee
Treasure Island's new marquee

After 10 years, Treasure Island removed the skull and their video arcade, switching to an adult oriented atmosphere similar to most Las Vegas strip resorts with night clubs and casino bars. They began referring to themselves as "TI" and also updated their famous free pirate show in front of the casino (in the artificial body of water they called Buccaneer Bay from 1993 to 2003 and renamed Sirens Cove), which is now known as "The Sirens of TI". A bypass sidewalk has also been constructed that will let you walk past TI while the show is going on. Previously, the crowds would gather to the point of making it impossible to walk by.

Treasure Island Las Vegas

Treasure Island Las Vegas
Treasure Island Las Vegas

I was a guest here in 2007. Initially I was disappointed with the room... I had paid extra for a strip view and was expecting something better than the standard cramped shoebox style. The overall upscale atmosphere of the property made up for that, however. Canter's Deli in the casino area appealed to me also. Upscale restaurants irritate me just as much but in a different way than cheap fast food joints; and long lines at buffets are also out of the question. Canter's was quick, easy and casual with good food and reasonable prices. No long lines either.

Treasure Island's location is excellent, in between the Fashion Show Mall and MIrage; and across the street from the ultra luxurious complex of Venetian, Palazzo, Wynn and Encore. If you walk down to Mirage you might as well go the extra half mile or so to Caesars Palace, the Forum Shops, and the crowded Flamingo-O'Sheas-Imperial Palace-Harrahs--Casino Royale-Bill's block. If you don't mind a small room then Treasure Island is a very good choice for a moderately priced Las Vegas vacation.


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