The Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is located on the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and this area has the most hotel rooms at any intersection in the world. The casinos on this corner are all linked by an overhead pedestrian walkway. Across Tropicana Las Vegas Avenue is the MGM Grand and across the Strip is the Excalibur. The hotel is a franchise from Hilton’s Double Tree chain of hotels and has over 1400 rooms to choose from, 50,000 square feet of gaming and over 6500 square feet of exhibition and convention spaces.
It was first opened in 1957 and has undergone many changes since then. In 1961 the Tropicana LAs Vegas Country Club opened across the road but was subsequently sold and the site is now the MGM Grand. In 1977 the Tiffany Tower was built and in 1986 the Island Tower was built. By 2009 a multi-million dollar renovation was undertaken including taking down one of the towers. The casino opened a Sportsbook in 2011, became part of Hilton Double tree in 2012 and was bought by Penn National Gaming for $360 million in 2015. In late 2016 an online interactive experience was begun.
Over the years the casino has featured in many films and TV shows:
- 1964 Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley-Follies Berger scene
- Diamonds Are Forever-James Bond stays at the Tropicana and claims “It looks quite comfortable”.
- Godfather-Las Vegas sequence filmed here
- Godfather II-deleted scenes and was called the Tropigala for the film
- TV series include Vega$, Charlie’s Angels, Angel, Malcolm in the Middle, Dealers Choice, Las Vegas Gambit and Let’s make a Deal