Tropicana Las Vegas - The VegasTripping Review 2006
The Way Vegas Used To Be and Won't Be Shortly
There are five major thoroughfares in Las Vegas named after the hotels that defined their geography. Flamingo Road, Desert Inn Road, Sands Avenue, Sahara Boulevard and Tropicana Boulevard. Of these five, two namesake casinos are no longer standing - The Sands (Venetian) and The Desert Inn (Wynn Las Vegas.) With the almost certain demise of the Flamingo to be announced in Q3 2006 that whittles the crowd to two - Sahara and Tropicana. Built in 1957, the Tropicana Resort & Casino typifies Vegas history - its classic days as south strip hipster hangout, home of Folies Bergere for forty something years, owned/skimmed by an impressive array of gangsters and the subject of near daily reports of implosion and takeover since the turn of the millenium.
With the announcement of a "golden parachute" securities filing guaranteeing compensation for Tropicana's parent company Aztar Corpoations executive crew late 2005, the sale/implosion rumors gestated into a string of offers to purchase Aztar (casinoboats, the Tropicana Las Vegas and its sister property - the Tropicana Atlantic City.) March 2006 brought a flurry of offers from middle tier gaming companies Columbia-Sussex, Pinnacle Gaming, Ameristar Casinos and Colony Capital - owners of the Las Vegas Hilton. Suddenly a property that was looked at with indifference has been the subject of massive aquisition interest on the global gaming industry stage as well as among tourists visiting Las Vegas.
With the potential for the implosion of the Tropicana running high in the wake of takeover talks, we thought it would be fitting to at the very least document the state of the Tropicana 2006 for history's sake.
Our room at the Tropicana was booked through their website the evening before our intended Wednesday arrival - options included Paradise Tower Rooms ($99), Island Tower Rooms ($79) and Garden View Rooms ($69). We chose the Garden View room because it seemed like a "standard room." Immediately after we submitted our reservation, we received a confirmation email along with a "Welcome to the Tropicana" email that outlined their restaurant offerings, shows and other offered amenities. This was a very nice touch and must prove to be a useful marketing tool managing the expectations and options for the impending visitor.