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Incidental Tourist

“We’re not here to build a hotel and move on,” Sam Nazarian said at the pre-opening press conference. “This is who we are. And we’re going to give back more than we’ll take.”

First impressions: How far, how cool and how different is SLS Las Vegas?

August 26th, 2014

“We’re not here to build a hotel and move on,” Sam Nazarian said at the pre-opening press conference. “This is who we are. And we’re going to give back more than we’ll take.”

  • Somehow, among giants like the Linq, High Roller and Cromwell, this little slice of strange still belongs.

  • The hotel-within-a-hotel concept hasn’t exactly changed the game on the Strip. Could Delano change that?

  • "It’s all very pretty, embellished and ornate, but I can’t shake how Barbary Coast it still feels."

  • MGM Grand just finished refurbishing its 254-foot-tall, 94-foot-wide sign on Las Vegas Boulevard, retrofitting the big “MGM” letters with more than 13,000 custom-made LED pucks ...

  • In lieu of the tourist attractions of yesteryear (think: Sirens of Ti, the Bellagio Fountains), several properties are building shopping centers close to the Boulevard.

  • With its spiffy new look, the property's renovation is on par with those at the Tropicana and Downtown's Plaza and the D.

  • Much more than a renovation of the Sahara, SLS could have a larger impact on the Strip.

  • Robbed by the recession, we didn’t get to see what Las Vegas was supposed to be in 2013. The Incidental Tourist explores what the Strip ...

  • Las Vegas

    A former Las Vegas strip-club dancer apologized and begged forgiveness Tuesday from sobbing family members before she was sentenced to five to 15 years in ...

  • People in the Arts

    Two founding members of the feminist punk group will come to Las Vegas in October.

  • A&E

    Both signs are part of the Boneyard’s permanent exhibit and are among six in the yard that have been restored.

  • Music

    No need to panic about the band's last tour schedule anymore, local Crüe fans.

  • Entertainment

    You know when you mix up your days on your calendar? You think it’s Friday when it’s actually Thursday? You arrive a day early for ...

  • Gaming

    "And right about now, the idea that casinos equal employment is in question in a way it hasn’t been for decades."

  • Nightlife

    From the insanely expensive to the totally lowbrow, must-have nightlife moments.

  • Nightlife

    We anonymously canvassed the club corridor for a party night involving four people, a basic table and Grey Goose.

  • Dining

    UNLV student and MasterChef contestant Ahran Cho talks Easy Bake Ovens, the job offer she just got and a game-changing savory tiramisu.

  • Nightlife

    "There were always afterparties, most of them in the Playboy penthouse suite. I would finish my set at 4 a.m. and there was nowhere else ...

  • Film

    It's an incredibly awkward mix of horror and comedy.

  • Downtown

    Funyuns, sixers and kale chips. Oh my!

  • Nightlife

    This weekend's fest features more than 200 beers from 60-plus breweries.

  • Dining

    The chef list for Sunday Supper includes Luciano Pellegrini and Jose Aleman of Marche Bacchus, Ming See Woo of Fu Asian Kitchen, Chris Palmeri of ...

  • Nightlife

    Our hometown beatmeisters on the availability of gigs and competition, freedom of programming and the perks of being a Vegas DJ.

  • Nightlife

    Talking 10,000-guest nights, taking better iPhone photos and Deadmau5 crowd surfing.

  • Nightlife

    Tired of tourist-filled discotheques and Downtown drinkeries? Sometimes revelry and nighttime hobnobbing happen where you'd least expect it, thanks to these venues and party producers.

  • Food

    It’s simplicity that ties everything together within this traditional Cuban sandwich.

  • Food

    "It wasn’t just a culinary event. The chefs really got caught up in it, all the elements involved and the sense of place and history ...

  • Dining

    This menu is interesting and affordable, worth a visit even if the cuisine can be a bit confusing.