Sahara Hotel and Casino closing in May

Posted Saturday, March 12, 2011 5:30 PM | Contributed by Tekwardo

In recent years, The Sahara hotel-casino has sunk to touting $1 blackjack and a NASCAR Cafe known for its 6-pound burrito. Now the 59-year-old-icon of the Las Vegas Strip is shutting its doors, yet another victim of a deep recession that has squelched the city's tourism for more than three years.

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Friday, March 18, 2011 4:32 PM

The city is losing money like crazy on the monorail and now one of the stops is a closed hotel. Right down the middle would have made a lot more sense.. I just ride the buses.. 24 hour passes


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Monday, March 21, 2011 9:33 AM
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CoasterMonkey said:
Right down the middle would have made a lot more sense..

At the expense of car travel!? I agree that it would have made a lot more sense. The monorail is a waste of time and energy unless you are staying on that side of the strip in a hotel with a stop.


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Monday, March 21, 2011 12:32 PM
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How would it impact car travel? It's not at ground level. I don't think it's a waste of time or energy at all. Walking a "block" through a casino beats walking miles to get to the other end of the strip.


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Monday, March 21, 2011 1:03 PM
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Some of the stops are epic walks away like everything else in Vegas, especially if you're across the street at a casino that is not directly at an intersection or overpass. If you're staying somewhere with a stop it's probably nice, but for my wife and I it was a waste of time and energy to walk through the casino mazes to enter and leave a station.


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Monday, March 21, 2011 1:28 PM
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But what's the alternative? If you're at Caesars, and you want to go to Sahara, you can get a cab or walk through Flamingo (across the street) and take the monorail. Net difference is cost (by a lot), but not any real time investment.


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Monday, March 21, 2011 2:28 PM
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Well, apparently nobody wanted to go from Caesars to Sahara, hence it's shutting down ;).

But seriously, I think that for people that weren't staying at the Monorail stop hotels, the Bus was a cheaper and more convienient way to get around the strip. I used both when we were there last.


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Monday, March 21, 2011 2:56 PM
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The alternative is to take the bus. But no one went to the Sahara. If you are at Caesars and want to go to MGM then the Monorail is an option, but I was able to walk there faster even in the heat.


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Monday, March 21, 2011 3:19 PM
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If Vegas could support a monorail down the middle, it would already have one.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Monday, March 21, 2011 3:19 PM

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Monday, March 21, 2011 3:43 PM

The real reason that they didnt' build it down the middle of "The Strip" was the perceived effect on the visual impact of all the casino's frontage. As far as the Sahara, it's just about the last of the previous generation casino properties on the Strip. It's only attempt to attract the "family" business was building "Speed" and the NASCAR Cafe. The rest of it is very old school. Dark and smoke filled pretty much describes it. Now I'm not picking on it per se. My wife and I were married in the chapel there. We chose it because of the quirkeness of the property, and the staff was very cheerful and accomadating. However it was apparent that the place was not long for this world when we were there three years ago. They were rumblings that this was going to occure when were there.

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