Treasure Island Hotel and Casino is yet another themed casino that has gone the way of appealing to a more adult crowd, and in particular, an adult crowd with deeper pockets. Several big Las Vegas casinos opened up with an interest in attracting families, sort of gambling versions of Disneyland, and Treasure Island, with its pirate theme, was certainly one of them.
The pirate sign is gone now, and the casino resort now refers to itself as simply “TI” now, the initials for Treasure Island, even though it might be put forth that adults are interested in treasure too and there is certainly plenty of that to be had here. Officially, they are still called Treasure Island though, even though they have clearly moved away from this notion for the most part.
Treasure Island was built in 1993 by Mirage Resorts, run at the time by casino icon Steve Wynn, at a cost of $450 million. The original plan was to build another tower on the Mirage next door, but they ended up deciding to build a whole new casino resort.
By the time 2003 rolled around, they decided to ditch the skull and crossbones and the other pirate motifs, which were designed to appeal to children, and turn it into more of an adult themed resort.
The Mirage became later bought by MGM, forming a new company called MGM Mirage at the time, although they have since changed again to simply MGM Resorts International. They still own the Mirage, as well as many other Las Vegas casino resorts, but they ended up selling off Treasure Island in 2008 to Phil Ruffin, the former owner of the New Frontier, for $775 million.
The last remnant of the pirate days, the Sirens of TI pirate battle show, was closed in 2013, to make way for a new shopping and entertainment center.
Treasure Island was the original home of the Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, which opened in 1993, and their Mystere show still plays here.
The Features of Treasure Island
The hotel here is an impressive one, with a total of 2,884 rooms and suites. Both are reasonably priced, with a 400 square foot Deluxe Room starting at only $59 a night. All the rooms and suites here have floor to ceiling windows and offer fabulous views.
$99 a night will get you a Petite Suite, with 630 square feet of living space and a whirlpool tub included. Both the Executive Suites and the Tower suites go for $129 a night, with up to 930 square feet and two bathrooms.
Those who are seeking a truly luxurious and spacious room will find it in their premium suites, with the Luxury Suite going for $499 a night, a Premier Suite running at $999, and a Penthouse Suite costing $2000 per day. The Penthouse suites are on the 36th floor with panoramic views of the strip and have a wet bar, a private office, and 1,800 square feet of space.
The restaurants are headlined by Phil’s Italian Steakhouse, specializing in steak, seafood, and Italian specialties, at an average price of $50 per person. The Seafood Shack provides a variety of fresh seafood for an average of $35 per meal and also has a bar that overlooks the casino.
Gilley’s BBQ offers barbecue ribs, steaks, and chili with a Western atmosphere. Senor Frog’s serves up Mexican food, and the Buffet at TI provides a wide variety of selections in a buffet setting. Pho Vietnamese dishes out Vietnamese and Asian cuisine, and the Pizzeria Francesco’s takes care of all of your pizza cravings.
There’s also Little Richie’s to check out, with their Chicago style hot dogs and beef, and the Coffee Shop where you can get a quick quality prepared meal. So TI has a good variety of food and a good selection of different places to dine at or grab a quick meal as you prefer.
Purchasing an $80 gift card gets you $100 worth of dining credits, which also can be used toward drinks as well. This is just one of many specials and promotions that regularly run at Treasure Island.
Both Gilley’s and Senor Frog have bars, with Gilley’s being the only honky tonk saloon on the Las Vegas Strip. Senor Frog’s offers an open bar three nights a week from 9PM until 1AM, so get ready for some wild times.
The Seafood Shack also has a bar, called Mojito Bar, specializing in rum cocktails as well as other popular beverages. The Breeze Bar serves up premium liqueurs and mixed drinks.
Mystere by Cirque du Soleil is the headline act here, in the Mystere Theater, and has won the award for best show by the Las Vegas Review Journal eight times. Stay with them for 3 nights and you get 2 tickets to this show thrown in for free.
They also feature Marvel’s Avenger S.T.A.T.I.O.N which features lots of memorabilia and is a must see for all Avenger fans. TI also provides access to an ongoing selection of other entertainment acts, including appearances by well known names.
Treasure Island is also proud of their world class Oleksandra Spa and Salon, which caters to your every spa need. There’s also a pool and cabanas on site, as well as shopping opportunities.
The Casino At Treasure Island
The casino at TI, at 95,000 square feet, is a fairly modest one by Las Vegas standards but has been making casino goers happy for over 20 years now and has plenty to satisfy all your casino playing desires.
They describe their casino as being in a more intimate setting, and although this is not a small casino by any means, it is indeed more intimate than most in the city.
Becoming a member of the TI Players Club instantly earns you between $5 and $25 of free slot play to get you started, and they have a good amount of slot machines here for you to enjoy. Once you start playing, you will be eligible for all of the rewards and perks that their player club bestows on their players as thanks for playing with them.
The table games area here offers all of the most popular table games, including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Pai Gow Tiles, Three Card Poker, Let It Ride, Big Six, and more, all in a more intimate setting.
Their poker room is also described as more intimate, and this means more than just smaller, the staff here are very friendly and are always happy to assist players whenever it is needed.
It offers both limit and no limit Texas Holdem, as well as Omaha Hi/Lo, Crazy Pineapple, and mixed games. They also run daily tournaments.
The race and sports book at Treasure Island is one of the best in the city, with a state of the art 60 foot screen as well as individual video monitors at every seat. Qualified bettors also enjoy complimentary cocktail service.
Their high limit lounge offers Baccarat and Blackjack with limits of up to $15,000 as well as first class service and comfort.
Treasure Island has been one of the top casino resorts for many years now and while a lot of new hotels have been built in Las Vegas since, they still proudly stand among the best.