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SLS Las Vegas Will Open Even Earlier Than Planned on August 23

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
June 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | Comment (1)

Hotel delays don't faze us. But hotels that open earlier than expected do, which is why today we're doing a little happy dance after hearing that the SLS Las Vegas will open at midnight on August 23, and not August 25 as we last heard and not September 1 as was originally planned.

The casino resort put out a press release, stating something completely unheard of in the hotel world: "construction on The Strip’s newest resort is wrapping ahead of schedule." Translation: SLS Las Vegas is a unicorn.

According to the release, rooms will be open for reservations on August 23 yet all we're seeing on the website is availability for August 25. We also couldn't pull up a room rate as the site was having issues. Perhaps too many people trying to ride the unicorn? However, last we checked room rates for that date we found a World Tower room for $149 a night. You can also book a room through HHonors, thanks to SLS's new partnership with Hilton Hotels' Curio Collection. All the restaurants will also be open on August 23, including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, Cleo, Katsuya, Ku Noodle and The Griddle Cafe.

For help deciding what room to book, check out our analysis of the room categories here.. For even more on the SLS and its transformation from the old Sahara to today, head on over to VegasChatter.

[Photo: Greg Clarke/VegasChatter]

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Is The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas About To Become a Hilton Hotel?

May 15, 2014 at 3:14 PM | by | Comment (1)

There's always some crazy news out of Las Vegas these days but we were a bit stunned this morning to hear that Blackstone Real Estate had purchased The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas from Deutsche Bank for about $1.73 billion. That's a lot of cash!

But does this mean The Cosmopolitan will stop being an Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott?

The chances of The Cosmo moving from a Marriott to a Hilton entity are extremely likely as the Blackstone Group pretty much owns Hilton Hotels. Yet Blackstone's real estate division, which is responsible for the purchase of the Cosmo, has a diversified portfolio, which also includes, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a percentage in Caesars Entertainment. Innnnteresting.

If Cosmo does move from Marriott to Hilton, we don't think it will happen immediately and we are sure Cosmopolitan will keep its Identity, not just the players reward club, but its cool kid persona which had made it a premiere casino resort on The Strip.

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Different Yet Still Designer: Inside a Room at The Delano Las Vegas

May 13, 2014 at 5:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yesterday, we showed you a cool piece of technology inside a room at The Delano Las Vegas, opening on September 1 at The Mandalay Bay--telephones with USB ports in them. Today we've got photos of the rest of the room and there are even more design and tech touches to admire.

The Delano is in the midst of renovating THEhotel's old rooms but there are quite a few that are already completed...and hosting some special guests (more on that later.) We were able to look inside a king room suite on the 37th floor. These suites start at a spacious 725-sq.ft. and include a separate sitting area, wet bar and an extra half-bathroom.

The design is merely reminiscent of the original Delano in South Beach rather than a replica. Indeed, the white sheer curtains and a white leather headboard that nearly covers the entire wall behind the bed are the only two items that will make you think of the original.

Instead of mirrors and chrome accents, the Delano Las Vegas has gone for gold with tasteful gold trim on the wardrobe closets, gold table legs, gold sconces (with outlets in them), gold cabinet handles, and even a gold luggage rack. (Of course, it it not real gold. You know what we mean.)

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The Delano Las Vegas is Making The Hotel Room Telephone Useful Again

May 12, 2014 at 4:28 PM | by | Comments (2)

We usually associate the Delano brand with design and not necessarily technology but when we peeked into a model room of the Delano Las Vegas, opening September 1 at the Mandalay Bay, we geeked out over the room phone. Yes, the room phone which we actually thought was nearly extinct.

While the phone may look like an ordinary cordless phone with the requisite hotel buttons on the front, on the side, it has a USB port so you can directly plug in your phone for charging.

No more schlepping over to the desk to the plug panel. No more bringing both the outlet charger and the USB cord. Just plug and charge while you sleep.

This is the first time we've seen this sort of phone in a hotel room, anywhere. But we sure hope it gets picked up by hotels, everywhere.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more photos inside The Delano Las Vegas!

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

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  Site Where: 2535 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
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.

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Here's a Sneak Peek of The Delano Las Vegas, Opening on September 1

April 30, 2014 at 3:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's been a long time coming but the Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay has opened its reservations line for stays beginning on September 1. Today, our sister site VegasChatter is touring the property (which is still undergoing its transformation from the existing THEhotel) and will be answering some of our hard-pressed questions like, "What's the best room to book?" and "What makes this hotel so special from others?"

But for now, you can peep some room photos and lobby photos that the hotel released today. You can also view a video here.

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How The Cromwell Will Be Bringing The Boutique Game to Las Vegas

March 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM | by | Comment (1)

When Caesars Entertainment closed Bill's Gambling Hall (formerly the Barbary Coast) last year, the decision was clear--the property on the corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard was going to be a boutique hotel.

While the initial hotel brand, who shall not be named, didn't work out, and Caesars decided to run the property on their own, they are still determined to offer a true boutique experience with the new The Cromwell Hotel, opening on May 21st. Here's how they'll do it.

For starters, The Cromwell only has 188 hotel rooms. By comparison, the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace has 181 rooms. But Nobu is a part of a massive casino experience and it doesn't have its own entrance (although it does have dedicated Nobu bellmen at the front of Caesars to greet guests.) Because of the limited amount of rooms, The Cromwell can take guests from arrival through check-in and up to their rooms in a much faster time than any other hotel in town.

The Cromwell will also have its own casino (but no sports book) as well as the first-ever restaurant from Giada De Laurentiis and day and nightclub venues from Vegas's after-hours legend, Victor Drai. Specialty F&B and happening nightlife on property? Check and check.

But its the perks that The Cromwell will bestow on its guests that will at last bring the boutique game to Vegas. No high-roller suite needed. Here's what to expect when you book a standard room at The Cromwell:

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Room Service is Alive and Well at The Nobu Hotel in Las Vegas

March 17, 2014 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Hotel Max in Seattle may have bagged room service, but at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, room service is alive and well, and very delicious.

Here's what greeted us one Saturday morning--green tea waffles ($20), a specialty of the Nobu in-room dining menu, served with an egg and bacon along with traditional maple syrup, Yuzu whipped cream, and a sweet Shiso syrup.

Another thing that's still alive and well at The Nobu Hotel is turndown service which features not only little boxes of chocolates and a properly turned-downed bed but also a special lavender mist from Natura Bisse (they do the bath toiletries at Nobu as well.) Turndown service is in addition to the complimentary Welcome amenity at Nobu which is a pot of freshly made green tea and specialty crackers.

Another nice touch was the Nobu Hotel chapstick, passion-fruit flavored and with SPF 15 too. We wonder if all these goodies will make it inside the Nobu Hotel that's to open soon at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami. Or maybe they'll put a different spin on it--iced green tea and sushi bento boxes on the beach come to mind.

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Here's Where You Can Use Your Hotel Loyalty Points in Vegas

February 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you're a frequent hotel guest, then you're probably a member of that hotel's loyalty program. Or you should be, so you can earn and use loyalty points at different hotels across the world.

While using a hotel's loyalty program is pretty straight-forward (find the hotel brand in whatever city you like and book), things work a little bit differently in Las Vegas which is dominated by massive hotel-casino resorts. In past years, you needed to be a member of a casino's players club program to earn rewards like upgrades, dinner comps and free rooms.

But that's no longer the case. Even first-time visitors to Vegas (affectionately called Vegas Virgins on our sister site, VegasChatter.com), can get a free room, a killer view, and more, all through their existing loyalty program membership.

See where your favorite hotel loyalty program can be used in Vegas below!

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The Cromwell in Las Vegas Will Start Taking Rezzies on Feb. 24

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  Site Where: 3595 Las Vegas Blvd S [map], Las Vegas, NV, United States, 89109
January 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ever since Gansevoort Las Vegas was dismissed as the operator for Caesars Entertainment's new boutique hotel in Vegas (opening in the old Bill's Gambling Hall building), speculation on the new name has been running wild, with most folks, including us and our super sibling, VegasChatter, believing it to be The Cromwell. Lo and behold, today's announcement from Caesars, made moments ago on their website. Here are the details:

With its prime location on one of the busiest intersections of the Las Vegas Strip – one that welcomes more than 20 million passersby each year – The Cromwell will feature 188 rooms and suites, a 40,000 square foot casino, hotel lobby bar, lounge, restaurant by Giada De Laurentiis and day and nightlife venues by Victor Drai.

Indeed, not much has changed from the original Gansevoort announcement, not even the purple-hued logo on the rendering. (Here's what the rendering used to look like.)

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Is This The New Hotel Replacing The Gansevoort in Las Vegas?

December 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM | by | Comments (0)

If we were a betting person, which we really aren't, we'd place some HUGE bets on the new name for Bill's Gambling Hall (which was supposed to be the The Gansevoort Las Vegas until that deal crapped out)--THE CROMWELL.

VegasChatter reported on the rumor on Monday, initially uncovered by Vegas Seven who cited sources as saying "the deed is done." Indeed, when we hit up the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office database, we found The Cromwell to be registered to Caesars (So have several websites, according to Vegas Seven.). Everything else planned for the property should remain the same including 188 sexy, boutique-style guestooms, 19 suites, a Strip-side restaurant from Giada de Laurentiis (yes, that Giada) and the return of Drai's nightclub, which will include a rooftop pool and day club.

And now given the news that Caesars' player's club, Total Rewards, has partnered up with SPG we fully expect some new SPG Moments to include a cooking class with Giada and a poolside cabana at Drai's.

We're just wondering how The Cromwell, which is such a staid sort of name, will fare in Sin City. Then again, we thought The Cosmopolitan was silly at first. So the name is not the only game here.

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Something Lovely Slowly Happening at SLS Las Vegas

November 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

While sbe's Redbury Hotel is opening in South Beach, it's still slow goings at the site of the old Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas, which will turn into the SLS Las Vegas next fall.

We scoped out the construction site yesterday hoping for some sneak peeks at the rooms or public spaces but the construction crews were still removing parts of the old Sahara and putting in newer foundations. Various parts of the buildings are also trying out some paint jobs and the entire site is wrapped in banner ads for the restaurants, bars and retail coming to the SLS (Umami burger! Fred Segal!)

Still, we won't be able to see much happening on this hotel for another few more months. Don't worry, if something does happen, VegasChatter will be all over it.

[Photo: HotelChatter]