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"New" Tropicana, booked for hubby's 40th, second guessing, help!!

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Dougsgirl, Sep 3, 2012.

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  1. Dougsgirl

    Dougsgirl Newbie

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    Hi Everyone...

    I am new to this forum and this is my first post. :wave:

    I have only been to LV twice, and both times were in the past year. The first time we went with friends and stayed at the Flamingo for the cheaper rooms and "fun" pool. We had a blast!
    The second time we went with my inlaws and used Marriott points to stay at the Cosmo. Beautiful hotel... also a blast. But we went in March, so no pool scene.

    My husband is turning 40 on Sept. 13th and we are going to LV for 4 nights with 2 other couples. I did a lot of research to try to find a fun hotel with the best "bang for the buck". Our friends are traveling on a budget and we wanted to accommodate them. Also, my husband wanted to book a 1-bedroom suite so we could have our friends over for cocktails and have a living room for people to congregate.

    We want to have FUN! We want a great pool scene and a good location without costing an arm and a leg. The Tropicana was running a special and when I did my research they were getting some pretty good reviews. But the more I read, the more I am second-guessing my decision.

    We booked a 1-bdr suite in the Club Tower for about $1100 for 4 nights (including all taxes and fees). (Wed-Sun). Our friends got their "deluxe" room for around $700.

    I know that we really won't be spending much time in the hotel... but we will be spending time at the pool. I want to be thoughtful of our friends' budgets yet I don't want to feel like we are staying in a "dive".

    If any of you have stayed at the revamped "Trop" and can comment on the suites and the pool, I would really appreciate it. It seemed like the suites at the "nicer" hotels were upwards of $800/night.

    Thanks in advance for any and all feedback!
     
  2. y2mulder

    y2mulder Low-Roller

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    Stayed at the Trop, a couple times....the pools are OK, including the ability to swim 24/7. But they are not big "party monsters", and i dont know if this is going to be down your alley. But I will vouch for the rooms though. Very nice.

    Based on what you are typing, you WANT Mandalay Bay. The rooms are very nice, and the Beach is 400 miles ahead of any pool you will ever find in Vegas. you might have to dig for the discounts, but its worth it. If you cant get there.....MGM has a pretty solid pool too, and I will even throw the Flamingo out there. But the rooms wont impress there.

    (Edit) If it doesnt work, Book Mandalay for Wed-Thursday and jump over for Fri/Sat at the Trop. Using the Mandalay Tram, you will be able to switch hotels in 10 minutes, taking 100 steps.

    Right now you can book a 750 SF suite for $300 on those 2 nights. And that has a 50 inch TV, Spa Bath, and a small living room. HIGHEST recommendation.
     
  3. mike_m235

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    Since the remodel, it's definitely not a dive. I haven't stayed there, but I played there and took a tour of the rooms (long story, won't bore you.) If I was on a budget it would be high on my list. For me it's a great location. There are those who like mid strip, but I'm a south strip guy (I stay at NYNY, MC, and MGM, all of which are easy walking distance from the Trop.

    I have comps there and plan to put friends up there while I'm on an MGM property comp (again, long story.) But I think it's got more of a bad rap than it deserves, and I think you'll like it if you're good with 3 1/2 star accomodations.
     
  4. earth-3

    earth-3 High-Roller

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    What is Tropicana charging per drink at the bars? I know they are free when your gambling, but you don't gamble all day. I also know they have a guest happy hour at the Ambhar Lounge on a daily basis.
     
  5. heatherlovesvegas

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    I haven't stayed since it was redone, but I went in, and it's definitely nice! It's still not as cool as some of the others. But for $275 a night you can't do better? Unless there is something going on while you are there raising the room rates... (which it looks like there might be)

    Maybe Mandalay Bay or THEhotel (for a suite), they have a great pool... or if you are looking for a fantastic room check Vdara and Trump. I highly recommend both.

    I'm sure the Trop is fine, just for that money, I'd want a bigger more entertaining property. Even though it's remodeled, it's still the same old place underneath.
     
  6. ChrisNI

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    I stayed in the *New* Trop with my wife. We stayed in a Deluxe Suite and we both thought it was good.

    I liked the pool area and my wife loved if due to the tropical theme.

    Anything else you want to know, ask away
     
  7. zamboni

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    The Trop was the first place in Vegas I stayed. Very nice hotel. But, you are spending $1100 for 4 nights and you say you won't be in the room much. Why get a suite then? Their regular rooms are great, and you'd save a ton of moolah.
     
  8. Dougsgirl

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    Thank you for all of the feedback!
    I am still researching and considering other options. It's nice to know that some of you have stayed at the Trop and liked it!

    Zamboni... You are right about saving the money by getting a regular room. But my husband would really like a suite this time around since we are traveling with 2 other couples and will likely "pre-funk" with them in our room from time to time.

    ChrisNI... Glad you know you both liked the pool! We will likely be spending plenty of daylight hours poolside. Do you feel like the pool will be active and fun? I don't need a "day club" atmosphere or a bunch of drunk people, but it would be nice if it was "lively". I enjoy the people watching! I read one review that said the pool at the Trop was kind of "dead". My husband is so sweet... he says he doesn't care and wherever WE are is where the party will BE!! :beer:

    Heatherlovesvegas and Y2Mulder... I am also still looking at Mandalay Bay. It seems they have a 2-bedroom suite available (super fun to split with another couple, and each have a king bedroom/bath, with a livingroom, dining room, wet bar to share) and if we just went for the first 2 nights it looks like it would be $646 total (split that with friends and we're only paying $323 for 2 nights in a suite.) My husband is not crazy about the idea of moving resorts in the middle of the trip, but it's a possibility. If we stayed in this room for the full 4 nights, it gets exponentially more expensive. $2327 total. Which... if we split it, is about the same price for our 1-bdr suite at the Trop. However... I don't think our friends want to spend that much, they only paid about $700. So we would likely pick up the difference.
    Would you say it's worth it?? Would you do 2 nights then switch? Or would you pay the extra to stay the whole time at Mandalay??

    Thank you so much!!
     
  9. Candy Apple

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    I wouldn't split 2 nights/2 nights and I wouldn't go from a larger suite to a smaller. I would stay the 4 nights at Tropicana.
     
  10. ChrisNI

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    When we were there (last july) the pool was pretty lively and a good atmosphere. They also had nikki beach which was a separate area, sort of a day club with a pool etc, but I think its now gone
     
  11. KellyLovesVegas

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    Mandalay Bay has the best pool complex on the Strip. There's the adult European pool, Moorea Beach Club, is fun but not as crazy as the day clubs at Encore, etc. There is the wave pool and sand beach. There are many different types of cabanas to accommodate groups.


    Have fun!
     
  12. stuntin909

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    I wouldn't switch rooms either. Do 4 days at whichever property you decide on. Leaving MB for tropicana will be depressing. I can't vouch for Tropicana, but I've stayed in the suites at THEHotel and they are awesome. Pool is so much fun and relaxing.

    You should search for youtube videos of both suites to get an idea of what they look like. Also google image search the pools of both places. You'll know for sure if it is worth the extra $ afterwards.
     
  13. Dougsgirl

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    Thanks everyone! OK... I decided to stop waffling and go with my original plan.. we are staying at the Trop. :woohoo:

    We have stayed at the Flamingo and the Cosmo and had a blast at both places. I have been over-thinking this. It will be fun if we MAKE it fun!! The Tropicana will be great.

    Thank you for all of the suggestions! 8 days and counting... :banana:
     
  14. breanna61

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    I've stayed in both the Paradise Suite and Paradise room; both are very very nice, but I prefer the suite. I would recommend you ask for a comp upgrade from the Club Tower to the Paradise Tower, great strip view from the suite and steps from the strip. The Club Tower is a long walk to get to the rooms. The pool is very nice and you can rent a Cabana for a minimum food/drink order. We got ours for $200 food/beverage. The suite has a fridge and coffeemaker. Housekeeping left us 6 coffee pods and 6 bottles of water each day. We enjoyed both of our stays at The Trop and we typically stay in recent years at Wynn, Encore, Cosmo or Caesars. The rooms aren't "high end" but much nicer than other mid-range strip properties. The staff is fantastic. We had dinner at Biscayne and it was very good. Email Nicole Marshall [email protected] and ask to have the resort fees for your stay waived; she will do so.
     
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    Not a big Tropicana fan.I've been there since renovations and still not crazy about it.
    If your arrival date is the 13th,you can stay in a renovated suite at MGM for less money at a nicer property.The tower suites are large and IMO everything else about the MGM is nicer than the Trop.
     
  16. snowball

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    You won't regret it. We just got back from 6 nights in the spa suite and I loved it. did you check online to see if they have 50% off?

    We stayed right after it first opened in a penthouse loft and right from then I was sold. It is my hotel of choice, over the Venetion, and Madalay bay.
     
  17. REELmoneySlotFan

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    You will absolutely not be disappointed. We have stayed at the revamped Trop many times and we've had the best customer service on the Strip. The pool area is great with some nice music. Not too loud so it won't make your ears bleed. The rooms are great, the Club suites are very nice! Good choice for sticking with the Trop! It's still very underrated by many but for a mid-level property I think it's the best you can get on the Strip.
     
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    My wife and I stayed at the Trop last summer after the remodel. We loved the rooms, and the pool is one of the best on the strip. There is actually grass and trees to put your chair under. There's also swim up blackjack.

    We stayed in the Paradise tower (the one closest to the strip), and one of our favorite parts about the hotel was taking the elevator down and being right in the heart of the casino, and right near all the other hotels.

    Tropicana is our favorite place to stay when we are in Vegas during the summer. Cosmo and some others weenjoy when it's not pool season.
     
  19. Dougsgirl

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    Thanks everyone for all of the input and encouragement!

    I did email Nicole at the Trop and she is going to see about upgrades for me. I can't get the nicest suites in the Paradise tower over the weekend, because they are reserved for the casino to give out to the players. We will be throwing some dice... but likely not enough.

    We are really looking forward to our trip and are content now with our decision to stay at the Trop. I will be sure to post my opinions afterward!

    Now I am onto planning all the other fun details...

    Some of the things we have on our list...

    Birthday dinner at The Barrymore
    Thursday nightclub w/table service at either Haze or Tryst
    Breakfast buffet at Spice Market at PH (amazing new cupcake selection!)
    Zumanity
    Dueling pianos at NYNY
    Happy hour at Hit Bar & Lounge (Monte Carlo) for their "Drinks with a history"
    Pink Taco
    Smaller club night at VooDoo or Ghost Bar (or other?)
    Dinner and gambling downtown.
    Plenty of pool time!
    Plenty of craps time!

    Any other suggestions of things we should check out?? Still looking for a place to have dinner downtown, and a few more breakfast suggestions. (We've done Wicked Spoon, the Paris buffet and Bouchon)
    Any other must-do cocktails? Places to play craps? Hidden gems in Vegas?

    Thanks again!!
     
  20. chuckM

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    For what you're describing, I would seriously look into Vdara. I think you'd be very happy with the suites at great rates. The pool area is smaller and not the party atmosphere you may be looking for, but it is the best deal in Vegas as far as cabana rental goes. And having a cabana is a party in itself. YMMV.
     
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