SLS Las Vegas prepares for midnight opening

Last month it was announced that the upcoming SLS Las Vegas would be opening one week ahead of schedule, following openings in Beverly Hills and Miami beach. Now the hotel is poised to open midnight tonight.

The former Sahara resort completed a $415-million renovation after property owner SBE closed the 59-year-old hotel and casino in 2011. According to Fox 5 Vegas, all of the hotel's over 1,600 rooms across three towers were updated, as well as its 60,000-square-foot casino floor. A 10,000-square-foot shopping area was added, as well as new dining options and nightlife concepts.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the casino hotel just recently received final approval for a gaming license two days before opening. Similarly, Sam Nazarian, CEO of SBE, is still not allowed to have any management influence over the hotel's operations or share in the property's gaming revenue until he is also licensed by Nevada, a process that could take three to five months. 

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The SLS Las Vegas is one of the properties in the original list of hotels announced for Hilton's independent hotel collection Curio. The Las Vegas property will be joining the collection alongside the Sam Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas; the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, S.D.; the Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Aside from the SLS Las Vegas, the biggest new addition to the Curio collection is the Hotel Palomar in Dallas, which was acquired by Thayer Lodging Trust for an unspecified amount in early August. The nine-story, 198-room hotel will be managed by Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and Thayer is planning on making upgrades to the property in 2015.

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