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The Sahara Hotel Casino New Look

Archived 1995 - Pre-completion
Current Photo of Sahara Proposed Drawing for New Sahara
Current (10/95) (Bigger 35K JPG) Proposed Future Appearance (Bigger 38K JPG)
Two views of the classic Sahara Hotel on Las Vegas Blvd and Sahara Ave.
(Artist's conception supplied by Sahara Casino-Hotel; Bergman & Walls, Ltd. Archts. - LVLG extends our thanks).

The new owner of the Sahara Hotel, William Bennett (recently retired chairman of Circus-Circus Enterprises) has announced plans to totally rennovate the property in a move to bring renewed life to the traditional "top of the strip". The new look, still encompassing the original time-favored, Moroccan theme can only be alikened to something stemming from Marakesh, Casablanca or other subtropical, Sahara Desert location. From the planned stylistic minarets and yet larger new property sign (the current Sahara marquee at one time held records for tallest, free-standing lighted sign) to the many intricate details planned, the property will ooze with Southern Mediterranean charm.

Construction should be starting before the end of 1995 and will proceed for many months, with no completion date provided at this time.

Major changes confirmed by reliable sources include:

Small current map Small future map
Current Building Arrangement(Bigger 19k GIF) Future Building Arrangement(Bigger 19k GIF)
Here is a relatively accurate, current building plan. And then, since we could not yet pry an actual plan of the new floor layout out of anyone, we present our own Unofficial Las Vegas Leisure Guide "reconstructed" map based solely on descriptions, semi-reliable tips, rumors and technical suggestions. If anyone can lend yet more reliable guidance down the road, we're always open to suggestions and will make updates as they become available.
Sunbather in Sahara Hotel courtyard Solitary sunbather enjoys the afternoon sun in front of low rooms to be scrapped.

Plans are for the pool to be filled or removed and become part of the new casino floor. The new pool will be further to the south or southeast. Shot of very popular pool

Pic facing north of the stratosphere tower behind wooden buildings to be razed Blending with the palms, and standing as a harbinger of future progress, the Stratosphere Tower looms over the wooden bungalows at the south-most extreme of the property, soon expected to be razed to make way for new parking and possibly a new 1,000 room tower.

The Sahara Hotel and Casino is located at 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada. They can be reached directly at: (702) 737-2111 or at (888) 696-2121 for Toll Free Reservations. For more current information, maps, etc. visit the STRIP HOTELS section of the Las Vegas Leisure Guide Las Vegas Hotels Section of our site.

This is the current courtyard next to the pool area which will make way for the casino and hotel entryway.
Quiet green Sahara Hotel courtyard

If your Las Vegas hotel, casino, restaurant or establishment has new major construction, public activities (sorry, slot tournaments and bingo night don't count) or other interesting tidbits to offer, send them to us on company letterhead and if we think LVLG readers will be amazed, astounded, or even slightly interested we'll publish it. Make sure to send LOTS of pictures! We love pictures!
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Created by PCAP; © Copyright 1995 Last Updated: October 12, 1995