An old school joint with a great location, the Tropicana Hotel and Casino has some of the easiest in and out parking access of all the resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.
It’s also one of the few resorts that has outdoor, uncovered parking spaces, along with a traditional parking garage.
Parking at the Tropicana is free, whether you are a guest, casino player, or just a curious onlooker.
The parking garage is to the south and west of the property, and its entrance and exit are directly on the Strip, making it very convenient to get in and out (more on that below). It is, however, older and smaller by Las Vegas standards, with just two levels.
The Tropicana Las Vegas has two large hotel towers, called the Paradise Tower and Club Tower respectively.
There is another section – an unusual feature of the Tropicana – and a byproduct of its age: it still has motel style rooms in the back.
They call them “Bungalow” rooms, and they are different than the hotel rooms in the two towers.
Guests staying in these bungalow rooms can park in the outdoor, uncovered lot behind the hotel, to the east, making it a shorter walk than had they parked in the parking garage near the Strip.
The Tropicana is also the only hotel/casino that I know of that has a “locals” parking lot. (Apparently we out-of-towners aren’t deserving of special parking). The Locals parking lot is the one right off of Tropicana by the north entrance. I’m unclear as to the requirements for parking in this lot, and/or if they tow guests with out-of-state license plates.
I could also not find information about RV parking, or oversized vehicle parking at the Tropicana, but there appears to be a special area where RVs have parked to the south of the resort, bordering E. Reno Avenue.
Directions to Parking at the Tropicana Las Vegas
As I mentioned at the top, self-parking at the Tropicana is some of the easiest in Las Vegas, in terms of access and being able to get back on the road.
No eleven story maze here; just a simple two story white parking garage that runs parallel with the Strip.
If you are going north on the Strip, (when hotels like the Luxor and Excalibur are on your right), you’ll have a very simple and quick right turn at the sign that reads, “Self-Parking.”
Getting out of this garage is just as simple, however when leaving back on the Strip, you can only take a right turn.
As for directions to check in? They are the same directions as for the valet parking, which I mention below…
Tropicana Hotel and Casino Las Vegas Valet
Using the valet driver to park your car at the Tropicana is free of course. There is also a big debate on tipping: whether you should tip when you drop off your car, or just when you pick it up, but I feel most people tip (and should tip), both when handing the keys over, and when picking them up.
In any case, the valet parking area at the Tropicana is in the front corner of the building.
To get there, you take E. Tropicana Avenue. The very first right east of the Strip leads you to the Tropicana’s front door and hotel registration, where you’ll take another immediate right. There is good signage pointing you to the valet in front.
Those of you wanting to access the self-park parking garage can also do so from this access off of Tropicana.
However, those of you staying in one of the resort’s bungalow rooms will be advised to skip this turn off and proceed down E. Tropicana Avenue, taking the next right instead.
This right hand turn is on “Ocean Drive.” Taking it will lead you to the back of the Trop. From there, take a left to what should be many available, albeit uncovered parking spaces. (Photo courtesy of kennejima via Flickr).