We have been staying at the Strat in Vegas for two weeks and this is what we think of the place. And no we did not get anything thing free all expenses is out of our own pockets.
First the checkin – it’s pretty smooth until you upgrade and extend your stay – we did just that a couple of days before our initial booking expired to avoid any hassles – that did not go through well the girl who did the upgrade did not know what she was doing – and a housekeeping person stood outside our room and asked if we were checking out the same day we extended from – not ok at all Strat – we then headed down to the reception and asked what is wrong the person on the other side started to correct the errors the previous person did – this is not cool Strat.
That’s the check in staff out of the way now the housekeeping part – on our two weeks stay we had to call housekeeping five times and subsequently get out of the room for them to do their jobs – yes we were late out of our beds but it’s Vegas not everyone wakes up early.
The Strat offers a pretty competitive pricing per night but also includes a resort fee per night that I feel should be optional depending on what resort facility you want to visit.
– we were returning a Avis car and did not know what hotel worked with them we got a really rude answer from a valet boy that “you have to drive to the Strip” for f sake Strat employ better people – if a tourist needs help don’t be an asshat.
The rooms – pay for an upgrade from standard which we did – the old rooms are run down and not fresh at all with a view that is not a view…
That’s most of the negative part taken care of now the positive – we stayed in a non smoking queen room and it was totally good (except it stank cigarette and cannabis smoke from the room door from time to time).
The surrounding area have a lot of homeless people wandering about and the police are not as frequent as on the strip – we we’re mostly not approached or noticed – but one person – high as hell screamed go home and stared at us so keep that in mind and be aware of your surroundings.
This hotel is located way off the Strip and walking to Wynn and the Strip takes around 30 minutes in slow pace. Taxis, Uber etc. are available.
Gaming was an ok experience it’s not an overwhelming amount of stations but it’s good enough to have you entertained.
Drinking is a part of vegas and the “sports” bar was really friendly especially one local girl that even remembered what we liked to drink – kudos to that. Someone may like this style of setup I prefer the old style casinos like Circus Circus or Harrahs – taste is different.
Top of the world
The restaurant in the tower is not bad at all – we were met with friendly faces and good enough service to enjoy the view and food.
Do we recommend the Strat? Hmm if something of the above makes you hesitate then no – if you are good with is yes – it’s up to you what you want – this is only how we see it.
Blog and VLog – Ankanwildandcrazy said lets go see that volcano – just visit not climb it… guess what happened we started and finished climbing it – but in hindsight this was a great adventure – we are total newbies when it comes to hiking and I was even wearing flip-flops and a backpack with unnecessary things for a hill climb – because we did say that we shouldn´t climb it.
First 5-10 minutes is not a dealbreaker – it´s slightly upwards and a fairly good walk then it starts to be more rocky and lean upwards more until you come to the first stairway – I don´t know why but this was the one that crammed the juice out of me – a total powerdrainer so we took a break and then powered on – It took something like 40 minutes and some change to get to the top but the view was totally worth it. There are toilets a small snackshop and you can refill your water for free before you go.
Some things to think about that we missed – we had a too low energy breakfast so I actually got a bit dizzy at the top also maybe for the little thinner air – our tip is to take some snacks with you to top up your energy – also bring fluids to drink especially if you are doing this mid day as we did because the heat and the sun is no joke.
We went to see pearl harbor on a budget and here is what you currently can get for 5.50USD each – the admission to Pearl harbor is free if you do not take any of the packages they sell inside and the 5.50USD was from us taking the bus from Waikiki beach to The memorial on bus 20 – you can also take number 42 – whichever comes first i guess.
This is some of what you can expect to see for a mere 5 Dollar fifty