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SLS Vegas stages Hollywood-style opening featuring fireworks and superstars

Another opening of another mega million dollar Las Vegas Strip hotel and this one was boffo
Another opening of another mega million dollar Las Vegas Strip hotel and this one was boffo
Photo by Ethan Miller

The much anticipated, long awaited, SLS Las Vegas,a $415 million renovation of the legendary Sahara, opened with a star-studded bang bringing life back to the north end of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. The only in Sin City-style 1,600-room hotel features bells, whistles and entertainment galore.

Fireworks welcome the new $415 million SLS Vegas
Photo by Ethan Miller

A Hollywood-style opening preview party brought a superstar cast to the resort that included actors Aaron Paul,Emile Hirsch and Kellan Lutz, model Dita Von Teese, UFC star Chuck Liddell, and actress Brittany Snow. Partygoers were treated to food, drink and live performances from rock legend Lenny Kravitz, who designed a handful of the property’s top tier suites, and rising star artists including Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, JoJo and Jhene Aiko. The grand finale came as the clock struck midnight with a dazzling display of fireworks, the SLS team led by Sam Nazarian officially cut the ribbon and escorted the first guests to the gaming floor.

"This is the beginning of a new era for The Strip," said Sam Nazarian, Founder, Chairman and CEO, sbe. "We are thrilled to throw open our doors and show the world what we've been working on for the past several years. It feels good to be back in the former Sahara space, and we look forward to creating new, legendary memories as SLS Las Vegas."

Hyped as one of the most energetic hotels on the Strip, SLS is high-style collaboration between Nazarian, James Beard award-winning chef Jose Andres and design visionary Phillippe Starck in collaboration with globally acclaimed architectural firm Gensler. Property highlights, of which there are many, include Andres' Bazaar Meat, a twist on his hugely popular concept Bazaar; the second location of The Sayers Club, one of Los Angeles' best-loved live music venues; celebrated restaurants Katsuya by Starck, Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book, Cleo and The Griddle Cafe; an exclusive partnership with retailer Fred Segal and The Strip's most exhilarating nightclub, the 20,000 square-foot LiFE, a venue designed, with sbe's myriad years creating superior nightlife venues, to maximize the club-going experience.

"We're incredibly proud of our partners and our approachable mix of amenities," added president and COO of SLS Las Vegas, Rob Oseland. "As a result, we have a property that speaks to everything that the 40 million tourists who find their way to Vegas every year expect while at the same time stays approachable and welcoming to the vibrant community of Southern Nevada."

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