This week I went on a few little adventures and practically felt like I was hopping from airport to airport. On Monday I flew private from Los Angeles to San Francisco and then that evening I flew from San Francisco to Las Vegas. It was all very last minute and last minute can be “do or die situation” as sometimes hotels can be brutally expensive but if you search in the right places you’re lucky to find some great last minute hotel deals. Keep in mind I didn’t fly private from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, as per usual I flew my airline of choice which is American Airlines on a one way fare of $45 dollars with an immediate upgrade to First Class thanks to my Executive Platinum status. If you would like to check my installments from this week adventures be sure to follow the links below to get the inside scoop of the American Express Centurion Lounge at SFO and the Private Jet experience aboard the Challenger300.
Prior to my trip to Las Vegas I fired up my HotelTonight application via my iPhone, this is one of the applications I frequently use when I plan travel last minute and need a place for the night. I cannot stress enough how useful and handy this application is as I’ve used it plenty of times during my domestic trips. If you would like to read a review on HotelTonight, be sure to read the following link to understand how it works and what can you expect from it (HotelTonight – Read more). Anyway, the hotels in Las Vegas were dirt cheap Monday night, like I have never seen hotels in Las Vegas this cheap, could be that summer is over and it’s “slow season” or that they want to attract the public to book their property. They were a handful of great hotels though I decided to book the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino which is a fairly new boutique hotel and its secluded from the strip, yet not so far and my rate for the night was $26 dollars because I had some credit available, without the credit it was going to be $50. If you would like to use my HotelTonight promo code, here it is (JCARTER388) with that code you get a $25 credit on your first booking. Upon arrival to the hotel I was asked for my ID and credit card and shortly after I was giving the keys to my room, keep in mind they are two towers at this hotel and LUXE Tower and World Tower and I was given the World Tower.
Tip to keep in mind: Avoid the number (3) on your card – Focus on the last four digits after three. As that will determine your room number, the 3 only indicates what tower you are in.
Arriving at the elevators you are going to need your key to activate it – Once you use your key the elevator will arrive. Usually it is the opposite way, you can ring the elevator and then use your key to press the button – I guess they do it different at this property. Once I was on the 21 floor of the property I took a right towards my room which was located at the left hand side of the hall (last room). You know you are tired when you press 24, get out of the floor and then realize you are on the wrong floor of the property, so back down I went to floor 21. Oops!!
The hall towards my room were a bit spooky feeling when walking through towards my room but everything seemed it be to very well clean and near by there was an ice machine which comes in handy during the hot weather in Las Vegas. The aroma in the hall was fresh.
Once in my deluxe room, I proceeded to turn on the lights, the AC and settle down after a long and exciting day of flying. The room was in great condition, very clean, organized and well kept. Nothing better than arriving into a room that is well maintained and clean and this hotel exceeded my expectations, perfect for just 20 hours in Las Vegas. Check out is extremely early at this property, if you would like to stay in the room for a bit longer kindly ask the front desk agent to push it to 1:00pm which in most cases they won’t have a problem with that as they were able to accommodate my request.
The inside of the room was very unique along with its decorations. It is a “very hip” hotel and it gives it a cool vibe. I am used to the luxury hotels in different parts of the World but this was a nice change and something more casual. The room was spacious and didn’t feel small what so ever as I was free to walk around with zero issues or bumping into anything.
Deluxe Room overview
One of the side tables in the room provides a charging port via USB. So if you are an iPhone user simply unplug it from the charging port and you can connect it to the side table. It seemed to charge fairly quickly and it was right next to bed.
A unique concept within the room were the mirrors on the wall that have a switch in them where you can push the button and it will light up. A completely new concept I haven’t seen before and I found it to be pretty cool, no wonder the room felt spacious and comfortable as they were able to maximize the lighting within the installations and not overpack it with light stands.
The working desk of the room is unlike any other I have seen. At first I thought housekeeping left the desk looking all out of place, I tried fixing the desk and nothing seemed to be working and get it back to normal. After a quick call to the front desk they mentioned me “Mr.Carter thats the style of the room” Okay then, thats a first. Within the working desk you will find the TV in the room, which is mounted right above it.
Deluxe Room Amenities – SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
The room also provides a pretty complete mini bar but as I usually say, I stay away from mini bars at the hotels specially while being in Vegas. I strongly encourage you all to not even put a finger on the mini bar section because if you do, you will immediately get charged for it even if you didn’t eat or drink anything from it. If you would like to pay the excessive amount they charge for their drinks and cocktails by all means, go ahead for it but save that cash and purchase it from the convenience store down in the lobby, you will be better of that way.
Aside from that mini bar, right by the entrance you will find a closet to hang your clothes and an ironing table incase you need to iron your clothes.
Bathroom – SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
The bathroom in the room was simple and nothing to rave about. It provided everything you are required to have with your typical toiletries. The shower pressure was perfect and the temperature is easy to manage without having those random moments of really cold water or really hot water. The towels and hair dryer can be found underneath the sink.
SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino – Bottom Line
SLS Las Vegas Hotel was a comfortable hotel to spend the night away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip. Were they things I wish they could improve on? Certainly. The towels in the room weren’t soft and they felt like I was drying myself with some rough towels so thats one of the things I would like for them to replace in the room. The room however was great and cozy, the temperature in the room stayed cool throughout the night which is vital in a hot city like Las Vegas. Keep in mind the majority of resorts in Las Vegas charge you a resort fee, for example the SLS Hotel charges a $29 resort fee and that includes (Internet, Pool access,etc). From time to time you can request to the front desk agent to see if they are willing to waive in some cases they are willing to.
Throughout my stay I wanted to use their main pool which is known as FOXTAIL and sadly they closed early during my stay 3:00pm. When you encounter with that situation you are more than welcome to use the pool at the LUXE tower which is more secluded and lay back where they offer cabanas, a pool bar and some comfortable chairs to relax and catch some rays.
Keep in mind that the SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino it’s a Hilton Honors property so if you happen to be an elite the chances of getting an upgrade to a much better room are higher since I booked this via third party site, I am not entitled to receive points or upgrades but for the price I got it for, I am not complaining thats why HotelTonight is one of the most resourceful apps when it comes to last minute hotel bookings. For those traveling the hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service from 8:00am until 5:00pm so plan accordingly incase you need a ride to the airport.
Have you stayed at this property before? If so, how was your experience?