SLS: Service Luxury Style or Sam's Large Silo?
MikeE Looks Into The Grand Opening
Against all odds and speculation, Stockbridge Real Estate and their 10% partner SBE Entertainment managed to turn the old Sahara into Las Vegas's interpretation of their Los Angeles and South Beach venues. So yay for this underdog! Yay for employment! Yay for breathing new life into the area! Yay for a project that's more than a shopping center or a restaurant! SLS actually opening might be news of the year.
And yet, it's all kind of... "meh."
VT superfriend middleclassbuzz and I checked it out opening night to see what we could see. Within a matter of seconds, it became evident just how they were able to get this thing off the ground. Let's dig deeper...
The porte cochere. It's minimal and flows exceptionally well considering that we didn't experience any opening-night hiccups via cab arrival. The sculpture looks like a Botero if he shifted his focus away from busty women and put all his attention towards space aliens.
The casino is, well, just a casino. The ceilings are exposed but far from urban-loft-hip - something that Downtown Grand actually pulled off pretty well. There's zero attempt at dressing up load-bearing columns and other than track lighting for the sole purpose of illumination, there's just one light fixture in the whole place. They had to work on the cheap and it shows.
At least it's a cool light fixture.