Views Above Las Vegas: 107 Skylounge

107 Skylounge

Blonde4ever Returns to the Stratosphere and Checks out 107 Skylounge

The last (and only) time I was at the Stratosphere was 1997. My companions were aware that heights were not my favorite thing and so they left me downstairs playing while they went up to the top and rode the rides. I really have no memory of the place at all.

I have been meaning being to return for the last twenty years but never made it. Perhaps because the Strat is in that bizarre no man’s land between downtown and the Strip. It is sorta on the Strip but not really, and it is sorta downtown but not really. On my most recent trip, I decided to finally go check it out. My Lyft ride from downtown was a mere $8.00. It is an impressive and attractive building when you pull up to it (if you ignore that one crooked leg).

107 Skylounge

107 Skylounge

My first stop was the Ace player’s club where I was amazed to learn I was still on file from twenty years ago. Those casino files follow us forever it seems. I got a new card and began to wander the casino. I am not exactly sure what I was expecting but I was pleased with the place; a good mix of games, cool fresh air, and attractive to the eye. I did notice they are not as obsessive about wiping down their machines or pushing in the chairs as some places, but I was still happy with what I saw.

I tried a few games and then landed at a Video Poker machine. I really wanted to play quarter video poker but probably should not have in light of my meager bankroll. I decided to throw caution to the wind and risk it. My machine was horribly sticky, but I did not want to move any closer to the fellow on the end, and so I just spit on a tissue and attempted to clean it up.

“Sticking with” that sticky machine was a great decision because it gave up two sets of deuces almost back to back.

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I was having loving thoughts towards the Strat at this point. I continued to play until 4 pm when the 107 Skylounge Happy Hour began. (4 – 7 pm daily, Half Price Appetizers and 2-for-1 Cocktails) It took a while but I finally located the elevators to 107. I was surprised that they had attendants but it was a nice touch because I had questions for them, “How do you stand your ears popping all day every day?” The attendant said she was used to it and didn’t even notice it anymore.

As you would expect the view from 107 Skylounge is breathtaking.

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I would love to see it after dark so next time I will go to the late Happy Hour. (10:30pm – 1am Half Price Appetizers / 1am – 4am 2-for-1 Cocktails) I was envious of the people below me in the restaurant because their level rotated and you could get to see the whole valley that way. The 107 Skylounge does not rotate. Since the cocktails were two for one I chose something refreshing that I was sure I could drink two of, Mango Madness.

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I would not be happy to pay full price for the drink ($16) but getting two made it a much better deal. The drink was delicious and the service was quick and friendly. I just chalked it up to paying for the incredible view. I was a little nervous way up there. I could have sworn I felt the tower moving, but that might have been the effects of the alcohol.
More information about the 107 Skylounge is here.

I chose to leave after my visit to the lounge but I was delighted with the whole experience and will definitely return to explore more of the Stratosphere.

[Photos: Blonde4ever]

About the Author

Bonnie, aka Blonde4ever, is the admin of one of our favorite Vegas forums: LasVegas4ever. She covers a large spectrum of topics from her personal experiences in Las Vegas.

20 Comments on "Views Above Las Vegas: 107 Skylounge"

  1. ChrisinNashville | July 17, 2017 at 7:26 am |

    Ha – “The last (and only) time I was at the Stratosphere was 1997”. I can say The last (and only) time I was at the Stratosphere was 2001.

  2. Bouldersteve | July 17, 2017 at 8:25 am |

    Was there last year and can say your review is the one I would have written although I didn’t get lucky on the VP. To me the Sky Lounge is a must fpr any visitor or local.Unfortunatly for me the rest of the casino hotel has nothing else to recommend.

    • I would like to try actually staying there. After my play in May I got a
      “Buy one night get the other night free” offer but completely free is the only thing that will tempt me. LOL

  3. The Strat! My first Vegas love. I’m always happy to see positive stories about the Strat. A lot of people rip on it, and I get it, it’s not as fancy as many other Vegas properties, but it doesn’t really claim to be. I highly recommend going up to the observation deck at night. It’s beautiful. Last time i was up there, there was a thunderstorm in the distance. Every so often lightning would illuminate a small piece of the sky and it would show the mountain range in a silhouette as a backdrop for the Strip. It was breathtaking. If you do end up staying at the Strat sometime, go for their Stratosphere Select rooms. They’re only $5/night more but it guarantees that you will get one of their newly renovated rooms.

    Awesome write-up and congrats on that impressive win!

  4. Fred Norris | July 17, 2017 at 1:38 pm |

    Is there a fee to ride the elevator to partake in happy hour?

  5. Cathryn Carter | July 17, 2017 at 2:17 pm |

    Thanks for your review. We really like Top Of The World restaurant. Yes, I know–expensive. Great service. Great views–panorama is instructional I would say. Several years ago, I had an amazingly tasty salmon entree under supervision of Robert Deones–manager. Food has slipped in last few years. Prices have increased. Confusing path to find Sky Lounge from restaurant when table wasn’t ready. Wound up in kitchen! Rotation of restaurant leaves me disoriented. Casino seems really dark to me. Congrats on your video poker hits!

  6. About 12 years ago my husband and I booked an email offer at the Strat. The 2 night deal included 3 meals a day at their buffet, for each of us, daily poolside bucket of beer, 2 nights open bar each at their central casino bar from 4-8pm, and our room. We had a terrific time. At check in they couldn’t seem to find the deal we booked, but we’d wisely brought printed confirmation. They finally decided to charge us $32 total check in deposit. At check out, my husband went to settle the bill, leaving me with our luggage at a slot machine. He returned completely flabbergasted – “I tried to tell them that we owed them more money – but they said it was no, there was no balance due!”. Needless to say, we took their word for it, and have had fond memories of the Stratosphere ever since!

  7. Joseph Riendeau | July 19, 2017 at 8:18 am |

    Nice review..more people need to check out the strat..I hit up the lounge and restaurant every trip and always have great service and strong drinks

  8. ROBERT MILLER | July 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm |

    I believe that you DID feel the place moving — we were there last February on a windy night when they wouldn’t let bungee jumpers go and said that you can feel the movement up there. We ate dinner at Top of the World and the view is tremendous! The food was good but the view was more worthy of the final tally than the cuisine. Helpful waiter encouraged our visit the next day to Carson Kitchen downtown which we highly recommend!

  9. Much as I love the tower, the hotel itself is terrible – they began drilling directly above my room at 8am and it took three days before my bathroom was properly cleaned. And the reason it was properly cleaned?

    I cleaned it myself.

  10. my wife and I stayed at the Strat the last time we visited Vegas. We couldn’t decide between the Strip and Fremont, so we went for a combination of both (or neither…!) I really don’t understand some of the negative stuff that’s said about it. I really enjoyed my stay there and would happily stay there again. My experience was probably sweetened by getting really lucky on the roulette wheel as soon as we arrived!

    • Ha…that certainly would help. That is the great thing about Vegas, there is something for every taste. I have learned to pay no attention to reviews. I form my opinion after I have experienced it for myself.
      Thanks for reading!

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