SLS Las Vegas owner Alex Meruelo welcomed invited guests on June 27 as he made a major announcement regarding the changes happening at the casino-resort which continues to undergo a $100 million transformation. The SLS Las Vegas will now be known as Sahara Las Vegas, returning to the previous name of the resort, which opened as Hotel Sahara in 1952. The Sahara closed in 2011 before reopening in 2014 as the SLS. Meruelo says there will be new restaurants, bars, and casino floor as part of the renovation and name change. As part of the festivities, an army of drones lit up the sky and revealed the name change.

SLS becomes Sahara pix 2Renovations began in October of last year and include updates to the casino floor, hotel rooms and corridors. Recently unveiled updates to the 60,000 square-foot casino floor feature a bright, modern atmosphere with glamorous finishes including a new layout for the slot and table game pits, a finished ceiling and lighting, and new carpeting. Progress on the casino floor continues as SLS expands its gaming offering to include a new high limit gaming salon, as well as a separate seating area.

In addition to the transformation of the resort’s public spaces, a redesign of both the Story and World Towers as well as upgrades to the Grand Tower are near completion. Improvements include enhancements to the Story and World Towers elevator lobbies and room corridor,s as well as remodeled rooms. Updates to the Grand Tower, of which SLS assumed leadership from W Hotels in August of last year, include room enhancements and an upgraded spa experience. The Grand Tower maintains its AAA Four Diamond status along with a private hotel entrance.

SAHARA Las Vegas features 1,615 guest rooms, more than 95,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a collection of entertainment venues, lounges, three distinctive pools, the luxurious Amina Spa and acclaimed restaurants, including the award-winning BAZAAR Meat by José Andrés. For more info, visit saharalasvegas.com/

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