Located on Las Vegas Boulevard, but just beyond the now closed Sahara Hotel (often considered the northernmost end of the Strip), the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino is slightly removed from Vegas frenzy. There's not much in the immediate vicinity, save for an IHOP restauarnt beside the hotel and the AJ's Steakhouse across the street. Excluding the less-popular hotel-casinos like Circus Circus (about a 15-minute walk), most of the major attractions and dining is a short drive away. But once construction resumes on the upcoming high-profile Fontainebleau Las Vegas hotel, it's likely that this neighborhood will change.
Most Las Vegas visitors want to explore the big properties along the densely packed three-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Strip. Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the Strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3 to ride. There's also a monorail system, which stops at MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, and the Hilton. A single-ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.
15-minute drive (or $25 taxi) to McCarran International Airport
Three- to 10-minute drive to the casinos, performances, incredible restaurants, nightclubs, and designer shopping on the Strip
Five-minute drive to the Las Vegas Convention Center and to the Fashion Show Mall
Free on-site parking
Typical, for a large-scale hotel on the Strip, but the free valet parking is a rare treasure
24-hour room service provided by the on-site restaurant, Lucky's
Studio King and Tower Premier Rooms (on a higher floor, with better views) start at 340 square feet -- about average, for Vegas; Strip-View and Pool Level Premier Rooms have better views and are a touch larger (360 and 365 square feet) (likewise, the Luxury Oversized Studios are 396 square feet)
More elaborate suites include additional perks, such as a marble entrance and a larger bathroom with a whirlpool tub.
Poker room includes no-limit, daily tournaments as well as free, 24-hour poker lessons
Race and sports book
Stratosphere Showroom, a large betting space for pro football with 8-by-12-foot flat-screen TVs, offers food and drink specials served by cocktail waitresses dressed as cheerleaders.
Added a VIP section in 2010
Though pricey, the revolving restaurant and cocktail lounge -- positioned over 800 feet above ground with panoramic Vegas views -- is the Stratosphere's finest food option.
Top of the World Restaurant
Top of the World, a revolving restaurant in the Stratosphere tower, offers unmatched, 360 degree views of the Strip and the distant mountains. (The wine list, however, has frequently been noted for excellence by Wine Spectator.)
Roxy's Diner, reminiscent of the international chain Johnny Rockets, comes with a singing waitstaff to go along with the burgers, shakes, and sandwiches.
Lucky's, which provides the hotel's 24-hour room service, has an airport restaurant vibe
Fellini's Italian Dining is good for a substantial and reasonably priced meal if you can get past the cheesy patio furniture atop linoleum and copious amounts of artificial ivy; the menu offers antipasti, salads and soups