Stratosphere Undertaking $20 Million Overhaul

The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower announced a $20-million-plus renovation. As part of the sweeping changes, the property also introduced a new general manager, Paul Hobson. Hobson has served as senior vice president and general manager of sister property, Aquarius Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada since December 2008.

At the centerpiece of the renovations is Stratosphere Select, the remodeling of 909 guestrooms, located on floors featuring upgraded elevator lobbies with marble floors, new carpeting and wall treatments. Each room has a flat screen TV, and an elegantly updated bathroom with granite countertops, new tile and tub. The rooms’ bold colors, textures and details complement the views of downtown Las Vegas, The Strip and the surrounding Las Vegas Valley.

The hotel entrance has been overhauled to include valet parking off Las Vegas Boulevard and a sweeping indoor marble tile ramp that leads guests to a hip new VIP lounge, the hotel lobby, and the newly carpeted casino floor. Other changes on the casino floor include new modern colors and updated directional signs.

Under the direction of Executive Chef Rick Giffen, the Buffet is sleek and interactive, with several live cooking stations in the works, and refreshed new surroundings. Roxy’s Diner, a longtime guest favorite, has been expanded to include a new menu and patio seating. Now open around the clock, The Top of the World restaurant features an extraordinary new menu. And lounges like Level 107 Lounge and Air Bar, the highest bar in Vegas, offer happy hours with a view you can’t get anywhere else.

While major renovations are complete, finishing touches on the property will continue throughout the year. The Stratosphere’s transformation began in April 2010 with SkyJump Las Vegas. SkyJump Las Vegas provides a free fall from the 108th floor of the Stratosphere Tower, 855 feet above the Las Vegas Strip — the highest in the world.

Paul Hobson moves to his new position as general manager at the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower after serving as senior vice president and general manager of Aquarius Casino Resort since December 2008. From 1998 to 2008, he was a member of Primm Valley Casino Resorts’ executive team, ultimately as senior vice president of operations. In that role, his responsibilities included oversight of three casino resorts, two championship golf courses and other businesses of the resort complex. Mr. Hobson has also held financial management positions with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada and Caesars Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.