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Sahara or Stratosphere

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Sahara or Stratosphere

My son is wanting to come to Vegas on a budget. We can get rooms at Sahara for $47. Why so cheap? Which is better Sahara or Stratosphere?

Frisco, Texas
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Sahara will soon be closed and imploded (this fall, I think..). So, I would take the cheap rate, realize that it's only very slightly lower in room quality than the Strat (both are just basic rooms that are a little worn but clean enough), and stay at the Dust for the sentimental qualities and to say that you stayed there before it was demolished. It is one of the very few remaining links to the past, and worth a stay I think.

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Why so cheap? Frankly, it is because they are not top flight hotels. Both the Stratosphere and Sahara are located close to each other (across the street) on the far North Strip ...far from the nicer hotels and the "action." The Stratoshere has been remodeled and is "newer" than the ancient Sahara. But if you are trying to save money, either will probably do. I would not stay in either. Pay a few bucks more and stay at center strip. Bargains can be had at Harrahs, Bally's ...the Flamingo. - - Check: http://lasvegas4newbies.com/chap3-1.html - - Summer rates are less as is Sunday to Thursday rather than a weekend.

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BlackjackMark, it is the Stardust closing sometime around Holloween this year. The Sarhara looks to being for at least a few years to come.

My opinion on this thread is The Sahara as far as location. It's a bit closer to things on the strip. The Strat is about a half mile up the Blvd away from the strip.

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We stayed in the Strat........I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again. It's not a half mile from the Sahara, really only a couple of blocks. The Strat had great rates, decent restaurants, and we really enjoyed the dealers in the casino. Sure, both hotels are a bit from the center strip action, but the Deuce will take you anywhere down the strip, and it's really not a hassle at all. Save your money.....I would think either would be fine.

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i would stay at the strat i think that the casino is nice for the price....i liked it so much last year that im going back for a night this trip...just got a better rate at palace station...24 a night

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I would stay at the Strat. It''s less than a five min walk north of the Sahara. Just stayed there April and it once again exceeded my expectations. I got my room for $33 / night when the Flamingo was going for $149. No way the difference is worth it. I have no problem walking (don't listen to the people who say it's in a bad area, just don't walk north toward downtown). And the Deuce bus was never a problem. Loose slots, quick drink service. Our room was quiet, extremely clean, large, and obviously recently redone. Got upgraded for free by smiling nicely. Really enjoyed the restaurants (Lucky's midnight steak and eggs special and the Crazy Armadillo's happy hour and nachos especially). Enjoyed the 8th floor pool.

Stay at the Strat, spend the extra money gambling and eating and drinking.

Golden, Colorado
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If transportation is an issue, the Sahara would be better since it is close to the monorail. The Stratosphere is a long way from anything and if you're not renting a car, taxis will become extraordinarily expensive.

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Sahara is okay. Why so cheap? Because of its North Strip location, which is a few miles north of the main central strip action, that's all.

That's the beauty of Vegas -- you can still stay at a decent major full-service hotel-casino for just $47 a night, it's just not in the center of all the action. You'd pay that much or more at a dingy motel.

Sahara has a monorail station, but that's turning into an expensive proposition at $5 per trip per person. It's cheaper and easier for two or more just to grab a taxi from Sahara or Strat if you want to get to mid-strip.

BJMark: Sahara's not being imploded for a while.

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Why so cheap? Because of poor location, below average hotel rooms and boring casino atmosphere. Check out Stardust as it at least has some character and "Old Vegas" charm. The employees might not be all that cheery though.

When I think cheap, but good VALUE hotel in Vegas, I think Orleans.

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Hey Steve, have you been in the Stardust lately? Because a couple of weeks ago, it wasn't just the emloyees that looked gloomy - the entire place had the feel (and possibly smell) of death hanging over it. There wasn't anyone under the age of 80 in the casino, and it seemed security's main job was to make sure the drunks didn't fall asleep in the chairs in the Sports Book. To say the dealers were uninterested is putting it mildly, and the entire place smells of dirty feet and mildew. I feel bad lately when you tell people to go there. (I can't argue w/ eating at Ellis Island, though....:))

And the Deuce, which has a stop right in front of the Strat and I rather enjoy taking, is an option besides the monorail and taxis. (Taxi from Strat to center strip, $12-$15 dollars. For the price difference in hotels, more than happy with paying that.) And the walk to the Sahara from the Strat is 10 min tops.