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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.
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The much anticipated Bazaar Meat, the José Andrés "beyond the steakhouse" concept within SLS Las Vegas, will offer patrons interesting, and sizable, entrees. Guests will have the option of ordering large-format meat dishes to feed whatever large group (or ambitious food adventurer) cares to try them.
There's only 10 days until the SLS Las Vegas opens and, while rooms are only available in the Story and World towers for the first two nights (starting at $189 a night), the Lux rooms will be available beginning August 25, offering not only more space but also more sexiness.
As we told you back in May, the Lux rooms start at 425 square feet and feature mirrors on the ceilings, long white leather chaises and illustrated drapery that is wrapped around most of the room. This drapery also covers the glassed-in bathroom shower. So, while you can't step into the shower from the room, you can pull back the drapery and admire whoever is taking the shower. Surprise! Prince Harry, the SLS is practically calling your name!
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The North Strip finally seems to be headed for the revival long imagined, but never realized. SLS Las Vegas, a re-imagined, renovated and renamed Sahara, will open its doors at midnight on August 23 following a $415 million transformation. But, what about the other elements now in play?
Across the Strip from SLS, MGM Resorts' $20 million City of Rock will debut with the US arrival of Rock in Rio in May 2015. The plan is for the outdoor festival grounds to host up to 12 (possibly 16) events a year, however, a representative has stated no other events are on the books right now beyond the mega-concert event.
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If a full marathon is a bit too much for you as is a half-marathon and a half of a half, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon now has something right up your jogging path. The popular annual race has added a 5K sponsored by SLS Las Vegas to its roster.
Set for the night before November's main event, this race will start and end at SLS on Saturday, November 15. The full marathon on Sunday, November 16 starts at Mandalay Bay and finishes at The Mirage.
Whether it actually makes it to an opening day is anyone's guess, but the All Net Arena & Resort (name still tentative) is clear to move ahead, if it can.
Wednesday, local zoning officials granted approval for a wide range of use permits in regards to the project which is slated for the old Wet 'n' Wild site south of SLS Las Vegas on the Vegas Strip. Not only do developers plan to build a 44-story, non-gaming hotel and a 22,000-seat arena on the acreage, they also want to build what's being called a Victory Plaza which would feature dining, shopping, live entertainment and more (if you thought of The Linq, that's exactly the comparison reps drew). The cost? More than one billion dollars ($1.4 billion, specifically).
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We may have to wait until August 23 to step foot inside SLS Las Vegas, but we didn't have to wait that long to get some of our 'must know' questions answered.
SLS COO Rob Oseland held a Facebook chat on Wednesday and answered a host of queries on everything from whether the renovated resort would be gay friendly (it will) to whether guests will be able to opt out of the resort fee (they won't). Here are a few more responses you should know:
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One of the things about having a great vocal community is that people listen. Wednesday, we revealed more details about gaming at SLS Las Vegas and you voiced concerns about what blackjack games will actually be offered when the renovated resort reopens August 23. SLS was listening and offers up more information to interested fans.
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SLS Las Vegas opens in a month on August 23 and this gambler gets more and more excited with each bit of news he hears about the casino. And, now I'm hearing SLS could have the most player friendly gaming on The Strip!
Last May when SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara) shared that it wouldn’t open with a poker room (execs will reconsider if there is demand) or a traditional sportsbook, I was slightly concerned about the kind of gaming that might be offered. A combination sportsbook-slash-restaurant sounds like a very modern way to extract revenue as opposed to offering an amenity to guests.
Earlier this year, however, promising details were revealed about the SLS Las Vegas casino itself. I became cautiously optimistic given the tagline, "generous pay tables you love." When details were revealed on Bazaar Casino (an evenings only gaming concept), I was pleased to learn there would be some very playable blackjack games available.
The grand opening of the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino is just a mere month away and the property is kicking off the final countdown in a very social way -- with a Iive Facebook chat.
On Friday, we told you how Sahara Las Vegas Corp., owners of the acreage that once hosted a Wet 'N' Wild, were seeking use permits for everything from a recreational facility and restaurants to a nightclub, offices, shops and even a grocery store. What we didn't know at the time is that this all seems to be connected to a December announcement by former NBA and UNLV basketball player Jackie Robinson in regards to a privately funded $1.3 billion All Net Arena and Resort project. The plan would install a 22,000-seat arena on the land (totaling 27 acres, in all) as well as a casino-less resort (which our eagle-eyed readers noticed was conspicuously absent from our list of permits on Friday). A VegasChatter tipster tells us he was told last month that the resort would be a 500-room luxury five-star hotel and spa and would stand 45 stories tall.