The SLS Hotel & Casino Las Vegas (formerly Sahara Hotel and Casino) is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. The hotel was formerly known as the Sahara Hotel and Casino.
It was in operation under that name for 59 years from 1952 to 2011.
The hotel had 1,720 guestrooms and suites with a casino covering more than 85,000 square feet (7,900 m Owner Milton Prell replaced the casino with a new casino hotel in 1952 called the Sahara Hotel.
Located just outside the City of Las Vegas, it was the sixth resort to open on the Strip. The porte-cochere entrance, topped by an onion-dome minaret, was designed to set the resort's warm Moroccan flavor and hospitality for arriving guests.
In late 1954, entertainment director Bill Miller hired jazz musician Louis Prima to be their late night lounge act, one of the earliest ones on the Las Vegas Strip.
Along with his then-wife Keely Smith and sax player Sam Butera, they created one of the hottest late-night attractions on the Strip.
In 1956, Abbott and Costello appeared together for the last time on the Sahara stage before their permanent breakup. In 1962, a Don the Beachcomber restaurant opened in the hotel, becoming a top attraction to not only hotel guests but a variety of celebrities as well.
The 24-story Alexandria Tower was added in 1963, which made the hotel the tallest building in Las Vegas.
The resort was the site of the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for many years, mostly in the 1970s, and for a brief time in the 1990s.
Performers at the resort over the years have included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, Judy Garland, Marlene Dietrich, Lena Horne, Jack Benny, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, George Carlin, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Wayne Newton, Bill Cosby, Ann-Margret, Louis Prima, Joey Bishop, Shelley Berman, Kiss, Buddy Hackett, The Drifters, Don Rickles, Bobby Darin, The Coasters, Sonny & Cher and many others.
In 1964, The Beatles stayed at the Sahara and played two shows at the nearby Las Vegas Convention Center.
By 1978, the 27-story Tangiers Tower was added to the property.