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The Tropicana Resort and Casino is located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, and is also a historic landmark in Las Vegas. The Tropicana first opened its doors way back in 1959 and is also home to the longest running show in Las Vegas, called "Folies Bergere". When you consider how much as changed over the past 45 years in Las Vegas, with how many different hotels have come and gone (some of which were torn down), the fact that the "Folies Bergere" presentation is still going strong in this ever-changing entertainment capital, is remarkable, to say the least.

Located on the corner of Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard, it is located on the popular "four corners" location adjacent to the MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur, and The Luxor. Although much older than the other resorts surrounding it, The Tropicana still holds it’s own as a first-class hotel with over a dozen entertainment and recreation facilities. It is home to 5 acres of tropically-themed landscaping, which possess many pools, lagoons, and waterfalls. Their indoor pool is famous for their swim-up blackjack tables.

The accommodations at Tropicana consist of two separate towers that have a very diverse set of options. The Island Tower rooms are in the front tower, closest to The Strip and casino. Each room has been newly remodeled and comes with a refrigerator. There are also deluxe Island Tower rooms, which are located in the rear tower, close to the pool and have views of the airport.

The Garden Rooms are located in separate 3 story buildings and are pleasantly blended in with the tropical landscaping in the pool and garden area. Some of the Garden rooms come with balconies to relax and enjoy the tropical surroundings, while simultaneously basking in the warm Las Vegas sun.

For dining, there are five restaurants onsite which include American, Japanese, and Caribbean cuisine.

Once again, we’d like to emphasize that the Tropicana is now 45 years old. And while management has done a fabulous job renovating and keeping up the property over the years, you’re not going to find all of the amenities that come with one of the newer resorts.

But even still, there is an appreciation for this old-school establishment which allows you to experience Las Vegas the way it once was. So if you’d like a cultural, throw-back experience, you can do no better than Tropicana, as it is one of the last originals standing, complete with the Folies Bergere presentation. It would really be a shame if the Tropicana ever met with the same fate The Sands did, which means being demolished to re-build a more modern resort. And while we hate to speculate, logic suggests that in time, this probably will happen in this highly competitive tourist mecca where cosmetic appearances have a lot to do with attracting visitors.

For the sake of being sentimental, we can only hope that The Tropicana will remain in Las Vegas for another 45 years, but that’s probably hoping for too much.


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