The former SLS Las Vegas has returned to its hotel-casino roots after confirming its debut on the Las Vegas Strip under original brand name, Sahara Las Vegas

Since Alex Meruelo’s purchase of the property back in April last year, the resort has undergone a $150m renovation, which has included an updated casino floor and a recently unveiled Infinity premium gaming lounge, renovated hotel rooms, suites and corridors, an upgraded spa and a soon-to-debut new hotel lobby.

“The return of Sahara Las Vegas to The Strip is significant for the city,” said Alex Meruelo, Sahara Las Vegas owner. 

“The re-imagining of this iconic resort will enable an enhanced guest experience that runs contrary to the mega-resorts that have recently dominated the Las Vegas landscape. 

“At Sahara Las Vegas, guests will be greeted with a warm, customised experience set within a fully modern, dynamic resort. We know guests come to Las Vegas to create memories, and we plan to help them do just that in a beautifully curated, intimate resort experience with personalised services that make everyone feel special.”

“We could not be more excited to begin operating as Sahara Las Vegas,” added Paul Hobson, senior vice president and general manager of Sahara Las Vegas. “We have been busy making changes to enhance the guest experience and create a resort that our guests and team members can all enjoy. It feels good to debut our efforts under a name that is beloved by so many.”

As well as a name change, the resort’s casino floor has received a complete revamp to include a new slot and table game layout, as well as the addition of a new poker room expected to open later this year.