Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the former Sahara in Las Vegas, the new SLS Resort—slated for Fall 2014-- will be an entertainment destination with a whopping 1,400 rooms. HotelChatter reports that construction recently broke ground, and that the project will cost $415 million. Chaired by Sam Nazarian, “L.A.’s King of the Night,” the SBE Entertainment Group has developed quite the fan base for its style of hospitality, where fabulous dining and nightlife outlets are a major draw.
Considering the smashing success of the SLS Hotels in Beverly Hills and South Beach, we’ll be keeping close tabs on this one. In perfecting the SLS concept for a Vegas crowd, celebrity partners Philippe Starck and chef José Andrés are on board. Expect to find Vegas branches of the L.A. hotel’s popular restaurants: The Bazaar by José Andrés, Griddle Café,Katsuya by Starck and Umami Burger. There will also be seven boutiques by Fred Segal and a Vegas outpost of the Savers Club.
Sin City isn’t the only metropolis to score a new SBE property. The Seattle Times reports that Sam Nazarian’s hospitality company has agreed to open a 184-room luxury hotel in the new office tower scheduled to break ground this fall at Fifth and Columbia. The SLS Hotel Seattle will occupy 14 floors in the planned 43-story tower, and will be designed by Philippe Starck.