Monday, Jan. 25, 2010 | 1:50 a.m.
The Tropicana Las Vegas is in the midst of an overhaul and the head-to-toe makeover is starting to take shape.
Vegas.com, a sister company of the Las Vegas Sun, got a sneak peek last week of the property’s changeover to a South Beach-feel.
Before the revamp, the Tropicana had remained virtually unchanged since its last renovation in 1985. A $125 million facelift was announced shortly after the hotel-casino emerged from bankruptcy as a stand-alone company under the leadership of Alex Yemenidjian last July.
Since the announcement, Tropicana has released an updated logo, brought in a new executive team and unveiled phases of the renovation project.
The project included redesigning Tropicana’s casino floor, hotel rooms, convention space, restaurants, pool and adding a nightclub to bring the hotel-casino up to speed.
Tropicana added two new restaurants in September, including Biaco Pasta and Vino, and Havana GO GO, which replaced the hotel’s Java Java coffee shop. Legends Steakhouse and Seafood is undergoing renovations.
The Paradise Tower rooms have been redone and are expected to open this spring.
The Island Tower walkway, which once held a string of kiosks selling novelty items, has been revamped with white marble and is vendor-free.
The next phase of the project will include remodeled rooms in the Island and Garden Towers, a nightclub, a sports book and exterior renovations.