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by Matt Alderton | August 26, 2014

Its highly anticipated Las Vegas hotel, SLS Las Vegas, opened on Aug. 23, a week earlier than originally planned, Los Angeles-based nightlife and hospitality company sbe announced last week.

The Strip's first major new resort since The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, which opened in 2010, SLS Las Vegas originally was scheduled to open Labor Day weekend. The doors opened Saturday at midnight, however, with a 12-hour grand-opening party attended by the likes of actors Aaron Paul, Emile Hirsch, and Kellan Lutz; singers Lenny Kravitz and Iggy Azalea; burlesque star Dita Von Teese; former Playboy bunny Holly Madison; and TV news correspondent Maria Menounos, among others.

"The opening of SLS Las Vegas is a major milestone, not only for the expansion of the SLS Hotels brand, but for the future of Las Vegas," sbe Founder, Chairman, and CEO Sam Nazarian said in a statement. "We're very excited to welcome guests to experience the property and the incredible concepts we've built with our dedicated partners, and we look forward to watching the north end of The Strip continue to grow."

Located in the space formerly occupied by the iconic Sahara Hotel and Casino, which closed its doors in 2012 and subsequently underwent a $415 million renovation, SLS Las Vegas features more than 1,600 guest rooms and suites, a 60,000-square-foot casino floor with nearly 800 slot machines, a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal shopping experience, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, a spa, and a collection of sbe's existing restaurant and nightlife brands, including a reinvention of the popular L.A. nightclub The Sayers Club and restaurant concepts such as The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya, Cleo, 800 Degrees, Umami Burger, and L.A.'s The Griddle Café.

"We're thrilled to introduce the newest resort experience on the Strip and confident that guests will enjoy the range of amenities on property," said Rob Oseland, president and COO of SLS Las Vegas. "We're excited to see our vision for the property come to fruition and look forward to creating memorable experiences for our guests for many years to come."