The SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino opened at midnight Saturday, August 23. The grand opening included fireworks as part of the private party celebration for more than 3,000 VIP guests, according to the LA Times. (Copyright Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
The 1,600-room SLS is actually smaller than most other resorts on the Las Vegas strip since its predecessor, the Sahara Hotel and Casino, which closed in 2011, was built in 1952 when size was not all that mattered. While the casino is not as large as some of its neighbors, the SLS does not require such long hikes to get anywhere. Plus, there is nothing small about the $415 million renovation or the quality that awaits its guests. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
As a tribute to the Sahara, the valet entrance features the previous hotel’s iconic logo. However, in support of the SLS logo, monkeys of all mischievous activities can be spotted in countless places throughout the resort. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
SLS is part of the Los Angeles-based sbe collection, and features familiar places such as the Griddle Café or the Sayers Club. Other restaurants include the 800 Degree Neapolitan Pizzeria (pictured), Umami Burger, and Cleo. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
The SLS also houses nightclubs, such as Foxtail Pool Club (pictured), Monkey Bar, and Center Bar. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
LiFE nightclub features a Funktion-One sound system, 70 VIP tables, and 60-foot ceilings for the aerialists on theatrical rigging, zip lines, and catwalks. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
A huge LED wall displays cutting edge content from the center of LiFE nightclub. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
SLS has three hotel towers: LUX Tower with 300 suites, World Tower with 1,100 rooms, and the 200-room Story Tower. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
Gensler Architects, French designer Philippe Starck, and Penta Building Group designed the resort, with a number of rooms designed by Lenny Kravitz as well. Starck also designed SAM, a sculpture that stands outside the main entrance to the casino that is actually a caricature of sbe founder, CEO, and chairman, Sam Nazarian, who helped with the creation of SLS. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
SLS has a prime spot on the Strip at Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue, just two miles north of Bellagio and Caesars Palace. (Copyright David Becker, Getty Images)
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