So Long Sahara

Unlike others, I have no special attachment or memories of the Sahara.  Last week I took my last visit and it was more depressing than anything else.  Instead of making up some kind of romance about the place, I’ll pass on a few more articles looking back and looking at the last days of the casino.

  • “With the Sahara closing, the Stratosphere faces an identity crisis” – Las Vegas Weekly
  • “Sahara isn’t so much closing as ebbing away” – Las Vegas Sun
  • “Timeline of Sahara highlights” – Las Vegas Review Journal
  • “The Sahara Hotel in Vegas is Closing? Say It Ain’t So!” – Reuters
  • “Last call for ‘Old Vegas’ experience at Sahara Casino” – KTNV
  • “Sahara offers last goodbyes after nearly 60 years” – Las Vegas Review Journal
  • “So Long, Sahara (1952 – 2011)” – Solo Vegas

This won’t be the last we hear about Sahara since its future is in limbo.  Look for little bits of new to dribble out in the upcoming months and years.

Plaza Closing For A While

This shouldn’t be too surprising, but the Plaza is closing for a while before undergoing renovations later this year into next year.

More than 400 employees of the Plaza Hotel & Casino face layoffs in the next 60 days as the downtown Las Vegas property closes its 1,037-room hotel and portions of its casino in early November…

…”In fact, we anticipate that many employees from the Plaza will be offered jobs at the Las Vegas Club, which during this renovation period will be handling future room reservations, bingo and some other amenities formerly housed at the Plaza,” (Kenneth) Landfield (COO, Tamares) said in the statement.

The poor economy hit all of Las Vegas hard, but the older downtown properties were hit very hard.  This is a way for the owner of multiple downtown properties to save money in the short term.  Consolidating rooms downtown should be a good thing as there are just so many rooms in Vegas, overall.

I expect this closing to last a little longer than the company is telling the public.  Renovations might be “delayed” and “take longer” just to keep the rooms off the market a little longer in hopes of a better economy.

Photo: Las Vegas Sun