SLS Las Vegas Opens Its Doors

Nearly 3 years after the Sahara Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas closed, the iconic property was reborn as the glitzy new SLS Las Vegas at the stroke of midnight, becoming the first major resort opening since The Cosmopolitan in 2010. A lavish VIP reception and fireworks display heralded the opening of the 1,620-room resort, attended by SBE Entertainment Group founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, designer Philippe Starck, chef Jose Andres, singer Lenny Kravitz and celebrities from the sports and entertainment circles.

Kicking Off the North Strip Revival

Located at the northern end of The Strip between Stratosphere and Circus Circus, the resort serves as the northern terminus of the Las Vegas Monorail with easy access to McCarran International Airport and interstate links. SBE executives are touting its proximity to Downtown and future development plans of the district, as the SLS Las Vegas kicks off a revival of the entire area with new resorts to join it in the next few years.

Towers With Unique Personalities

SBE spent USD 415 million to renovate the Sahara’s accommodations and public spaces, collaborating with Philippe Starck and Gensler Architects to redesign over 1,600 guestrooms and suites, housed in 3 hotel towers. The all-suite LUX at SLS Las Vegas tower is aimed at leisure and gaming visitors, boasting French design influence with oversized sofas, whimsical chandeliers, a custom closet armoire and a peek-a-boo window in the shower looking into the bedroom, while the business and convention-focused World Tower boasts functionality with a combination desk/media center and a monochromatic colour palette with pink accents, as well as full-length LED-lit mirrors flanking the bed. The accommodations of the Story Tower are focused on partiers, where the design revolves around the multi-functional bed serving as an entertainment area for guests.

Las Vegas Outpost for SBE’s Dining & Entertainment Offerings

Philippe Starck lends his touch to the SLS Las Vegas’ restaurants, where Katsuya will have statues of couture kimonos and booths made to resemble Japanese helmets and Cleo will have a 14-foot image re-enacting Hollywood star Vivian Leigh’s Cleopatra at the entrance, Egyptian wall coverings and Moroccan tiled floors. Both are part of SBE’s collection of restaurant and nightlife brands at the resort, which also includes The Bazaar by José Andrés, 800 Degrees, Umami Burger, and The Griddle Café. Other concepts comprise of James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés’ Ku Noodle showcasing Asian cuisine, the Monkey Bar, the Center Bar, The Perq, LIFE and Foxtail.

Smaller, Reconfigured Gaming Space

While gaming remains a key aspect of any Las Vegas resort, SBE has opted to reduce the size of the casino floor to 5,574 square meters with nearly 800 slot machines, choosing to incorporate more retail and lifestyle venues. Iconic Los Angeles-based retailer Fred Segal occupies nearly 1,000 square meters of floor space, while Hollywood’s beloved The Sayers Club makes its Vegas debut with a refined, yet raw space complete with an outdoor patio overlooking The Strip. For those looking to relax, there are 2 resort pools and the luxurious Ciel Spa, situated within the LUX Tower.

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