Pool: Tropicana -- LV Strip.
Access: Walk right in. Towels require a key.
Rating: 8 out 10. A nice pool and pool area. Something for everyone.
The Tropicana pool is a very nice pool area. The pool itself is quite large with lots of different areas for a person to relax. Part of the pool is completely covered by a building. So if you want to be in the pool and be completely in the shade, that is not a problem. The mix of people at this pool ranged from families, older couples, 20 somethings, you name it. The atmosphere in the pool area was a bit subdued. There was the usual drinking and having a good time, but nothing completely out of control (like MGM). There are two hot tubs which are fairly private and not too small. Music is played at the pool. The music was a perfect volume and songs ranged in all genres. No outrageous PDA was observed aside from a few couples in the pool doing a little kissy kissy now and then. They offer swim up blackjack also, but I was not able to see the minimums or rules.
One of the nicest features of the Tropicana pool is not only the size of the pool area, but how much shade is available if you need to get out the sun. There is plenty of shade from buildings and trees in the pool area. There is also a large grass area near the pool that gets plenty of shade. The grass also helps in keeping things a bit cooler compared to most pool decks in LV. Unlike some pools where there is little if any shade for most of the day (like the South Point) the Tropicana gives it's guests plenty of options in terms of sun worship.
A couple of things to note:
Drinks can be ordered through a waitress or by walking up to what I would describe as a "beverage service area." Domestic beers were $7.00, imports were $8.00, and frozen drinks were $10.00. There were no "specials" like noted at the South Point. If you are going to drink at the Tropicana pool area it will set you back a few bucks.
The Tropicana is undergoing a major renovation. As of this post, it has not impacted the pool area. I would suspect that the pool area will be going through a major reconstruction at the end of pool season in Las Vegas. For the 2011 pool season, I would suspect this pool area is going to look quite different.
I rated the Tropicana pool an 8 out of 10. 2 points were deducted for the pool being just a bit too "mellow" for my tastes.