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
Ok so look I'm always going to keep it straight up. I've stayed at the SLS so many times I've lost count. Been coming here since they opened. It's always clean. Lobby area always smells good. The staff who checks you in is always nice and the WORLD tower is the only good tower. I've attempted to stay in the cheaper, awkward STORY tower twice now. It sucks. The room setup is awkward. This time they had the fridge disconnected from the wall pushed out in the middle of the floor and it leaked water onto our belongings. I had already called down to complain about the fridge placement and found the wet spot after that. The second time I called they moved me over to the WORLD tower. The world tower is a great room. I was pleased they finally made the wrong right, but management was not very nice on my first call and me having to call twice after I already stated a strong case was super annoying. The STORY tower needs to be done away with. It's literal garbage. I will stay at the SLS again because it's basically a home away from home and like I said they made the wrong right. Stay here but don't book the Story tower. World or the suites is just a better bang for your buck. Lastly Security was doing way to much. Not a fan and also complained about the security staff.
The hotel is at the North end of the strip, not a great area but found it safe. Rooms are nice, free valet parking, small casino. It gets a 3 because one morning we where going on a road trip. Asked for the car, waited 15 mintues for the car it arrived they held the door open said here you go sir, but it was the wrong car. The scramble was on, took another 25 mintues to get the car. when I asked why was told they did not know as they did not park it. Notifed SLS and their response was sorry for your trouble...they have lost my business, am in Vegas couple times a year.
First time staying at the SLS, and I must say it was a great experience. The hotel wasn’t over priced it was a very easy check in process. The room was perfect, and very comfortable. We ordered room service the food was great. I would definitely recommend and I would stay again.
Cleanliness is everywhere especially in our room that had plenty of mirrors and a great view. Hotel staff is everywhere and always willing to help. Great location in between The Strip and Down Town area. The only thing is missing is YOU and I to make it more exiting place. For the price I stole this deal
I'll be honest - I am NOT a Vegas fan in any circumstance, so it's great when a hotel can make this place slightly more manageable to be in.
My room in the Grand Tower was pretty – looked just like the website and was huge (maybe just because I received an ADA compliant room). Like most things in Vegas, some parts of the room looked clean and beautiful until you looked really closely, i.e. the French-inspired tapestries on the walls were stained with beverages from guests past, the shower curtain looked like it had dried...nose snot...wiped on it, and there was a rotting lime under the sofa. But the wall didn't affect me, there were no bugs from the lime, and the nice housekeepers changed my shower curtain upon request.
Speaking of the nice housekeepers, the people who work here really are great! Everyone was very kind and accommodating the entire week I was there.
Their spa is SO nice. Wonderful, relaxing facial!!
Room service took a really long time to deliver and the food was just okay, especially for the price. But, the food in the conference center was always GREAT! Breakfast, lunch and snacks every day were really, really good.
The worst part about the SLS is the location - you have to drive to get to the main part of the strip, which can add up, and the hotel isn't big enough to want to JUST hang out here for more than one night.
Overall, if another conference was booked here, I wouldn't be disappointed, but simply for the location I wouldn't choose it myself.