For years, the Stratosphere towered over the Las Vegas Strip as a monument to the past, like shag carpet under a chandelier.
As casinos to the south spent billions to be the brightest, the Stratosphere's best view in the city faded into the brown carpet of its rooms with an entrance that beckoned people away from the Strip and through a back door. But the past two years have seen a renaissance of rooms and explosion of gourmet food.
After $20 million in renovations, a new entry now welcomes traffic off the Strip, onto polished marble floors under a soft kaleidoscope of ambient lights in hues of purples and pinks, leading to a long hotel desk peppered with art deco lamps. Restaurants and gift shops that once felt closed in now have open glass fronts, and the casino floor has opened up, all to reflect a more 21st century aesthetic.
Courtesy of The Las Vegas Sun