I did some Priceline trickery and got the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas for $100/night after a few bids on the Name Your Own Price feature. It turns out to be the only 5 star in the Las Vegas Strip North area on Priceline, well they say it’s a 5 star but I would disagree. I started bidding at $65 and eventually got it for $100 a night which seemed to be a good price for what I thought would be a super classy joint. The reviews were good and I took them into account with the other high end hotels on the strip like the Wynn, Palazzo and the Bellagio. This trip happened in mid May btw and the temps were not quite in the 100’s so it was enjoyable out on the town at night. The Trump International is a bit off the strip (10 min walk) but a short walk to Fashion show mall and they offer a shuttle to Caesar’s and Wynn every 15 mins. I used Lyft the whole time and had cheap rides with great drivers. I am so glad Lyft and Uber are allowed to to business in Vegas now because cabbin’ it is the WORST! I highly recommend Lyft and if you sign up for it make sure to use this link for $50 worth of free rides!
I was expecting a small line to check in since this is not a mega casino hotel and I was right, there were a few people ahead of us, but it still took about 15 minutes of waiting as only a handful of front desk people were present and each time they check someone in they walk them to the elevators in a super creepy way as they explain a few more details about the property. This delays things and is not needed.. I’m not touched in the headal region and can figure out where the elevators are without a hand holding.
I knew ahead of time we could get stuck with a less than desirable location in the hotel due to the close proximity of the train tracks towards the north west side of the building and sure enough that’s where our room was. I like the height factor of being on the 51st floor but could hear the train roaring by and as you know I have superhero strength senses and knew this was just another thing I would complain about. My little lady called the front desk and were offered an upgraded view of the strip but down at the 31st floor for no extra cost so we jumped on it. The lower floor meant less elevator time which is good when you come home after a night of pure debauchery and are trying not to upchuck.
As you can see from the main image up top there were cops out front staged up all around the building on our first night there. I do recall being upstairs and hearing hella sirens outside but just thinking “aah good ole’ Vegas, always pure madness”. Had I looked out our window and down I would have seen that there was a man who was sitting on the ledge of the 5th floor pool area threatening to jump. Instead we walked right out the front door and past about 30 cop cars, ambulances and undercover cars with our minds set on grabbing a quick bite to eat at the Fashion Show mall before we headed out for some fun. I noticed the ground floor windows and doors at Nordstroms were covered with paper so I figured the issue was inside the store and not the Trump International. I guess this was to shelter their patrons eyes from someone splatting on the ground out front although I am not sure how much damage jumping from the 5th floor would really do.
I turned around and snapped the picture of our hotel just for memories sake but it turned out the guy was sitting on the ledge and was behind the 3 palms trees on the right and we didn’t see the jumper. I remember the cop saying rudely “don’t you have somewhere to go?” as I took that photo. We found out later that night about the possible jumper situation and were upset we missed all the action in person. He didn’t jump after all.. total wuss.
I was happy with our upgraded view of the strip and pool area for no extra cost I suppose and was glad they offered that to us, otherwise they wanted $25 more per night and I don’t like spending extra money if it’s not needed.
I wasn’t overly impressed with the size of the room, it felt a bit claustrophobic with the large amounts of wooden cabinets. Are people moving in for months at a time here or wha? Who needs all that storage? Knock 3/4’s of the cabinets out and slap in some mirrors or something to give the room a more open feel yo. I felt like I was in Seinfeld’s remodeled apartment.
I didn’t get the feeling of a 5 star hotel upon first look. Things appeared a bit shabby and worn to me and not having the high end feel I was expecting. The TV was a LG which is good but it wasn’t very large and the remote was made by a different brand so learning how to turn it on and watch tv was a time consuming and frustrating process. Totally idiotic setup and not needed. They need to put a bigger tv in every room and a remote control system that doesn’t suck. These are the basics Donald, wtf bro?
The place comes with a stove, microwave, toaster, k cup machine and a fridge but if you want to actually cook something you need to call down and request that they bring things in you need like pots, pans, dishes or glasses.. tarded huh? Some Clark County law doesn’t allow kitchens to be stocked or something.. meh. Also, there was no safe in the room which is odd for a Vegas hotel.. sup with dat? I did see hinges on the main full length mirror which made me think the safe was behind there but there was no way to budge it so rather than ripping it off the wall I let it be.
The bathroom was large and functioned well aside from the fact the shower temperature was only scalding hot no matter where the dial was set at. I liked the idea of a TV in the bathroom mirror but I really don’t spend much time in there so I didn’t use it much. The toilet paper was your typical thin un-soft kind, not 5 star ass wipe so definitely bring your own soft quilted rolls. Be careful, every door seems to automatically slam itself shut so it can get rather noisy and dangerous. I don’t see a need for the front door to slam as hard as it did, I am capable of shutting a door without waking up half the floor.
The walls seemed thick and I never really heard neighbors from the side or above which is good. It definitely had a solid feel. Unfortunately the bedspread was not luxurious in any way and felt cheap and was too thin (like the TP). Pillows were pretty comfy and the side table lights had 1 outlet on them (I prefer multiple outlets but this did the job for my phone charger). I didn’t hate the room really just wasn’t impressed.
The pool (which only stayed open until 7pm) was nothing special at all. A few palm trees lined the side of the 5th floor balcony (with no view of anything) where a rather small rectangular pool and 2 little square hot tubs (which were filled with leaves and trash) sat. They did get cleaned eventually but we had to wait for some of the staff to do so while we baked in the sun. The pool deck and chairs were extremely hot, I assume the gold windows of the hotel only add to the oven effect from the sun. It was too windy to use the umbrellas and I burn like a zig zag in Colorado so I wasn’t very happy with my 30 minute pool experience. I expected something special in this area and was delivered a steaming loaf.
Vegas can be an expensive town so I like to save dollars when I can. A great way to kick things off is with a sink full of beer and some Kirkland Signature alcohol. There are 2 sinks in the room so you are good to go by using 1 for adult beverage cooling, waiting for the fridge to cool drinks down properly is no bueno.
I give the Trump hotel a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Over hyped and under performed.