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SLS Vegas Now Flush With Cash, Debuting Fall 2014

February 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM | by | ()

SBE, the nightlife-hospitality company that bought Sahara (and then, hiccup, closed it down), reports that it (finally) has the money it needs to transform the historic, aging property into the shiny and new SLS Las Vegas. And, that construction begins now. Just when we were beginning to wonder what up with that.

The SLS Vegas is expected to open in the fall of next year after a $415 million makeover. We're still having a hard time believing that timeline, though. When it does make its debut, it will offer 1,600 Philippe Starck-designed guest rooms; all Fred Segal, all the time retail shopping; four nightlife venues include a new version of SBE's original Shelter nightclub and a Sayers Club; and dining options that will include Hollywood hotspot The Griddle Cafe, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck and a Umami Burger, a chain of Cali burger joints.

The Sahara closed on May 16, 2011. For those who still mourn it, we recall the words of an employee on its last day who remarked on the crowds who came to bid it goodbye, "We should have been closing every day."

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Archived Comments:

Oh Yeah!

I agree, Rebecca, the time line given is heavily optimistic.  But, then again, Nazarian does tend to like a challenge.  I wish him the best of luck and look forward to being there when SLS opens.


Nazarian and company couldn't manage the old Sahara properly. What on earth makes us think that they will be able to manage it with a pretty coat of new paint?

Having said that, it is the nearest Strip property to my house and I used to enjoy going over to The Sahara to chill with a drink. So, be nice to have it open again.


Ok, we have all the info about the hotel, but will the hotel have a casino and if it does, who will operate the casino services? I know that sbe has some kind of rewards program, but that was a bust kind of. Will we see a revamp, maybe a loyalty program and a rewards program in one?


I had the same thought. I can't imagine that it wouldn't have one, but a mention of a casino was missing from the press release. Quite curious, for sure.


I don't think sbe needs to get into the casino field. They literally know nothing about operating one. If they do, then they should seriously get an outside company like MGM to operate it, since they have a partnership with MGM.

Details, Details

I wonder how the rooms will turn out. Don't they have two big towers? That's alot of rooms. If they are not gutting the main building and casino and just doing a remodel, is it the same situation for the rooms?


See the rooms here: http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/2013/2/13/175343/986/vegas-travel/Inside+The+Rooms+of+Downtown+Gra nd. They'll have 650 rooms and suites, separated into two towers.

And, yes, they've ripped everything out with the exception of the facade, steel and concrete. Here are images I shot this week in this post: http://www.vegaschatter.com/story/2013/2/14/163810/762/vegas-travel/Exploring+The+Restaurants+Of+Dow ntown+Grand.


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