Sahara : The VegasTripping Review 2010
The New(ish) Superior Rooms At Sahara
Six months after SBE Entertainment bought the aging Sahara for $350M in March 2007, new owner Sam Nazarian trumpeted his plans to the world that, with a little spit and polish, he'd be able to charge $200/night for rooms at the Sahara. Before the chuckling at Nazarian's claim had subsided, the economy turned into its skid mark and so did Sahara - closing hotel towers and restructuring debt load just to stay open. Sometime in late 2009, Sahara's scuttled plans for an extreme makeover eeked into public view in the form of strategically placed shots of Botox known as the Sahara Superior rooms.
In accordance with a coupla dozen requests from the peanut gallery - you - we decided, against our better judgement, to go rip the bandages off and see what was going on over in the new(ish) Sahara Superior rooms. I've already mentioned in two previous blog posts that the Sahara, in many ways, is a dirty, disgusting hell hole. To be fair, I should mention that the craps crew they've got working there during the graveyard shift are tops. I'd like to give a shout out to Ken, stick man beyond compare, who reminded me how fun it is to play at a dice table with a carnival barking dealer who knows how to stoke the action.
Arrival at the Sahara was nauseating, I was honestly scared to touch anything. Fortunately, check in was quick even if the front desk clerk didn't laugh at my jokes. Trust me, the problem isn't the material or the delivery. In addition to the blanks stare, the clerk gave me the keys and pointed me down the hall to the Garbanzo Bean Tower or wherever it is my room was in (Tangiers Tower.) On the way, I walked by three truly pathetic gift shops, a tattoo shop, a dark and dingy "lobby" and Sahara's Sportsbook, which by my means of measuring is more of a Sportspamphlet, or Sportsfoldoutflyer. I've also got to say that the 1950s Rat Pack photos have got to go. I love the idea of vintage Vegas as much as the next guy, but I don't think there are all that many people still alive who saw the Rat Pack do their schtick at the Sands way back when.
I hop on the elevator and head up to the 26th floor to room 2652.