Sahara Las Vegas
What We Love
- A-list design: opulent suites by Philippe Starck and Gensler
- Six restaurants, including one by famed Spanish-American chef José Andrés
What To Know
- The hotel is located at the comparatively quiet northern end of the Strip; you'll need to take a taxi, the monorail or the Deuce bus to other casino resorts
- Some room features, like mirrored ceilings and peekaboo showers, are clearly geared toward couples
- The glamorous swimming pool area is small by Vegas standards
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Classic Vegas landmark turned seductive Philippe Starck resort with a sceney pool and haute gaming
The Sahara Las Vegas stands on hallowed ground: the original Sahara casino hotel, opened in 1952, hosted Sin City royalty from Frank Sinatra to Liza Minnelli. Decades later, thanks to an SLS rebrand and the collaboration of hot-shot designer Philippe Starck and Gensler, the edgy resort is a thoroughly modern addition to the quiet North Strip. The aesthetic ranges from vintage-inspired glamour by the pool to sleek contemporary in the casino. The suites feature whimsical white lacquered chandeliers and “illustrated” black and white curtains that make your room feel like a corner suite in a quirky Parisian mansion.
Bed and Bath
While amenities vary greatly across the head-spinning number of room and suite categories, universal features include 300-thread-count sheets and plush down pillows. The bathrooms are sophisticated but standard in the World Tower’s more basic rooms, and petite but cheerful (tiled in canary-yellow) in the Story Tower.
The Sahara Las Vegas seriously ups the Vegas amenity ante. In addition to the main casino, there’s an intimate gaming lounge staffed by martini-shaking mixologists. The resort’s headlining restaurant is Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Further dining options include Northside Café and Chinese Kitchen, Uno Más Street Tacos, and Bella Bistro. Rising from the center of the swimming pool is an appealing cocktail bar. (Note: It isn’t a swim-up bar. You’ll have to hoist yourself out of the water.) Elsewhere, hipsters kick back on leather chesterfields at the Casbar Lounge for live music and cocktails, and pretty young things get facials at Amina Spa.
In the Area
Head south to the center of the Strip’s action to take in the Bellagio‘s famous dancing fountains, then walk inside the conservatory to admire the resort’s wildly creative flower arrangements. After picking up chocolates at the European-style Jean Philippe Patisserie, head into the innovative Crystals shopping center to check out the Chihuly glass sculptures and eye-catching design. Later, for a taste of vintage Vegas, go downtown. After strolling past the glowing retro signs of the outdoor Neon Museum, go for late night cocktails at the Downtown Cocktail Room, a Prohibition-style speakeasy.
How to Get There
Great economical value. Clean, friendly and comfortable. Be warned check the map its not within walking distance of the Venetian, New York-New York or main strip. Prepare to uber or use public transportation. But a great way to walk off calories. Beds are FABALOUS! I am a very picky sleeper and beds are soft yet supportive. Which is a rare hotel find. Staff great also.
Decided to try couple nights at the Sahara when a deal popped up online—most likely because there is construction going on in the Marra Tower where they put us. Attractive room for 2. It was gorgeous hot weather and we were disappointed to see that the main outdoor pool was closed. But what a nice surprise when I asked about the rooftop pool on the 4th floor of the Alexandria building and found out it was open! We spent time both afternoons lying in the sun, enjoying the chaise lounges and fresh towel service. The bar is closed for the season but we were able to bring our own refreshments—very relaxing after late nights and walking several miles each day. Overall, nice hotel and amenities. Down at the far end of the strip, Which was fine with us as we like being closer to Fremont St action.
Located at the North end of the strip, the location for walking isn't the greatest but there is easy access to the monorail which is great. The bed and linens are comfortable and the shower is outstanding - great water pressure and temperature. The room is spacious and very clean. The place is currently under construction so it's a bit inconvenient and the only open pool has no bar service. The staff is friendly enough but nothing above and beyond. No table service at the Casbar and had to wait a really long time for bartender acknowledgement to get an expensive drink. The service in the Northside restaurant sucks beyond sucks and the food is average at best. You can do better elsewhere even though the price is decent.