I just returned from 4 nights at Sam's Town... here are some of my latest observations. The pool is open and heated. Hours are currently from 10am-8pm. The hot tub was perfect for a cool January day. The hotel seemed to be experiencing some sewage issues over the past week. Upon arrival the halls and elevator on the east side of the hotel smelled really bad. Inside the rooms is was tolerable, but not good. If anyone knows the smell the flood channel that goes by the hotel gets from time to time, it was similar. The first night was the worst and it got better each day. By the time we left the smell was gone, so hopefully you're safe now. I only ate at the hotel twice for breakfast. The special at TGIF was fine and a good value at $3.99 and McDonald's was, well McDonald's. They had a lot of other specials going on that sounded great ($9.99 for the prime rib dinner buffet, $10 for steak and lobster at Billy Bob's, 1/2 off fajitas at Willy and Jose's), but we didn't spend a lot of time at Sam's because we couldn't win in the casino. One other thing, nothing new, but if you can't catch a break in the casino, Sam's town feels even more isolated than normal. I guess you could argue that about most locals places, but I think that Sam's somewhat sketchy neighborhood make if feel more that way to me than others.