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
I loved this hotel, its at the quieter end of the strip but they do have the mono rail, the bed was so comfy and the staff were lovely, ultra quick check in and as its on the smaller side compared to the other big named hotels found I didn't need google maps to get around it, I would have given it a 10/10 had they made room in the fridge for your personal drinks and as didn't like the fact they had a $30 fee if you even moved bar items or snacks for more than 30 seconds, great pizza place and coffee shop within the hotel and I would stay again for sure
My recent stay here at The SLS was below average at best. When we arrived I parked on the sixth level of the parking structure. On my way down the small hot elevator that had to make stops at almost every floor to allow mostly employees in uniform on. After exiting and walking to the registration desk. My gf and I waited in line for approximately 15-20 minutes, no apology or acknowledgment of the wait from front desk staff.
While waiting I noticed a bar across from the front desk named Monkey Bar. Looked like a nice place to get a drink, until I saw the photos of Apes dressed in service attire on all the walls. Um, the corporate and public relations for this place can’t be blind to not see the problem with this. Especially in this day and time, why would you have such a place with such decor. It’s safe to assume that there were no persons of color patronizing or working at this bar.
We finally got up to the desk. The front desk attendant was nice and helpful, although she didn't explain the charges accurately, which I found out after the fact.
In the Story book tower. When we walked into the room, first impression, it's small. It's cool how the bed and couch light up the room and there's a mirror on the ceiling.
He is when the problems start, I had a last minute meeting that I had to cancel because when I went to take a shower, the drain was clogged. Because of the setup and location of the shower, when it over flows it drained onto the room floor. So I canceled my meeting and called for assistance. Engineer came with a plunger and cleared the clog, after stepping in the water with boots the engineer walked on the carpet and left. No contact or follow up from Front desk management or guest services, I guess they can't read minds. Bc guest services and engineering failed to document the issue.
At no point were we told that the closest ice machine to our room was on the second floor during check in, we were on the 11th floor. I had to find this out by calling guest services. So here I go down the story book tower elevator, filled with employees (4), in uniform, having to stop twice before reaching the 2nd level. Ok finally got the ice and I'm back in the room. Now I need another set of towels bc the first set was used to soak up some the over flowed water from the shower.
So I called and I'm assuming housekeeping brought them to the door. But it was only then did I notice that the extra light switch by the door, that's unmarked, was for the "Do Not Disturb" feature, thanks again front desk for the lack of information. perhaps maybe a nice wall label would have helped, just to reduce the amount of guess work.
I just expected a higher level of service from this property. This a strip property it should stand out and above a motel but It didn't. Suggestions so that I'm not just complaining;
1. Any engineer type work in the room should be properly logged and followed up by front desk staff to assure completion or that issue is resolved.
2. Why is the location of the ice machine NOT written down or told to the guest at check-in. This is an unusual distance to travel for ice at Strip property.
3. Label the light switches, at least the Do Not Disturb switch, Guest don't know what it's for otherwise.
4. limit the amount of employees using guest parking and hotel elevators, especially during peak hours. Do you not have service elevators on this property?
To make things worse I was over charged for the stay and while processing a refund for one of the charges, the Front desk manager told me there was no record of any work for the clogged shower. I guess I imagined the engineer using a plunger and step her wet boots on the carpet. Apparently, a front desk supervisor named Alan investigated and simply found out that no engineer had reported the work. So my gf calls and a different supervisor actually reaches out to engineering and within minutes verifies that an incident and work did take place. Why the run around?
I won't be back here period, even if the stay was free, and that's saying a lot for me. The lack of empathy from staff is rich at this place. Further more I’m canceling my Starwood preferred guest membership program because I don’t want anymore stays like this one.
Great restaurants & the outdoor pool is amazing. Not right on the strip. Fast bus service to the strip. The hotel is beautiful. I found the drinks at the restaurants, super expensive. Very helpful service
People say that the SLS is too far away from the strip... it’s not! Monorail is right outside, 5 min to main strip, in other direction it’s 10 min to Fremont street and the older Vegas and the rooms are great! Pool is ok for size, only thing is it’s not great for winning slots, seemed to be very bad payouts. Will definitely return
great restaurants, location at start of Monorail, plus casino
It is new & very convenient with the monorail which is very inexpensive - one can buy a day pass
It's near other hotels along the strip
when we were there we went to see One- show about Michael Jackson, but it's really a performance done by Cirque du Soleil ,
we enjoyed MENOPAUSE- hilarious
There is a Mac- Donald's 2 blocks away for breakfast