- The Las Vegas hotel formerly known as SLS has reopened,
rebranded as the
Sahara Las Vegas, a new iteration of the Las Vegas icon from
- Located just off the Las Vegas Strip at the north end,
the four-star Sahara is incredibly convenient to the Las Vegas
Convention Center, making it one of the best hotels for events such
- With rooms starting under $50 nightly,
Sahara is an excellent value for anyone seeking a great deal in
Las Vegas. I spent a night in a Marra King room and wouldn’t
hesitate to book again.
I’m a longtime frequent traveler to Las Vegas for my own work
commitments, but I also come to town once a year as a tagalong to
my husband’s annual industry trade show.
I’m a Type A travel booker and am most comfortable choosing my
own hotel that I’ve personally vetted. I have plenty of favorites
in Vegas and I know what I like.
But on these yearly visits, I make an exception and go along
with what my husband books, dictated by proximity to the Las Vegas
Convention Center. It’s a leap of faith for me, but I’ve gotten to
try new things as a result, and it’s paid off.
In the past, we’ve stayed at the cool SLS Las Vegas, located
slightly off the Strip at the northern end. For context, the SLS
opened in 2014 after a $400 million-plus overhaul of the property
formerly known as the Sahara, a Las Vegas icon dating back to
Last year, the property was sold to the Meruelo Group, which
returned to the building’s roots and renamed it
Sahara Las Vegas. Since the sale, the property’s undergone a
$150 million revamp, including an updated casino, renovated hotel
rooms, suites and corridors, an upgraded spa, and new hotel
So, joining my husband again for his trade show this November
when he chose the new
Sahara, I was eager to compare how the newest iteration
compared to the prior SLS brand.
In short, the decor is now less cheeky and differentiated, but
it’s comfortable and feels fresh. It’s, of course, convenient to
the Las Vegas Convention Center for showgoers, and boasts an
exceedingly accessible price point with rates well under $100, or
even much less than that. Prices start as low as $42 in slow
seasons, based on dates and availability. I even spotted nightly
rates of $59 for the wildly popular CES tech show, proving you can
still find an excellent deal in periods of higher demand.
The crazy-good prices admittedly draw a diverse crowd. I saw
plenty of families and other ordinary leisure travelers, likely
seeking a lower rate than the more lavish on-Strip hotels, as well
as business travelers seeking convenience to the convention
The Sahara is a four-star property you should have on your
radar, whether you’re a conventioneer or a just-plain deal
What you need to know
The bottom line
Book the Sahara Las Vegas starting at $42 per night here
Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by the
Sahara Las Vegas.
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My husband came to town before me, so I arrived at the
Sahara solo by rideshare. I found just one person in front of
me in line at an expansive reception desk, clearly gleaming with a
new marble and mosaic tile floor. The updated look was a melange of
gold, neutrals, and jewel tones, which curated an overall elegant
Check-in was slightly complicated by the fact that my name was
not successfully added to my husband’s reservation, though he
assured me that he’d watched the desk agent do it the night
Thankfully, this didn’t prove a significant problem because the
agent was able to easily reach my husband at the trade show on his
mobile phone to add my name. After that, I was able to quickly get
a key. In the few moments that this process took, the line grew
significantly behind me. I was pleased to have beaten an apparent
The crowd was made up of Vegas revelers of all ages, business
travelers, and somewhat surprisingly, many airline crew members. In
fact, there was a sign for a dedicated check-in station for airline
crew as they are apparent regulars on the property.
Our accommodation was a one-king room that we actually booked
before the official name change from the SLS. Now it’s dubbed a
Marra King, and is the standard, entry-level room offering st
Sahara Las Vegas.
It had a roomy 360 square feet, a work desk, and some additional
seating with a plush couch and chair. It cost a scant $267 for the
full three-night stay, or, just $89 per night including taxes and
Now that we’re further into the winter season, a quick online
search revealed prices ranging from $42 to $59 per night when
booked even just a week out.
The room was simple. It was not like some of the lavish suites
I’ve stayed at in higher-tier Strip hotels. But it was comfortable,
and again, felt completely updated. Light switches illuminated the
perimeters of mirrors around the room, for a sleek, angular
The bed was simply appointed, and was plenty comfortable,
offering a surprisingly good night’s sleep after late nights out on
Furnishings were primarily white with black accents, for a clean
and graphic look. Backing the bed was a black-and-white photo of a
throng of concertgoers, and in the bathroom, a line art
representation of dice was emblazoned an accent wall. The art made
the otherwise standard bathroom feel sleek.
Although the room was comfortable, I found the Internet spotty
throughout the stay, which is potentially problematic for a working
I arrived hungry and had lunch at the on-site fast-casual
restaurant, Uno Mas Street Tacos, which pleasantly surprised me
with its array of tasty vegetarian and vegan selections.
The following day, we ate hearty breakfasts at Northside Cafe,
an excellent option for coating the stomach after a cocktail-filled
night. Plates were ordinary but large portions.
Other on-site restaurants included Bazaar Meat from James Beard
award-winning chef José Andrés, named among the
“most baller restaurants in Las Vegas” by Business Insider.
Plus, there’s the contemporary American spot Bella Bistro, and the
new Casbar lounge within the casino.
Overall, the sprawling
resort and casino has 1,615 guest rooms and suites over three
towers, plus 95,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. There
are three resort pools, including two on the rooftop. It also
houses the Blanc de Blanc Theatre, a live entertainment venue.
And yes, there’s a huge casino, with over 60,000 square feet to
house about 500 slot and video poker machines, and more than 50
Sahara is located at the northern end of the Strip, just a few
minutes’ ride from the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you’re
wearing comfortable shoes and not carrying bags, get your steps in
and walk instead, in about 20 minutes.
Another short ride or walk away is the Fashion Show Mall with
various dining and, as expected, high-end shopping.
The hotel is also near the northernmost station of Las Vegas’
monorail, for quick transportation along the Strip, all the way
down to the MGM Grand.
Although the hotel is large by almost all standards, it’s still
on a more human scale than some other massive Vegas properties, and
reviewers appreciate that.
“Casino is beautiful with the new renovations,” one noted.
“Drink service is amazing. Half the casinos on the strip, you can’t
even find a server to get a drink. At the
Sahara they are constantly coming around … Everything is
quick and convenient. Five minutes to check-in. Five minutes to get
from your room to the pool. Five minutes to run down in the morning
and get coffee and go back to your room.”
Others appreciated that the hotel’s convenient location is still
a bit apart from the madness on the Strip. “Since it’s on the upper
end of the Strip, it’s not crazy busy. You can visit the craziness
anytime, but this is a great hotel if you want uninterrupted
Some reviewers visiting around the same time of my stay,
however, felt inconvenienced by the ongoing construction during the
revamp. I regarded it as more of an aesthetic ding than a
“From check-in to the rooms was a quite a walk due to remodeling
in the lobby … The work being done around the elevators caused
long lines and delays getting on and off,” a reviewer noted,
adding, “After our three-day stay and remodeling going on 24 hours
a day, the lobby appeared to be finished.”
Who stays here: Business travelers seeking a
convenient location that is close to the Las Vegas Convention
Center. It also attracts visitors to Las Vegas of all stripes
looking for a nice room with good value. Flight crews also frequent
Sahara on trips through town. All told, the Sahara welcomes the
gamut of travelers, except perhaps, those seeking the higher level
of luxury available at one of the Strip’s more opulent casino
We like: Gamblers who find themselves priced
out of the tables on the Strip’s ritzier real estate will like the
$5 minimum gaming tables, even on weekends.
We love (don’t miss this feature!): The updated
rooms and on-site food and beverage options are standout. Try Uno
Mas for fast-casual Mexican, and don’t miss Bazaar Meat if you’re a
carnivorous traveler with a penchant for restaurants backed by star
We think you should know: While comfortable and
Sahara Las Vegas is not five-star luxury. It does not offer the
same level of glam you’ll find at higher-rent resort-casino
properties on the Las Vegas Strip, such as
Wynn Las Vegas or the
We’d do this differently next time: We
primarily used taxis and rideshare for maximum efficiency during
the visit, but next time, I’d try the monorail for a more unique
way of getting around town. I’d also consider an upgraded room,
considering the highly reasonable prices.
Sahara Las Vegas lacks the luxe grandeur of some other casino
properties on the Las Vegas Strip, it’s more convenient for those
needing a quick back-and-forth to the Las Vegas Convention
It’s also much cheaper. With a price point starting under $50,
the Sahara Las Vegas offers an excellent value for savvy travelers,
whether your trip is for business or fun. And with recently updated
rooms and public spaces, there’s no sacrifice on style or
the Sahara Las Vegas starting as low as $42 per night here
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