Frank Riolo’s leap of faith in Vegas 7

Finally, another Green Felt Journal in Vegas Seven. And this is a good one, too: It’s not often that a CEO becomes a hero by jumping off a building, but most CEOs aren’t like Frank Riolo. And most companies don’t operate observation towers attached to a Las Vegas casino. Since May 2008—just about the start … Read more

Stratosphere renovations

After hearing–then reading about–one frequent Vegas traveler’s experience with the new Stratosphere, and seeing billboards trumpeting the “new” Strat splashed liberally around the valley, I was planning to head down to see what all the fuss was about.

Then I got a call from KNPR’s State of Nevada to talk about the impact that the $20 million renovations will have, and what they all mean. I agreed to do the interview, and after poring over some American Casino & Entertainment Properties SEC filings, felt like I had a good grasp of the context of the renovations. After a fairly in-depth discussion with host Luis Hernandez, I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from ACEP Ceo Frank Riolo inviting me to come down and talk about the renovations, and get a look at the place. [Full disclosure–I had lunch with Mr. Riolo at the Top of the World restaurant, and the company took care of my Philly Style Grilled Flank Steak sandwich, which was, incidentally, pretty good.]

In addition to talking with Mr. Riolo, I also got to meet Brian G. Thornton, the designer behind the renovations.

So here are some pictures and a few thoughts. Rather than duplicate the excellent over on VegasTripping, and because I didn’t get to see a spa suite, you’ll be getting a view inside a standard room.

More after the jump…

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