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Five things that epitomize the ‘new’ Stratosphere

The Stratosphere has been a fixture on the Las Vegas skyline since 1996. It had become outdated but after a $20 million renovation it is coming back.

Here are five cool things to see at the Stratosphere in 2012:

    • Revamped showroom

      Old-school booths are reminiscent of when Sinatra and Elvis played Vegas but still have that new-car smell. The Frankie playing tonight is Moreno. The vibe classic, but the music is 2012.

    • Room renovations

      This is what $20 million does. Before it was a basic hotel. Now it's got some of the same elements as some of the higher-end rooms. Of course, it's not quite got all the amenities, but you're not paying for them either. Enjoy your budget.

    • New chef at Top of the World

      Claude Gaty was trained in France, grew his culinary skills in Vietnam and brought it all to Vegas. He was making Banh Mi before it was cool. He has raised the level of taste in the tallest restaurant in Vegas.

    • Jump off the roof

      You have to be 14 to free-fall more than 800 feet, but the Stratosphere's CEO, Frank Riolo, has done it in a suit. Several times. Wave at the people in the Top of the World restaurant as you pass.

    • Happy Hour, Level 107 Lounge

      Stiff martinis, 2 for 1, Gaty's half-price appetizers and the view of all Las Vegas make this the place to start your evening. From 4 to 7 p.m. The Level 107 Lounge. Try not to like it. We dare you.

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