High design on the Strip
1,613 Rooms / 325 Suites
There’s a hint of luxurious whimsy that lurks everywhere at the cool, stylish SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. From the giant duck sculpture in the pool area to the monkey faces that greet you near the reception desk, the vision of avant-garde designer Philippe Starck keeps you guessing, which is part of the fun when staying at this trendsetting hotel on the north end of the Strip. SLS is posh enough to keep those who like luxurious hotel experiences satisfied. But the massive hotel and casino, located on the former site of the famed Sahara Hotel, also has its tongue firmly planted in cheek. And why not? It’s Vegas.
The historical Sahara wasn’t demolished, but it was gutted down to bare bones to create a new experience with a few contemporary nods to the past — take the carpeting that displays large faces of Marilyn Monroe and JFK, just two of the famous elite who stayed at the Sahara. The property uses natural lighting, which combined with enough moody darkness makes the place feel intimate and welcoming. Also welcoming is the Monkey Bar located directly across from reception, with its framed black-and-white prints of dressed-up primates. The message? Have a drink. Unwind. Enjoy.
The Las Vegas hotel has three separate towers, each with its own design scheme. What runs throughout SLS is Starck’s playful creativity coupled with all-out opulence from a hyped-up version of ’50s retro glamour to sleek, contemporary low-lit dens made for mischief.
SLS sits at the far north end of the Strip and offers a sophisticated reprieve from the loud exploits of typical Vegas action. (To head south, simply hop on the monorail or take a taxi.) The good news is that there is enough happening here that you really don’t need to leave. The casino floor has 800 machines and 22 table games. The Foxtail Pool Club, with its central bar and 26 cabanas, is a party scene where recording artists like Nelly grab a mic. At night, a large canvas provides 3D mapping and visually stunning content.
If you don’t want the thumping music, the rooftop Lux pool is a quiet retreat to soak up sun in a cabana or daybed and sip a cocktail. For more relaxing, head straight to the intimate Ciel Spa where the all-white décor —not to mention the heavenly 80-minute massages — has a way of wiping your slate clean. There’s also a hip salon, fitness center, a couple of chic boutiques and helpful extras like shuttle service and a business center.
The Dining and Nightlife
Eight restaurants will please diners of all sorts. Of course, the most celebrated and star-packed option is Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. The James Beard Award-winning chef’s steakhouse has five kitchens and also serves excellent seafood cooked to perfection.
At Ku Noodle, chef Andrés and his team elevate Asian cuisine and bring their popular sushi creations that are a hit in Los Angeles. Katsuya is another hot spot that serves up sushi and sashimi.
Casual Northside Cafe is open all day and night for any kind of nosh you crave (burgers, steaks, tacos, pastas), while a few steps away at Cleo you can experience Mediterranean small plates from chef Danny Elmaleh. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria offers customized pizzas made with fresh ingredients while Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book is where to go for a killer steak burger with special sauces and spices.
Ate too much? Dance it off at the Sayers Club, where Prince and Stevie Wonder have made appearances. Lenny Kravitz tried some new songs in the intimate club that only holds 250 people (on the small side by Vegas standards). It boasts a chic, clubby atmosphere with deep leather couches in which to kick back and have a bespoke drink.
Later head upstairs to one of the 1,613 guest rooms in the three distinct towers — Story Tower, Lux Tower and World Tower. The all-suites Lux provides a classic-meets-artful French design with oversized sofas, white chandeliers and sconces, plus armoires. The World Tower goes for a more urbane vibe with clean white modern lines and blush accents. The Story Tower is more eclectic — think contemporary industrial loft meets boutique hotel with floating beds. All rooms feature 300-thread-count linens, a Saint and Sinner snack box (choose from raw almonds and cashews in the former; peanut M&Ms and gummy candy in the latter) and minibar and Ciel Spa bath amenities.