Ciel Spa has extensive treatment options, steam rooms, and experience shower
Three nightclubs are popular among guests and non-guests alike
Casino with a High Limit Room and rewards-driven players club, The Code
Free Wi-Fi and free parking
Complaints of poor service and long check-in/out process
Far from the main area of the Strip
Some guests have complained of a smoke smell in rooms
Rooms are small by Vegas standards; no dresser and little drawer space for clothes
Daily resort fee (typical of Vegas hotels)
The upscale, 1,300-room SLS Las Vegas is in the building that once housed the iconic Sahara Resort & Casino. Designed by acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck, in collaboration with Gensler Architects, the property mixes elements of the property's past with strikingly modern decor. The casino area isn't huge but all the typical gaming options are available, and there are a wide array of restaurants to fit anyone's budget -- including the trendy Bazaar Meat by José Andrés. Three nightclubs and a gorgeous outdoor pool area lure a younger crowd. It's located on the far north end of the Strip, so travelers wanting a more central location may want to consider Aria Resort & Casino or Caesars Palace (though prices may be higher).
The modern, striking design attracts a younger crowd -- and some families
The SLS opened in 2014 after a $415 million renovation of the former Sahara Resort & Casino, a former favorite spot of The Beatles and The Rat Pack. Owned by SBE Entertainment, which is a leader in the nightlife scene in Los Angeles, SLS Las Vegas blends the old Vegas world of Sahara with strikingly modern features. Acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck was behind most elements seen at the hotel, and they're as strange and quirky as we've come to expect from him; picture plastic body parts affixed to the wall and odd monkey accents. It could be jarring for some to walk through a hellish red corridor to get to the elevators, but it’s certainly a daring design that makes an impression. There are several restaurants and clubs, and the clientele is a hip, young crowd primarily interested in the nightlife SLS has to offer.
North of the main area of the Strip; a cab or public transportation is needed to explore other hotels
SLS is on the northern end of the Strip, between Circus Circus and Stratosphere Casino. It's a less lively area, still feeling somewhat desolate, so most Vegas visitors will want to check out the main area of the Strip to the south. Walking to hotels like The Cosmopolitan isn’t an option but cabs are always easy to catch. The monorail also stops right outside of the hotel and it’s a 14-minute ride to go to the last station in the other direction at MGM Grand.
Rooms are small by Vegas standards, but chic and modern with high-tech amenities
There are two towers at SLS (the third tower was absorbed into the new W Las Vegas hotel in 2016), all with a unique design and geared toward different types of guests. The larger is the World Tower, with 1,121 rooms decorated in a black, white and pink color scheme. Rooms are small by Vegas standards, but opposing light-up mirrors enhance the space and flat-screen TVs are huge and act as hotel compendiums. Plush duvet bedding sans a top sheet is standard, as is a large work desk with an adorable illustrated map of Vegas, chic white couch, and stocked minibar with colored crystal glasses.
The 203 rooms in the Story Tower are for those guests who are really only looking for a place to crash, as there’s not much room to move around. They're decorated in gray and yellow; notable features here include the plastic bed frames that light up and the big ceiling mirrors (we'll leave the purpose of the latter to your imagination, but we will note that we've also seen such mirrors when reviewing hotels that rent by the hour). Bathroom construction is unique and efficient, with sliding mirror doors opening to the shower and toilet, each on opposite sides of a small sink.
All bathrooms have Ciel bath products from the hotel's spa of the same name. None of the rooms have much storage space aside from an open-air closet, which leads to living out of a suitcase.
A small casino; several restaurants and clubs; and a gorgeous pool area
Though the casino and property in general aren’t very large, SLS manages to pack several features into its space. It has a total of seven restaurants and one coffee shop, The Perq. 800 Degrees lets diners personalize their wood fired pizza ; Umami Burger offers beers and renowned burgers in a TV-filled room; Bazaar Meat by James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés has entrees such as grilled Maine lobster and suckling pig. There’s a restaurant at every price point.
The outdoor pool area is a relaxed spot with lounge chairs, a bar, and rubber ducky theme. For a more lively scene, guests can head to one of the three nightclubs -- Foxtail is connected to the pool; The Sayers Club features live music; LiFE/Beach LiFE is open Friday and Saturday and has DJ-led music, aerial performers, and state-of-the-art lighting. An aptly named Monkey Bar is across from reception and Center Bar sits in the middle of the casino floor.
Ciel Spa has various treatment options and is connected to the modern fitness center with Technogym equipment. Paying homage to their California roots, various Fred Segal stores are spread throughout the property, selling men’s and women’s apparel as well as stunning jewelry. Meeting rooms are also present, and the casino (though on the smaller side) has a High Limit Room.