SLS Las Vegas is open for business: ‘Let’s go have some fun!’
BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun
Photo credit: Steve Marcus
After eight years and a $1.2 billion investment ($800 million for the Sahara and $400 million for the renovation), Sam Nazarian, the founder, chairman and CEO of SBE, the parent company of SLS Las Vegas, ended a Friday-morning news conference at his new Strip casino resort with the following instruction: “Let’s go have some fun!”
In the hourlong gathering led by SLS President and COO Rob Oseland, who was onstage with Nazarian and financier Terry Fancher of Stockbridge at the former site of the Conga Room in the Sahara, the north-end-of-the-Strip property was introduced at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue with multiple thanks and praise.
Oseland, who was a guest columnist in July, in his opening remarks called SLS a “catalyst for investment on the north end of the Strip,” praised Gov. Brian Sandoval and Steve Hill, the executive director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, for their commitment and persistence, and said that SLS employs 3,400 people and started as a grass-roots effort in a depressed area that is now one of opportunity and the “doorstep to downtown.”
SLS Las Vegas celebration will be a night of champagne wishes and caviar dreams
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Friday night’s celebration for the grand opening of SLS Las Vegas, followed by the midnight debut to the public, will be one epic fete — a true champagne-and-caviar blast.
Forget the statistics for the construction transformation of the former Sahara; let’s look at the staggering party numbers.
SLS reports that 2,600 hours of planning will have gone into the festivities with 3,500 celebrities, VIPs and local dignitaries attending from as far away as Paris, New York, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles. All 1,600 hotel rooms are booked solid.
SLS Las Vegas preview: Dancers in birdcages; 30-foot Cleopatra; peekaboo glass showers
BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun
Hotel tycoon Sam Nazarian promises that his new SLS Las Vegas will be “legendary” in every sense of the word as it opens Friday at midnight. He’s betting more than $500 million on the sleek chic casino resort that’s been transformed out of the 18-acre site of the old Sahara that closed in May 2011.
My preview of the champagne-and-caviar grand-opening celebration Friday night was posted Wednesday.
The new luxury hotel has 1,620 guest rooms created by cutting-edge French designer Philippe Starck, but it’s the restaurants, pool and nightclubs that will have the town really talking. Philippe is even bringing the celebrity-hit, hip-hangout Katsuya from Los Angeles to SLS.
Star chef Jose Andres, who already established his Las Vegas reputation at the Cosmopolitan (Jaleo, China Poblano and E), will reign over SLS with Bazaar Meat and Ku Noodle Bar. Danny Elmaleh, who is one of our guest columnists today, will run the sparkling standout Cleo.
More than three years after closing, the Sahara hotel will officially be reborn as SLS Las Vegas at midnight tonight.
When the iconic property first shuttered, skepticism was high regarding a promise by owners to be back soon. It wasn't soon, but it is back. We'll tour you around the completely redesigned and re-imagined resort via this live blog throughout the day and into the late hours of the evening. We'll also have live coverage on our social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.