Having arrived in Vegas with JetSuiteX, I needed a place to crash for the night. With Starwood’s targeted promotion for double stays and double nights, as well as double points at all Tribute properties, I thought it was an excellent time to check in with the SLS after becoming an SPG property. And, paired with a $65 rate, I couldn’t refuse!
While the SLS can be criticized for its very north Strip location, the property is on the Las Vegas Monorail, which can save you a lot of money during your stay in Vegas. A one-way ticket is $5, and a 24 hour pass is $12, which is much cheaper than one single cab ride anywhere on the Strip.
Since JetSuiteX’s terminal was a 7 minute walk from the MGM Grand’s monorail station, this was my method of arrival. Construction on the new W Hotel, being added to the LUX tower at the resort, has guests entering the property through the Monkey Bar, right near the front desks.
There’s a dedicated check-in desk for Starwood Elite members, which had no line when arrived around 3 PM. Check-in was quick, and I was assigned a high floor with technically a Strip View in the World Tower.
As I made my way down this very dark hallway…
I arrived at my room.
Inside, I found two double beds (the only non-smoking rooms available were double rooms). The rooms are definitely tiny by Vegas standards, and my last stay had me staying at the LUX tower, which has slightly larger rooms.
The view from the very small window was not as bad as it could be, but still not great:
I will say that the interior design is impressive. Two giant mirrors on either side of the room definitely make the space feel a bit more airy.
A large desk with lots of promo materials on what the hotel has to offer sat opposite the beds.
The bathroom was small but featured a great shower, with Ciel bath amenities in oversized bottles, just small enough to check through security. Another corner of the room had the SLS mini bar, which featured some gourmet snacks (though out of my price range).
With some time to kill before sundown, I checked out the Foxtail pool, which was quiet for Vegas standards but had some stylings like chrome oversized rubber ducks, lampshades, and fit the overall “theme” of the hotel.
It was dinner time, and I had done my research online for some food specials. The SLS hasn’t been a home run since it opened two years ago, but I will say the food on property is the best in Las Vegas. They have 6 restaurants, and 5 of them are on the “Taste of SLS” $49 menu. Essentially a food and bar crawl, you’ll try 5 different drinks and 5 different food items at each of the 5 restaurants on the list (José Andres’ Bazaar Meat is unfortunately not featured).
I first took advantage of my Gold member free drink, which was any drink at the Monkey Bar or Perk $15 or under. Naturally, I maxed it out with this:
It’s the signature drink of the property, the “Monkey Suit,” made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Banana Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, Walnut Bitters, and Torched Banana. Delicious!
I started out at the resort’s casual Northside Cafe and Chinese Kitchen, where I had the Strawberry Margarita and Fried Spring Rolls. Total value: $16.
Next, I journeyed over to Cleo’s next door, a favorite of mine from Los Angeles. Their featured item is the lamb shawarma and lotus flower cocktail. Value: $23.
Then, I went to Katsuya, their sushi joint. While the service was a bit slow at the bar, I LOVED their crispy rice and spicy tuna dish. Value: $28.
I stopped by Umami Burger next and had a beer and some of their secret menu Cheezy Tots. No picture, sorry, but value: $12.
Finally, I ended my culinary tour at 800 Degrees, their pizza place. I had the margherita pizza and a beer. Value: $14.
Also, I won a grand at the craps table in between drinks and food, which was awesome.
Overall, I gotta hand it to the SLS- they put on quite a show. Maybe with the W opening it’ll breathe some new life into the property- but the pieces are there!