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Stratosphere
Hotel Information        
Rooms: 2,444 including 133 Suites Room Pics: Yes Toll Free: 800-998-6937
Location: Far North Strip Property Map: Yes Local: 702-380-7777
Date Opened: 1979 as Vegas World        
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Casino Information  
Size: 80,000 Sq.Ft. Tables: 50
Machines: 1,330 Sports Book: Yes - 120 Seats-6 Windows
Video Poker and Slot Club Info Poker Room: Yes - 8 Tables

Restaurants
Total: 11
Fine
Fellini's - ItalianOnline Menu - Yes
Top of the World - Steak and SeafoodOnline Menu - Yes
 
Casual
8 - Poolside Dining Online Menu - Yes
Plate - Buffet Online Information
Roxy's Diner - 50's Diner Online Menu - Yes
 
Fast
Ben and Jerry's - Ice CreamOnline Menu - No
El Nopal Grill - MexicanOnline Menu - No
Mamma Ilardo's - PizzaOnline Menu - No
McDonalds - HamburgersOnline Menu - No
Starbucks x 2 - CoffeeOnline Menu - No
Wetzel's - PretzelsOnline Menu - No
 
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Amenities
3 Thrill Rides at the top of the Tower
Air Bar - Lounge atop the Tower
American Superstars - Impersonator Show
Bite - Topless Show
Several Casino Bars
Spa and Salon
Fitness Center
Meeting Space: 8,100 Sq.Ft.
Pool Area: 1 Pool and Hot Tub
Seperate Topless Pool
Wedding Chapel

Review & Ratings
 
Review Date: April 2009

For the second night of the trip , it was on to the Stratosphere. I had a 4PM check out from South Point and I used pretty all of it. Getting to the Strat at the time I did, I was concerned with the check-in line as this place is notorious for horrendous waits at the front desk. Much to my surprise, there were only 3 people in line with ample staff at the counter. When I asked to make sure I was in a smoking room, the clerk told me that it was not so I asked for the room to be changed. She said she had to check with the manager?!?! After a few minutes, she comes back and says that they "will give it to me" and I was changed to a room a couple of floors higher. You would think by the way she acted, she was upgrading me to the VIP Suite! It gave me a nice chuckle on my way to my room.

I was in a "Premier Strip View" room on the 20th floor and it definitely had a strip view though it is somewhat ruined by the monstrousity that is Fontainebleau. I paid $60 for the night directly off the Strat website. Like the room I gotten at MGM the next night, the room was recently "beautified" as they called it but it definitely wasn't a complete remodel as it still had an old TV and a cheesy formica counter-top in the bathroom. The bed, floor and furniture were all in good condition however. All in all, not terrible accomodations considering the Strat often is amongst the cheapest on the strip most nights.

When staying at the Strat, you almost have to go up to the tower and they were giving free admission to hotel guests so I couldn't pass it up. I ended up spending over an hour up there taking pictures as the sun went down and watching people on those insane rides. There is now plenty of new material to update the picture page!

For dinner that night, I had my one and only meal at the Strat, a graveyard breakfast special at Lucky's Cafe, their 24 hour coffee shop. This place has been consistently good over the years and was just as good this time around. The food was all cooked just right and the service was fast. As a single diner I really appreciate that, just give me the damn check so I can go!

The casino isn't very good as video poker is usually poor and the table games are filled with gimmicks like crapless craps and 6/5 BJ. This is coming from a casino that boasts "Get Better Odds at the Stratosphere" in its ads. In several of the elevators, they actually had the balls to post this ad. With "better odds" like that, I will take my gambling elsewhere thank you!

The Stratosphere has gotten a bum rap over the years but for what it is and what it tries to be, it really is a good value. The rooms are definitely decent and usually priced right, the restaurants are much improved over the years and the tower is one of the must see attractions in Vegas. The downside being a not so great location and a poor casino but a rental car or an all-day Deuce pass are simple remedies for both of those issues.

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