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Planet Hollywood Ultrahip Rooms

The VegasTripping Review 2016

Posted by Chuckmonster

Planet Hollywood Ultra Hip Room Review

Life is short. Choices are many. For good reason (not interested) or no good reason (I forgot about it) up until this moment I've yet to spend a night inside of one of the rooms at Planet Hollywood. This includes the old Aladdin, the new Aladdin and Aladdin/Planet Hollywood of the early Robert Earl years.

My to-do list exceeds my budget and bandwidth.

I have many close friends who love Planet Hollywood. For many many years, they would only stay here. Most positively loving opinions of Planet Hollywood were formed in the heady early days when PH was The Strip's It Girl. PH was a hip, young, shiny, bright, fun, affordable, independent resort placed smack dab in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. This, coupled with outrageously effective, viral social media marketing and customer relationship building campaigns by new media visionary (and friend of VT) Brandie Feuer, put the world outside of PH's doorstep.

It was a beautiful place in time. The Strip was plump with brand new luxurious resorts, all of whom targeted the Vuittoneer set. Social media was in its nascent stages, skeptically embraced-at-arms-length by only the smart casino marketing departments. The economy was just below tits deep in the shitter.

Our dearly departed friend and charter member of the Vegas Gang Podcast, Jeff Simpson, termed these times "the golden age of Vegas visitation." You could stay in brand new rooms at Encore for $90 bucks/night. There were no resort fees. With these types of options available, Planet Hollywood - hype and all - was Planet Hoboken in my book.

Over the next few years Planet Hollywood slid further and further down and eventually off the list - a forgotten checkbox with no failsafe rebubbling. Also on living dormant in this part of my Vegas hotel punchlist are the rooftop suites at Eastside Cannery (still interested), Aliante Station (maybe interested), The Signature at MGM (not interested.)

Earlier this year, Planet Hollywood announced some new hotel room designs including the upgraded standard room - "The Ultra Hip Room." The stock photos made the design look sleek, sexy and compelling. This, combined with MGM Resorts International's wholesale fleecing of their customers with decreased services, cost cutting and outrageous hidden fees, caused me to give Planet Hollywood a very hard look.

I pulled the trigger and booked a Sunday night at Planet Hollywood for $187.55 plus resort fee via Hotels.com inside of the Kayak iOS app.

I arrived at Planet Hollywood via their free self-parking garage. Navigating the maze of shops to get to the hotel lobby too some time, but time is what I had... I was about 2 hours early for check in time.

Planet Hollywood Ultra Hip Room Review Frontdesk

Planet Hollywood's lobby is located below the casino level, down an escalator marked with a giant spherical crystal chandelier. A Starbucks and a sundries shop are conveniently located nearby. The checking in took no time at all. The agent was friendly and helpful and didn't make me wait two hours or pay and early check in fee, something MGM Resorts International's properties do.

Planet Hollywood Ultra Hip Room Review Jlo Sophia

I got my Britney Spears branded room keys and headed towards the elevators.

Planet Hollywood Ultra Hip Room Review Sophia

Oooh la la. The beautiful Sophia Loren. Still stunning.

Comments & Discussion:

Posted by missmonkay on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 1:24pm:

The room is unappealing, but the tub is nice.

Posted by RobbieNomi on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 1:27pm:

I know I'm in the minority, but I miss the uniqueness of each room's memorabilia. There was something so "only in Vegas" about being able to wake up next to Walter Matthau's hat or the plate from "Spaceballs".

Posted by Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 1:43pm:

^ yeah Robbie, but the lacquer fingers!

Posted by travisl on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 1:49pm:

It's nice that they finally updated the bathroom sink fixtures. Although Planet Hollywood hasn't been the Aladdin for the last nine years, my last stay in 2013 still had the Aladdin oil lamp style sink.

Posted by anawas on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 5:49pm:

I've liked what Caesars has done with Harrah's, Cromwell, and (for the most part) its Julius tower rooms. But this bedroom is a miss for the design team, which is a shame because I had high hopes for this review when you stepped off the elevator.

I actually prefer an empty hotel fridge to one filled with overpriced beverages. So the P.Ho gets points there. The bathrooms look fantastic, too. I even like the peace fingers, dude.

But there's nothing appealing about the rest of the room, including the begging-to-be-stained fainting couch, the coffee "nook" where I presume a closet used to sit, the artwork on top of artwork, and the other "flair."

I'd probably stay in an ugly hotel room with a great bathroom before staying in a great hotel room with an ugly bathroom, but in Vegas there are so many rooms that do both things well.

Posted by mnvegasguy on Wednesday, 27th July 2016 10:17pm:

Really hard to get excited about that room when I've seen similar prices at Cosmo and lower at Aria. I hoped that the updates would make PH feel hip again. Note I've given up on Aria with all the MGM crap.

Posted by pkluvsvegas on Thursday, 28th July 2016 11:09am:

The P-Ho's renovation looks great. I love the bathroom. I'd definitely give them a shot.

Posted by Vegasjeff on Thursday, 28th July 2016 2:19pm:

Great review as always chuck, those shitty coffee pods aren't complimentary?

Posted by Drake on Friday, 29th July 2016 2:40am:

Great review, I wouldn't mind staying there myself. I'm a fan of tubs and walk-in showers too. BUT…not at weeknight rates north of $200 a night with resort fee added.

Price-wise, it looks like these renovated "standard" rooms are going at a huge mark-up over the yet-to-be renovated standard rooms—which is the same thing they're doing next door at Paris in their rolling reno. I'll be watching how they price out down the road.

Posted by jinx73 on Friday, 29th July 2016 5:50am:

It does look like they've updated the bathroom some, but its amazing that it's still essentially the same bathroom as when the Alladin was built. Which in truth is far and the away the best part of any PH room, for the layout, tub, size, etc. I do like that it looks like they added some shelves in the shower area, which were severely lacking before.

As always a very nice review.

Posted by levans on Saturday, 30th July 2016 1:16am:

PH was my hotel of choice when I decided to return to Vegas. I never had a bad experience there. The rooms are fine, the beds were large and soft and the dining/shopping options are some of the best on the Strip. Aside from the fainting couch and the fridge this looks like the room I stayed in years ago. I may give the place a go again.

Posted by CStoneNo37 on Thursday, 5th January 2017 1:01pm:

I'll be opening Planet Hoboken in Las Vegas in 2018. North strip, of course.

Posted by MinVegas on Tuesday, 10th January 2017 11:13pm:

Everytime I see that nude woman with the top hat, I scream on behalf of her spine.