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“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 ...

  • SLS Las Vegas

    “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 ...

  • Joe Downtown

    After two years of covering the Valley's hottest 'hood, columnist Joe Schoenmann is moving on.

  • A&E

    From big-name DJs to some awesome live music picks, how to get your party on this LDW.

  • Dining

    Finding Mexican food in Las Vegas is easy, but just because it’s plentiful doesn’t mean it’s all good.

  • Dining

    Also, Poppy Den is done, and Lulu's sets up for a beer and pizza dinner.

  • Summerlin

    The folks who own it gave us some pretty sweet mouse pad maps of the community, if you need some help ...

  • A&E

    Do you remember when Henderson got its own Kwik-E-Mart? We do.

  • Music

    The band, which turns Velvet Underground songs into pizza anthems, hits LVCS on November 16.

  • Music

    The new shows end before some of the old ones started. Really.

  • Music

    If the venue continues to book rising stars, it might just be the best place to see them before they get big.

  • Music

    From Katy Perry to Kiss, Ty Segall to Phish, fall's concert calendar is packed with notable names.

  • Fashion

    Fashion phenom: You almost forget she’s a teenager when she talks the industry talk. Then she gushes about a selfie with Project Runway’s Christian Siriano, ...

  • A&E

    Dance past and present this season at the Nevada Ballet Theatre.

  • A&E

    The best of the arts in galleries, on stages and even in the old Western Hotel.

  • Art

    You had us at giant gnomes, Jesse. But, by all means, keep going.

  • Boulder City

    Um, what?! You usually need to bust out the binoculars at Lake Mead.

  • A&E

    The Hunger Games returns -- and so does Dumb and Dumber.

  • television

    Here are 10 shows with some amount of promise, plus two old ones to keep watching.

  • Dining

    As the local Asian restaurant scene continues to grow, our options for exotic desserts become more abundant.