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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.
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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.
SLS Loses Sahara.
With a grand opening set for Labor Day weekend, SLS Las Vegas is close to erasing the last vestiges of an era gone by. This weekend, only small patches of Sahara's tan exterior remained. The physical changes to the old Alexandria Tower, as captured in the before-and-after shot below by VegasChatter friend Greg C., are the most dramatic. Gone are all the Moroccan influences. Now, a much more
anonymous contemporary facade sports gleaming walls of glass paired with the staid hues of white and grey.
As much as it's being thought of as a party resort, SLS Las Vegas will also take care of business with 30,000 of dedicated meeting space and a 9,000 square foot ballroom. (The rest of the 80,000 number will be provided through the many venues that can serve dual purposes like its restaurants and clubs.)
The main SLS website doesn't yet list Las Vegas on its booking engine, but that doesn't mean you can't reserve a room at the coming soon resort.
SLS Las Vegas recently announced a partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts and it is now accepting reservations for dates beginning Monday, August 25 and beyond through the Preferred website. We took the booking process all the way to the point of entering a credit card with no issues so if you're interested, book fast.
A check of rates for August 25 revealed the lowest to be a starting price of $149 for a World Superior King. (Towers seem to have been redubbed Lux, World and Story.) A World Superior Double and a World Superior King - High Floor both begin at $159 while a World Superior Double - High Floor was $10 more. No other room options are listed for the 25th nor the 26th. That changes on Wednesday, August 27 when Lux and Story accommodations are added to the mix. A Lux Deluxe King begins at $239 while a Story Superior King is at $159. Suites begin at $309 and go up to a starting rate of $499. Only a limited selection of rooms were listed as available for the resort's opening weekend.
4.8 Update: You can now book a stay at SLS Las Vegas directly via slslasvegas.com. Reservations are being accepted for August 25 and beyond. Reserve a room by month's end to take advantage of a special opening rates of $109/midweek and $139/weekends. The special requires a two-night minimum stay and is valid for select dates between September 1 and December 27.
As noted, higher floors will come at a premium as will, apparently, corner rooms and pool views. A resort fee is listed at $25, however, no inclusions were cited.
Each room will feature WiFi as well as a "Sleep Lying Still BeautyRest Mattress and 310-thread count linens exclusive to SLS Hotel & Casino, Samsung® 55-inch televisions, and Ciel Spa amenities."
Towers are described as follows:
When it comes to Future Vegas, if we're not talking about The Cromwell, we're talking about SLS Las Vegas. Both resorts will debut this year after complete top-to-bottom makeovers. And, just like we can't help but to think of Bill's and Barbary Coast when it comes to The Cromwell, we just can't quit Sahara when we hear something about SLS.
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It's official. We've always enjoyed turning back the clock on Las Vegas through stories, books and videos, but Lost Vegas is our favorite series as it provides a chance to relive "the good ol' days" through the lenses of our doubly amazing readers.
VC fans have been filling our in-box with personal Lost Vegas photos and we've proudly been featuring them here. The latest to dust off his prints and show off his Sahara is Chazzy Gator. This shutterbug even captured the Casbar Theatre marquee. Fun fact: Who was the first person to get married at Caesars Palace? If you guessed a 20-year-old Charo (to 60-year-old bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1966), you're not only wicked smart but maybe spotted our tie-in. Feel free to leave David Brenner trivia in the comments below.
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VegasChatter readers continue to insure their amazing photos won't have the same fate as their subjects and fall between the cushions of Lost Vegas forever. And, we're finding out that some of you have no shame in showing off those Lost Vegas photos. Or just have no shame, at all.
Reader Jason G. sent in that classic Sahara shot above. We didn't ask but are going to go ahead and assume he was in the passenger seat while shooting. We also didn't get to ask if he went for the soda pop or beer. Soda pop! Nowadays, we have to head to Colorado for that stuff.
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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: