SLS Las Vegas is located on the far north end of the Las Vegas Strip. It opened on August 23, 2014. SLS Las Vegas is on the former site of Sahara, which opened in 1951 and closed on May 16, 2011. It is owned by SBE Entertainment. SLS Las Vegas is its only gaming property. SBE Entertainment owns and operates hotels and nightclubs in numerous other markets outside Las Vegas.
SLS Las Vegas has no major theme. It has the feel of a classy nightclub with gaming. This is no coincidence as the parent company is a major nightclub operator.
The casino floor at SLS Las Vegas is about 60,000 square feet. This is about two thirds the size of what Sahara used. The remainder was converted into restaurant and nightclub space.
The gaming at SLS Las Vegas is above average for the Strip. It resembles more of a locals’ casino. All video poker returns at least 98%. Players that prefer $1 and higher denominations receive 99% payback. There are even some 100% machines hidden on the casino floor. The slots return above the historic Las Vegas Strip average. These are more like downtown slots.
The blackjack at SLS Las Vegas is on the higher end for Strip casinos. There are a total of 31 tables. Limits are $10-$10,000. Single Deck Blackjack pays 6-5 on a natural and allows double down on any two cards. Double deck allows players to double on the first two cards and after splitting. The dealer hits a soft 17 in these games.
The shoe games in the main casino floor permit double down on any two cards and after splitting. Players may also surrender and resplit aces. The main casino floor games hit a soft 17, while the high limit games stay on all 17s. High limit action starts at $100.
There are five $10 craps tables with 3-4-5 odds. There is an Asian games pit with Pai Gow Poker and baccarat. Limits are $10-$5,000.
Other SLS Las Vegas Table Games
Double Zero Roulette: $10-$500 (11)
Baccarat: $10-$10,000 (8)
Ultimate Texas Hold’em: $5-$500 (3)
Three Card Poker: $5-$500 (3)
Crazy4Poker: $5-$500 (2)
Let it Ride: $5-$300 (1)
Casino War: $10-$500 (1)
Big Wheel: $2-$100 (1)
SLS Las Vegas leases sportsbook space to William Hill. Its counter is located in the microbrewery. It does not offer seating or televisions that one would expect from a Las Vegas Strip sportsbook. There is no poker room at SLS Las Vegas.
SLS Las Vegas has a $25 per night resort fee. This includes wireless internet, fitness center access and the seasonal pool. The hotel spreads 1,600 rooms. This is about 100 less than Sahara had. Many of the rooms were converted into suites or larger rooms.
World and Story Superior – At 325 square feet, these rooms are the most affordable at SLS Las Vegas. Rates start at $114 during the week and $198 on weekends. Higher floors are $10 more per night. Two double beds are $20 per night.
Deluxe King – The Deluxe King room is 425 square feet. Rates start at $199 during the week and $269 on weekends.
Signature King Suite – These 490 square feet rooms start at $269 during the week and $369 on weekends. A double suite is $20 per night. A pool view is $80 more per night.
Lux King Suite – The Lux King Suite is 632 square feet. It includes free spa amenities. Rates start at $344 during the week and $414 on weekends.
The flagship of SLS Las Vegas is Bazaar Meats by Jose Andres. Unique meats may be found here. These include wild boar, fois gras, as well as Kobe steak and a variety of seafood appetizers and main courses.
Katsuya by Starck is top sushi dining option. There is also an extensive Japanese menu.
Cleo is a fine Mediterranean option. Ku Noodle, Umani, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza and Griddle Café are casual dining options. SLS Las Vegas also has a buffet.
Umani is a microbrewery that hosts the William Hill sportsbook. Life is a 20,000 square foot nightclub that spreads 70 VIP tables and three full service bars. Beach Life is its day club. Foxtail is a hybrid nightclub and beach club. The Sayers Club is SLS Las Vegas’ live music venue. There are also two casino bars.
SLS Las Vegas is located on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. It is in an isolated area of the Las Vegas Strip. Stratosphere is the only resort within walking distance on the Strip. The Las Vegas Monorail has a stop at SLS Las Vegas. That is the northern end of the line.
The nightclubs and day clubs are the main feature of SLS Las Vegas. The music venue has yet to open. Guests that would like to live Sahara’s past will be able to do so by walking through the property and seeing the tributes on the walls and carpeting throughout the resort.