The Sahara is back on the Vegas Strip.

For nearly six decades, the hotel-casino with the camel-themed signage was a staple on the Strip. Three years after the property closed in 2011, SLS Las Vegas opened in its place on the same spot with an all-new look and feel.

In April 2018, the Merely Group purchased SLS and immediately started making plans to renovate and refresh the resort. That included rebranding the hotel back to Sahara Las Vegas.

Since then, the resort has completed $150 worth of renovations including an updated casino floor featuring 24-hour CASBAR Lounge and the Infinity premium gaming lounge, renovated hotel rooms, suites and corridors, an upgraded spa and hotel lobby. The resort’s mani pool is slated for later this fall. Additional updates include a refresh and new paint colorful the building’s exterior.

"The return of SAHARA Las Vegas to The Strip is significant for the city," said Alex Meruelo, SAHARA Las Vegas owner in a statement. "The reimagining of this iconic resort will enable an enhanced guest experience that runs contrary to the megaresorts that have recently dominated the Las Vegas landscape. At SAHARA Las Vegas, guests will be greeted with a warm, customized experience set within a fully modern, dynamic resort. We know guests come to Las Vegas to create memories, and we plan to help them do just that in a beautifully curated, intimate resort experience with personalized services that make everyone feel special."

And there is more coming including enhancements to the resort’s award-winning culinary program with the addition of the Philadelphia Eagles restaurant partner Chickie’s and Pete’s as well as soon-to-be-announced, fine dining concepts. Guests can also expect renovations to the property’s entertainment and nightlife lineup.

Stay tuned for more updates as the Sahara comes back to life.