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SLS Las Vegas Breaks Ground, Will Debut in 2014

February 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

Almost two years after The Sahara, a Vegas hotel-casino owned by Sam Nazarian, fell apart at the seams shuttered, sbe officially broke ground yesterday to re-adapt the site into the long-awaited SLS Las Vegas. But don't start booking those flights to LAS just yet.

The press release declares a Fall 2014 opening, though our pals at VegasChatter wonder if that might be a little unrealistic, considering how much work has to be done to turn the place into an "entertainment-driven resort and casino" (and how much money has to be spent—a reported $415 million is being pumped into the project).

As of now, however, here's what we know:

Similar to SLS South Beach (which, in case you forgot, won our Best Opening of 2012 award in December), the new Vegas property will feature previous SLS collaborators Philippe Starck and culinary director Jose Andres. Interesting to see how Starck will tackle such a big project (the hotel is set to have over 1,600 guest rooms) and still keep up his attention to detail and sense of the fantastic. How whimsical can a Vegas casino hotel really get, after all?

Additionally, there will be a 10,000 sq ft Fred Segal retail outlet, with seven Fred Segal-branded boutiques. Not to mention a nightclub called Shelter, and an outpost of the LA live music venue The Sayers Club.

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[Photo: SLS Las Vegas website]

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