Stayed at The Stratosphere Hotel, which is located away from the main strip and found it to be a wonderful experience, and although a little way away from the centre of the city, it was no problem, as the local bus system, which is excellent, runs a hop on hop off scenario into the main area.
Incidentally, these buses are all brand new and fully air conditioned, along with which the drivers are all wonderful outgoing characters, and very helpful. You can purchase a day ticket from the driver for $5 that lasts for 24 hours from the time that you get on board.
The Hotel is huge, with plenty of lifts, and is very much geared towards handicapped assistance throughout, and though this did not apply to us, it was very obvious, excellent.
The rooms are large, and cater for non ...
smokers & smokers alike. Large beds which are spotlessly clean, as are the rooms themselves.Read More
Can very definitely recommend the Courtyard Buffet for breakfast.For $10 per person, there is just about anything that you could possibly want no matter what your dietary needs, and as much as you can eat, even down to a typical Brit roast dinner at 6.30 a.m. if that is what you want, and literally anything to suit all ethnic needs. So plenty of variety, and superbly cooked and presented. Very good value.
A bit of a culture shock for the first time visitor when you walk into the hotel, as you are confronted by acres of slot machines and gaming tables, but, everything is signposted and it is easy to find your way into the hotel section and check in. No problem.
It is an absolute must to go up to the top of the tower, the views both at night, and by day are fantastic. This is very popular, and ocassionally you may have to queue for the lifts, but that is not a problem as the system and staff are very efficient. And, if your budget allows, have dinner in the rotating restaurant at the top. A bit pricey but well worth it.
All of the staff throughout the hotel, bars, dining areas & taxi ranks could not be better. And the security staff are all brilliant, who with their presence alone, make you feel most comfortable and not the least bit intimidated by anything.
We were a little apprehensive regarding the dress code for this type of hotel/casino, and were surprised to find that just about anything goes when walking around. We felt comfortable with smart casual for the dining areas, and it is best to fly the flag in these places. Obviously, as with anywhere these days, there was the odd ball who wanted to flaunt the rules and have breakfast or dinner in shorts and flip flops. Not necessarily Brits.
The entertainment within the hotel is absolutely superb, and mainly free. Very Professional so no problems on that front if you did not want to go back down into town that night. If you are a gambler, you can sit by a slot machine and win either a brand new mercedes, or $10,000 a week for life if that is what you want, or you can just have fun playing for low stakes. We came away winning about$20. High rollers!
Also, there is a lovely swimming pool complex on the 8th. floor where you can get drinks etc. and for the fitness fanatics there is a gym alongside the pool, as well as a lovely jacuzzi, and a play area for the youngsters.
We have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone of any age or ability, and is reasonably priced to suit all pockets.
So, with all of the foregoing, it is obvious that you can do as little or as much as you like. The choice is yours.
Tour Operator: Virgin