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From Sahara down to Tropicana, things continue to change on The Strip. On one end, SLS Las Vegas is painting the
town towers. On the other, Double Barrel Roadhouse will debut in a matter of days. Here's a quick look at where things stand on the Strip (photos taken on Sunday, March 2):
SLS Las Vegas (formerly Sahara)
Opening: Labor Day Weekend
Before year's end, we should have three new hotels -- The Cromwell, SLS Las Vegas and Delano Las Vegas -- to explore. And, we should be able to test the waters at two new pools with their debuts, fingers crossed.
Delano, which is taking over and transforming THEhotel, will share the already established pool offerings of big sis, Mandalay Bay, but SLS and Cromwell will both bring entirely new pool scenes to the city. We don't know what is in store at either just yet aside from beautiful babies and luxe cabanas, obvi, but -- based solely on their renderings and locales, which pool would you rather?
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Fall has been the long-stated target for the arrival of the SLS Las Vegas, but now it's ready to get a lot more specific.
Reps just posted their intentions to open the renovated and re-imagined resort on Labor Day Weekend on the SLS Las Vegas blog. (Labor Day is September 1.)
The photo above snapped by photographer Greg Clarke shows the state of exterior construction as of a few days ago. SLS, formerly the Sahara, will offer 1,600 rooms and suites, a casino, and a range of nightlife and dining experiences as well as retail offerings by Fred Segal.
The Sahara closed on May 16, 2011.
Checking back up on the SLS Las Vegas led a VegasChatter reader to do some poking around of his own.
Tim K. of Germany (holla!) emailed us today after finding an SLS convention sales sheet featuring a rendering of one of the guest rooms to come. Check it out:
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If you thought last year saw a lot of highly anticipated openings in Vegas, that was nothing. This year will most definitely top that. From the debut of a world record-setting attraction to even more new hotel concepts, 2014 is going to be another incredible year for Las Vegas. Here are the 10 openings we consider the biggest game changers of the year ahead:
1. The High Roller (Opening: March?)
It's the tallest observation wheel in. the. world. And, it's just a short walk off The Strip. You had a good run, all other Vegas attractions.
2. SLS Las Vegas (Opening: fall)
We lost the Sahara, but will we gain a revived north Strip with the debut of SLS? What happens here will make or further break not just this property, but an entire neighborhood.
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Things have been fairly quiet on the SLS Las Vegas front with the PR drip system set to keep it in the headlines every few weeks or so. December saw an announcement that Hollywood outpost Cleo would join the resort's restaurant lineup, news of its $5 million LED system and the addition of a new executive to its fold as well as a carefully chosen interview or two.
Still touting a debut of this fall, the site of the old Sahara continues its slow metamorphosis. VegasChatter friend and Sin City shutterbug, Greg Clarke, recently captured new images of the progress and shared them with us for this post.
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Work is still progressing to transform Sahara into SLS Las Vegas, but it seems the pace has slowed quite a bit. Where the aging hotel's iconic dome and sign were gone like that and visible demolition once moved along at a quick pace, change is occurring much more leisurely now.
A stop by the construction site last Thursday found not much different from a visit in mid-September. The most noticeable change is the addition of bright white paint which we hope is just step one in a multi-step plan since they're simply painting over large sections of the exterior and not making any structural or design changes before they do. Just check out those now white diamonds above. Hashtag ugh. We just hope that beautiful aqua tile work (seen below) isn't about to receive the same treatment. (SLS, just send it to us. We'll think of something crafty for it, for sure. Thanks.)
An article this weekend in the Las Vegas Review-Journal reveals just how different the new resort will be from the icon of the past. Gone will be the Moroccan influences and in its place "an ultramodern look and style with elements reminiscent of Hollywood Boulevard and the Sunset Strip." To achieve this goal, the pool will be rebuilt, an additional rooftop pool added atop a "party tower," the Alexandria tower will become all-suite, the monorail entrance already "torn down and rebuilt" for easier accessibility, the lobby will be revamped, the NASCAR Cafe and Congo Showroom will morph into clubs, and more.
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On Las Vegas Boulevard, Bill's continues to turn into Gansevoort, slowly. And, as you know and as we've been documenting for months, it's not the only major construction project on The Strip. All the cause of motor and pedestrian traffic woes and, for some, sleepless nights as well. All, also due to end in 2014.
It won't be until fall 2014, though, until we see the bow of SLS Las Vegas, currently still gutting the Sahara. Or, at least that's the
stated plan. The photos in this post, courtesy VegasChatter friend Greg C., show the current state of things as of Thursday, September 12.
Greg relays that the gutted hole (shown in the photos above) where the old 1952 Sahara casino once stood is now being rapidly filled with new steel framework. Meantime, the Tunis tower has been "opened up like a sardine can, completely open to the sky," according to Greg. Meantime, the Presidential Suite atop the Alexandria tower is now just a gaping void.
The construction suggests to Greg that nightclubs or restaurants could be slated for some of these rooftops. More than $400 million is being spent to renovate the Sahara. Details of what's to come, as well as a rendering of the transformed property, can be viewed here.
Today, William Hill announced it will be teaming up with SLS Las Vegas on a state-of-the-art sportsbook concept. When were heard SLS Las Vegas head honcho Sam Nazarian speak at RD&E (Retail, Dining & Entertainment) Experience back in May, we speculated that William Hill might be the sportsbook operator since SLS Las Vegas plans on outsourcing much of its management.
Details of the "state-of-the-art" sportsbook concept are sparse as the sportsbook (and entire hotel) are still being built but a little new information was revealed:
We're not sure if
Sahara SLS Las Vegas is testing out giant swatches of new exterior paint color or if these multi-colored neutral stripes are a permanent addition, but they're one of the most visible signs of change at the property since our last check almost a month ago.
The stripes are painted on the Strip-facing side of the old Tunis tower. They're seen in close-up here, as well as evidence of the complete gutting of both Tunis and Alexandria towers: