It took years and $415 million dollars, but after renovating the legendary Sahara, SLS Las Vegas opened its doors at midnight on Friday, August 22, 2014, inviting the public to explore the North end of the iconic Las Vegas Strip.
“This is the beginning of a new era for the Strip,” says Sam Nazarian, Founder, Chairman and CEO, sbe. “We are thrilled to throw open our doors and show the world what we’ve been working on for the past several years. It feels good to be back in the former Sahara space, and we look forward to creating new, legendary memories as SLS Las Vegas.”
Destined to become one of the most energetic hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, SLS is a high-style collaboration between Nazarian, James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés, and design visionary Phillippe Starck in collaboration with globally acclaimed architectural firm Gensler.
A fully-integrated, entertainment-driven resort and casino with more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites, SLS Las Vegas features a curated collection of trendy hospitality industry brands such as, Bazaar Meat, a twist on his hugely popular concept Bazaar; the second location of The Sayers Club, one of Los Angeles’ best-loved live music venues; celebrated restaurants Katsuya by Starck, Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book, Cleo and The Griddle Cafe; and an exclusive partnership with retailer Fred Segal, which showcases a 10,000-square-foot shopping experience. Also featured at SLS is exhilarating nightclub LiFE, a 20,000 square-foot venue designed to maximize the club-going experience.
SLS celebrated its opening with a star-studded preview party with guests including, actors Aaron Paul, Emile Hirsch and Kellan Lutz, model Dita Von Teese, UFC star Chuck Liddell, and actress Brittany Snow. Partygoers enjoyed tastes of the resort’s signature food and beverage offerings and live performances from rock legend Lenny Kravitz, who designed a handful of the resort’s top tier suites, and rising star artists including Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, JoJo and Jhené Aiko. As the clock struck midnight, amid a dazzling display of fireworks, the SLS team led by Sam Nazarian officially cut the ribbon and escorted the first guests to the gaming floor.