Las Vegas, Nevada - Stratosphere Hotel and Tower

While the Stratosphere lodging and entertainment complex certainly does not have the largest hotel, nor does it have the biggest casino, it's got something that is nowhere else in Las Vegas or anywhere else: The Stratosphere Tower.

The Tower, as it's known to the local citizens of Las Vegas, is 1,149 feet high. At the top of this towering, well, tower, is the famed revolving restaurant and the entrances to the thrills you can't find anywhere else in Las Vegas, including the world's highest thrill rides

With both indoor, and outdoor, observation decks, the 100-story structure also offers a lounge, a spectacular view, and three of the best Las Vegas dining venues...Top of the World, Level 107 Lounge, and the Tower Pizzeria. The windows come down to the floor at an angle so it's possible to look straight down and see what's below - nothing but Las Vegas air.

It takes only 30 seconds the double-decker elevator to rush you to the top of the tower at 1,800 feet per minute or, if you prefer, three floors a second. Naturally, you will probably want to travel back down a little more slowly.

In addition to the thrilling view from the observation deck itself, there are several thrill rides that are enormously popular. The Skyjump, Big Shot, X-Scream and Insanity are all aptly named. Any one of them is enough to exhaust your adrenalin long before you stumble into the casino to start gambling. But then, gambling that you'll stay strapped in is what these rides are all about.

The Big Shot is almost 1,100 feet high and qualifies as the highest thrill ride in the world. The Insanity is less high (900ft), but by spinning riders at 40 miles per hour, it earns its name anyway. X-Scream is a 'mere' 866 feet, but by dropping riders over the edge it too is aptly named., The Skyjump is a thrilling freefall from the 108th floor.

For those who prefer to get married with a view, there's The Chapel in the Clouds. As for decades, a large number of people every year still come to Vegas to get married and this choice is definitely better than the standard cheesy chapel off The Strip. Wedding options include indoor and outdoor observation deck weddings on levels 108 and 109, a private balcony wedding with a view on level 112, and thrill ride weddings. The Stratoshpere also has a staff of wedding planners to help you put together every detal.

There are plenty other forms of entertainment as well.

The vampire-themed adult revue 'The Bite Las Vegas', and the performance by Frankie Moreno, could only have been conceived and executed in Las Vegas where the unusual is the norm. There's plenty of other entertainment as well, including live entertainment in a nightclub setting.

The hotel is located at the northern tip of the casino group on The Strip and is the only one actually located within the boundaries of the City of Las Vegas proper. The others are technically situated in the suburb of Paradise. With 2,444 rooms and an 80,000 square foot casino The Stratoshpere is by no means the largest, but it might very well be the most unusual.

It did not start off with a bang immediately after its completion in 1996, but its physcial location eventually proved to be an advantage.

To it's advantage, it is centrally located between The Strip and downtown, which makes it a choice of many who want to see it all, including the famous, or infamous, Fremont Street.

The rooms at the Stratosphere Hotel are inexpensive, by Vegas standards, at least, but adequate, and, after all, not that many go to Vegas to sleep anyway. On the other hand, there are plenty of games in the casino where you can spend a lot more money.

So never fear about accomodations, food, or entertainment if you are at the Stratosphere Hotel in Las Vegas. Save that for the rides.

Stratosphere Las Vegas Hotel Casino
2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89104-2597
(702) 380-7777

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