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.
I recommend visiting The Stratosphere for a few reasons. The #1 reason is the Top of The World Restaurant. It has an amazing view of the strip and the room rotates! Everything comes a la carte, so it can be expensive. Go for lunch and it won't be quite so bad. But the view is well worth it.
The rides on the top of Stratosphere are pretty awesome too. I believe I've ridden every ride up there, including the coaster which I believe is gone now. It's been a few years since I've been to Stratosphere, but I think I'll be going back there on my next trip.
We have never stayed at the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino but have played and shopped there. They are currently owned by the same company that owns the Arizona Charlie's casinos so use the same player's card. We walked up the Stratosphere one time to see the shops. There is a restaurant on top and a scary ride.
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.