How’s the area around the Stratosphere?
We are staying at the Stratosphere soon. In different parts of the site you have mentioned that the area between the Strat and the Strip is a "bad neighborhood." What does this mean? How far of a walk is the Strip from the hotel?
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I feel bad every time we write about the Stratosphere. It's a nice hotel with some good rules on table games for gamblers with some really memorable attractions atop the tower and one of finest restaurants in town, Top of the World. Even with all that going for it, it's not a place I recommend frequently, and that's because of the location.
The Strat is only a mile or so from the north end of the Strip, but I would not advise walking to and from the Stratosphere. When we call the surrounding area a "bad neighborhood" we mean it's not a place where tourist can feel comfortably save, like they can on the main areas of the Strip and Downtown. It's bad enough during the day -- but probably safe -- but at night it's a flat-out bad idea to try and make the trip on foot.
(Let me stress that the areas occupied by the hotel and hotel parking are perfectly safe. It's well maintained, well monitored and guarded. It's when you leave the Stratosphere property that it turns iffy.)
The Stratosphere makes up for its inconvenient location somewhat by often offering some very good deals on room rates. Use some of those savings to pay for the cab fares back and forth from the Strip.