LAS VEGAS -- Although a 1,000-room hotel tower is not set to debut
until the middle of this summer, other elements of the Stratosphere
Casino Hotel and Tower's $75 million expansion project will be
In fact, Lucky's Cafe, a 300-seat coffee shop, will open its
doors this month on the casino-floor level next to the new valet
entrance on the property's northwest side.
The restaurant will serve American-style food amid its vintage
Las Vegas decor, which will include dark wood floors, spacious
booths and subdued lighting as well as artwork and photographs from
the city's heyday.
In June, a 67,000-square-foot, resort-style swimming pool and
recreation deck, which will overlook the Strip, is set to open on
the eighth floor of the new hotel tower.
Included will be a spa, private cabanas, a special-event area, a
snack bar and a full-service cocktail bar.
Also later this summer, the Stratosphere Buffet will be expanded
to accommodate 500 people. The buffet will feature numerous cooking
stations where dishes are made to order, an expanded international
section and an American Bounty area with such fare as fried chicken
and mashed potatoes.
The 24-story hotel tower then will debut, featuring 100 suites,
many with oversized spa tubs and views of the Strip.
As if that weren't enough, an outdoor amphitheater with seating
for 3,700 people is set to open in September on the north side of
The final element of the expansion project is a new hotel
entrance with a porte cochere, a centralized valet parking entrance
and a bus terminal as well as a large lobby and gift shop.
According to Richard P. Brown, the Stratosphere's chief
operating officer, the construction won't end there.
A third phase of development is planned once all of the elements
of the hotel tower expansion project have opened.
This wave of construction will include a renovation of the
casino and Roxy's Diner and the conversion of Montana's steak house
to a Tex-Mex oyster bar venue with entertainment.
Property officials also are considering adding a nightclub to
the property as well as another thrill ride similar to the existing
Big Shot and High Roller attractions.
For more information about the Stratosphere, call (800) 99-TOWER
or (702) 380-7777.