3:14 PM PDT, May 22, 2013
Tropicana Las Vegas has reclaimed its elite status on the Strip thanks to a recently completed $180-million comprehensive transformation. In addition to offering an array of new or upgraded amenities and exciting new entertainment options, the Trop has successfully captured the alluring style and sensual pulse of Miami’s famed South Beach neighborhood.
“The original Tropicana Club was founded in Cuba,” explained Tom McCartney, president and COO of Tropicana. “We felt that the Latin influence of Cuba was the right sentiment to bring to this property.”
A fresh white façade is the perfect introduction to Tropicana’s true resort experience, which features all-new hotel rooms and luxury suites, new restaurants and retail outlets, and is now home to Club Nikki/Nikki Beach Las Vegas, the largest Nikki Beach location in the world. A new spa and fitness center is also set to debut in the fall.
“Our rooms offer unique attributes such as plantation shutters rather than drapes, which really fit the South Beach theme,” said McCartney. “We also offer 42-inch plasma screen TVs in our deluxe rooms and up to 50-inch plasma screen televisions in our suites. [There are] in-room safes and iPod docking stations, as well as Euro pillow-top beds and 300-thread count linens.”
Warm tones in the rooms evoke the casual elegance of a breezy beach getaway, with plenty of natural light and organic textiles, accented by original artwork from acclaimed Latin artists. Wireless Internet connects guests to the here-and-now when desired.
The 1,375-room Tropicana enjoys the benefits of being one of the most intimate properties on the Las Vegas Strip.
“Our boutique size allows us to create great relationships with our customers, to get to know our guests and provide a higher level of service which we believe they are looking for,” McCartney said. “We create a very personal experience. It’s easy to navigate the property because of the size, yet we have all the amenities that a guest could want.”
“In addition to the physical transformation of the property, we have made a concerted effort to transform our customer service experience,” McCartney said. “As a result of our efforts, according to TripAdvisor our property is now in the top 20 [out of 284 Las Vegas hotels, as voted by Vegas visitors]. And that’s been a long journey from where it was two years ago.”
Tropicana’s pool, voted the “Best Las Vegas Pool” by KLAS-TV, is set on almost two acres and allows guests to lounge poolside on luxurious recliners or in exclusive cabanas while they experience the ambiance of lush tropical landscaping, waterfalls and private lounge spots.
The South Beach-influenced Nikki Beach Las Vegas, which hosts exclusive pool parties by day and transforms into a super-hot nightclub after dark, is not the only Latin twist at the new Tropicana.
The property has also partnered with Brazilian-born, Italian-raised celebrity chef Carla Pellegrino to reinvent its on-site Italian restaurant as Bacio by Carla Pellegrino. Well known as the former executive chef at Rao’s Italian Restaurant at Caesars Palace, Pellegrino is perhaps best known for beating TV chef Bobby Flay on his 2009 “Throwdown!” Christmas special.
“Between the upscale and the casual, [Bacio is] right in the middle,” Pellegrino explained in her hypnotizing, exotic accent. “It’s like your grandma [or] your mother is cooking for you.
“I am known to be very passionate about whatever I do. ‘Bacio’ [translates to] ‘kiss’ — and the restaurant conveys this. It doesn’t mean that you get kissed by the chef, but by the food!”
Pellegrino’s famously vivacious personality influences not only Bacio’s cuisine, but also the bright, fresh ambiance of her ristorante as well.
“I am a very light personality; I like to laugh, I like to dance, I like to go out,” she said. “So that is translated into the feeling of the restaurant…. I can finally be myself and I really love that.”
Gamblers will also find plenty to love at Tropicana. The Trop Plus Players Club offers an array of valuable player benefits and discounts, including cash back, invitations to special events, free hotel room upgrades and even complimentary stays. New members can also take advantage of the innovative “Even the Odds” promotion, which reimburses players up to $200 of their losses on casino slots with the equivalent in free play (half of which is available immediately and the other half after one month).
Tropicana’s new Race and Sports Book features Cantor Gaming’s state-of-the-art mobile gaming technology and in-running wagering, which allows casino patrons to bet on live sporting events from remote locations within the resort.
Entertainment continues to be a major draw at Tropicana, which itself has been featured in movies like “Viva Las Vegas” and “Diamonds Are Forever.” Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club showcases standup comedians seven nights a week, along with occasional appearances by the former “Everybody Loves Raymond” co-star himself. Less amusing, but no less enthralling, is the Las Vegas Mob Experience, an exhibit that combines the largest collection of organized crime memorabilia ever assembled with the latest interactive technology to create a truly immersive experience.
Special events at Tropicana this fall include the Mariachi USA Fiesta at Nikki Beach on Sept. 17: a vibrant 90-minute show born from the iconic Mariachi USA Festival that has played to sold-out audiences at the Hollywood Bowl for the last 22 years (special room packages are available). On that same day, Brad Garrett’s “All In for All Good” poker tournament will raise money for the nonprofit Maximum Hope Foundation. Buy-in is $500 and room packages are offered.
Eva Longoria will host the 11th annual “El Sueño de Esperanza” fundraising gala at Tropicana on Oct. 15. The event, presented by Farmers Insurance Group, raises money for PADRES Contra El Cáncer, a nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for children with cancer and their families.
—Paul Rogers, Custom Publishing Writer
Tropicana Las Vegas
3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South