The casinos and hotels in Las Vegas are all vying with each other in order to bring in the most guests, as a result more lavish and more identifiable casino resorts have been built in the past twenty years. One of the most recognisable of these resorts is the Treasure Island Casino, situated in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip, on the West Side.
Treasure Island has become one of the most established casino and hotel resorts to be found in Las Vegas, although it tries now to be known as TI rather than Treasure Island. It was in 1993 that Mirage Resorts under the guidance of the Las Vegas legend, Steve Wynn, was built. At the time the Treasure Island resort cost a staggering $450million to build, it is though a figure that pales into insignificance by the amounts being spent on new buildings in recent years. At the time of construction the owners of casinos in Las Vegas were building bigger resorts, bigger certainly than the historic Sands and Dunes casinos. Also resorts were also looking to bring in a new range of clientele, and families were thought to be a more lucrative market than the traditional gamblers.
As a result of this new direction two thousand six hundred and sixty five rooms were built, alongside two hundred and twenty suites, making for one of the largest resorts at its inception. The theme for Treasure Island was also made family friendly by creating a pirate casino, which housed a large video arcade for children, a pirate splash pool as well as “Buccaneer Bay” evening show outside. There was some initial success, and from 1998 onwards Treasure Island was winning awards, especially the AAA Four Diamond Rating.
Into the twentieth first century though, the Las Vegas casino resorts recognised that there was little appetite from families to make Las Vegas their destination of choice. As a result Treasure Island hotel undertook a redesign to focus more an adult orientated market. This meant some of the more obvious pirate themes were slowly removed from the casino. The large video arcade and children’s splash pool were replaced by a nightclub band and hot tubs. It was also at this point that the skull and crossbones were removed from the exterior of the Treasure Island casino, and were instead replaced with a more contemporary signs that just as the initials “TI” emblazoned on them.
This though doesn’t mean that the pirate theme has totally disappeared, and the “The Sirens of TI” are a popular attraction for evening visitors to the strip. The Sirens perform four times each evening putting on a dance and fight performance for those walking past the entrance of the Treasure Island resort. You may not think that there is much difference between it and the original “Buccaneer Bay” performance of pre TI days, take a closer look at the beautiful Sirens and bare chested pirates though and you will soon realise that the show is definitely for a more adult audience.
Now owned by MGM Mirage, Treasure Island has some of the most talked about entertainment of any casino on the Strip. The Treasure Island hotel has been the home of Mystere from Cirque du Soleil since the resort opened in 1993, and is a show that has won the best production show a total of nine times. For those looking for more humour from the evening entertainment, Treasure Island also plays host to some of America’s best comedians through out the year.
Within the Treasure Island hotel and casino it is possible to take in a whole night of entertainment, and for those that do get hungry there are both formal and casual dining facilities. At the top end of the dining areas there is the Social House, Steak House as well as the Isla Mexican kitchen. For those looking for a bite to eat before heading to the tables or to a night spot, then there are also pizzerias, coffee shops and buffets to choose from. If you do then turn to a bit of night life then Treasure Island also has the Christian Audigier Club and Mist to pass the time in. At the Christian Audigier Club though expect to pay a cover charge for entry.
It is of course gambling that draws most people to the casinos of Las Vegas, and Treasure Island is well equipped to satisfy the needs of most gamblers. There is an excellent poker room host eight live tables, as well as a race and sports book area. Traditional table games are also present in a wide range of games, from the expected blackjack, roulette, baccarat and craps, as well as newer games of Big Six and Pai Gow Tiles.
The rates for rooms at Treasure Island are reasonable and during the week it is possible to book a room on the internet from as low as USD69, although weekends can see this rate almost double. The rooms are well worth this money, and you are guaranteed clean rooms, most of which also come with some decent views of the Strip and Las Vegas as a whole.
All in all any visitor to the Treasure Island hotel and casino resort can expect a clean and welcoming experience, and although there is perhaps not enough to keep a visitor entertained within the resort for their whole stay, the positioning of Treasure Island does also provide easy access to the rest of Las Vegas.