Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sahara Website Farewell Message

With the Sahara closing on Monday after 58 years of operation, their website was sure to follow suit and recently shut down.

The message left up on the site says, "Thanks for a Wonderful Engagement" and directs prospective guests to Circus Circus.

A few weeks ago I speculated that Riviera would benefit by taking stranded Sahara guests. Even though Circus Circus turned out to be the "official" relocation destination, I still think a lot of the Sahara clientele will wind up at Riviera.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Revel Atlantic City Restarts Construction

The stalled Revel hotel project in Atlantic City is back on track. The project recently secured financing for the remaining $1.15 billion needed to complete the hotel.

When it opens in the spring of 2012 it will be the first new casino to open on the boardwalk in over 20 years. Locals are hoping the $2.4 billion resort will attract new business to Atlantic City.

It's nice to see a stalled project like this get back on track. Maybe this gives hope to Fontainebleau and Echelon someday restarting in Las Vegas? Maybe not.

To read more about Revel check out Press of Atlantic City.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sahara Closed

The Sahara closed its doors today after nearly 59 years of operation.

After the final guests were escorted out of the property, owner Sam Nazarian taped a note to the front door that read:

59 YEARS....

Will Nazarian be able to keep his promise and transform the Sahara into a new luxury hotel? Only time will tell.

The hotel was open from October 7, 1952 to May 16, 2011.