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The Old Sahara Las Vegas Gets Approval to Turn Into a Trendy SLS Hotel

November 3, 2011 at 10:36 AM | by | ()

It looks like things are moving forward now at a rapid pace with SLS Hotels. After yesterday's surprise announcement that the SLS South Beach will open in April of next year, we now learn that SLS Las Vegas aka The Sahara has just gotten its massive casino-renovations approved by Clark County. Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

According to the plan, the existing room towers, the Tunis, Tangiers and Alexandria, will be renovated. The roller coaster will be dismantled and a 2,830-square-foot beer garden will be constructed. The number of hotel rooms will be decreased from 1,700 to 1,622.

Retail, tenant and restaurant spaces will be added, and the casino floor will be renovated. A 21,000-square-foot nightclub will be built, and 41,000 square feet of meeting and convention space will be added with a new pool deck area.

God, such joy and pain! It is painful to once again see the old Sahara deconstructed (no more roller coaster?) but yet we're excited about the new life that the SLS will bring to this forlorn section of Las Vegas. (Prost to the beer garden!) And it's quite interesting that the room count will decrease. We guess SLS hotelier Sam Nazarian is combining rooms to make for more suites. Or at least we hope.

Given that SLS South Beach is compiling all of SBE's greatest hits under one roof--Jose Andres, Katsuya, Hyde nightclub--we bet good money SLS Las Vegas will do the same. Except maybe without Hyde because that's already going in at the Bellagio. Perhaps Lenny Kravitz can work some hotel sex magic here then?

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