The SLS Las Vegas is the third U.S. incarnation of the luxury hotel chain from sbe, following Beverly Hills and South Beach locations. To legendary designer Philippe Starck, curating the new SLS hotel in Las Vegas was like making a movie. Starck calls the SLS Vegas a “Christmas gift.” “Everywhere you put your eyes, there will be a subtle surprise, something that will open your mind, will open your eyes,” he says. Formerly the Sahara, the property reopened on Aug. 23 after a $415 million renovation.
Starck once again partnered with hotelier Sam Nazarian, CEO of SLS parent company sbe, with design by Gensler Architects, for the transformation which debuted on the Strip August 23. Guests check in at the registration desk to one of 1,622 rooms in three towers. Heidi Hernandez, left, and Glynis Rocaford man the concierge desk. Before stepping outside, guests have nine dining options and seven nightlife venues, plus retail, gaming, sports betting and a spa and salon. The Monkey Bar is right in the lobby across from the registration desk.
Enjoy cocktails or beer among monkey photos without going far. The lobby bar is open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The Monkey Bar extends has courtyard seating as well. The Perq serves LA roaster LAMILL’s coffees and teas, along with pastries, salads and sandwiches between the lobby and casino.
The all-suite Lux tower targets leisure and gambling guests with a VIP check-in room. A whimsical French-themed Lux Tower suite features an oversized couch, wall mural and chic lighting. Decorative glasses add to the atmosphere of the Lux suite. The bathroom of a Lux Tower suite features a bright, wide mirror, spacious vanity and walk-in shower.
The luxury shower boasts two shower heads — standard and rain. Indulge in luxury toiletries from the Ciel Spa. A reflection of the Lux Tower suite is shown from the vanity. A red hallway with artwork leads to the World Tower. A standard room in the World Tower caters to business and convention travelers with function. Full-length LED-lit mirrors flank the bed.
The room entails double-sided mirrors and contemporary decor creating openness. The room includes an ample workspace with lighting, connectivity and a flatscreen TV overhead. The bathroom in a World Tower standard room is as functional as the bedroom with a spacious vanity, multiple mirrors and simple decor. The World Tower bathrooms feature exclusive Ciel Spa amenities. sbe is calling the rooms in the Story Tower the most “ambitious and innovative” at the resort in terms of design. Everything revolves around the multi-functional bed.
An electric yellow vanity doubles as a bar. There’s a backlit ceiling mirror and a swivel minibar cabinet. A Story Tower standard room shower is entirely encased in neon yellow.
The room is geared toward a younger, party crowd. The saint and sinner snack box includes Altoids, M&Ms, an intimacy kit and more. An overhead view of the pool area shows the vast relaxation space and central swim-up bar. The Foxtail Pool Club serves as the resort’s pool for guests from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Foxtail Pool Club features 26 cabanas and 31 daybeds.
Patio chairs offer additional pool deck seating, while a full bar and menu are available. A caddy at the Foxtail Pool Club includes towels and a bottle service menu. At night, the pool serves as a supplement to the indoor Foxtail nightclub, open to guests age 21 and older Thursdays to Saturdays at 10 p.m. Beverage servers pose in the Foxtail Pool Club. From left: Emilie Seem, Samantha Waters, Alana Esquerra, Cammi Gillett and Evelyn Terrazas.
Wall scones hold fresh flowers in a hallway of the Ciel Spa & Salon. A couples treatment room in the Ciel Spa & Salon comes complete with a plush chair and standalone tub. The Fitness Center features treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes. Even the elevators are artistic. The Center Bar sits in the middle of the casino floor with original libations available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. James Beard Award-winning chef Jose Andres opened a third Bazaar Meat here, but don’t expect it to replicate its sister restaurants in Los Angeles and Miami.
Bazaar Meat of course has beef on the menu, but it also has baby pig, baby lamb, quail, pheasants, Iberico ham and more. Unlike a traditional steakhouse, food will come in small portions, although Andres remains true to the spirit of Vegas by offering a few big cuts of meat to be shared by tables of friends and family, in addition to an elaborate seafood bar, a carpaccio and tartare bar, and this full traditional bar. A view of chefs preparing handmade noodles and siu mai dumplings at Jose Andres’ Ku Noodle.
Ku Noodle features a full bar in a casual atmosphere. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria serves customized pies baked in an 800-degree oven so each pizza is ready before the guest leaves the counter. EJ Salapong cooks bacon before opening for the day at 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, which sources ingredients locally and from California and Naples. The renowned Umami Burger opened at SLS with a Beer Garden & Sports Book.
The beer garden is equipped with misters to keep patrons cool during the day. The SLS Buffet dining area is decorated in “cabin-chic”. Dine in the casual cabin setting among mountain range wall decor. Antler trophies are displayed as part of the rustic theme. Fresh fruit is showcased during breakfast.
Whole egg cocotte with spinach and parsnips are available for breakfast in the SLS Buffet. Fresh croissants are available at breakfast as well. Sandra Avila, left, and Veronica Beltran pose behind a carving station during breakfast.
Designer Philippe Starck teamed up with master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi for Japanese restaurant Katsuya by Starck. Cleo features contemporary Mediterranean cuisine from chef Danny Elmaleh of the LA flagship. The dining area surrounds a wood-burning oven and chefs preparing small plates. The Griddle Cafe serves breakfast around the clock, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Enjoy comfort, homestyle food in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. The 20,000 square-foot, multi-level venue, LiFE, features day and nightlife with a variety of offerings from this illuminated bar to performances and hi-tech displays.
Music and DJ performances at LiFE nightclub are enhanced by LED screens and aerial performers. The Sayers Club — an outpost of the Hollywood flagship — serves as another live music venue with an intimate lounge. Foxtail nightclub offers an upscale experience with 8,000 square feet and 28 VIP tables where celebrities are expected to appear. The decor entails master calligrapher Tarek Benaoum’s street art. Sales associate Allie Kurcz is shown in Fred Segal Jewels, part of a collection of Fred Segal shops on site. Store manager Mae Roseman looks over an Alejandro Ongelmo snakeskin pump in Fred Segal Shoes.
Roseman presents an Alejandro Ongelmo snakeskin pump ($695.00). Fred Segal He showcases menswear for purchase. Fred Segal She offers clothing and accessories for women in a chic atmosphere. Beaded clutch bags ($178.00) are displayed in Fred Segal She. Candy, accessories, books and eclectic gifts are displayed in Fred Segal Goods. Items range from decorative pillows to coffee table books in Fred Segal Etc.
The hotel’s carpeting pays homage to the old Sahara casino. SAAM by Starck, center, is Philippe Starck’s artistic interpretation of Sam Nazarian, chairman/CEO of SLS Las Vegas. A skybridge connects the SLS Las Vegas resort to a Las Vegas Monorail station.