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Sahara Hotel Reviews

Sahara Hotel
75,000 square foot casino. 2,100 rooms and suites, five restaurants, pool.

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Would you visit this hotel again?
yes 57%  43% no

Is this hotel family friendly?
yes 55%  45% no
Based on 69 total ratings.

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  Sahara OK by me!
I stayed at the Sahara from 4-9 March and after all the negative reviews I'd read, I was half expecting something resembling Legend of Hell House meets the Addams Family House but no, everything was very acceptable.

Check-in was handled efficiently after a short wait - a $10 'thank-you' to the nice receptionist meant I was offered a room with a view of the Strip in the Tangiers Tower - this also meant that the journey from reception to my room took less than 5 minutes by elevator (all 6 were operational).

The swimming pool/spa was well used but not too busy - open from 9 to 5 - plenty of sun loungers provided - and very clean rest rooms.
The other positives were:
Hardly any wait for the elevators
The A/C was quietly efficient
The room was a genuine non-smoking room - no evidence otherwise!
Room cleaned spotlessly every day by a hard-working friendly maid
Shower over the bath supplied instant hot water
All the staff I found very friendly - a special mention to the lady working in the Business Centre, who couldn't have been more helpful.
From the Casino to riding on the Monorail took under 5 minutes, unlike other Hotels on the Strip which take you on a scenic tour of their facilities!
Free entertainment - Broadband, a C&W band were playing when I stayed there - and very good they were too.

To summarise, the Sahara is 50+ years old but at least it has some character. It's also a lot quieter than the main Strip hotels, which means you can get on the slots and tables without any hassle, but it livened up considerably at NASCAR weekend. If you're on a budget, looking for a cheap place to stay which is clean, has a nice swimming pool, quiet with a more laid-back, relaxed atmosphere, you could do a lot worse than the Sahara.
David <davidattheraces@yahoo.co.uk>
Nottingham, England - Friday, April 06, 2007 at 06:32:00 (CDT)
  MRS GENEVIEVE A. FRANCIS
I HAVE JUST REVIEWED SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE SAHARA. I DID NOTICE, HOWEVER, THAT THEY AER A FEW YEARS OLD.

I HAVE BEEN GOING TO LAS VEGAS, YEARLY, SINCE 1995. WE BEGAN STAYING AT THE SAHARA THRU A TIME SHARE WEEK, AND NOW STAY THERE RELIGIOUSLY, ON EVERY TRIP. I AGREE WITH SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NO VELVET CHAIRS, GOLD FAUCETS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU. BUT, WE NOW GO TO LAS VEGAS FOR 10 DAYS EAVER OCTOBER, AND WE FEEL THAT THE SAHARA IS OUR HOME PORT. TRUE, THERE COULD BE SOME IMPROVEMENTS, BUT AS ONE PERSON DID SAY, ALL WE NEED IS A BED AND A SHOWER, AND MAYBE A T V FOR THE BREAKS IN THE TIME WE FEEL WE WANT TO PLAY. WE FEEL AT HOME THERE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT OUR 'HOME PORT' WHENEVER WE DO GO TO LAS VEGAS. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY STAFF MEMBERS, OR THE SERVICE WE RECEIVE. EVEN THE 'RITZY' HOTELS CAN HAVE PROBLEMS. MAYBE SOME OF THE PEOPLE GIVING COMMENTS, NEED TO LOOK AT THEIR OWN HOMES. I AM SURE THAT EVERY HAS PROBLEMS , AND AREAS OF CONCERNS--SO, DON'T POINT THE FINGER AT OTHERS.


GEN FRANCIS <Gen@baytower.necoxmail.com>
BRISTOL,, RI, USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 09:37:03 (CST)
  MRS GENEVIEVE A. FRANCIS
I HAVE JUST REVIEWED SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE SAHARA. I DID NOTICE, HOWEVER, THAT THEY AER A FEW YEARS OLD.

I HAVE BEEN GOING TO LAS VEGAS, YEARLY, SINCE 1995. WE BEGAN STAYING AT THE SAHARA THRU A TIME SHARE WEEK, AND NOW STAY THERE RELIGIOUSLY, ON EVERY TRIP. I AGREE WITH SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NO VELVET CHAIRS, GOLD FAUCETS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU. BUT, WE NOW GO TO LAS VEGAS FOR 10 DAYS EAVER OCTOBER, AND WE FEEL THAT THE SAHARA IS OUR HOME PORT. TRUE, THERE COULD BE SOME IMPROVEMENTS, BUT AS ONE PERSON DID SAY, ALL WE NEED IS A BED AND A SHOWER, AND MAYBE A T V FOR THE BREAKS IN THE TIME WE FEEL WE WANT TO PLAY. WE FEEL AT HOME THERE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT OUR 'HOME PORT' WHENEVER WE DO GO TO LAS VEGAS. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY STAFF MEMBERS, OR THE SERVICE WE RECEIVE. EVEN THE 'RITZY' HOTELS CAN HAVE PROBLEMS. MAYBE SOME OF THE PEOPLE GIVING COMMENTS, NEED TO LOOK AT THEIR OWN HOMES. I AM SURE THAT EVERY HAS PROBLEMS , AND AREAS OF CONCERNS--SO, DON'T POINT THE FINGER AT OTHERS.


GEN FRANCIS <Gen@baytower.necoxmail.com>
BRISTOL,, RI, USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 09:36:58 (CST)
  MRS GENEVIEVE A. FRANCIS
I HAVE JUST REVIEWED SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE SAHARA. I DID NOTICE, HOWEVER, THAT THEY AER A FEW YEARS OLD.

I HAVE BEEN GOING TO LAS VEGAS, YEARLY, SINCE 1995. WE BEGAN STAYING AT THE SAHARA THRU A TIME SHARE WEEK, AND NOW STAY THERE RELIGIOUSLY, ON EVERY TRIP. I AGREE WITH SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NO VELVET CHAIRS, GOLD FAUCETS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU. BUT, WE NOW GO TO LAS VEGAS FOR 10 DAYS EAVER OCTOBER, AND WE FEEL THAT THE SAHARA IS OUR HOME PORT. TRUE, THERE COULD BE SOME IMPROVEMENTS, BUT AS ONE PERSON DID SAY, ALL WE NEED IS A BED AND A SHOWER, AND MAYBE A T V FOR THE BREAKS IN THE TIME WE FEEL WE WANT TO PLAY. WE FEEL AT HOME THERE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT OUR 'HOME PORT' WHENEVER WE DO GO TO LAS VEGAS. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY STAFF MEMBERS, OR THE SERVICE WE RECEIVE. EVEN THE 'RITZY' HOTELS CAN HAVE PROBLEMS. MAYBE SOME OF THE PEOPLE GIVING COMMENTS, NEED TO LOOK AT THEIR OWN HOMES. I AM SURE THAT EVERY HAS PROBLEMS , AND AREAS OF CONCERNS--SO, DON'T POINT THE FINGER AT OTHERS.


GEN FRANCIS <Gen@baytower.necoxmail.com>
BRISTOL,, RI, USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 09:36:48 (CST)
  MRS GENEVIEVE A. FRANCIS
I HAVE JUST REVIEWED SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE SAHARA. I DID NOTICE, HOWEVER, THAT THEY AER A FEW YEARS OLD.

I HAVE BEEN GOING TO LAS VEGAS, YEARLY, SINCE 1995. WE BEGAN STAYING AT THE SAHARA THRU A TIME SHARE WEEK, AND NOW STAY THERE RELIGIOUSLY, ON EVERY TRIP. I AGREE WITH SOME OF THE COMMENTS REGARDING THE FACT THAT THERE ARE NO VELVET CHAIRS, GOLD FAUCETS, OR WHAT HAVE YOU. BUT, WE NOW GO TO LAS VEGAS FOR 10 DAYS EAVER OCTOBER, AND WE FEEL THAT THE SAHARA IS OUR HOME PORT. TRUE, THERE COULD BE SOME IMPROVEMENTS, BUT AS ONE PERSON DID SAY, ALL WE NEED IS A BED AND A SHOWER, AND MAYBE A T V FOR THE BREAKS IN THE TIME WE FEEL WE WANT TO PLAY. WE FEEL AT HOME THERE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT OUR 'HOME PORT' WHENEVER WE DO GO TO LAS VEGAS. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM WITH ANY STAFF MEMBERS, OR THE SERVICE WE RECEIVE. EVEN THE 'RITZY' HOTELS CAN HAVE PROBLEMS. MAYBE SOME OF THE PEOPLE GIVING COMMENTS, NEED TO LOOK AT THEIR OWN HOMES. I AM SURE THAT EVERY HAS PROBLEMS , AND AREAS OF CONCERNS--SO, DON'T POINT THE FINGER AT OTHERS.


GEN FRANCIS <Gen@baytower.necoxmail.com>
BRISTOL,, RI, USA - Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 09:36:40 (CST)
  
You won
Liam <kramer@zen.co.uknderland.ac.uk>
East Aurora, HI, ISRAEL - Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 04:37:51 (CST)
  
I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy playing there. I just wish the machines were as generous to me, lol, lol.
Yaniv <familianro@yahoo.com>
New York, NY, united states - Saturday, June 03, 2006 at 18:37:58 (PDT)
  I have stayed at the Sahara several times. I must admit it was due to the affordability initially but the hotel was top notch. Yes it is old and appears such is some places, but the cost , the food and the staff were very nice. Everyone has an off day so anything negative I have to say is nit picking. The rooms are not luxurious but clean and neat. Since most visitors to Vegas are rarely in their room why pay for the luxury when you don't really need it. The location is in the old end of the strip but it is right by circus circus and Binion's Horse Shoe casino. The experience is inexpensive and completely enjoyable for my needs.
CHRIS CASTILLO <CHRIS_CASTILLO_3@HOTMAIL.COM>
SPRING, TX, USA - Friday, June 03, 2005 at 14:53:14 (PDT)
  Stayed in the Tangiers Tower which had very nice rooms. This hotel is one of the more affordable strip hotels, but it is nice and clean. Good dining options... pretty good buffet. We were able to pay for a few meals using our Comp Dollars earned from time on the slots and video poker machines. Received a nice 'welcome back' package enticing us to come with free hotel rooms and cash back bonus for the slots. The only problem is you are a bit down the strip. We walked to The Riviera and Slots of Fun from the Sahara. You could also walk to the Hilton and The Stratosphere. In the summer you wouldn't want to walk much however, but they do have the new monorail that stops at the Sahara... but that is EXPENSIVE. They gave us one free ticket when we checked in. Oh and they have those annoying utility charges they tack on each day. I hate that - whatever expense the hotel has to pay they should incorporate into the price so you can know what you are paying for... not tell you when you check in. A lot of hotels do that now with "resort fees" and "daily energy surchages" and what not. It's something we all need to complain about to hotel management when we encounter this so we can get the hotels to knock this practice off.
aob <aceofbaseinfo@yahoo.com>
Sacramento, CA, USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 00:44:05 (PDT)
  I have stayed at the Sahara two times. I make frequent visits to Las Vegas and of all the hotels I have stayed at (I've stayed at Casesars, Mirage, MGM GRand and other pricier ones), I have had an exceptional time here. The buffet staff has always been cordial to me and my boyfriend. The rooms are not up to par with others but they are not bad. The only downer to our experience is how far it is away from the other casinos on the Strip. The Stratosphere even seemed far away. My botfriend and I like to hike, so visiting other casinos on foot is always a favorite pass time for us when we visit Vegas. It was quite a hike from Sahara to the middle of the strip! We are in our twenties so I encourage older people to use the bus that goes up and down Las Vegas Boulevard. However, in spite of the distance from other casinos, we will stay here again and enjoy every minute of it. Especially the rollercoaster!
Caroline
San Diego, CA, USA - Saturday, April 09, 2005 at 09:21:14 (PDT)
  The staff is rude for some odd reason. As if vegas was not filled with attractive men/women, the staff seems as if they were brought over from Afghanistan and seem to stare at people or tell other fellow staffers about what they saw. They dont seem at all professional. The location of this hotel is also bad. You will have to cab/bus or walk it to any other location. This hotel is almost middle of the strip that seperates downtown from the other more modern casinos. I would not suggest staying here. Its worth the extra few bucks to stay at a casino that is around more activity. This area near the casino seems dead most of the time. Except wet N wild where kids all go.
Anant Ruka <Agentceo@aol.com>
San Francisco, CA, USA - Saturday, August 21, 2004 at 09:30:50 (PDT)
  The Sahara is the worst hotel that I have ever stayed in. The Staff is Rude, slow, and uncaring. The rooms are run down and dirty. There were stains on the carpets and walls. There were service trays in the hallways that sat there for the 2 days that I was there even after the maids had walked past them without picking them up.
The casino is ok but not the looses slots Ive seen.
Restraunts were good but I didnt eat at the buffet.
Location of the hotel is HORRIBLE! Way too far from the strip even if you take the monorail it still not within walking distance. So expect to take a cab or ride the bus if your not driving.
Rick Avery <dazd1@hotmail.com>
Merced , Ca, USA - Friday, August 06, 2004 at 13:49:32 (PDT)
  Side note...I just read some of the other reviews about problems with the time shares people. I just got back after staying the weekend their and wasn't bothered once. So maybe they got that taken care of?
Stephanie Erickson <stephanielerickson@hotmail.com>
Anchorage, AK, USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:55:10 (PDT)
  Was in Vegas weekend of 5-21-04 and I was nervous to stay at the Sahara after reading things written about it online. But the Sahara proved them all wrong. If your looking for a richy rich hotel with marble floors and gold plated shower head, no this is not for you. But if looking for a big fun, clean, hotel and casino for cheap,I would suggest this place in a heart beat. I made a reguest to stay in the newer tower, so I would suggest doing that. We stayed in the newer tower and the room was much better than expected. Wonderful view, very neat and clean, and comfortable. I am a very picky person when it comes to cleanliness! We ate at two of the diners. The Nascar one and the 24 hour diner, both were good, had good service. Not a five star restaurant, but either is the price, a fun good place to eat. The pool was wonderful, very nice. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The only thing about the hotel that really needs change is the check in/out. The lines were crazy long! We used the electronic check in which is at the end of the counter. So we by passed the wait. I would suggest that or check in early like we did, not as long of line and they had no problems with us coming early. The Sahara has a free parking garage,we never had problems finding a spot. Plus they have the monorail opening soon their, that is free and takes you right down to all the action on the strip. Also..a side note for the newcomers to Vegas, don't do what I did and wear my brand new cutsie shoes. No matter where you are in vegas, you will be doing ALOT of walking! I would suggest very comforable sandles or tennis shoes. Either that or you'll be buying a box of band-aides a day like I did. Overall the Sahara is a place I would stay again. It's a step down in class from the big hotels like the Mirage and Treasure Island I'm sure, but much more realistic price. Would rather spend my money on other things in vegas, because I didn't spend much of my time in my hotel room anyway. Thanks Sahara!
Stephanie Erickson <stephanielerickson@hotmail.com>
Anchorage, AK, USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 17:51:30 (PDT)
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