SAHARA Las Vegas

Party around the clock at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on the north end of the Strip. Along with trendy pools, bars and nightclubs, this hotel is packed with celeb chef dining options.

The vibe:

Luxury meets modern-day monkey business.

What we love:

This is a property with history – and we love that. An important piece of Elvis and Rat Pack lore, the Sahara Hotel & Casino was converted into SLS. Except for the bones of the building, it’s been completely made over, but in a nod to the past you’ll spot custom carpets with images of the Sahara at its prime. SLS is packed with high-tech wonders. There are seven different digital art installations in and around the property. Walk across color-changing floor tiles triggered by your feet inside the main entrance. A digital “cloud” hovers over the Center Bar. And the north side of the parking garage facing Foxtail Pool Club forms a canvas for 3-D video mapping that will blow your mind. (We’ll leave it to you to find the remaining installations yourself.)

The monkeys are so much fun. You’ll spot them everywhere at SLS — in chandeliers, in artwork that hangs above the casino floor, on the resort’s white sedans and, of course, at the Monkey Bar (framed photos of simians in suits line the back wall). Why monkeys, you ask? Well, they set the perfect tone – because SLS, while stylish, is far from being a stuffy and conventional resort.

Insider tips:

Like the Story Tower, many of the rooms in the other towers at SLS boast interesting features – courtesy of acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck. If you’re in the mood for romance, reserve a room in the Lux Tower. It comes with a mirror on the ceiling and a playful peek-a-boo shower. The Lux Tower suite also has a banquette by the window – perfect for kicking back in your plush bathrobe.

For some of the best people watching at the north end of the Strip, head to the beer garden at Umami Burger. This outdoor area stretches alongside Las Vegas Boulevard near Sahara Avenue.

Good to know:

Because SLS is home to so many party places, you’re going to hear pumped up, EDM-style music overhead throughout the resort. And since the entrances to many of pool clubs, bars and nightclubs are in public areas, you’re also going to see long entry lines along with plenty of young partiers milling around.

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