Wednesday, April 3, 1957 | 6 a.m.
From the colorful, mosaic-tiled entrance through spacious guest rooms, this fantastically beautiful resort hotel combines lush luxury, extremely good taste, warmth, intimacy and functional efficiency.
Billed to be famous the day it opened, the palatial Y-shaped Tropicana brings lush, tropical beauty to its desert site about one mile north of the airport on the Los Angeles highway.
In the stem of the "Y" are tremendous lobby–lounge areas unmatched in the West, spacious casino, elongated serpentine bar, cocktail lounge, a spectacular Theatre–Restaurant, two other breathtaking dining rooms and several shops, while the wings of the "Y" incorporate 300 luxurious rooms and suites.
Unlike many other Strip layouts, the Tropicana was designed and built as a resort hotel, not as a casino and night club with incidental guest rooms.
Wide sweeping drives approach the hotel from the highways, closely adjoined by a sparkling fountain rising 60 feet and cascading water down into a brilliant pool 100 feet in diameter.
Mosaic–tile decorations flank the entrance covered by an upsweeping canopy stretching out 40 feet and measuring 130 feet in length.
Within the inviting lobby, rich mahogany paneling creates a warm, intimate area that encompasses the front desk, lounges, florist shop and gift shop.
From the lobby, "Peacock Alleys" bypass the casino and bar areas and afford easy access to hotel rooms in both wings, to spacious, lavishly appointed lounges and to all public areas.
The large, low–ceilinged casino is directly beyond the lobby, but is screened from immediate view by lush foliage in picturesque planters.
Closely adjoining the casino, the cocktail lounge and serpentine bar stretch back some 120 feet from the lobby and are the scene of dusk-to-dawn entertainment presented on a back–bar bandstand.
Immediately beyond the casino, steps rise up to the entrance of the Tropicana's Theatre Restaurant, a fantastic showplace that will showcase the world's top entertainers in spectaculars produced by Veteran Showman Monte Proser.
Two arcs of the circuclar Theatre–Restaurant are completely glassed, providing a "fourth–dimensional" view of outside tropical gardens bathed in light at night.
Below windowered walls, completely draped during shows, wide runways stretch back from the stage for use by chorus and showgirls during many productions, when numbers will be brought right into the audience.
Steeply tiered seating levels scaled down to the orchestra pit provide completely unobstructed views of the stage from any point and make every seat "ringside" in the tastefully tailored room, which seats 450 for dinner.
Tremendous stage facilities and excellent equipment insure outstanding presentation for individual stars, revues and lavish production numbers, while dressing rooms are unsurpassed in the history of show business.