I stayed at Stratosphere Hotel for 4 nights during Super Bowl weekend. The rooms had been updated since I last stayed there a year prior and were not fancy but clean. Matress on bed was very nice, much improved from last stay.
Amber, my host, was very helpful. The biggest complaint I have is that they removed all of their 100% pay video poker games in the $.50 and $1 category. They no longer have any progressive video poker either.
It seems they keep putting in more and more penny slots and removing everything else. Stay away from the buffet. It is one of the worst in Vegas.
Bright, wide open, fun place to play. Food is basic, but well prepared and presented. An excelllent value. The all day food pass is an even better value. Washing machines (complimentary) make packing easy for a week stay and saves checked baggage fees. Cocktail service is very attentive and friendly. $5. shoe blackjack with traditional rules. No chiseling here. Can't wait to go back.
They had full pay bonus poker at the .25 level the last time I was there. Gave them 5 stars in food and drink because of the variety of choices you can go blue plate or a la carte. The neighborhood is shakey but if the Red Dragon Casino becomes a reality it should improve. Another advantage is taking the 108 from the airport it will leave you across the street from the Stratosphere.
I have stayed at the Stratosphere before and would not hesitate to stay there again -- even though it is a bit isolated from other properties. Not a big issue however, as one can take the "Deuce" bus up and down the strip, as well as to Fremont Street.
The Strat has one of my favorite Sportsbooks, as well as decent food. I am not a big slot player, but I have won money on both visits.
Also got a kick out of the topless rock 'n roll vampire show "Bite." The girls and acrobatics were hot and the whole thing so ridiculous it was actually entertaining in a funny way.
I have also found the overall level of service throughout the Strat a bit better than many of the fancier and more famous properties. Everyone smiles and seem eager to help make your stay more enjoyable.
Another advantage of staying there is riding up to the top and enjoying the 360 view of Vegas.
Also has a lot of nice offers and promotions making for an affordable stay.