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Something lovely starts today.
SLS Las Vegas has officially completed its $400 million renovation of the iconic Sahara casino and will be opening their doors at midnight tonight to excited and skeptical guests alike.
Currently, we're in the "excited" group because it's been a hell of a ride to watch SLS grow from one boutique hotel in Los Angeles to a full-fledged casino resort in Las Vegas, with a property in South Beach opening along the way, and several more to come.
We toured the SLS back in May and even though the rooms were not ready and the casino floor was just beginning to get its finishing touches, we could envision the sort of fun playground it will be, with big names and brands installed at the restaurants, nightclubs and retail that surround the casino floor.
Yet aside from a few touches that honor the old Sahara resort, made famous by the Rat Pack, the SLS has done away with anything old and replaced it with everything new. Folks still clinging onto memories of the Sahara may enter SLS with skepticism (or perhaps, it's bitterness) but we'll go in excited--you know how we love new things--and hopefully, we'll come out excited too.
Below are our on-the-scene observations. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for some other live coverage. For even more dedicated coverage on the SLS Las Vegas, head on over to VegasChatter's own live blog.
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Yet the humble bell-ringing ceremony that we witnessed at the opening of the very first SLS Hotel in Los Angeles, at the start of a recession, has given way to a bacchanal celebration fit only for a town like Vegas.
SLS has cultivated "a guest list of over 3,000 VIPs, celebs, political figures, media and influencers" who will experience the jaw-dropping $400 million overhaul of the former Sahara casino this Friday night. The invited will sample gourmet cuisine, sip on specialty libations and scope out the guest rooms. Some folks may even decide to gamble!
Capping it all off will be a performance from Iggy Azalea, the hit maker of the summer, thanks to her song, "Fancy." Iggy Igz will perform at The Foxtail Pool stage with a special featured guest. Please dear God/Sam Nazarian, we hope it's Rita Ora.
The special grand opening concert is being put on in partnership with Pepsi. SBE, SLS Hotels parent company, hinted at future headliner events such as this, saying:
A few years ago when the very first SLS Hotel opened in Los Angeles, we were on hand to witness the opening festivities which included speeches from hotelier Sam Nazarian and the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, and the ringing of an SLS bell.
Well, yesterday, the bell traveled down to Miami where it was rung during the SLS South Beach's opening party.
Interested in seeing the hotel in person for yourself? As we rounded up in our Hotel Deals yesterday, there's a going rate of about $235 a night on Jetsetter ($299 on the weekends in July.) Or you can peruse through our plentiful SLS photos if you'd rather explore the hotel virtually.
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If Yotel Times Square is setting the tone for a new culture of hospitality entertainment, then we're very excited to see what else it's got up its yo-sleeves. Last night, the purple giant hosted a series of one hundred performances that all took place inside one hundred different rooms of the hotel's top four floors. Kind of like a cross between a haunted house and a peep show (this is Times Square after all!), everyone was encouraged to step inside the rooms and explore, but no one ever quite knew what to expect.
Here's how it worked: guests were issued a "mission card" upon arrival and assigned a "festival captain" who, at the scheduled time, would lead the groups of 10-15 lucky souls to the ongoing carnival taking place upstairs. The plan was for each group to be shepherded along as a consolidated unit, but the reality was much more difficult to control. Once unleashed into the madness, all sense of order truly vanished.
Have you ever walked down the hallway of a hotel whose rooms have all been left completely open? Probably not, which is why things got a little exciting last night. Each of the one hundred marked doors continually led into some new configuration of half-clothed, keyboard-wielding, tarot-card-shuffling, beat-boxing, and—yes—pillow-fighting, umm....creative types.
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On hand for the opening weekend were newly single Christina Aguilera, The City's Whitney Port, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 90210 and Vanessa Hudgens who was snapped doing all sorts of things at the hotel from lounging on daybeds by the pool to strolling around the hotel and even, placing a food order. Whitney Port also made very good use of the hotel's pool daybeds with her boyfriend and a couple of friends. Later, Whit and her man took a stroll near along the beach.
If all these pics of young PYTs in bikinis has you a little concerned about your own physique, the hotel actually offers a Surf and Bikini Boot Camp where specialized trainers "provide fitness programs and surfing exercises to get you to your best bikini or surfer body."
You'll never guess where we are right now. Okaymaybe you will, if you've got sharp eyes and maybe have been longing for this place to open for a hot second, like we have. Also, if you follow us on Twitter this should be an easy one for you.
We are enjoying this new hotel so much that we just couldn't continue without slipping you a little preview. Now see if you can guess the hot hotel:
· It opens TODAY! But rooms really aren't available to the general public until Jan. 18th.
· The hotel is a new brand for New York City; who woulda thought anything could be new to this city anymore?
· The interior design is very sexy, very swank, and very downtown. It's money, if you know what we mean.
· Expect free WiFi, a show kitchen in the hotel restaurant like this one above, and very unique guestroom closets.
Was that easy enough for you? Drop your guesses into the comments and stay tuned for the full reveal first thing tomorrow.