SLS Las Vegas and The Delano resorts have debuted and are now serving wide-eyed guests as the latest additions to the Las Vegas Strip resort mix. SLS opened with a bang at midnight August 23, 2014 while The Delano will entertain initial guests tonight (Sept. 1, 2014).
New resort openings on the Strip always create a visitor interest frenzy, and both of these new properties have followed suit with much anticipation. Both properties are the result of major renovation projects. SLS is the outcome of a $415 makeover and rebranding of the iconic Sahara Hotel on the North Strip. The Delano is the $80 million renovation of THEHotel, a sister property of the Mandalay Bay resort on the South Strip.
Individual highlights/info regarding each new property follows :
- Ownership - SBE Entertainment
- 1600 guest rooms (including 250 suites)
- 30,000 sq. ft. convention space
- 60,000 sq.ft. casino (800 slot machines, race and sports book, and 70 table games); The Code players club
- Room amenities - luxury showers, bath robes, 55-inch HDTV, Simmons mattresses, choice of 3 towers (World, Lux, and Story towers), and 3 room-view options (City, Mountain, or Pool views).
- Upscale dining - Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres, Japanese cuisine at Katsuya by Starck, Mediterranean cuisine at Cleo
- Casual dining - Ku Noodle, Umami Burger Beer Garden and Sportsbook, 800 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza, the 24/7 Griddle Cafe, SLS Buffet, and The Perq coffee shop.
- Spa services - Ciel Spa
- Retail shopping - seven specialty boutique shops by Fred Segal
- Salon services - FrankAndLeo Salon hair stylists
- Fitness center
- Pools (2) - Beach LIFE and Foxtail Pool Club
- Nightlife - Sayers Club, Premier Nightlfe Venue, Poolside Lounge, Umami Beer Garden
- Room rates - average $139 (standard rooms) and up midweek (Sun - Thurs), $201.50 and up weekends; currently offering 25% discount special, with $105 minimum nightly rates; add $25 daily resort fee + 12% tax
- Address / phone - 2535 Las Vegas Blvd. South ; 702-761-7000
The Delano :
- Ownership - partnership between MGM Resorts and Morgan Hotel Group
- 1100 guest rooms / suites
- A non-gaming, sister resort property to Mandalay Bay
- Meetings / convention space - 1200 sq.ft. Delano Living Room + 31 individual meeting rooms ; access to 1.7 million sq.ft. of convention space at Mandalay Bay
- No casino - easy, convenient access to 135,000 sq.ft. Mandalay Bay casino and M Life players club
- Room amenities - Offering three view options (Strip, Beach, or Mountain views); minimum 725 sq.ft rooms/suites decked out in white/neutral color pallettes, floor to ceiling windows, oversized headboards, 2 HDTV's per room, dual closet armoires, separate living areas; luxury baths with glass enclosed showers, twin vanities, marble / granite finishes, and private water closets; dog-friendly rooms available
- Upscale dining - Mix at Delano
- Casual dining / nightlife - Della's Kitchen, Franklin, 3940 Coffee & Tea
- Spa services - Bathhouse Spa
- Fitness - Bathhouse Gym
- Pool - Under the Sun private pool opening 2015 ; current access to Mandalay Bay pool complex
- Room rates - Opening night (Sept. 1 & 2, 2014) listed at $115 (standard rooms) ; later October mid-week rates range $125 - $750; weekend rates (Fri. and Sat.) range $350 - $650 nightly depending on booking site dates through October 2014. Guests pay a tax-inclusive $28 daily resort fee.
- Address / phone - 3940 Las Vegas Blvd. South ; 702-632-9444
Following the opening week frenzy surrounding SLS Las Vegas, mixed reviews from guests are available (Trip Advisor reviews). For those who consider such reviews worthwhile, common complaints included long wait lines at several venues, parking complaints (SLS did not renovate the old Sahara parking garage), SLS Buffet cuisine and pricing, and specific staffing experiences. Other reviewers considered their experiences here as utopian.
We've been guests of the forerunner property of The Delano (THEHotel) on several occasions in the past. The rooms are huge (at least 725 sq,ft.) and were always comfortable, well-appointed, and immaculately clean during our visits. My understanding is that the main renovation to the new rooms at Delano is a change to an all-white color palette and some other moderate room upgrades. The walkway from Mandalay Bay and the Delano lobby appear to have been completely redone with a Southwestern desert decor intent. The near-future room rates as listed above from the Delano reservations site appear pricey, even for an upscale resort in Vegas. We'll see.