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Last week, we got to the tour the most ambitious SLS Hotel project yet -- the SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino at the north 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, the SLS will satisfy small 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.
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 square feet (with the exception of a suite) and they are more 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. The World Tower rooms start at $149 a night . Yet if you want some luxurious settings, you should upgrade up to the Lux Tower.
The 190-room hotel will open in mid-2013 on Park Avenue South near a bunch of other hot hotels like the Gansevoort South, the Ace Hotel and the NoMad Hotel. While the hotel will be designed by SLS' own Philippe Starck, SLS is still working out its F&B and nightlife scene. Contrary to what was reported in the NY Post, we've got word from SLS that a José Andrés restaurant is not definite. (Andrés has restaurants in both the SLS at Beverly Hills and South Beach.)
There is, however, talk of reviving the S Bar brand and even putting in a Hyde nightclub in the New York spot.
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Oh, those anxious moments before the announcers take to the podium. The James Beard Foundation announced the 2012 finalists yesterday in the food equivalent of receiving an Academy Award nomination. And, this year, all the tension was bottled into a room at the Palazzo. But, despite Las Vegas hosting the event, the city was offered little love on the voting forms. Categories ranged from Outstanding Chef and Restaurant to best food blogger and humorous food writing. (Our review of the city's fried Twinkies is mysteriously absent.)
Over 550 judges tabulate the results derived from over 59,000 entries which sounds like a statistical nightmare. But, the Beard Foundation Awards are the apex of respectability within the food community and enormously prestigious for peer recognition and helping build an audience of informed and appreciative diners. The Venetian and the Palazzo's own collection of restaurants includes more James Beard award recipients than any other hotel in the Vegas. And, even more impressively, the world.
The Cosmopolitan doesn't seem to be content just living out its title as newest kid on the block. Actually, depending on how big your definition of block is, the Cos isn't the brandest newest any longer. But it's fancy new school clothes haven't started to wear out yet either.
The worst kept secret in the history of secrets was out long before the resort ever opened, the "secret" pizza place. But then the mysterious newcomer surprised us with art in low places, free concerts, and then a 'round the clock pool.
"Oh what I would do with a perfect piece of broccoli...."
The Cosmopolitan Resort is looking to give its neighbor, Aria, a serious run for its foodie clientele. The resort, which will open in December, has just announced today that super star chef Jose Andres, beloved for his restaurants in DC and LA, will open a fourth outpost of his Spanish tapas bar Jaleo AND a second restaurant combining Chinese and Mexican cuisine. (The LA Times calls it "Chexican" food.)
Even better, vegetarians may actually have more options than the meat eaters. Andres declared this on 60 Minutes last night:
I believe the future is vegetables and fruits. They are so much more sexier than a piece of chicken...
Yes! More people need to get behind the "Veggies are sexy!" campaign. Quick, someone call Holly Madison to book her for a veggie stunt!