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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.
The north Strip is officially awakening from its slumber. SLS Las Vegas debuts in just over a month (August 23) and may soon be bracketed by construction to the north, west and south. A Walgreens is already underway to the north (on the other side of Sahara Avenue) and will open next year. (Admittedly, not that exciting, but hey, we'll take it.) A City of Rock will soon rise on the west side of The Strip with a debut of 2015, too. Now, it looks like that long abandoned plot of land to the south of SLS -- you know, the one that once held the hottest place to cool off in town? -- may see some action of its own.
Once the site of Wet 'N' Wild, the 27 acres between SLS and the husk of Fontainebleau is owned by Sahara Las Vegas Corp., a subsidiary of Archon Group. Earlier this week, executives approached a local government board seeking use permits for everything under the sun. And, we're not exaggerating. Check it out for yourself:
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Can't wait for future Vegas to arrive? Sate your thirst for Vegas new-ness with ten shots of construction porn. All were snapped today as we travelled from Luxor to Sahara. Erm, SLS!
Delano Las Vegas (Debuting September 1)
Don't call it THEhotel, anymore. It's almost Delano now -- just check out the sign below! -- so we might as well get used to it. Officially making its Vegas debut September 1, some folks are already enjoying the new rooms. A rep tells us about 40 percent of the tower's accommodations have been remodeled so far. For more on what to expect from Delano, click here.
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With its grand opening just over two months away, SLS Las Vegas will be here before we know it. When you head there to visit or to stay awhile and you're driving yourself, don't automatically pull into the Las Vegas Boulevard entrance.
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Being one of the first to walk into a newly opened casino is one of the most thrilling things you can do in Las Vegas. This writer remembers doing just that for the debuts of Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, Venetian and Palms. In August, we'll all have a new chance to reminisce about the time we walked into a just-opened resort when SLS Las Vegas comes online.
Already a member of the Preferred Hotel Group (along with Wynn, Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch), SLS Las Vegas is now partnering up with Hilton Worldwide as part of the brand's new Curio collection.
SLS Lights Sign.
SLS Las Vegas has flipped the switch on its 153-foot-tall, Strip-front marquee. VegasChatter staff photographer Greg Clarke swung by earlier today when the digital display was monkeying around with a few different images. It was clearly, however, a 'monkey see, monkey do' production. Exhibit A:
We've actually known about this since 2012 thanks to our friends at Access Vegas, but just in case you haven't heard... yes, another pharmacy is headed to The Strip. This one will be just across the street from
Sahara SLS Las Vegas.
A two-story, multi-tenant complex -- anchored by Walgreens -- has long been in the works for the plot of land where the Holy Cow brewery-slash-casino once stood. If you're not quite sure where that is, it's on the same side of Las Vegas Boulevard as the SLS, just on the other side of Sahara (the road).
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With so much of the focus on new casinos shifting from gaming revenue to nightlife, we have begun seeing many interesting beverage programs. SLS recently did a very cool thing, inviting key staff members to participate in a beer tasting to finalize the list. Members were invited to taste twenty or so different brews while completing surveys ranking their strengths and weaknesses.
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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.