SLS Las Vegas begins accepting room reservations

Operators of the redeveloped SLS Las Vegas began accepting hotel room reservations Tuesday through the Strip resort’s newly launched website.

The first room nights being offered at the 1,600-room hotel-casino are on Aug. 25 and can be booked through SLSLasVegas.com.

A grand opening for the north Strip property is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, Aug., 29 through Sept. 1.

SLS Las Vegas President Rob Oseland said the week leading up to the celebration is being viewed as a “soft opening,” although all of the resort’s amenities will be available.

“The whole property will open together,” Oseland said. “We’ll look to build toward the weekend.”

SLS Las Vegas is the former Rat Pack era-Sahara, which is being transformed into a new resort through a $415 million redevelopment by Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment. The Sahara closed in May 2011.

From now through the end of April, SLS Las Vegas is offering an opening rate of $109 per night on weekdays and $139 per night on weekends. The offer requires a two-night minimum stay and is valid beginning Sept. 1 through Dec. 27. Blackout dates apply.

Guests booking hotel rooms on the website can also book reservations for the property’s restaurants and nightlife venues, which are operated by SBE, including The Sayers Club. LiFE, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Cleo, Umami Burger, 800 Degrees, The Griddle Café, The SLS Buffet and The Perq.

SLS Las Vegas’ 1,600 rooms cover three hotel towers.

The property also has 30,000 square feet of meeting space, 10,000 square feet of retail operated by Los Angeles retailer Fred Segal, and a 60,000-square-foot casino with 800 slot machines, 80 table games and a William Hill-operated race and sports book.

Oseland said construction on the resort is on time with many of the finishing touches, such as carpeting, tile work and other features taking shape.

“Just driving by, you can see that much of the exterior is being finished,” Oseland said. “You’re getting a sense of how things are closing up.”

Oseland said he and SBE CEO Sam Nazarian gave Gov. Brian Sandoval a tour of the SLS Las Vegas last week.

The property is hiring its managers and supervisors for the various venues and facilities. On April 21, Oseland said the property will begin hiring the bulk of its 2,700-person work force.

The opening of SLS Las Vegas follows the planned May 21 opening of The Cromwell, which Caesars Entertainment is developing through the $185 million transformation of Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Follow @howardstutz on Twitter.

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