Monday, May 03, 2010

A New Face for an Old Friend

The Tropicana Las Vegas is getting a $165-million makeover that will transform the landmark hotel and casino, which opened in 1957, from a Vegas antique into a Latin vixen. By April 2011, the Tropicana will have a new facade, new rooms and suites and reimagined restaurants and bars designed to evoke the glamour, rhythm and style of South Beach, Fla., with just a dash of Havana. Beyond a new d├ęcor (look for white marble on the casino floor and other main walkways), the casino will boast a new poker room and a new race and sports book. The rooms and suites will have warm sunset colors, bamboo furnishings and windows framed by white plantation shutters. The pool area, now closed, is scheduled to reopen next month as a tropical beach resort complete with gaming, bars and restaurants. Info: (888) 826-8767,

— Terry Gardner

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