Renovation for Sin City’s Sahara

Things are finally heating up at the Strip’s iconic Moroccan-themed hotel and casino.

After closing its doors six months ago, the Sahara will trade its signature roller coaster for a new beer garden, pool deck, and nightclub—plus have its casino redone as well as rooms in three of its towers.

To be named the SLS Las Vegas, the 60-year-old property was bought by the luxury hotel group in 2007 for about $350 million, but only received permits for the work earlier this month. Opened in 1952, it’s the last hotel that remains at the northern end of the Strip from Vegas’s Rat Pack years.

The cost and timeline for the project haven’t been disclosed, but the news puts an end to speculation that the Sahara would be torn down and have a new hotel built from scratch in its place. The roller coaster that rings the building, added in 1999 as a last effort to liven-up the run-down property, is the only piece of the hotel that will be completely demolished. [Las Vegas Sun]

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