Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Treasure Island - bargain on the Strip

2885 Rooms, 36 Floors

Originally conceived by Steve Wynn as an adjunct tower to the neighboring Mirage, Treasure Island was built as an independent property connected to the Mirage by monorail (still in use). The $450 million property opened in 1993. Its pirate theme (dropped for a more adult approach in 2003) was meant to attract families. It is one of the real bargains on the strip, with amenities similar to its neighbors (Mirage, Venetian, Palladio, Wynn Las Vegas) at about half the price. Basic rooms are 400 square feet and offer either one king or two queen beds. “Petite” suites have two bathrooms and 650 sq. ft.; there are many larger, deluxe suites.

The property was re-branded as "TI" in 2003; since March 2009, the property has been owned and operated by real estate investor Phil Ruffin. MGM sold this casino resort for $775 million in order to raise cash to continue the massive City Center construction project (set to open in December, 2009).

Entertainment and dining options:
Mystère by Cirque du Soleil (since 1993) is still considered one of the top shows in Vegas; it was the first Vegas show housed in a purpose-built theater, seating 1600.
Sirens is a deliberately cheesy pirate parody with bare-chested men and barely-clad women.

Christian Audigier (ultra-hip nightclub overlooking the lagoon), Mist (bar & lounge), Breeze Bar, Tequila Bar (inside Isla Mexican restaurant), and Kahunaville Party Bar (inside Kahunaville restaurant).
Upscale dining: Khotan (Pan Asian), Isla Mexican Kitchen, The Steak House.
Casual dining: Kahunaville, Pizzeria Francesco’s, Pho (Vietnamese), The Coffee Shop (24 hrs), Canter’s Deli, The Buffet, plus Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s.