Even though I’ll be heading right back into Sin City next month for the Consumer Electronics Show (I hope to bring back some more awesome swag to give away again), Susanne and I made our way down to Las Vegas last week for a little vacation. She hadn’t been to Vegas in years, so I took the opportunity to show her around some of the newer developments, like Wynn, Aria, and Planet Hollywood. We also made our way downtown for the Fremont Street Experience, spending some time in historic casinos like Golden Nugget and Binion’s.
Over the years, I’ve stayed at many Las Vegas hotels. I’ve stayed at the old Aladdin, the “new” Aladdin (which is now Planet Hollywood), the old Imperial Palace (which is now The Quad), Flamingo, Bally’s, MGM Grand, and Wynn Encore. Interestingly enough, Treasure Island is the hotel on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip where I’ve stayed. All of those other hotels have been on the east side of the street. Go figure.
In chatting with one of the dealers on our last night, I learned that Steve Wynn (as in Wynn and Wynn Encore) once owned the Treasure Island before he sold it to MGM Mirage. I always associated the Mirage and the Treasure Island as being together, since they have that complimentary tram connecting the properties. Since then, some other bloke has come along and purchased TI from MGM Mirage and that’s why Treasure Island has its own separate rewards program now.
Treasure Island may not be one of the newest or shiniest properties on the block and it might be due for a bit of a facelift soon, but it has its charm and the room was perfectly comfortable. Check out the quick video tour that I’ve embedded below, as well as the video I shot of the “live” volcano show outside of the Mirage.