The STRAT, the thrill ride-focused rebirth of Vegas’ iconic Stratosphere Hotel, is open for business again!
By Ariel Johns
January 2020 marked the start of the new year. It also marked the start of the Stratosphere Hotel being rebranded as The STRAT, Casino and SkyPod. After a 140-million-dollar remodel from owners Golden Entertainment, the newly renovated STRAT has been reborn and is ready to “Elevate Your Las Vegas Experience.”
Since 1996 The STRAT has been dazzling guests and visitors to Las Vegas with its massive Stratosphere Tower. Located just north of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the Nevada landmark is not only the tallest building in Nevada but is one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere. What does this mean? The STRAT has some of the most breathtaking views of anywhere in Las Vegas. It also attracts thrill seekers from all over the world. Guests can boost their adrenaline by riding the four thrill rides, including Sky Jump Las Vegas, an 855-foot bungee jump plunge off the edge of the tower.
The STRAT is also the home to the SkyPod, one of the world’s tallest free-standing observation towers, and the chic restaurant, Top of the World. Satisfy your palate in style as you enjoy a menu filled with award winning-dishes prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. Sit back and dine as the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every 80 minutes, allowing you to marvel at the beautiful Las Vegas skyline. The STRAT invites you to eat, drink and, “Take the World for a Spin.”
The hotel name is not the only thing that changed. The STRAT now has a newer refreshed look with renovations to the guest rooms, casino floor and all-new dining options. Feel free to relax in your updated room while you take advantage of the free in-room Wi-Fi for up to three devices.
One of the most fun activities to do at The STRAT is to see one of the spectacular shows. Whether it’s singing and bopping along to Michael Jackson’s music in “MJ Live,” laughing at a comedy show or watching in awe at the acrobatic performances in “Celestia,” The STRAT features entertainment that is “Iconic and wow, just wow.” (Due to Covid-19, all shows have been temporarily suspended until further notice. Please check to see when the box offices will reopen.)
With recent events forcing The STRAT to close and restructure their operations, Golden Entertainment has implemented new safety precautions and assures staff and guests will be entering a clean and safe environment. “The safety of our guests and team members’ comfort and well-being will always be at the top of our list. The Golden Commitment is our promise to you.”
2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Food, fun and travel are three things that Ariel Johns is highly passionate about. She is an actress/talk show host who is always on the move, discovering all the hidden gems that our world has to offer. This self-proclaimed nerd is a lover of horror/sci-fi/action movies, and the Philadelphia Eagles. You can usually find her on a roller coaster taking full advantage of her Six Flags Season Pass. Find her on Twitter (arielsfriend), Instagram (Arielsfriends) and at arielsfriends.com.
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