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Tropicana Review and TR (June 21 to 25)

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Buick Riviera, Jun 26, 2006.

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  1. Buick Riviera

    Buick Riviera Tourist

    Apr 18, 2006

    My Trip Report

    The Tropicana is the perfect Strip joint for us downtown refugees. The Little Princess and I stayed there last week while in LV for a college visit. Our room was in the Paradise Tower.

    The rooms are of the Imperial Palace/Four Queens vintage and quality. However, the bathroom area is much larger than either of those joints which gives the Trop higher marks.

    The Paradise Tower rooms are equipped with a small refrigerator, ironing board, iron and hair dryer. Nice little perks.

    By far the best feature of the Trop is its swimming pool. Very spacious and inviting, it is situated in a beautiful garden area mid-way between the Paradise and Island towers. The swim-up blackjack tables were packed and the swim-up bar was busy.

    The layout of the casino/hotel is one of planned confusion which I found irritating at first. However, as the days went on it became fun to discover different nooks and crannies and I grew to like it.

    We really enjoyed the Folies Bergere, that is in its 40th year at the Trop. I’ve seen both Jubilee and Folies Bergere. Jubilee (Bally’s) has more variety in its acts but the choreography and dancing were much superior in Folies Bergere.

    I used the spa/workout room daily. It is not very fancy or big but very functional and nice. The workout room features three treadmills, two steppers and two ellipticals for cardio. For strength training are 5 muscle-specific weight machines, women’s dumbbells (3 to 15 lbs.), a complete dumbbell set (to 50 lbs) and a Smith Machine (plate set to 2 x 45 lbs). The workout room is co-ed.

    The spa (one for men, one for women) has a massage room, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and showers. The changing area has every toiletry known to man or beast and if you don’t come out clean shaven and smelling like a fairy it is your own fault.

    You can have daily access to this from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for $18 the first day and $2 less each day thereafter ($18, $16, $14, etc.). Only the massages cost extra and they are priced by time and type, with a typical 50 minute treatment costing around $95.

    The buffet was terrible (reminded me of the old Lady Luck) and the coffee shop was wonderful for breakfast and lunch. We didn’t try the Japanese steakhouse, regular steakhouse or Italian place.

    The casino is lively and had a really good cover band while we were there. I didn’t gamble much, given the nature of the trip and the fact that the Little Princess is only 18 years old, but the only full pay VP machines I found were in the “High Roller” area ($1 and up).

    However, the Little Princess looks older than she is so, at her urging, we risked being thrown in the Las Vegas Dungeons and engaged in two, one hour sessions at New York, New York. A total of $40 was put in play and, thanks to the Little Princess hitting a 4OAK on a JB machine, we finished $3.50 ahead when all the smoke had cleared!

    If you are looking for a good value and can put up with the Strip mentality, I can recommend the Trop to you.

    We saw Mystere and it was fantastic as always. One good thing about the new Monopoly is I called TI to buy the tickets and walked across the street to the MGM to pick them up. They could be printed out at any Mirage/MGM property. No need to show up 2 hours ahead of time at the “Will Call” window like in the old days.

    Finally, I wanted the Little Princess to enjoy a visit to The Steakhouse at Circus Circus. I was last there about 13 years ago and had a great steak. Well, we again had great steaks but it will probably be the last time I set foot in the place. There were so damn many kids in the place (Circus Circus, not The Steakhouse) it took all the enjoyment out of going to a nice joint to eat. I suspect there were more rug rats in that joint than all the schools in Las Vegas. It was terrible.

    Travel Notes: The PT Cruiser I got from Dollar was perfect for ducking in and out of Vegas traffic but its tiny air conditioner was no match for the 105 degree temperatures. I'd never own one if I was a resident.

    And speaking of the 105 temperatures, you can say anything you want about “no humidity” but it is still 105 degrees. This was my first warm weather month trip to LV and hopefully my last.

    Believe It Or Not Department: Our flight out of LV was delayed 10 minutes because some woman wouldn’t terminate her cell phone conversation and turn her phone off. It took 3 warnings from the stewardess and an almost lynching from the surrounding passengers before she shut it off.

    Postscript: UNLV is fantastic!

  2. aggie182

    aggie182 Off Key and Out of Tune

    Mar 20, 2005
    Missouri City, TX
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    nice TR. You forgot to talk about the drunken wild schtuff.
  3. kitson

    kitson VIP Whale

    Apr 20, 2004
    buick, i can identify! we are hopping in the park avenue, and taking our own princess for a visit at washington state in pullman tomorrow, though she has a year left at home before the big choice. so far, unlv is not on her list, probably a good thing, because i am using this trip to also stay two nights at the couer d'alene indian casino on the trip!
  4. evesixer

    evesixer Guest

    I cant believe that lady would not get off her phone. How friggin rude! Some people just think they walk on water. Glad to hear about the good trip!
  5. LKN-NC

    LKN-NC Low-Roller

    Jan 31, 2003
    North Carolina
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    It's a dry heat...

    Hey, Buick, we were there the same dates you were. It was actually measured at 115 on the strip and yes it was HOT! HOT! HOT!

    Sounds like you had a great time. The Trop is fun old style Vegas. We spent a little time in there looking for a pai gow table, but ended up at NYNY.

    Imagine having an excuse like visiting the daughter at college as a reason for a trip to Vegas. Nice!
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