Tropicana Las Vegas Review: Budget-Friendly Hotel & Casino

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Jeremy Koering

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Last updated on August 16, 2022

Tropicana Las Vegas Review

If you’re looking for a no-frills, low-key casino hotel, the Tropicana Las Vegas might be a good fit. With room rates starting at $39/night, it’s one of the most affordable options on Las Vegas Strip.

But don’t expect much in terms of luxury or amenities – the Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas is pretty basic. The budget-friendly hotel features six shows, a handful of restaurants and bars, and a decent location on the south end of The Strip.

Continue reading for my in-depth Tropicana review.

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Tropicana Las Vegas Review

Room Rates: $39-$259 (view available rooms)

Best For: Budget-Travelers

Overview: If you’re on a tight budget, I don’t think the Tropicana a particularly bad choice. You can find lots of live entertainment on-site. The downsides are you may encounter limited service and amenities in an old building. Luckily, there are four casinos nearby within a five minute walk.

Pros

  • Shows: Tropicana has a lot of great shows including MJ Live, Legends In Concert, live stand up comedy at the Laugh Factory, and more.
  • Value: Tropicana provides hotel guests with a good value. Rooms start at $39/night with peak prices at $259/night. Plus, hotel guests and visitors have access to complimentary parking at Tropicana.

Cons

  • Limited Amenities: The hotel doesn’t have much to offer in terms of dining and activities. But you are close to other resorts that have lots of amenities.
  • Inconsistent Service: I have had mixed experiences at Tropicana. I have observed slow drink service on the casino floor, rude employees, and an overall lack of service.
  • Outdated Property: It feels like the Tropicana is on its last breath. The building feels old and it looks outdated.

My Experience At Tropicana

I’m one of the odd Las Vegas locals that enjoys going to The Strip and Downtown. I have been to Tropicana Hotel & Casino numerous times throughout the years. Ultimately, I have had mixed experiences at Tropicana.

A couple of the reasons I have visited The Trop was for the low-minimum gambling, to see a show, or meet up with friends staying at the hotel.

It’s an okay property.

Unless there’s a good reason to visit, I don’t find myself choosing Tropicana.

Tropicana Las Vegas
The front entrance of the Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas.

The main issues I see at Tropicana are the lack of amenities. The hotel offers a couple of restaurants, bars, a spa, and several shows.

It’s a value hotel. You can find low room rates, starting as low as $39/night (see rates), making it a decent budget hotel option.

One night, I was gambling at Tropicana after their restaurants had closed, and I had to walk to another resort to find an open restaurant.

Tropicana shares a corner with MGM Grand, New York New York, and Excalibur, so finding an open restaurant wasn’t difficult. But if I was an out-of-town hotel guest, that would be a significant annoyance.

The whole hotel is outdated. While the property often refreshes with room remodels and upgrades, the hotel feels old because of low ceilings, dark hallways, and a general claustrophobic feeling.

Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas

The Tropicana isn’t a bad place to stay if you’re on a tight budget. But you should know a few things before booking a room.

The Tropicana has a couple of good amenities like Robert Irvine’s Public House, Glow Spa & Salon, and live entertainment including the popular MJ Live show and Laugh Factory comedy club.

Inside the rooms, you can expect a comfortable living space during your visit to Las Vegas. Every room at the Tropicana Las Vegas has Euro Top Serta mattresses, LED TVs, original artwork, plush bedding, and more.

Room at Tropicana Las Vegas
Room at Tropicana Las Vegas.

You can book a deluxe room, suite, or villa; deluxe rooms are around 375 square feet and adorned in warm, tropical shades of red and orange to create an inviting, comfortable atmosphere.

The suites at Tropicana feel sleek, airy, and relaxing. And the villas offer sky-high views of the Las Vegas Strip and the Vegas mountain range. 

Staying at the Tropicana Las Vegas will cost between $39-$259 per night (see rates for your trip).

Tropicana charges a resort fee ($39/night) like most hotels in Las Vegas.

One benefit is parking is free for everyone, so whether you’re staying at the hotel or visiting for a night at the Laugh Factory Comedy Club, Rich Little, or the Legends in Concert, you won’t need to worry about the car.

Tropicana Las Vegas Pools

The Tropicana Pool features a nice-sized food and beverage menu alongside its beautiful blue waters.

Reserve a lounge chair and spend a day soaking up the Las Vegas sun during your stay at the Tropicana Las Vegas.

The pool is known for its $20 beer buckets, where you can get 6 ice cold beers for just $20. Sub beer for seltzers, wine, or spritzers for an additional cost!

It should also be known that the Tropicana pool is open to locals Monday through Thursday. 

Tropicana Glow Spa & Salon

Need some rest and relaxation? Head to the Glow Spa and Salon!

This 10,000-square-foot sanctuary is home to couples’ wet villas and suites for a romantic, soothing experience with that special someone.  

Tropicana Las Vegas Restaurants

One downside of Tropicana is the lack of dining options. The hotel only has three restaurants, a cafe, and a Starbucks. There’s also a lounge for cocktails and frozen daiquiri bar.

A word of caution: If you want late-night food, you won’t find it at Tropicana. Every restaurant is closed by 11:00 PM.

Dining

Robert Irvine's Pub at Tropicana
Robert Irvine’s Pub at Tropicana Las Vegas.

Robert Irvine’s Public House is a 275-seat restaurant with a wraparound bar that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Developed by the celebrity chef and television star, you’ll find a menu of pub favorites, pastas, and pizzas. You’ll also find a large list of draft beers and signature cocktails.

The food is well-received as the restaurant receives good reviews online and is well-liked. It’s a tad bit expensive. Expect to spend $25-$50 per person.

Oakville Tuscan Grill is a highly-rated Napa Valley-inspired steakhouse that is perfect for important business meals or a sit-down dinner with the whole family. Char-grilled steaks are the main feature on Oakville’s menu, but the restaurant also creates delicious pasta dishes, seasonal sides, and more.

Since this joint is Napa-inspired, the wine menu has over 100 labels available for guests and the staff is very knowledgeable when it comes to finding a wine to create the perfect pairing with your meal. Expect to spend over $100 per person.

Red Lotus Asian Kitchens combines a western twist and flavor to traditional Asian cuisine. With both sit-down and take-out service, available, Red Lotus is a flexible dinner option. On the menu there is a variety of rice and noodle options and variety of entrees. Pair your meal with one of the many wines, beers, sakes, and more from the menu for a well-rounded Asian culinary experience. A meal at Red Lotus will cost between $20-$40 per person.

Bars

Trago Lounge
Trago Lounge at the Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas.

Trago Lounge is the best spot to sit down for a cocktail before heading to a show at Tropicana. You’ll find a mix of classic and signature cocktails, a small wine list, and couple of beers to choose from. Whether you want a casual night out and a few drinks, or a memorable night out with a few bottles, Trago Lounge is truly a choose-your-own-adventure environment. 

Right on the Tropicana casino floor sits Chill’m, a small daiquiri bar that packs a huge punch. Friendly bartenders are there to whip up a stiff drink or a beautiful cocktail into the early morning hours, all while you enjoy your time on the Tropicana casino floor. 

For quick pick-me-ups like coffee and pastries, there is a Starbucks on the hotel property. 

Tropicana Las Vegas Shows

The highlight of the Tropicana Hotel & Casino is their live entertainment options. Currently there are five resident shows and a standup comedy club.

MJ Live Las Vegas Review
MJ Live performing at Tropicana Vegas.

MJ Live moved from its old location at The STRAT to the Tropicana at the beginning of 2022. If you love Michael Jackson’s hits, this is the show for you. The tribute show is one best shows in Vegas. It’s a reasonably priced show with tickets from $54.

Legends In Concert is known to put on some of the best live performances and shows that feature star tributes. The current iteration, Legendary Divas offers up tributes to Celine Dion, Cher, Adele, and Lady Gaga. Hosted by Frank Marino as Joan Rivers. You can buy tickets from $39.

Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show will let you party like it’s 1999. Hear classics from the eccentric popstar like “Purple Rain,” “Raspberry Beret,” “When Doves Cry,” and many more. You can purchase tickets from $45.

Laugh Factory Las Vegas Review
Laugh Factory at Tropicana Hotel Las Vegas.

The Laugh Factory Comedy Club is always booked with some of the biggest names in comedy, as well as up-and-coming comedians ready to make their big break. It’s one of my favorite comedy rooms in Vegas where you can enjoy a night of laughs. You can get tickets for $45.

See comedian and impersonator Rich Little perform his autobiographical one-man show. The show highlights his six-decade long career. It’s one of most interesting shows I’ve seen in Vegas. You’ll see his best impressions and hear incredible stories. You can buy tickets for $35.

Murray the Magician is family-friendly comedy magic show that offers up illusions, jokes, and tricks. Since his appearance on America’s Got Talent, Murray has been on 20 reality television shows, including “Pawn Stars,” “Master Chef,” and more. It’s an affordable show, you can get tickets for $25.

Tropicana Casino Las Vegas

Tropicana Casino in Las Vegas
The Tropicana casino floor in Las Vegas.

The casino at Tropicana is very small. I have gambled at Tropicana on multiple occasions and found that the atmosphere is often subdued and quiet.

The casino is standard. It offers 650+ slots and video poker machines. They have a small casino pit and a high limit area. You’ll find Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, and more.

There isn’t a poker room or a sit-down sportsbook available on-site. There is a small William Hill Sportsbook counter and kiosk at Tropicana, but it’ll be hard to find a place to watch any games here.

Comparing Budget Hotels

Tropicana is a budget hotel without many kids on the property, starting at $39/night (see rates). Here are three similarly priced hotels on The Strip (that also don’t generally have a lot of children) that I would recommend you also consider:

Harrah’s Review

From $29/night

Harrah’s Las Vegas Review: Great Amenities On Center-Strip

Harrah’s offers a bang for your buck. Here you are steps away from great food, drinks, and affordable Vegas partying.

Top Features:

  • Shows & Live Entertainment
  • 10+ Restaurants & Bars
  • Standard Hotel Pool

Planet Hollywood Review

From $49/night

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Review

Planet Hollywood is a hip, vibrant property with good rooms, lots of restaurants, and live entertainment.

Top Features:

  • Shows & Live Entertainment
  • 10+ Restaurants & Bars
  • Resort Style Pools

Treasure Island Review

From $39/night

Treasure Island Casino Las Vegas Review

Treasure Island is a good value. They have lots of amenities and fun things to do like Senor Frog’s, Mystere Cirque du Soleil, and more.

Top Features:

  • Shows & Live Entertainment
  • 10+ Restaurants & Bars
  • Resort Style Pools

Out of these three comparably priced hotels, Planet Hollywood is my favorite. It’s located near the middle of The Strip across from the Bellagio Fountains and the Cosmopolitan.

Harrah’s and Treasure Island are both towards the north end of The Strip but have great amenities and offerings.

Tropicana is good for budget travelers.

If you are on a tight-budget and want to stay on the south end of The Strip, Tropicana may be a good choice for you.

The hotel is showing its age, but they offer restaurants and shows on-site. The hotel is close to neighboring resorts like MGM Grand, New York New York, and Excalibur, which offer a countless list of amenities and shows.

For an affordable price, the Tropicana is a good choice for visitors on a budget.