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Sahara Returns to the Strip

Alex Meruelo revives Sahara name

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Alex Meruelo, founder of The Meruelo Group and owner of Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, has brought Sahara back to the Las Vegas Strip. The famous Sahara Resort closed in 2011 when owners closed it. It had operated for almost 60 years on the north side of the strip. It then became an SLS Las Vegas.

Meruelo acquired the property in April of last year and embarked on a more than $100 million transformation that has included upgrades to the casino floor, hotel rooms and corridors as well as additions to its award-winning culinary program. The debut of the new name is part of a series of renovations for the boutique Strip resort that will continue well into 2020. Additional enhancements are scheduled to begin later this year including updates to the hotel lobby and check-in with additional improvements to be announced in the coming months. 

Sahara Las Vegas features 1,615 guest suites; more than 95,000 sq. ft. of meeting space; a collection of entertainment venues; lounges; three pools; a spa; and restaurants, including the award-winning BAZAAR Meat by Jose Andres. New additions to the resort also include a soon-to-be-revealed high limit gaming space and the newly debuted CASBAR lounge.

Photo: Bryan Steffy