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
Beautiful rooms. Great service. Good food. Only downside is it is not exactly located on the strip so convenience to other dining establishments outside of resort wasn’t very convenient; however, I knew this before booking and would still stay here over and over again.
Check in staff displayed a couldnt care attitude, not a good start. No tea or coffee facilities in the room and at £4 a cup I wouldn't entertain it. To top off our stay there is works going on and one of the pools where closed. Roof top pool area is in the shade and needs updating. Main pool sunbathing area far too small for the amount of rooms, and the available ones were vip (pay a fortune to reserve and use), impossible to get a bed! We were not even offered anything as a way of compensation for all the disruptions!! Cannot wait to get out of here.
Avoid, would not recommend.
I travel to Vegas periodically and have chosen to stay at the Sahara (formerly the SLS) on every trip. Why? Unless you are a high roller, most hotels have mediocre service (i have had some really bad experiences in the past) and treat guests like cattle.
The Sahara is at the north end of the strip, a bit away from the center of the action, but not too far to walk or use Uber to get to everything you want to do.
What I like best about this hotel is that the service is excellent, you don't have to be a big shot to get good service, especially if you stay in the Alexandria tower (formerly the W Tower or Grand Tower). The rooms are nice a bit more expensive but worth it. The staff that manage this tower led by the simply incredible Romeo Butihi are very talented delightful caring and on point with whatever needs to be done.
My schedule in Vegas is always jammed so to have staff that caters to my needs is especially welcomed.
The hotel has changed some of its restaurants but the Bazaar steak remains. Very expensive but as one of my guests stated creates an "exquisite" dining experience. The Northside 24/7 restaurant is always a great easy place to get good food. However, their newly installed breakfast buffet for $25 is very overpriced for what it is. A miss and needs to be revamped or eliminated. (Not only my opinion but the opinion of virtually everyone who works there)
There is a lot of renovations going on right now since the brand changed but they don't honestly make the experience problematic.
The main pool is a typical vegas scene most days, but there is another roof top pool outside the Alexandria tower that is quiet and better suited to those of us not wanting to be in a water nightclub.
Thanks as always to GM Ryalyn Sicolo for making setting up my reservations so easy for the large group that I bring to the hotel each trip.
Anxious to see how the Sahara brand for this hotel evolves on my next trip back.