Robert_Charlton - 10:34 am on Mar 3, 2011 (gmt 0)
I've stayed in the Sahara several times over a bunch of years (including pre-PubCon) and liked it for various reasons, but last year I felt it had changed significantly for the worst.
In the past, it was kind of a folksy touch of old Las Vegas that I liked much better than some of the larger, glitzier, more pretentious hotels on The Strip.
It's on the monorail, and it was also a nice walk to the convention center in the morning if you like to walk. It also had good help and was more personal than the bigger hotels... had nearby mom & pop ethnic restaurants that were really good and reasonably priced, away from the crowds and tourist traps of the Strip. I quickly got to know the maids, the people in the coffee shop, at the concierge desk, etc, and I got personalized service.
This last November, though, I was appalled. The hotel is on hard times, has cut down many of its inhouse amenities, and apparently has outsourced much of its staffing. Service was awful, and the coffee shop was being shut down the week I was leaving. Sorry to say that I wouldn't recommend it for next year unless price is a really big factor.