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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Loved my experience in this hotel. Loved the decor on my room. It was shown as it is like the website. Mirror; bottled water and coffee machine. Love the bathroom area and the view of the Strat from the toilet area ????
Just loved the bed so comfy and soft .. can’t complaint when U need a good night sleep.
Staff were nice and friendly.
Although not on the main strip but accessible via Monorail ???? was good although it will be good to have shuttle service in future. We didnt get to use our private pool area on our block compare to the common pool.
Hopefully with the on going renovation, the hotel will become the best place to stay in that area. Definitely will come back again when I visit Vegas again.
While still on the strip, the SLS (Sahara) is close to the Convention Center but not much else. Used the monorail frequently to get to the more active part of town. Also note the main pool is only open from 9:00am to 6:00pm...so much for an evening swim when temps are a bit cooler!
We are currently staying at the Sahara hotel. We checked in on Friday night at eleven pm and our room was not ready yet! Seriously. How can a room not be ready at 11pm at night?!? We were told to wait and they’d call us when it was ready. We got into the room shortly after 12pm. I’m disappointed that they couldn’t give us a room, didn’t give us any form of compensation and also couldn’t let us know how long it would take to get a room ready. We supposedly are upgraded but the room does not seem any better than the original room we had. The bed sinks on the right side. The WiFi is spotty at best. And keep in mind there is a resort fee that includes WiFi but why charge for something that doesn’t work all the time? Very disappointed to say the least about the quality of the hotel, lack of communication and doing very little to make up for it.