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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 ...

  • Casino

    Like why your favorite place may be the parking garage.

  • Gaming

    MGM's Gold Strike casino in Tunica, Miss., recently opened a nonsmoking area.

  • SLS Las Vegas

    Sam Nazarian has created just what he thinks Las Vegas deserves with SLS: A shiny new playground (that locals might be able to afford!).

  • Nightlife

    The new SBE club opens at the freshly minted resort this weekend.

  • Entertainment

    It all started with a list of notes on the Director’s desk ...

  • Dining

    The Honey Salt team doubles down in the Summerlin area with its new Tivoli Village tavern.

  • Dining

    The Turkeygiving Burger should be crowned Vegas’ quintessential Thanksgiving-inspired dish.

  • As We See It

    Changing the name of the Washington Redskins is going to happen, Reid says.

  • Music

    Outdoor concert should be the first of many at the new Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

  • Entertainment

    Who knew a dog trainer could twerk so well?

  • Features

    Artificial intelligence? Virtual worlds? Sign us up!

  • Dining

    Also, Showboy Bakeshop plans the Broadway Bake Sale and Sammy's hosts another Social Club dinner.

  • Dining

    Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Mango Salsa or Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese? See which flavor rules with the Weekly foodie crew.

  • Music

    "I approach live music as a party, not a concert," says Jason Scoppa, the man behind the venue's design and concept.

  • Music

    All the details on this week's concert announcements.

  • Dining

    From bacon jam to a mysteriously succulent turkey burger, Carson Kitchen is full of surprises.

  • Film

    If, however, you're looking for the same-old same-old, you'll probably have a great time.

  • As We See It

    What does the tragic controversy say about officer-involved shootings and our community?

  • Nightlife

    Every new casino needs a new secret signature drink—an off-menu cocktail for those in the know.