Tropicana Resort & Casino

Tropicana Las Vegas is located on the Las Vegas Strip, in the township of Paradise, Nevada. It is owned by Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Resort Inc. and operated by Alex Yemenidjian's Armenco Holdings. It offers 1,658 rooms and is attached to a 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) casino. Tropicana Las Vegas also has 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) of convention and exhibit space.

This location, Tropicana - Las Vegas Boulevard intersection, has the most hotel rooms of any intersection in the world and is extremely busy. Pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead, the Tropicana is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos: to the north across Tropicana Avenue, the MGM Grand Las Vegas, and to the west across the Strip, the Excalibur.

History

The original building, with the Garden room wings, was built in 1957. The Paradise Tower, consisting of 22 floors of guest rooms and suites, was built in 1979 as the Tiffany Tower, adjoining the resort's Tiffany Theatre, until March 28, 2009 home to the Folies Bergère production show. A 21-story Island Tower was constructed in 1986.

The original owners were Ben Jaffe and Colonel Charles Baron. In 1957, a slip of paper was found on mobster Frank Costello showing the gross casino winnings of the Tropicana. As a result, Nevada gaming authorities ordered the removal of the casino manager, Louis J. Lederer. Deil Gustafson took control of the Tropicana in 1971, but sold a 51% share to chemical heiress Mitzi Stauffer Briggs Smith in 1975. In the late 1970s a skimming operation by Kansas City organized crime members was discovered, and the owners were forced to sell out. In December of 1979, Ramada Inns, Inc. bought the Tropicana, but in 1989 spun it off along with other casino properties in a separate company called Aztar. In 2006, Aztar was acquired by Columbia Sussex, but Columbia soon ran into financial difficulties and filed for bankruptcy.

In May 2006, Tropicana Entertainment, LLC acquired the Tropicana Resort & Casino Las Vegas from then publicly-traded Aztar Corporation for approximately $2.1 billion in cash. The acquisition was approved by the Nevada Gaming Commission on November 17, 2006 and was completed in December of that year.

Bodies: The Exhibition, a presentation of 21 human bodies that have been dissected and preserved for the collection and Titanic—the Artifacts Exhibition, were featured from 2005 to 2008. Both shows are now at the Luxor.

On May 15, 2009 it was reported by the Las Vegas Sun and Forbes that Canadian investment firm Onex Corporation will take control of the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas from Tropicana Entertainment when it emerges from bankruptcy later this year. Alex Yemenidjian who previously served as CEO of both the MGM Mirage resort company and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studio under Kirk Kerkorian's ownership has been tapped by Onex to be the Las Vegas Strip resort's new CEO and oversee the casino's day to day operations.

Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Resort Inc. is the company formed by Onex in which it has the controlling interest but it has several equity partners. Tropicana Las Vegas Inc. owns the property.

Film history
  • A scene from Folies Bergere is featured in the 1964 Elvis Presley film Viva Las Vegas.
  • In the 7th James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, 007 stays at the hotel Tropicana, claiming it looks "quite comfortable".
  • The Las Vegas sequence of The Godfather was filmed in the Tropicana.
  • The hotel is also referred briefly in The Godfather Part II and a few deleted scenes take place inside the hotel. To avoid copyright issues, the name of the hotel was changed to "Tropigala" during filming, although the original name remained in the final draft of the script.
  • It was featured on the TV Show Charlie's Angels in the episode "Angels In Vegas" in 1978 with Dean Martin guest starring.
  • It was featured on the TV Show Angel in the episode "The House Always Wins" as the casino where the character Lorne had his show.
  • A show was taped here for Malcolm in the Middle in 2003.
  • A two part episode of Designing Women, Season 7, is set here. Anthony meets and marries a showgirl from the Folies Begere.
  • The game shows Dealer's Choice & Las Vegas Gambit were taped here.
  • The first half of the first season of the revival of the game show Let's Make a Deal was being taped here. Hosted by Wayne Brady, it began airing on CBS October 5, 2009. The show moved to Los Angeles during a reconstruction period.
Expansion

On November 2, 2006, Tropicana Entertainment publicly announced a $2 billion renovation of the Tropicana planned to be completed in 2010, making it the largest resort casino in the world. Unlike previous Las Vegas projects however, there would have been no demolition of the entire resort. The existing Paradise and Island towers would have received both interior and exterior renovations and 4 new towers would have been built on the property (the last will be branded as a separate hotel).

The plans included a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) casino, five hotel towers totaling 10,000 rooms and a sprawling 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) retail promenade. Other amenities included spas and fitness centers; more than 20 restaurants and lounges; a 1,500-seat entertainment venue for big-name headliners; and a water–ride attraction. All improvements to the property were put on hold since the recession began in 2008, and became moot when Tropicana Entertainment filed for bankruptcy.

In August 2009, the Tropicana's new CEO, Alex Yemenidjian, announced a "$165 million" plan to renovate the property around a South Beach style, to be done in several phases. The first phase would renovate the Tropicana's back office facilities with completion planned for the end of 2009. The second phase would renovate the conference facilities, rooms, and common areas, with construction to finish at the end of August 2010. The third phase, including a Nikki Beach Night Club and Nikki Beach multi-million dollar pool renovation is planned to be completed by April 2011.

In June 2010, Tropicana Las Vegas announced a partnership with Cantor Gaming to feature their state-of-the-art Race & Sports Book. The Race & Sports Book is anticipated to open in February 2011.

In March 2011, Tropicana Las Vegas opened the The Las Vegas Mob Experience, owned independently by Las Vegas businessman and corporate executive, Jay Bloom. Featuring apparitions of famed gangsters like Bugsy Siegel, Tony Spilotro and Meyer Lansky, the Las Vegas Mob Experience uses the latest in "interactive entertainment technology" to re-create the rise and fall of organized crime in Las Vegas.

In Late Spring 2011, "Nikki Beach Club and "Club Nikki" – Tell Only Your Best Friends…" were opened. Nikki Beach is set on an almost 2 acres (8,100 m2) of Tropicana's lush landscape, Nikki Beach brings the most exclusive beach club experience to Las Vegas. The beach club features sleek loungers for guests to sun themselves in the heart of the action, while luxurious teepees and opium beds provide select guests with a more secluded experience, complete with premium bottle service. Nikki Beach includes a restaurant, outdoor café and bar, and an amazing VIP section. The beach club also includes an outdoor concert space where Tropicana provides world-class entertainment, including some of the hottest musicians from around the globe.

Club Nikki "Club Nikki –Tell Only Your Best Friends…" affords the ultimate nightclub experience with a unique Latin flair. The brand new 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) Club Nikki brings "the sexiest place on earth" to Tropicana Las Vegas in signature Nikki Beach style. Featuring its exclusive interior, Nikki Beach blends its world famous all-white décor with best-in-class service and entertainment. Doors open directly out to the beach club, enabling guests to move between the thumping beats of the dance floor to a more relaxed and intimate space on the beach.

Present amenities and entertainment
Entertainment
  • "Brad Garrett's Comedy Club" The New Home for Comedy in Las Vegas. The Comedy Club showcases a never-ending line-up of the well known comedians. Headliners include Brad Garrett, Kevin Nealon, Dom Irrera, Bob Zany, Rondell Sheridan, Rocky La Porte and other surprise celebrity guests.
  • "Glady's Knight" Glady's Knight: A Mic and a Light. Seven-time Grammy Award-winning performer Gladys Knight headlines a special engagement in the newly named Gladys Knight Theater. Knight showcases her fan favorites, such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” as well as newer hits.
  • "Las Vegas Mob Experience" Walk the Streets. Meet the Men. Take your chances. Go face-to-face with the Mob. Get ready for one of the most theatrical and innovative experiences on the Las Vegas Strip! The Las Vegas Mob Experience uses the latest in "interactive entertainment technology" to re-create the rise and fall of organized crime in Las Vegas. Featuring apparitions of famed gangsters, the Las Vegas Mob Experience promises a personalized and theatrical setting full of intrigue, mystery and suspense! The Experience features over 1,000 authentic artifacts once belonging to the famous organized crime figures who helped create the Las Vegas we know today.
Fine Dining
  • "Biscayne Steak, Sea and Wine" Biscayne reinterprets the classic steakhouse with innovative island flair. At Biscayne, you'll find premium cuts of steak and top-grade fish, prepared and presented with a fresh new twist.
  • "Bacio by Carla Pellegrino" Tropicana Las Vegas has partnered with acclaimed chef Carla Pellegrino, former Executive Chef of Rao’s in Las Vegas, to reinvent Tropicana’s onsite Italian ristorante as “Bacio by Carla Pellegrino”. The new Bacio menu, spotlighting authentic Italian recipes with a focus on fresh and high-quality ingredients, will include salads, Antipasti, Primi entrées and a broad selection of authentic Italian desserts.
  • "Cafe Nikki" Café Nikki is brought to life by the vibrant and international flavors of the Nikki Beach experience. This restaurant features breakfast, lunch and dinner including unique signature dishes from Nikki Beach locations throughout the globe as well as some special twists on traditional favorites. Las Vegas locals are eligible for special pricing and valuable offers when they sign up for the free Nikki Beach Locals VIP Card.
  • "South Beach Marketplace" South Beach Marketplace is a new, grab-and-go food and drink court serving as a casual counterpart to its existing variety of spectacular restaurants. Located right off the casino floor, South Beach Marketplace offers an array of quick-food choices, seating for up to 90 people, and round-the-clock hours of operation. It was developed under the direction of Tropicana Executive Chef George Bargisen, who joined the Tropicana Team in October 2009. South Beach Marketplace outlets include: Pellegrino Pizza & Deli, Starbucks, and The Naked Spoon.
Shopping

Along with the retail shop Essentials, located in the lobby adjacent to the main entrance, there are several Mini Boutiques located in Palm Way on the second floor. These include, Marshall Rousso Accessories, Tropicana Logo, Flip Flop Stop, Accessories, and Gemstones & Globes. These shops are opened daily from 10 am to 10 pm.

Other Amenities

In addition to the casino, the Tropicana includes a swimming pool. Voted the “Best Las Vegas Pool” and set on almost two acres, guests can experience the ambiance and be able to bask in the glowing reflection of our tropical pool right in the heart of Las Vegas. With a bright, tropical setting that embodies the vibrancy of the resort’s South Beach inspired theme, the pool features an expansive deck with lush landscaping, waterfalls, and private lounge spots. Guests can lounge poolside on luxurious recliners, while several connected lagoons provide the ideal place to refresh in the water. The pool also premiers a number of exclusive cabanas, complete with fresh fruits, snacks, chilled towels and full bottle service in the heart of a tropical oasis. The cabanas are available for day rental in a number of sizes.

Glow a Mandara Spa- Premiering Fall 2011 Steiner Leisure Limited will be the exclusive operator of a new spa facility which will be located near the Conference Center. The spa will be approximately 9,500 square feet and will offer a beauty salon, retail, relaxation lounge, spacious locker rooms, steam showers, treatment rooms and a Fitness Center.

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