Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The New Tropicana: The Tiffany of the Strip

Wrote an article for the SM Observer on the Vegas Hotel, Casino, and Resort the Tropicana! Enjoy!

The New Tropicana: The Tiffany of the Strip
The New Tropicana is the Vegas equivalent of story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: just right balance of old school Rat Pack Vegas and new school boutiquey opulence. 
Built in 1957 by the creators of the Fontainebleau in Miami Beach, the Tropicana was called “The Tiffany of the Strip,” when it opened.  And it seems concept has transcended space and time for this 35-acre hotel/casino; for the second year in a row Travelocity has awarded the Tropicana its Excellence Award.  

The Tropicana recently completed a $200 million transformation that started with a refocusing of their core concept of South Beach luxury, rhythm, and vibe.  This makeover included a fresh redesign of every best-in-class room and suite, the 50,000-square-foot casino, more than 60,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, several new restaurants and bars.

The hipster jewel of this transformation is the inclusion of the Bagatelle Supper Club which features seating for 500 guests in its expansive indoor and outdoor venue that includes two private dining rooms and a private outdoor dining pavilion.  Already home to restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles, Bagatelle's Euro-chic meets high-octane glam births the Tropicana into the world of the new Strip experience with Las Vegas’ first Supper Club. 

Those looking for a different type of daytime experience are bound to welcome the Bagatelle Beach Club opening in the next few weeks.  This addition will include a 250 seat outdoor restaurant offering Mediterranean-style dining, a sanded area where guests can enjoy a game of beach volleyball, and 18 luxury cabanas. The facility will also be home to an outdoor concert venue with a capacity in excess of 3,000 people.

Set on almost five acres of the resort, the Trop’s swimming pool was voted the Best Las Vegas Pool.  With waterfalls, lagoons, and a lush tropical garden surrounding it, the pool embodies the vibrancy of the resort’s South Beach inspired theme.  It also features such classic Vegas details such as the original swim up aquatic blackjack dealer.

With old school and new school merging for a place where you would never even think of school the Tropicana is truly “Tiffany of the Strip,” a diamond that shines bright in the Vegas desert sand.   

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