The iconic Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is slowly transforming into SLS Las Vegas. Yes, against all odds, this is actually happening.
The Rat Pack-era Sahara (rhyming sold separately) operated from 1952 to 2011, and many, including this blog, were skeptical when plans surfaced for a new resort at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. We’re pleased to say we were wrong. Just this once.
We recently stopped by to see how the construction of SLS Las Vegas is progressing.
Of course, SLS Las Vegas will have a shiny new casino, with 80 table games and 800 slot machines. This Las Vegas blog fully expects to put a hurting on some of those very same games when SLS opens.
The renderings for SLS Las Vegas are impressive (see below), including an upscale facade that’s already starting to take shape at the site.
There’s a fairly tall construction fence along Las Vegas Boulevard, but those have rarely been a deterrent when we want to see what’s up inside.
Soon, all traces of the Sahara will be gone, but as construction takes place, there are still some Moroccan-inspired flourishes visible over the 10-foot-tall fence.
Here’s a good look at the entire Las Vegas Boulevard-facing part of the SLS Las Vegas.
The Sahara’s porte-cochere, with a distinctive onion-dome minaret, has long since been demolished, and a new porte-cochere is taking its place.
Here’s a look at where the porte-cochere is headed.
The high-end SLS Las Vegas is gambling that the north end of The Strip is ready for an infusion of glitz.
The $415 million project, which will have a look inspired by Hollywood Boulevard and the Sunset Strip, is expected to open in 2014. Read more about plans for SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Here are a few more photos of SLS Las Vegas, soon to bringing style, service and luxury (although not necessarily in that order) to the much-neglected north end of the Las Vegas Strip.
SLS Las Vegas Construction