Vegas is a regular destination for me, and I found myself in the bustling city this past week for a photography conference. Personally, I’m not a fan of staying right in the middle of the commotion on the strip, so this time, I scouted for a bit more of a retreat. Along my search, I found the SLS Las Vegas and hit the jackpot.
Formerly the Sahara Hotel, the SLS Las Vegas is an appealing chic boutique hotel a touch north down the strip – far enough away to feel relaxing but close enough to dive into the mix of things with a sight-worthy walk.
As soon as I walked into the newly-renovated hotel (they’re still in the midst of a few renovations) I noticed the awe-inspiring décor and ambiance, which screamed luxury. From the floors to the art to glitzy walls, everything is top-dollar and makes you feel like royalty – even the smell when you walk in is floral and glamorous.
When I arrived at the SLS Las Vegas late at night, I wasn’t in the best mood from seven hours of grueling travel. But even in the midst of my crankiness, the staff broke a huge smile out of my face with how accommodating and kind they were. They showed me up to my room, which was the World Tower King – a sophisticated hideaway with bright lighting and a comfortable king bed and lounge chairs. There are mirrors a-plenty, and the illuminating lights make for a perfect selfie : ).
The hotel checks every last amenity box. The SLS Las Vegas has its own casino, numerous beautiful pools, an extensive spa, a fitness studio, retail outlets, concierge services, and nine restaurants. One gorgeous pool – the Retro Pool Lounge – is situated on their rooftop, and is the perfect place to soak up some sun with a signature cocktail. Moreover, SLS always has a ton of promotions and events happening in and around the hotel.
During my stay, I had the opportunity to dine at both Umami Burger and Northside Café for breakfast and lunch. Umami Burger served me some amazing lemon herbed chicken wings that were exploding with herby flavors – they were some of the best wings I’ve ever had. At Northside, a café and Chinese kitchen, I had breakfast one day, which was good. But the next day, I had a three-course meal for lunch: a Caesar salad to start, a seared Pacific salmon (at my server’s recommendation), and I’m a sucker for sorbet, so I chose that for dessert. Everything was amazing, but the pineapple sorbet had me over the moon. It tasted like summertime!
Ultimately, the SLS Las Vegas is the perfect sanctuary for someone that wants to be in the mix of the glam and glitz of Vegas but slightly removed from the bustle. The SLS doesn’t spare on any of the luxuries you’ll see on the strip, and even though it’s a stone’s throw away, it feels like you’re in a secret hideout.
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