The Strat Hotel, Casino, and SkyPod Review (Updated for 2022)

The Strat Las Vegas
The Strat Hotel, Casino, and SkyPod as we know it, has only had that name since 2020. Originally, the massive observation tower that keeps a watchful eye over the Las Vegas valley, was named the Stratosphere.

After the resort was purchased by Carl Icahn in 1998 and completely remodeled, he decided to rebrand the observation deck, which came to fruition in January, 2020.

Today, the Strat stands as one of Las Vegas’ pinnacle attractions, with its rotating lounge and restaurant, SkyJump, and other thrill rides.

But not only does the Strat provide a top-notch view of the Strip for an affordable price, it also hosts an 80,000 square foot casino floor filled with table games, slots, and specialty tables.

In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about the Strat Hotel, Casino, and SkyPod.

The Strat Location and Contact Info

Address: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Phone Number: (800)-998-6937
Website: thestrat.com
Email: general@goldenent.com

Location on the Strip

The Strat Hotel, Casino, and Skypod reside at the intersection of South Las Vegas Boulevard and East Saint Louis Avenue. The Strat is directly across the street from the Siegel Suites Paradise, and the popular Las Vegas Boulevard Arches cross over the road right in front of the Strat.

Farther south on Las Vegas Boulevard, you’ll find the Sahara Resort and the Wynn Hotel and Casino. Traveling north on Las Vegas Boulevard will take you past the Little White Chapel, the famous pawn shop from the TV show Pawn Stars, and countless restaurants and tattoo shops.

Pro Tips for Visitors to the Strat

  • Sign up for the True Rewards card. You can earn points by playing your favorite casino games and making purchases at qualifying restaurants and bars. You earn more than just casino comp with the rewards card.
  • Play the cheap blackjack tables. The Strat offers $5 blackjack tables, which are a great way to pad your bankroll quickly.
  • Check their hotel promotions. The Strat often has package deals for meals, rooms, and experiences that make your trip much more affordable.
  • Book your rooms right through the Strat website. They always offer the lowest prices, and can even upgrade you for free.
  • Take advantage of the free valet service.

Gambling at the Strat

In total, the Strat has 750 slot machines and 44 different gaming tables on their casino floor. If you’re looking for a simple casino that won’t break the bank, the Strat is definitely the place to go.

Across the board, their philosophy is to provide affordable vacation experiences. Their rooms are cheap, tickets to events are cheap, and they have some of the lowest table limits for blackjack, poker, and baccarat in Las Vegas.

Slots

There’s not much to say about the Strat’s slots games. They have quite a few different machines, including the tabletop slots you can find at some of their bars and lounges.

Denominations range from penny slots to $25 machines. We wish that the Strat would have some more high-roller options; it’s not uncommon for larger casinos to offer slots with $1,000 max bets. But, since the Strat presents itself as an affordable, budget-friendly resort, having such expensive slots breaks their theme.

Of their 750 slots games, you can play classic three-reel fruit slots or brand-new video slots. Plus, they have both progressive jackpot slots and video poker machines for the adventurous slots player.

Table Games

The Strat isn’t known of the uniqueness of their table games, of which there are few. However, the games they do offer have good odds, payouts, and low betting limits, making their casino one of the friendliest to new players in all of Vegas.

At the Strat, you can find tables for:

  • Craps
  • Blackjack
  • Roulette
  • Baccarat

Plus, you can play a few different poker variations, including Heads Up Texas Holdem, Three Card Poker, High Card Flush, and Pai Gow Poker. All of the Strat’s poker games have additional $1 and $5 progressive jackpot bets.

The nice thing about playing at the Strat is you can really go a long way if you’re on a budget. Their blackjack tables have a $5 minimum, which is far lower than most other casinos. Not to mention the payout is 3 to 2!

Odds on their craps tables are 10x, and with lower limit baccarat tables, you can certainly walk away a winner.

Casino Promotions

The Strat doesn’t offer any casino bonuses or promotions, but they do have a pretty extensive loyalty program.

The Strat is a part of the True Rewards program from Golden Entertainment, which not only services casino goer at the Strat, but also rewards players for visiting other casinos throughout the country. Some partner casinos include Pahrump Nugget Hotel and Casino, Rocky Gap, and Arizona Charlie’s.

Not only does the True Rewards program give players free cash for playing their favorite casino games, it also provides exclusive benefits and rewards for grocery stores, drug stores, and rideshare services.

Here’s a breakdown of the tier levels, rewards, and how to earn points:

How to Earn Points Point Conversion
Slots/video reels/video keno $1 = 1 point
Video poker/multigame $2 = 1 point
Full Pay Video Poker $4-$8 = 1 point (depends on type of machine)
Table games Determined by average bet, time played, and table limit
Bingo $2 buy-in = 3 points
Live Keno $1 buy-in = 8 points
Participating Restaurants and Bars $1 = 15 points

Out of all the rewards programs we’ve seen over the years, the True Rewards program is one of the coolest. It’s not just a casino and resort card, it gives you rewards for spending money at restaurants and bars, and unlocks all kinds of exclusive benefits. The conversion rate for redeeming points as cash isn’t super great:

  • 300 points = $1 comp at any participating casino
  • 500 points = $1 slot play or promo chips
  • 1,000 points = $1 cash

However, we recommend saving up your points to reach a higher True Rewards tier. The rewards you’ll be able to reap in the higher tiers are much better than a few bucks at slot machines or table games.

Sports Betting at the Strat

William Hill Sports Book at The Strat
The Strat has partnered with William Hill Sportsbook to provide exceptional sports betting services throughout their resort.

The William Hill Sportsbook is located right off the main casino floor, and is outfitted with ample seating, multiple TV screens, and half-a-dozen betting centers.

William Hill is a widely-accepted sportsbook, with great wagering options for NFL, NBA, PGL, and NHL games, as well as many niche sports.

By using the William Hill Mobile Sports app, you can take sports betting with you throughout the hotel and casino. Placing bets has never been easier with their quick app. You can wager:

  • Props
  • Futures
  • Pari-mutuel
  • Spreads
  • Moneylines
  • Totals
  • Parlays

Staying at the Strat: Rooms and Suites

As far as Las Vegas hotels go, the Strat is one of the most affordable options you will ever find. With more than 2,400 hotel rooms to choose from, the Strat offers exceptional service at an exceptional price.

If you think about it, after a few years, most resorts have been able to recoup the cost of construction and daily upkeep. So, exorbitantly expensive rooms, like at the Wynn or the Encore, do nothing except bring in massive amounts of money.
Boulevard Suite at The Strat
The Strat understands this, which is why at the lowest level, you’re paying less per night for your room than you are for the daily resort fee!

But, if you’re attuned to the lap of luxury, the Strat’s suite rooms provide more space and amenities at a higher—but still affordable—price.

Economy Rooms

  • Elevate King: 1 King bed, 340 sq. ft.
  • Elevate Queen: 2 Queen beds, 340 sq. ft.
  • Elite King: 1 King bed, 340 sq. ft.
  • Elite Queen: 2 Queen beds, 340 sq. ft.
  • Select King: 1 King bed, 340 sq. ft.
  • Select Queen: 2 Queen beds, 340 sq. ft.
  • Standard King: 1 King bed, 340 sq. ft.
  • Standard Queen: 2 Queen beds, 340 sq. ft.

The economy rooms are some of the least expensive rooms you can find in all of Las Vegas. During the weekdays, you can score a standard King or Queen room for under $30, and weekends aren’t that much more expensive, clocking in at around $50. For more the Elevate and Elite rooms, you can expect a higher price point, but you’re still spending less than $100 per night.

All economy rooms include a mini-fridge, a 55” TV, charging stations, as well as in-room WiFi.

Suite Rooms

  • Boulevard Suite: 1 King bed, 1 Sofa Queen, 750 sq. ft.
  • Tower Suite: 1 King bed, 1 Sofa Queen, 574 sq. ft.
  • Classic Family Suite: 2 Queen beds, 1 Sofa Queen, 610 sq. ft.
  • Classic Grand Suite: 1 King bed, 1 Sofa Queen, 1097 sq. ft.

Suites are obviously more expensive than the economy rooms, but in all honesty, their prices range between $160 and $300 per night, which is far less expensive than some of the other resort suites throughout Vegas. In our opinion, you’re getting just as much value, because each suite has a sofa, writing desk, a great view, and soaking bathtubs.

And let’s be honest, are you really going to spend that much time in your room? You’re in Vegas, after all, so probably not!

Room Booking Tips

When you’re planning your big Vegas trip, make sure you’re checking the Strat website for the best vacation packages and promotions. They frequently offer discounts on rooms and free dining credits if you use special promo codes, so you certainly don’t want to miss out! Here are a few of their current discounts and promotions:

Let’s Go Girls! – Using the code GIRLS21, you can get 30% off room rates, as well as a $40 food credit SkyPod admission, and 30% off exclusive shows.

Guy’s Rally Up! – Use the code GUYS21 to receive 30% off room reservations, $40 in casino chips, 25% off tickets to the L.A. Comedy Club, and SkyPod admission for 4 people.

Stay and Dine Package – For $209 on weekdays and $259 on weekends, receive two nights in an Elevate room and $100 in dining credit!

AAA Discount – To receive a 10% discount, present your AAA membership card at check-in!

U.S. Military Discount – Present a military ID at the front desk, and receive 10% off the lowest available room rates.

Senior Discount – Seniors 65 or older can receive a 10% discount upon reservation!

Dining Options at the Strat

While the dining options at the Strat are nowhere near as expansive as the Wynn’s or the Sahara Las Vegas Resort’s, there are still some create eating spots at the Strat.

The signature attraction is the SkyPod, the rotating glass dome at the top of the Strat Tower. Luckily, there’s a restaurant in the SkyPod where you can enjoy a romantic meal while gazing out over the Las Vegas scenery.

If you’re the more laid-back type, you can visit the Strat Café for classic American diner food, or you can catch the big game at PT’s Wings & Sports. And for people on the go, you can hit up the Starbucks, McDonalds, or the 108 Eats for a quick bite to eat.

Take a look at all the dining options the Strat has to offer:

Top of the World

Top of the World Restaurant
The Top of the World restaurant at the Strat Hotel and Casino is a world-famous fine-dining establishment that offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant is located on the 106th floor of the hotel, making it one of the highest restaurants in the world.

The Top of the World has been a fine dining staple of Las Vegas almost since its inception in 1991, and is one of the few restaurants in Nevada to win accolades from both Zagat and Mobil. It was also rated #5 on USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice for Top U.S. Restaurant Views, and named “Restaurant of the Year” by Vegas Seven magazine.

Aside from their legendary steak and seafood menu, the prime attraction of the Top of the World is the fact that the whole dining room spins. That’s right. This restaurant is located in the Skypod, and every 80 minutes, the glass-domed dining room completes a 360-degree rotation, giving you a breathtaking view of all of Las Vegas.

PT’s Wings & Sports

PT’s Wings & Sports is a new restaurant at the Strat Hotel and Casino. It offers a casual dining atmosphere, with a menu that includes wings, salads, burgers, and sandwiches. You can also enjoy over two dozen different beers on draft, including PT exclusives like the Sky Jump IPA and Sean Patrick’s Irish Red.

PT’s offers an unparalleled sports-viewing experience on its massive LED screens as well as all the games you want to see from every major league in America on their multiple other televisions. This sports bar is truly the place for a laid-back meal and a cold beer after a long day of sight-seeing.

McCall’s Heartland Grill

McCall's Heartland Grill
McCall’s Heartland Grill is a family-friendly restaurant located in the Strat Hotel and Casino. They are open Thursday-Sunday from 4pm to 10pm, with steak, seafood, and pasta options for supper and dinner.

Of all the places to enjoy a steak in Vegas, McCall’s is one of the best. Their prime rib is aged for up to 35 days and seasoned with thyme and rosemary, creating a mouthwatering array of flavors.

You can also enjoy a great selection of wines from McCall’s cellars, or sip bourbon from the American Whiskey Trail.

The Strat Café

The Strat Cafe is a classic American diner located in the Strat Hotel and Casino. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a wide variety of American cuisine options. Some of the menu items include pancakes, waffles, salads, sandwiches, burgers, and pizzas.

The restaurant pairs the sophisticated chic feel of the rest of the Strat with the classic, down-home cooking of an American diner. The Strat Cafe is by far the homiest place for a fast, hearty meal during you stay at the Strat.

108 Eats

108 Eats at The Strat
The 108 Eats restaurant is located in the Skypod at the Strat. They are a quaint little sandwich stand with paninis, popcorn, and specialty ice creams. 108 Eats is so named for its location in the Strat–the 108th floor.

Whether you’re just taking in the views and need a bite to eat, or you’re looking for desert after your meal at Top of the World, 108 Eats is a nice place to visit.

Nunzio’s Pizzeria

If you’re looking for a delicious pizza while in Las Vegas, be sure to check out Nunzio’s Pizzeria at the Strat Hotel and Casino. This restaurant offers up some of the best pies in town, with a variety of toppings to choose from. You can also enjoy a wide selection of hot or cold sandwiches, sides, and salads. For a quick, tasty meal before you hit the casino floor, Nunzio’s is your place.

The Elation Pool Café & Bar

The Elation Pool Cafe & Bar is a great place to relax and enjoy a refreshing drink or light meal. Located on the eighth floor of the Strat Hotel and Casino, it offers stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip. The bar is open daily from 11am to 7pm, and the cafe offers small lunch and dinner items.

The pool and bar are only open seasonally, so they won’t be open again until the summertime.

Drinking and Nightlife at the Strat

The Strat wouldn’t be a true Las Vegas Resort without bars, lounges, and a popping nightlife! While their selection of drinking establishments is meager, the few they do have pack quite a punch!

View Lounge

View Lounge
The View Lounge at the Strat Hotel and Casino is a beautiful place to be. The lounge’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip, with its dazzling lights and spectacular sights.

The view from this special spot changes as you walk around, giving you time to take in all that Las Vegas has to offer. You can also enjoy some live jazz or blues music while dining on delicious bar food or enjoying a signature cocktail, like a Naked City Spritz or a Cucumber Collins.

The View Lounge also features 24 table-top slot machines, as well as premier access to the William Hill Sportsbook.

Wet24 Adult Pool and Bar

Wet24 Adult Pool & Bar
Far from modest, this pool sits 25 stories up and features a breathtaking view of the Nevada mountains and the Las Vegas Strip. Sit back, soak up some sun, and enjoy a cocktail, delivered to you from the pool bar.

The Wet24 is only open seasonally, and daybeds are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis. This pool/bar is the perfect place to spend a warm evening or a hot, sunny afternoon.

Remix Lounge

The Remix Lounge is a hip music joint with fancy cocktails and table-top slots games. They frequently host live music, including American Thunder, Dr. Rock, Hal Sazar Live Jukebox Band, and The New Retros.

Located close to the gambling floor and the William Hill Sportsbook, the Remix is a great place to grab a drink after winning the jackpot or hitting a parlay.

108 Drinks

108 Drinks at The Strat
Where 108 Eats is the quaint sky-high sandwich joint, 108 Drinks is the classiest bar and lounge at the Strat. Located on the 108th floor, 108 Drinks overlooks the Las Vegas valley.

They serve reasonably priced sandwiches and snacks, as well as frozen cocktails like Presecco Slushies and Miami Vice. They also have wide selection of win to choose from, ranging from Merlot and Pinot Noir to Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.

Make sure to visit during Happy Hour, 3pm-7pm Monday through Thursday. You can score two-for-one drinks as well as two-for-one admission to the SkyPod.

Entertainment

If the SkyJump isn’t enough to satisfy you, the Strat frequently brings in big name artists for live music, comedy, and magic performances.

Some of the Strat’s key performances include:

Xavier Mortimer: The Dream Maker– as a former Cirque Du Soleil performer, Xavier Mortimer brings the magic to the big stage at the Strat. By combining visual illusions, comedy, and poetry, Mortimer creates a show that’s as mesmerizing as it is fun. He’s been awarded Best Magic Show of Las Vegas for three years in row, as well as Best Headliner and Best Value Show of 2020. Tickets cost $39, but hotel guests can receive 30% off their purchase.

iLuminate – Miral Kotb, a dancer and software engineer, turns down the lights and brings a dazzling neon light display to the stage. By pairing a perfectly choreographed dance routine with custom LED suites, Kotb’s show was named the Best New Act in America by America’s Got Talent. Kotb and his dance group have appeared on Dancing with the Stars, the X-Factors, Good Morning America, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Tickets cost $49, but Strat hotel guests can get 30% off their purchase.

L.A. Comedy Club of Las Vegas – Every week, you can experience a new comedy act from headlining comedians as well as new talent. Popular comedians Aziz Ansari, Felipe Esparsa, and Loni Love all made their big-stage debut in Las Vegas. General admission is $39.95, VIP admission is $59.95.

Banachek’s Mind Games – Banachek is one of the most highly-respected mentalists in the world, having consulted for David Copperfield and David Blaine. He’s performed on more than 50 TV shows, and appeared in more than 100 newspaper and magazines. This performance showcases Banachek’s mind reading skills and his amazing magic acts. Tickets start at $29, and Strat hotel guests receive a discount.

The above shows are the recurring acts you can find at the Strat, but they also put on many other shows from traveling artists and musicians. For example, in the next few months, the Strat has shows planned for Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Rosanne Lui, and more!

Attractions

What sets the Strat apart from other Las Vegas resorts are their attractions. For the adventure seeker, the Strat is the only choice.

Like we mentioned earlier, they host the signature SkyPod, an observation deck hundreds of feet in the air. But they also have attractions like the SkyJump and three different thrill rides.

You have to purchase tickets to visit the SkyPod and the other attractions. Thankfully, the tickets are relatively inexpensive.

Tickets come in three tiers:

  • Single Thrill Ride + SkyPod Experience – $29.00
  • Two Thrill Rides + SkyPod Experience – $34.00
  • Three Thrill Rides + SkyPod Experience – $39.00

Here’s everything you need to plan your next adrenaline-pumping experience at the Strat:

The Skypod & Observation Deck

As the tallest building in Las Vegas, the Strat tower boasts a lofty 1,149 feet. The Skypod sits on the top few levels of the massive tower, with plenty of fun for the whole family!

  • Level 112 – At 909 ft., level 112 is the highest accessible spot in Las Vegas. This level features the Big Shot Thrill Ride
  • Level 109 – Clocking in at 866 ft., level 109 hosts the X-Scream as well as the Insanity and outdoor observation deck.
  • Level 108 – Home of the indoor observation deck, level 108 features the 108 Eats café and the SkyJump attraction.
  • Level 107 – Relax in the Skylounge with the greatest view in Last Vegas.
  • Level 106 – The Top of the World restaurant resides on level 106.
  • Level 103 – For the adventurous lovers, the Chapel in the Clouds is the ideal wedding locations.

SkyJump

Sky Jump at The Strat
The SkyJump is the ultimate test of courage at the Strat. This open-air leap holds a Guinness World Record as the highest commercial decelerator descent in the world. From the 109th level, you are attached to a harness, and proceed to jump the 829 feet to reach the landing pad at the base of the Strat tower.

  • SkyJump – $129.99
  • SkyJump Photo Package – $144.99
  • Wrist Video Cam Package – $164.99

Hotel guests are able to show their keycard and receive exclusive pricing ($99.99) on SkyJump packages, and if you visit the 108 Drinks lounge from 3pm-5pm, you can receive 20% off your SkyJump package and a free shot of Liquid Courage.

Despite being a bit pricy, the SkyJump is by far one of the coolest attractions at the Strat, and definitely something you should check out.

Thrill Rides

Excluding SkyJump, the Strat features three different rides for the avid thrill-seeker:

  • X-Scream
  • Insanity
  • Big Shot

X-Scream

Classified as a roller coaster, X-Scream is more like a slingshot. The ride shoots you out over the edge of the Strat tower, down the side, and dangles you 860 ft. above the ground.

Insanity

Insanity Thrill Ride
We’re not going to sugarcoat it; this ride is actually insane. You climb into one of 10 seats dangling from the massive mechanical arm at the edge of the Strat tower. You’re then lifted 900 feet above the ground, 64 feet from the site of the building, and spun at 66 miles per hour. All we can say is make sure you didn’t eat lunch before climbing on this ride.

Big Shot

If you dislike the wild spinning action of Insanity, you should try out Big Shot. This ride seats 16 passengers and shoots them 160 feet in the aur at 45 miles per hour. The ride takes you up to the top of the mast, the highest point at the SkyPod. This is the perfect ride for sunset or night time to see all the lights of Las Vegas in panoramic view.

Luxury Amenities

The Strat Hotel and Casino doesn’t go over the top with their amenities, which we appreciate. In all honesty, some resorts have so many things to do and experience, it makes decision-making difficult. But, at the Strat, they know what’s up, and only give you the best of the best.

Fitness Center

Fitness Center at The Strat
If you’re an exercise fiend, then you’ll love the Strat’s fitness center. All of their equipment is from Technogym, a leading fitness equipment provider. There’s something for all skill levels in the fitness center, ranging from treadmills, stationary bikes, ellipticals, climbers, and free weights, kettle bells, and ropes. Free towels and water bottles are available for hotel guests! You must be 16 years or older to use the fitness center

Shopping

Not only does the Strat offer exceptional gambling, fine dining, and thrilling rides, they also have a shopping center!

Experience specialty apparel like Paradise Island Wear and Déjà Vu Love Boutique, or find the perfect gift at Cleo’s and Jewels of Las Vegas.

Plus, if you’re a True Rewards member, you can save 10% on purchases from participating retailers.

Transportation

Traveling around the Strip can be stressful, and the Strat knows this. They offer free parking and valet parking for all their guests.

Plus, their main entrance has a dedicated Uber and Lyft pick-up/drop-off point, making it easy to hop from casino to casino with the tap of a button.

If ridesharing services aren’t your cup of tea, the valet service also has 24hr taxi service available upon request!

The Strat Hotel and Casino FAQ

  • Does The Strat Have A Resort Fee?

    Yes, like most hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the Strat has a daily resort fee of $37.00 + 13.5% Clark Country tax. Unfortunately, this resort fee is unavoidable. But, if you’re only paying $28 per night for a room, the resort fee isn’t that imposing anymore.

  • What Are The Age Limits At The Strat?

    You must be 21 to enter the casino floor or adult lounges. The requirements for the thrill rides vary, mainly depending on height. To access the Elation Pool, you must be 18 years old or accompanied by an adult if younger. You must be 21 to use the WET24 pool and lounge. You must be 16 or older to access the fitness center.

  • Are Masks Required At The Strat?

    Yes, in accordance with CDC guidelines, the Strat requires visitors to wear masks while on the casino floor or at indoor venues.

  • Does The Strat Have Free Parking?

    Yes, the Strat has free parking for visitors and hotel guests. They also have free valet parking for hotel guests.

  • Does The Strat Allow Service Animals On The Property?

    Yes, as long as the service animal is accompanied by its owner, on a leash, and does not urinate indoors, they are permitted.