The first time I went, it was sensory overload. The second time I went, it was "That's it? What a load of crap!" Since then, Vegas and I have come to an understanding. It is what it is, and I enjoy it in moderation. Except when I'm there, and moderation goes out the window.
|Living:||Laurel Maryland US|
Ratings & Reviews
It's a big green monster, but I love the art deco statues and other touches inside. Too bad it's taken a turn for the trendy in recent years, plopping a new sports book and waiters-dance-on-the-tables club in the middle of what used to be a tastefully-decorated gambling hall. Still, the newer East Wing suites are decked out in a retro 60s modern style that I warmed to after a while. If only they weren't a nautical mile from any entrance or exit.
Boring and far from everything, the Stratosphere's only redeeming qualities are the revolving restaurant that gives you a view from the end of the strip, and the thrill rides at the top of the tower. If only they'd build that roller coaster that descends straight down from the top, I mist just go back for an hour or two.
Yuck, yuck, yuck. The mainstay of my best friend's parents (who got me a great rate there once-- thanks!), this property was tired and downright dirty. I got free tickets to the burlesque show at the time, and it was... interesting. Lofty pretensions with seemingly little real directorial sense to back it up. (I get the impression it may have fallen from greatness.) The only bonus might be the mirror above the bed in a faux-bamboo frame, if only my wife had been with me for that trip.
|1:||Dinner at the Golden Steer Steak House with friends|
|2:||Bruchetta d'Aqui red champagne at Napoleon's|
|3:||Nickel slots at O'Shea's (with real nickels)|
|4:||The 4 Queens, my first Vegas hotel|
|5:||Aku-Aku (and the moai head that lives on in Sunset Park)|
|6:||Sunset view from the Polo Lounge|
|7:||Cirque du Soleil's Ka|
|8:||Warp Core Breach at Quark's Bar|
|9:||The tiki remnants at Trader Vic's / Tahiti Joe's / Imperial Palace Luau|
|10:||Wayne F. Newton|
Mega shouts to Bobtiki. Welcome to the big neon whatchamacallit!