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What to See, Like and Savor at The SLS Las Vegas, Opening in August

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May 12, 2014 at 1:38 PM | by | Comment (1)

Last week, we got to the tour the most ambitious SLS Hotel project yet--the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino at the far end of the Las Vegas Strip, where the old Sahara casino used to be.

For "old" Vegas fans, there's not much of the original Sahara left, aside from the bones of the room towers and casino building. But if you want a thrilling new way to do up Vegas, baby, Vegas, the SLS will satisfy little and large spenders alike. Sorry, we got carried away with SLS-speak. What we meant to say is, there will be something for everyone here. You may not need to leave the SLS at all.

THE ROOMS
As we mentioned on Friday, there will be three different room towers, each with a different category of rooms inside.

The World Tower will feature SLS "lite" sort of rooms. These rooms are no bigger than 400-sq.ft. (with the exception of a suite) and they are more fun and functional rather than over-the-top luxurious.

Rob Oseland, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas told us these rooms were designed by Philippe Starck to be "cost effective chic."

There's an exclusive SLS bed (called Sleep Lying Still from Beauty Rest by Simmons Hospitality), 300-thread count bedding, down pillows and a comfy little couch at the foot of the bed. There's also the SLS-branded Saints & Sinners minibar goodies as well as a desk and rolling chair and a flat-screen TV.

And instead of putting in a lot of luxury layers where room technology is concerned, Oseland said SLS will simply boost the cell reception and install a fast WiFi network, which at the end of the day, is really what guests want from their hotel rooms. The World Tower rooms are the starting room rate at $149 a night on August 25. Yet if you want some luxurious settings, you should upgrade up to the Lux Tower.

The Lux Tower features the traditional SLS style of rooms. These are bigger accommodations, starting at 425-sq.ft., with a white leather chaise that nearly runs the length of the room. This room category starts at $239 a night on August 25.

Mirrors are on the ceiling above the bed and the illustrated drapery that we've seen at the SLS South Beach is wrapped around most of the room. (In fact, these rooms look practically identical to South Beach, but bigger.) There's also an opening in the drapery by the shower. You can't step into the shower from this opening but you can admire whoever is in the shower. Consider this a new twist on the peek-a-boo bathrooms.

The bathroom itself features a long dual-sink vanity but no soaking tub while the closet that leads before the bathroom has playful pops of light pink. Looking for more color with your hotel stay? Try the Story Tower rooms.

The Story Tower has the smallest of rooms, starting at 325-sq.ft., but they are also the most fun. The bathroom and water closet, which are behind the bed, feature bright yellow tiling which livens up the tiny space (you may also need to don sunglasses for the morning after.)

The bed itself appears to be floating (another standard SLS design feature) while the sofa opposite looks as if it broke off from the bed. Again, SLS has combined clever design with room functionality. And even though these rooms are smaller, they will start at $159 a night on August 25.

THE CASINO
The casino at SLS will be spread out over nearly 60,000-sq.ft. and will include slot and video poker machines, 70 classic table games, a sports book by William Hill (tucked inside the Umami Burger restaurant), a High Limit Salon, four table games poolside and even a few table games at The Bazaar restaurant by Jose Andres. A new players club has been created called The Code, which can also be linked up to an iGaming account, a mobile betting service. VegasChatter has a more detailed post on the casino at SLS here.

THE RESTAURANTS
While most of the SBE restaurants at SLS Las Vegas will line the casino floor, Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres will be tucked away in a corner at the back. It will be kept sort of dark during the day but in the late afternoon (around 5pm), it will slowly start to come to life. As we mentioned above, there will be gaming tables but also a Bar Centro cocktail bar and the new Bazaar concept, Bazaar Meat which promises to be "a wild and wonderful celebration of the carnivorous, in all its forms."

Aside from Bazaar, you can also dine in at Katsuya, Cleo, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, The Griddle Cafe, Umami Burger (which has a beer garden component), Ku Noodle (also from Jose Andres), the SLS Buffet and Perq, the coffee bar off the hotel reception area.

THE NIGHTCLUBS
Of course, it would not be an SLS without a couple of nightclubs. Foxtail, which was open for a hot minute in West Hollywood a few years ago is resurrected here and will serve as the indoor/outdoor lounge experience by the pool, similar to Surrender at XS at the Encore. The Sayer's Club, another import from LA, will be more of an intimate nightclub with live music, and an outdoor patio that faces the Strip. LiFE, as we mentioned last week, will be the SLS Las Vegas' massive nightclub experience. Built out of the old Sahara theater, LiFE will have giant LED screens and aerial performers as well as a sort of catwalk around the entire nightclub so you don't have to cut through a crowded dance floor.

THE POOL
SLS actually kept the Sahara's old pool (well, the size of it anyways) which is actually very small compared to Vegas pools these days. There is plenty of cabana and lounge chair space surrounding the pool as well as a bar that sits in the middle of the pool (it's not a swim-up bar.) A few of the VIP cabanas will also have their own private plunge pools. SLS is also working on doing some crazy cool live streaming on the walls of the parking garage which are against the pool area. In short, the pool area will be more about socializing than swimming.

HALFWAY TO STRIP AND DOWNTOWN
The biggest challenge for the SLS Las Vegas is its location. It's at the far end of the Strip, way past Wynn and Encore. Its closest neighbors are the abandoned Fontainebleau and Circus, Circus, which is not exactly its target clientele. BUT there are some positives. It's pretty much halfway between downtown and the middle of The Strip, making it easy for visitors to see both parts of Vegas. The SLS also has its own monorail stop, so you can ride all the way up to the MGM Grand without having to take a cab. Lastly, SLS has so much to do on-site from restaurants to nightclubs to gaming tables and even clothing stores (from Fred Segal), that you may not need to leave. Hmmm...maybe that's what SLS has intended all along.

The SLS Las Vegas will open on August 25 with a grand opening over Labor Day Weekend. Rates start at $149 a night and can be booked here.

[Renderings: SLS Las Vegas]

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Las Vegas Beauty

This is one beautiful hotel in Las Vegas.  It will do very well.  Love the World Tower rooms. And great to be getting a fast wifi connection in the room also

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