Review written by Sophie Couard, December 14, 2015.
When I was a teenager, I literally devoured the novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Because of this I have always loved the world of pirates and adventures. It was with great joy (and some apprehension of being disappointed) when I first discovered the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The establishment opened in 1993, and was build for a whopping $450 million. I immediately liked the extremely nice atmosphere of the place.
In the first 10 years it was primarily a place for families. It was around this time when the child in me fell for the place! the resort was sold in 2003, and the complex was renovated to focus more on an adult audience. It was also renamed TI. The logo was replaced by a more contemporary and flashy design. Even if the theme as a whole is still very catchy, it is clear that some of the charm of children's stories featuring buccaneers, privateers and other coastal brethren was lost.
In any case I still love Treasure Island, and the dreamy teenager in me will definitely never call it simply TI.
A complete casino in a beautiful atmosphere
After this short introduction about the establishment I will get to the point by talking about what is most important, specifically, the casino which extends on an area of almost 9,000 m². As it is always the case in Las Vegas, access is free to everyone, but only adults aged over 21 years are allowed to play the games.
The slot machines
The Treasure Island in Las Vegas offers no less than 2,158 slot machines in an nice atmosphere, and provides easy access to mechanical slot machines, video poker, and a large video slot selection.
The table games
Many traditional games are available, and you can enjoy a wide range of dedicated tables for:
- Wheel of Fortune (big six),
- Spanish 21,
- casino war,
- let it ride,
- caribbean stud poker,
- three card poker,
- pai gow poker,
- pai gow tiles.
The Treasure Island poker room is hidden from the rest of the casino and located near the car park and the pool. It is relatively small, as it offers only 7 non-smoker poker tables. Besides, most of the time, only 4 of them are open, and you can play:
- texas hold'em,
- crazy pineapple.
Horse race & sports book area
The room for sports betting and horse races is open Monday to Friday from 9 am, and Saturday and Sunday from 7.30 am. You can enjoy an atmosphere full of excitement and energy, and you can bet on the most popular sporting events and various horse races.
Sleeping and dining
Of course, the casino is not the only attraction of the Treasure Island in Las Vegas. In fact, this establishment also has a hotel and many different restaurants. In short, there is plenty of choice for dining, and sleeping there is very nice too.
A huge hotel
The hotel of the complex offers 2,665 rooms and 220 suites. You can choose from:
- a deluxe room of 32 m²,
- a small suite of 58,5 m²,
- an executive suite of 77 m²,
- a tower suite of 86 m²,
- a luxury suite of 95,5 m²,
- a premier suite of 121 m²,
- a penthouse suite of 167 m².
Overall, the rooms are all quite spacious and well equipped. The bedding is of high quality. The rooms also have separate bathrooms that are very large and pleasant, although unfortunately a bit too dark. I would not really call the light installations very luxurious, and they could have used more powerful light bulbs.
The different rooms and suites are quiet and clean and should appeal to most travellers. Nevertheless, do not expect the luxury offered by some other establishments in town. This is a mid-range hotel, and the prices reflect that.
The food at Treasure Island is generally very good, but it does not take much to expect great gastronomy. Most restaurants are rather relaxed and provide good value for money.
You can find the following restaurants in this resort:
- Italian cuisine at Phil's Italian Steak House and the Pizzeria Francesco’s,
- Mexican food at Señor Frog’s,
- Vietnamese cuisine at Pho – Vietnamese,
- Tex Mex at Gilley's BBQ,
- Hawaiian food at Kahunaville,
- Sea food at Seafood Shack,
- a diner called Little Richie's,
- a snack bar The Coffee Shop,
- an international all you can eat buffet at The Buffet at TI.
Various entertainment and activities
As Las Vegas requires, the Treasure Island resort is also full of additional activities to attract and entertain a wide range of tourists. You can also enjoy:
- a beautiful swimming pool in the garden (although it is a little small compared to Strip standards),
- a large area dedicated to spa, massage and fitness,
- a nice shopping mall connected to both the Fashion Show Mall and the Grand Canal Shoppes,
- multiple wedding chapels,
- 8 bars (Gilley's Saloon, Señor Frog’s, Kahunaville Party Bar, Breeze Bar, Steak House Bar, Mojito Bar, Margarita Bar and High Limit Lounge),
- a theatre for the show Mystère (a classic show that focuses on breathtaking acrobatics which is the oldest and cheapest Cirque du Soleil show on the Strip),
- a real pirate ship that show the Sirens of TI show several times a day (a free show which tells the story of young manly pirates being seduced by sirens through dance and athletics, but also fireworks and explosions).
Overall, Treasure Island is an excellent resort for different types of visitors:
- casino players, obviously, (even if the poker room could be a bit larger and easier to reach),
- groups of young men (especially those wanting to celebrate a bachelor's party and enjoy the curvy girls in the Gilley's Saloon...),
- families (wishing to follow in the footsteps of Captain Jack Sparrow),
- couples (seeking an unforgettable getaway).
Everyone should find something to satisfy them, and since the establishment is also conveniently located near the centre of the Strip and not far from Caesars Palace and the Venetian, it is easy to get around.
In any case, the resort is famous for their friendly decoration, and for its excellent free pirate show Sirens of TI, although I still prefer the old Buccaneer Bay, which was more appealing to the general public.