SLS Las Vegas reveals design details prior to Aug. 23 opening

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SLS Las Vegas reveals design details prior to Aug. 23 opening

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Aug 12, 2014

SLS Las Vegas, which is replacing the Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, has released photographs of its hotel rooms.

The SLS is scheduled to open on Aug. 23. The Sahara Hotel and Casino, which was open for 59 years, closed in 2011. The property was purchased by sbe Entertainment and extensive renovations began in 2013.

The highly-anticipated design of the property was led by the global design firm of Gensler in collaboration with internationally-acclaimed creator Philippe Starck and sbe founder, chairman and CEO Sam Nazarian.

The hotel-casino's look is reportedly inspired by the SLS Hotels in Beverly Hills and South Beach and the famed roots of its North Las Vegas Strip location, according to a press release.

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Starck describes the property's look as: “It’s strong and sparkling with millions of bubbles of life, stories, adventures and surprises. It’s fire and leaves you burnt of pleasure. It’s soft and romantic and leaves you a taste of love and honey in the mouth. It’s acid and you will lose your mind but so elegant that it shall change your life.”

The 1,613 guest rooms and suites will feature a variety of designs that will appeal to a broad spectrum of individuals. The rooms and suites are divided between three towers -- LUX, World and Story.

The LUX Tower is the all-suite tower and has been designed for the leisure and gaming traveler who's looking for a more lifestyle-driven room experience. The French-influenced suites feature oversized sofas, Starck-designed chandeliers and sconces, a custom closet armoire and a peek-a-boo shower window with a view into the bedroom.

The rooms in the World Tower are designed with the business and convention traveler in mind, where luxury is realized through the room’s commitment to functionality. State-of-the-art in-room technologies are paired with elements, including a monochromatic color palette with pink accents, full-length LED lit mirrors flanking the bed and custom tapestries and furniture.

The rooms in the Story Tower feature a multi-functional bed and cater to Las Vegas’ younger, entertainment and nightlife seeking crowd. The rooms will offer a space that’s ideal for socializing, where the bed also serves an entertainment area for guests to gather and connect. Further enhancing the room’s social appeal is the electric yellow vanity that doubles as a bar, the backlit ceiling mirror and the polished chrome swivel minibar cabinet.

As for the property's restaurants and bars, Katsuya by Starck will have a Geisha-chic vibe; Cleo will channel the sultry mystery of the Middle East; Foxtail is inspired by the raw industrial rock 'n' roll scene of Paris; Monkey Bar evokes the feel of a classic English social club; The SLS Buffet resembles a rustic mountain lodge; and Ku Noodle will feature illustrations of Koi fish and cherry blossoms and a collection of Asian rice bags and vintage Chinese newspapers.


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