Originally the most modern family-friendly hotel on the strip, Treasure Island (commonly referred to as “TI” by most folks) was a blown-up version of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean. But that’s all behind them now, with most of the pirate wackiness replaced by bland contemporary decor that, while nice, is nowhere near as interesting. Even the pirate stunt show out front was finally sent to its watery grave in 2013 to make way for a new shopping mall due to open in early 2015.
The good-size rooms are pleasant but not postcard-worthy, although additions of niceties like in-room refrigerators make them more comfy than they were. Good bathrooms feature large soaking tubs—a bather’s delight.
The hotel offers several restaurants, including the party bar Señor Frog’s, a steakhouse, a buffet, and western favorite Gilley’s, which also offers country dancing and a mechanical bull, naturally. Treasure Island is home to Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère, one of the best shows in town.
Neither the spa nor pool is all that memorable, so if those things are important to you, stay elsewhere, like at the neighboring Mirage, which is connected to the TI by a free tram.
- Rick Garman