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The Sahara was one of the first Vegas hotels that this writer (and my other half) ever stayed in. After visiting many times, both alone and with pals, Sahara felt like an old friend. Unfortunately, our relationship faltered when the property and level of service fell into decay. After a particularly unpleasant experience in 2009, I vowed not to return as a guest. And, I kept that promise… until last weekend when it was reborn as SLS Las Vegas.
As soon as an opening date for SLS was announced, I was able to book a two-night stay in a World Tower accommodation (360 sq. ft.) for that weekend. The World Tower is, by SLS’ own description, the "functional” arm of its three towers, with the Story Tower rooms (325 sq. ft.) intended for partiers, and Lux Tower rooms (465 sq. ft.) designed for those with luxury tastes.
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When we heard that SLS Hotels would be closing down the iconic Sahara Hotel back in 2011, one of our first thoughts was, "But what will happen to the Sahara door handles?" Seriously.
During our visit to the down-trodden casino in 2009, that was one of the design details that this writer adored the most. (It's probably because my last name begins with an "S.") We had hoped then that SLS would incorporate the door handles somewhere into the SLS and as it turns out, they have.
Johnny Kats uncovered the whereabouts of the door handles in his LV Weekly profile on SLS honcho Sam Nazarian.
Today, some elements of the property remain at the new SLS, where Nazarian has a design effect that he calls “Sahara-esque.” He has saved 50 or so S-shaped door handles from the old resort and turned them into a chandelier.
We looked high and low for the chandelier during the SLS Las Vegas' opening day but we could not find it anywhere. And it wasn't because our vision was hampered by gin cocktails. (Or tequila cocktails. Or vodka cocktails.) It turns out the chandelier hadn't been installed yet. But now it's up and here's what it looks like.
You can admire the chandelier for yourself when you walk in between The Sayers Club and the 800 Degrees pizza joint. Alas, the jewels in the door handles have been plucked out. We heard that some over eager folks pried them out of the door handles during the Sahara Liquidation Sale. It was probably for the better. Red, blue and yellow don't really work with the SLS color scheme.
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The Griddle Cafe at SLS Las Vegas might feel like it's in the frying pan as much as its eye-poppin', plate-sized pancakes are on the griddle. Since opening this weekend, we've heard of long lines and waits. Even when we strolled up around 10:30 a.m. Monday -- after passing a near empty casino -- we found every table taken. (Granted the room is small, by Vegas standards.)
Being an east coast transplant who hasn’t become completely jaded (yet) by the bright lights of the Strip, this writer is occasionally still in awe of nightclub and lounge culture. Aside from the obvious amazement over women who choose to wear shoes and clothes that look so uncomfortable in order to fit in at some of these venues, I still get excited about live music in nightclub/lounge settings.
That is why, on what turns out to be my nine-year Vegas-versary of when I arrived in Sin City, I’m excited Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas is finally open. I am especially hyped after hearing about Sayers Sessions at the outpost in LA and also the one-off events held at sister venue, Hyde Bellagio, featuring the Sayers Sessions band.
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If you’ve looked closely at the SLS Las Vegas logo, or were already familiar with SLS chain’s love of monkeys, you probably already know to expect some fun monkey-themed items around the new Vegas hotel and casino. Monkey business is apparently an actual business, if you’re Sam Nazarian or sbe!
During our coverage of the opening week’s festivities, we snapped a few pics of the primates we found throughout the resort, some are easily spotted while others are more subtle. Here's a gallery of some of our faves:
Casino openings in Las Vegas are a blast. There are so many new things to do, see and touch. With every new property opening we see the entire hotel and casino concept evolve. Operators follow the money so it's no surprise to see the spread of smaller casinos. When The Cromwell opened earlier this year, few were surprised to see the low-rollin' property become a nightclub that also had an intimate hotel and casino.
It's not news when we say the majority of revenue on the Vegas Strip has been coming from non-gaming outlets. Last year, when Sam Nazarian spoke about his now open SLS Las Vegas, his goal was to reap 70% of its revenue from non-gaming sources. When it was revealed SLS would open with nine restaurants and three clubs it wasn’t much of a surprise to anyone.
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The hybrid burger joint/bar/beer garden/sportsbook at SLS Las Vegas is awesome, but it's not your traditional betting experience. Last May, we revealed Sam Nazarian’s vision for the sportsbook at SLS, a venue that would be more along the lines of Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo, a sports bar and restaurant where you can wager, too.
At SLS, that concept has found new roots with Umami Burger. Bartenders there wear shirts that read "Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sportsbook" and, while there’s a William Hill presence here, there is no mistaking this is a Umami Burger that also has a sportsbook. It’s a great combination and, possibly, a look at the future in an era where every square inch of space must be maximized and monetized.
In Las Vegas, there are plenty of things that can cause a double take. They're often, however, of the people-watching variety. At SLS, Sin City's newest resort, we expected to find things to give us pause. We did not, however, expect to stop and gawk before ever stepping foot inside.
Standing jubilantly in the center of the casino's main porte cochere is a mind-boggling sight -- a huge, smiley, silver-colored, starfish-esque, one-eyed blob with appendages upraised. When we shared a photo of the sight on the VegasChatter Facebook page, the majority of readers were just as befuddled labeling the... whatever.. as strange, creepy and weird, and comparing it to Patrick Star (from SpongeBob SquarePants) or something you might see at the Olympics.
That's where you get The Code.
Las Vegas' newest casino is well into its first official day of business after opening to the public at midnight last night. A gaming floor already brimming with guests of an invite-only grand opening party for SLS Las Vegas swelled even more when the public rushed in.
Before you join their ranks, you should know that SLS, an sbe property, offers The Code as its players club. That’s different, if you're familiar with it, from the existing sbePREFERRED loyalty program. While The Code is only used at SLS Las Vegas right now, that may change in the future. Current sbePREFERRED members will receive benefits from sbePREFERRED and The Code until the end of the year.
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When the iconic property first shuttered, skepticism was high regarding a promise by owners to be back soon. It wasn't soon, but it is back. We'll tour you around the completely redesigned and re-imagined resort via this live blog throughout the day and into the late hours of the evening. We'll also have live coverage on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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[Ed. Note: Our sneak peek was actually part of the SLS Las Vegas invite-only "Play Days" which serve as a dress rehearsal of sorts for the SLS service team. Stay tuned for further impressions of the resort when it officially opens to the media and the public on Friday.]
Given the fun billboard ads showing the transition between the “old Vegas vibe of Sahara and the changing of the guard to the hip and trendy SLS Las Vegas, you might expect the entire resort to be a little more retro or at least a hybrid of the eras. After a sneak peek of SLS Las Vegas last night, there weren't as many old school elements hearkening back to the old Sahara as we may have all anticipated but this writer, at least, certainly wasn’t let down by what I saw.
The renovated property has all the upscale hipster-ish feel of the Cosmo in a more easy to navigate package. And, that new casino smell is downright delicious. If body glitter had a scent and you mixed it with the aroma of a fruity tropical drink, that’s how I would describe the first whiff. It was sweet smelling and new, with a dash of seductive optimism.
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When Sahara closed May 16, 2011, sbe chief executive Sam Nazarian hung a note on the door promising “Be back soon.” At that time, those words seemed like wishful thinking. Yet here we are, three plus years later, counting down the days until Sahara is reborn as SLS Las Vegas August 23.
If you’re as excited as we are to see a new hotel casino on the Strip, then you’ve probably got plans to check it out when the doors open for the first time. VegasChatter will attend the unveiling at midnight, Saturday August 23 (that’s Friday night if you’re unsure) and will share our impressions soon after. If you intend to join in on the fun, here are a few tips and (hopefully) useful information to get you there with minimal headache.