SLS Las Vegas becomes The Sahara, launches high-end lounge
The Vegas icon returns to its roots today
The SLS Las Vegas is in the middle of a $150-million renovation project, but doesn’t want to keep gamblers away, especially those with deeper pockets. As part of its upgrades, the Vegas gambling venue has now opened a new high-end gambling lounge, dubbed Infinity, and is ready for action. The launch comes at the same time that the property is updating its name, choosing to revert to the name the venue held for years as an iconic Vegas property – The Sahara.
Infinity is designed for those who like a little more risky adventure. IT offers a number of high-limit options, including double-deck blackjack, roulette, six-deck shoe and high-limit poker machines, as well as 40 other premium digital games like Crystal Slant Poker and Pure Luxe, both of which are virtually exclusive to Las Vegas. Slots go from $1 to $25 and table games start at $50 and can go as high as $10,000.
The casino adds in a press release, “Distinct design details and flourishes set Infinity apart from the rest of the gaming floor. Custom spiral-patterned glass mosaic walls are accentuated with rich ruby, plum and violet shades offset with champagne and gold. The imported elephant-textured, gold glass panels complement the lush gold backlit weaved metal accent walls, while the lavish carpet, inspired by the Hermés Spirographie, provides a complex interplay of concentric circles in precious colors and subtle shade changes.”
SLS Las Vegas was previously known as the W Hotel for a short while but, before that, it was The Sahara. It first opened in 1952 and was frequented often by the Rat Pack, turning it into a major Vegas icon. When business started falling off, it shut down in 2011 and changed hands, with Vegas real estate developer Alex Meruelo purchasing it last year. Intent on breathing new life into the venue, he decided to revive The Sahara name, in spirit, and that new brand is expected to be introduced today.