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tips from our travel experiences

The Penthouse Loft at the New Tropicana, Las Vegas

Let us help you make a decision when booking your stay in Las Vegas, because there are many types of rooms and suites available at the remodeled Tropicana.  The focus of the resort casino has always been its gorgeous pools, so the remodeling was structured around that theme to give all the rooms a beachy, relaxed vibe.  During our stay for Vegas Uncork’d our gracious host Joanie Robinson let us peak into some of the rooms and snap pictures so that we could share with you all the wonderful new upgrades.

foyer

foyer

The Penthouse Loft is a two-story suite, with the option to open up to adjoining rooms on both floors.  Downstairs has a half-bath, well appointed but not worth taking a picture of compared to the luxury seen in the rest of the apartment-like setting.

seating area upon entry

seating area upon entry

Just peeking into the entertaining area drew us in.  Warm colors and rich textures are very inviting.

sunken dining area

sunken dining area

Since two adjoining rooms can be connected, it only makes sense to have a dining area suitable for many people

seating area towards the wet bar

seating area towards the wet bar

Sit in the modern entertainment area to plan your days and nights.  Much of the original artwork is by an acclaimed Latin American artist.

wet bar

wet bar

Views abound.  Even in the wet bar area, you can peer down to the famous Strip.

wet bar amenities

wet bar amenities

We love Keurig, and so does the Tropicana.  Many resort casinos here do not put coffee machines in the rooms because they would rather you spend your money downstairs, but the Tropicana understands that a morning coffee is a necessary routine for so many guests, and going downstairs for the first cup is a hassle (especially after a long Vegas night).

view from the loft

view from the loft

From the loft, the downstairs looks chic like an upscale apartment.  The views from this place are sweeping, within as well as looking out.  It feels more like a home than a hotel.

lofted bedroom

lofted bedroom

Being in the loft means the bedroom is essentially an open area, with the master bathroom around the corner.  The king size bed has soft 300-thread count linens on a Euro-Top Serta mattress.

plush bedding

plush bedding

An iHome docking station with alarm and radio is a nice touch if you want to amplify your personal wake-up that you’re accustomed to, or set mood music from your own playlist.  Wireless internet allows you unencumbered use of your mobile devices without worrying about your 3G or 4G usage.

dual sinks in a huge bathroom

dual sinks in a huge bathroom

His and hers (or his and his, or hers and hers…) with intoxicating Bvlgary shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and lotions offer lots of primping area and products for all genders.

eight-person sauna

eight-person sauna

Hello!  Hidden in the master bathroom is a large sauna with room for a party, bigger than the sauna that we love in the Club Spa Suite that we normally book for ourselves.

large walk-in shower

large walk-in shower

The shower, although a stall, was still spacious.

soak with a view

soak with a view

Some of the Penthouse Lofts have a spa downstairs.  This one did not, but it did have this delicious jetted tub in the master bathroom.  For dry heat you have a sauna, and for soaking you have this.  If you’re looking to use your trip for rest and relaxation, this is the suite to book.

It runs about $700 a night.  If you get a few friends together and reserve an adjoining room or two, the cost becomes manageable for an ideal bros’ or gals’ weekend on the town, or a family reunion-style gathering (we’re thinking wedding accommodations, for example).  We don’t recommend that you have your own Hangover series of events, but this would be a heckuva spot to create some memories.

Midnight Snack from the Donatello Room Service, San Francisco CA

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The Donatello is part of the Shell Vacations Hospitality group.  August’s parents do the time-share thing, and they offered us a room for the weekend leading up to the Chocolate Salon.  We didn’t get to bed early since we were up writing each night, and we had to get up early since we wanted to do breakfast each morning, so we technically didn’t get many hours of sleep… but we slept so well.  The bed was luxuriously comfortable.  August liked stretching out on the sectional couch to work on the weekend’s posts, and Zach got a kick out of the TV in the bathroom mirror – he got up before August to let her sleep just a little more each day, and he was able to watch some programming while showering without disturbing her.  The mini bar with a fridge, a coffee maker, and a microwave was a plus, and the complimentary Le Belge chocolate bars, Wolfgang Puck coffee, popcorn, and water bottles were greatly appreciated.  Furthermore, being on the corner of Post and Mason, it was very easy to hail a taxi every time we stepped out since we left our car with the valet.

Room service comes out of the kitchen of Zingari, the in-house Italian restaurant.  Last night, right before room service closed at 10:30, we ordered dessert.  We were too stuffed at the table at Incanto to consider anything there, so we waited until back in the room and after having digested a bit.  We both selected chocolate, and while both plates were garnished the same, the two desserts were polarized.

white chocolate profiteroles

white chocolate profiteroles

Zach’s profiteroles were filled with milk chocolate mousse, then coated with whipped cream, and liberally dusted with cocoa powder.  They didn’t match the menu description as being filled with the mousse and “white chocolate sauce & milk chocolate curls,” but it was still decent.

chocolate mousse cake

chocolate mousse cake

The liberal amount of cocoa powder was more appropriate for this darker chocolate dessert.  August likes white chocolate, but she prefers more bitterness (just like how she likes her beer).  This mousse cake was made with bittersweet chocolate, supported by a moist chocolate wafer crust.  If there was only one dessert she could have for the rest of her life, it would be something ganache-y like this.

We had met Peter the concierge Friday evening, who was a wealth of knowledge about the services of the Donatello as well as the ins and outs of the City.  The next time we’re in town (and August’s parents can swing us a room), we’re very much looking forward to our stay, further exploring the gastronomy of San Francisco.

Breakfast from Tropicana Room Service, Las Vegas NV

This weekend has been a blast, since we got to stay in an amazing room, see some great sights, and eat excellent food.  However, because of the food, this was also a work weekend for us.  We’re leaving in a couple of hours, but still had to wrap up our NASCAR coverage, so we ordered breakfast to our room at the Tropicana so as to save time while packing and writing.

two eggs free style

two eggs free style

Zach wanted something hearty to sustain him for the trek home, and this was definitely hearty but didn’t leave him with a heavy feeling.  Fresh, natural ingredients always makes a difference.  He got his two eggs over medium, which were cooked properly with no slimy white and a still-runny yolk.  Cooking the eggs slowly makes it so there is no skin and no toughness.  The dish came with breakfast potatoes (the same as what’s served at Beach Cafe), choice of bacon, sausage links, or sausage patties, toast, and butter.  He got the bacon, which was thick cut yet lean.

thick cut vanilla cinnamon french toast

thick cut vanilla cinnamon french toast

August wanted hearty and sweet, so she got one of her favorite breakfast items.  With fluffy, thick, Texas-style French toast, accompanied by fresh berries and high quality syrup, this was a wonderful way to end our Las Vegas eating experiences this weekend.

Tommy brought us our food, and was more than kind.  He’s worked at the Tropicana for 38 years, which is a testament not only to himself but to the resort.  We are overwhelmingly happy with our stay, from the room to the service, and the food to the fun.