Tropicana Express in 2008
|Location||Laughlin, Nevada, U.S.|
|Address||2121 South Casino Drive|
|Opening date||June 1988|
|No. of rooms||1,498|
|Total gaming space||52,840 sq ft (4,909 m2)|
|Previous names||Ramada Express (1988–2007)
Tropicana Express (2007–2009)
|Renovated in||1993, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2015|
Tropicana Laughlin (formerly Ramada Express and Tropicana Express) is a hotel and casino located in Laughlin, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Tropicana Entertainment. The hotel has 1,498 guest rooms and suites, located in both the 12-story Casino Tower and the 24-story Promenade Tower. The casino has 1,050 slot machines and 21 table games. It includes the restaurants: The Steakhouse, Passaggio Italian Gardens, Carnegie's Café, Taqueria Del Rio, Round House Buffet, Poolside Café, Dips & Dogs and Victory Plaza.
In June 1988, it opened under the name Ramada Express. In 1993, an expansion that included the Promenade Tower, the Town Square area, additional casino space and restaurants and a parking garage was completed. In May 2007, Columbia Sussex Hotels announced that the Ramada Express would be changing its name to the Tropicana Express. The hotel opened as the Tropicana Express on July 28, 2007. It was later renamed as Tropicana Laughlin in 2009.
Tropicana Laughlin has the Pavilion Theater, a 9,000-square-foot (840 m2) indoor entertainment venue. It also has the Caboose Lounge, which has live entertainment, the Eclipse Bar with attached Sushi Bar and a premium slot lounge, the Grand Junction.
Tropicana Laughlin formerly operated a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge train in a loop in the grounds that could be ridden for free. Rolling stock consisted of open passenger cars, a 4-4-0 locomotive replica of the Virginia and Truckee No. 12 Genoa named No. 7 Gambler powered by a diesel engine inside its tender and a Plymouth Locomotive Works engine named No. 11 Lucky Lady used as a spare.
On April 14, 2012, Tropicana Entertainment donated the rolling stock to the Las Vegas Railroad Society. All equipment was trucked from Laughlin to an undisclosed location in or near Las Vegas for storage until a new track is installed in the society's proposed park.
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