Las Vegas likes youth, especially when it comes to hotels. On the Strip, only four hotel casinos built prior to 1960 are still standing: Flamingo, Tropicana, Riviera, and Sahara–but after May 16, that list will shrink. The Sahara recently announced that it will close on May 16. The hotel is still taking reservations up to their last day.
The Sahara opened in 1952, the sixth resort to open on the Strip. It appeared in the original “Ocean’s 11,” filmed in 1960, and during its early years was a hotspot of entertainment. In its later years, the aging hotel has faced tough competition from younger, sleeker properties.
The north end of the Strip, where the Sahara is located, has struggled in the slower economy. It’s home to mostly budget-priced properties, which definitely includes the Sahara. After it closes, value-minded travelers looking for a place to stay in this area may want to consider the Stratosophere or Circus Circus.