SLS Las Vegas a Tribute Portfolio Resort
What We Love
- A-list design: opulent suites by Philippe Starck and Gensler; slick brand boutiques including SLS Hers and SLS Goods
- 8 restaurants, including one by famed Spanish-American chef José Andrés
- Three hip nightclubs, ranging from The Foundry to loungier Sayers Club and poolside Foxtail
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What To Know
- The hotel is located at the comparatively quiet northern end of the Strip; you'll need to take a taxi, the monorail or the Deuce bus to other casino resorts
- Some room features, like mirrored ceilings and peekaboo showers, are clearly geared toward couples
- The glamorous swimming pool area is small by Vegas standards
- A caveat for nostalgic travelers: few remnants of the old Sahara casino remain after renovations
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The SLS Las Vegas stands on hallowed ground: the original Sahara casino hotel, opened in 1952, hosted Sin City royalty from Frank Sinatra to Liza Minnelli. Decades later, thanks to a $415 million investment and the collaboration of hot-shot designer Philippe Starck and Gensler, the edgy resort is a thoroughly modern addition to the quiet North Strip. The aesthetic ranges from vintage-inspired glamour by the pool to sleek contemporary in the casino. The suites feature whimsical white lacquered chandeliers and “illustrated” black and white curtains that make your room feel like a corner suite in a quirky Parisian mansion.
Bed and Bath
While amenities vary greatly across the head-spinning number of room and suite categories, universal features include the signature SLS (Sleep Lying Still) bed, 300-thread-count sheets and plush down pillows. The bathrooms are sophisticated but standard in the World Tower’s more basic rooms, and petite but cheerful (tiled in canary-yellow) in the Story Tower.
The SLS Las Vegas seriously ups the Vegas amenity ante. In addition to the main casino, there’s an intimate gaming lounge staffed by martini-shaking mixologists. The resort’s headlining restaurant is Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Further SoCal-inspired dining options include Katsuya, Cleo, and Umami Burger & Beer Garden. The 24-hour Northside Café satisfies late-night cravings by dishing up home-style cooking around the clock. The Perq coffee bar serves high-end LaMill coffee, a rarity in Vegas. Rising from the center of the swimming pool is an appealing cocktail bar. (Note: It isn’t a swim-up bar. You’ll have to hoist yourself out of the water.) Elsewhere, hipsters kick back on leather chesterfields at the Sayers Club for live music and cocktails, and pretty young things get facials at Ciel Spa and blowouts at the striking FrankAndLeo Salon.
In the Area
Head south to the center of the Strip’s action to take in the Bellagio‘s famous dancing fountains, then walk inside the conservatory to admire the resort’s wildly creative flower arrangements. After picking up chocolates at the European-style Jean Philippe Patisserie, head into the innovative Crystals shopping center to check out the Chihuly glass sculptures and eye-catching design. Later, for a taste of vintage Vegas, go downtown. After strolling past the glowing retro signs of the outdoor Neon Museum, go for late night cocktails at the Downtown Cocktail Room, a Prohibition-style speakeasy.
How to Get There
We stayed at this property for 3 nights in the World Tower.
For a hotel of this size it was disappointing not to find a coffee maker or kettle.
To get a fridge would cost $25 per night. Microwaves seemed to be a foreign concept
Very basic hotel compared to a simple Holiday Inn or similar chain.
Nonetheless it is a place to sleep but that's it!
We booked two nights thru hotels.com. I was pmrasantky surprised. The SLS was upscale and modern, very clean and a nice, relaxing atmosphere compared to many of the other places. Staff was all great. Food was delicious! Really enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone.
Here less than 2 hours and wishing I booked someplace else! I am a travel agent and heard good reviews so my husband and I were looking for a quick getaway for our honeymoon. We had a late flight in. Arrive at 1:45am and they told us we couldn’t check in due to their audit and needed to wait at least 30 mins. Annoyed! After being on a plane for 6+ hours we just wanted to sleep! We walked around and then went to check in. Booked a room in their newer tower (room is just ok- ) and called in to get a strip view room. Nope! I have a view of a parking lot and trash cans! As a travel agent I will NEVER send any clients to this resort! Stay away!!! We are here another 3 days and wish we could go someplace else!!!
Came back to the room this afternoon to take a nap. Pulled back the covers on the bed and found a piece of tissue/toilet paper and a hair. Called Guest Services, who did not apologize, but said they'd send someone up. Thirty minutes later someone knocks on the door and their solution was to give me two sheets (no pillowcases) and for ME to change the bedding. Sent a complaint to management, who has not even bothered to respond. Unacceptable.
Arrived around midnight on March 12th. Go to check in and the room I booked was not available. I was told if you book with expedia it is not guaranteed. Well maybe they shouldn't sell rooms to expedia then. Was put in world tower double beds (booked king - non smoking) Got into room. Nice room. Very clean. Next day go to front desk and they said a room should be ready around 3 (we would receive a call) Went touring and got back at 4:30 (thought I missed the call) Finally a room available. 26th floor Very nice and great view of the mountains. (Friends we were with also did not get the right room but were upgraded to the grand tower and got a huge and very nice room - next morning allowed to stay at no extra charge - good for them) Overall the stay at the hotel was okay. On Thursday, after getting back from grand canyon, 4 out of the 6 elevators were not working, and there was a line up to get on the elevator. Fortunately, it went pretty quickly, but disappointing. Pool was nice, prices for drinks were very expensive. Cleaning of rooms was good except on Saturday, our room was still not cleaned at 4:30 (should be done by 5) but we needed to get ready to go to dinner so just grabbed towels from maid. Umami great burgers, northside cafe great nachos, perq - ok muffins and coffee - expensive. Casino was okay as well. Would I go back to this hotel, yes. Very clean. Was great having the monorail ($5 for one ride - end to end) next to hotel and getting an $8 bus pass for 24 hours was also convenient.