The Strat Hotel, Casino and SkyPod (Previously the Stratosphere) is a Resort, casino and tower located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
The Strat is owned and operated by Golden Entertainment, which acquired the resort and three other possessions from American Casino & Entertainment Properties for $850 million in 2017. The property's signature attraction is the 1,149 feet (350.2 m) Stratosphere Tower, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States, and the second-tallest in the Western Hemisphere, surpassed only by the CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario. It's the tallest tower west of the Mississippi River and also the tallest structure in Las Vegas and in the state of Nevada. The hotel is a separate building with 24 stories, 2,427 rooms and an 80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2) casino. The Strat is located within the city limits of Las Vegas, and may be considered to be the northernmost resort on the Las Vegas Strip, which isn't located within the city.The Stratosphere, a project by Bob Stupak, started construction in 1991. The project integrated portions of the prior Vegas World hotel-casino, which Stupak opened on the website in 1979. The Stratosphere opened on April 30, 1996. In March 2018, Golden Entertainment announced plans for $140 million renovation of the Stratosphere that will be unveiled in three stages. Golden Entertainment announced in February 2019 the resort would be rebranded into The Strat Hotel, Casino and SkyPod. The name change became official in January 2020.