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W Las Vegas, NV (co-located with the SLS Tribute Las Vegas) [Master Thread]

W Las Vegas, NV (co-located with the SLS Tribute Las Vegas) [Master Thread]

Old Oct 4, 16, 5:56 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
Now bookable!

I looked to book a room for next spring and they are asking for a hefty resort fee. Would that apply to a Platinum member?
Well the tribute (same location) charges platinums resort fees too so most likely yes 👎
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Old Oct 4, 16, 11:41 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
Now bookable!

I looked to book a room for next spring and they are asking for a hefty resort fee. Would that apply to a Platinum member?
What's the resort fee amount?

Cheers.
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Old Oct 4, 16, 12:32 pm
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Originally Posted by SkiAdcock View Post
What's the resort fee amount?
$32 per room/per night.
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Old Oct 9, 16, 2:55 pm
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I hope the W provides upgraded service for elites because I stayed a night at the SLS a few weekends ago and was underwhelmed by the service at check-in...and the room quality. You could definitely tell it was an older hotel with surface cosmetic enhancements. Most frustrating was the line for elites at check-in taking far longer than the regular line. I'm a newbie at this but is this common?
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Old Dec 1, 16, 1:49 pm
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It's been a long time coming but it finally happened: W Las Vegas is now open.

Press blast from Marriott below.

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Game On: W Hotels Worldwide Blazes into Sin City with W Las Vegas

W Hotels Worldwide, now part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR), made its much anticipated Sin City debut with today’s opening of W Las Vegas. W transformed a 289-room tower of SLS Las Vegas, providing guests an elevated hotel-within-a-hotel experience, located on the emerging North End of the Vegas Strip.

“If there are two things in this world that were truly made for each other, it’s W Hotels and Las Vegas,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, W Hotels Worldwide. “After nearly two decades of anticipation, W Las Vegas will show guests a different side of the strip, offering an unexpected and irreverent twist on the typical Sin City experience.”

Built by PENTA Building Group designed by Gensler in collaboration with AvroKO Hospitality Group, guests arrive at the Welcome Desk and are invited into the brand’s signature Living Room to mix and mingle. Evoking a sense of Vegas glamour, the Living Room bar was inspired by casino gaming tables, while intimate seating nooks nod to the hotel’s original mid-century incarnation as the Sahara. Behind the bar, a neon art “desert garden” by artist Keith Lemley dramatically transforms the space from day to night.

Bold and energetic, the 289 rooms at W Las Vegas were designed by Philippe Starck in collaboration with Gensler, and offer an exclusive escape from the chaos of Sin City. Each room features a cheeky interpretation of luxury hospitality that Starck is known for, as well as the signature W bedding and sumptuous Bliss® bath amenities. Decidedly chic, the hotel’s 2,382 square foot Extreme WOW Suite (designed by multi-talented artist Lenny Kravitz) adorns the top of the tower, and is highlighted by a spacious balcony with sweeping mountain views.

W Las Vegas remixes an iconic address with three floors (and 15,000 square feet) of brand new, state-of-the-art meeting and event space. The adjacent SLS Las Vegas hotel serves up an additional 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, to play host to any size event.

The rooftop WET Deck is an elite oasis for guests, providing an intimate escape to see and be seen in a private cabana or at the destination bar. Maximizing its North Strip location, the WET Deck offers panoramic views of the Stratosphere and desert mountains, all from its discrete rooftop perch. Art from local and international muralists and photographers converge to make the space truly unique. The AWAY® Spa, located on the hotel’s second floor, offers signature spa treatments for guests to detox (before a welcomed retox). Designed in pure white, playful elements such as large faux-pearl key rings, lockers featuring bright pink interiors, and artful hand sculptures, add a touch of whimsy. FIT, the 24-hour fitness center at W Las Vegas, offers guests access to state-of-the-art fitness equipment in an energetic space.

The Hottest Tables in Town
Guests of W Las Vegas are able to indulge in award-winning restaurants throughout SLS Las Vegas. The property boasts seven eateries, including on-site coffee shop The Perq; Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen which is available 24 hours a day; Bazaar Meat by José Andrés; Katsuya; Cleo; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria; and Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book.

Designed by Philippe Starck in collaboration with Gensler architects, Bazaar Meat by José Andrés is an avant-garde interpretation of the classic Vegas steakhouse. Chef José Andrés has created a dinner menu that delights, with its sophisticated and unexpected culinary combinations.

Under the exacting eye of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, Katsuya restaurant is changing the face of Japanese cuisine. Known for his spectacular sushi and sashimi platters, wildly inventive rolls, and unique cocktails, the restaurant has quickly garnered the highest accolades among critics and a loyal following among visitors from around the world.

Chef Danny Elmaleh features his acclaimed contemporary Mediterranean cuisine at Egyptian namesake, Cleo. In this vibrant setting, Chef Elmaleh showcases seasonal shared plates, mezzes, and flatbreads, complemented by handcrafted cocktails and unique wines.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria sets a casual, quirky stage with its intricate chalk art and playful ceiling images of paparazzi surrounding a red stiletto.

Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book combines unmatched flavor with exceptional hospitality in its chic burger bar location accompanied by the William Hill Sports Book. The restaurant’s expansive industrial design showcases exposed brick and wide wooden beams, and sports fans will appreciate a giant high-definition video wall.

For a more intimate setting, guests can always enjoy a meal in the privacy of their room with the hotel’s all-hours room service menu.

Live It Up
For W guests, the most coveted nightlife experiences are just an elevator ride away at SLS Las Vegas including The Sayers Club; Foxtail Nightclub; and The Foundry. The refined, yet raw space at The Sayers Club Las Vegas showcases amazing live performances by emerging and acclaimed artists, representing the true Sayers experience – one that is built on sound and space. From its iconic stage to its Strip-facing outdoor patio, the intimate venue welcomes musical talents and enthusiasts alike.

Rendered undeniably edgy by its striking graffiti on walls and ceiling, dark leather sectional sofas, and dancers on display in large birdcages, Foxtail Nightclub offers an experience unlike any other in Las Vegas. The seductive interiors open out onto the spectacular Foxtail Pool deck, where a separate bar, DJ booth, and stunning light display creates an unbridled atmosphere of celebration and fun. The open format allows different styles of music to be played indoors and outside throughout the night.

Located adjacent to the SLS casino floor, The Foundry attracts a roster of incredible international music performers throughout the year. While larger venues in Las Vegas cater to huge crowds, The Foundry delivers an intimate, more curated experience. It features state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting displays, and full-motion graphics, providing artists an incredible creative backdrop to showcase their talent.

For more information or to make a reservation, please visit WLasVegas.com or follow @w_lasvegas on Instagram. For more information on W Hotels Worldwide, visit whotels.com/theangle or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About W Las Vegas
W Las Vegas, a luxury lifestyle hotel, is making its entrance to Sin City. Designed by Gensler and AvroKO Hospitality Group, W Las Vegas remixes its desert locale with the electric lights of the legendary Strip. The result is 289 bold guest rooms and suites, all complete with the brand’s signature Bliss amenities, housed within SLS Las Vegas on the iconic Las Vegas Strip. The hotel provides guests with the ultimate insider access to Las Vegas, along with its renowned Whatever/Whenever service, offering guests whatever they want, whenever they want it. W Las Vegas is home to 15,000 square feet of ultra-modern meeting and event space, in addition to an AWAY Spa, FIT fitness center, destination W Living Room Bar and WET pool deck. Guests can mix and mingle at world-class dining venues including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés; Katsuya; Cleo; Umami Burger; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria; Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen; and The Perq; along with coveted nightlife and entertainment venues such as Foxtail, The Foundry, and The Sayers Club, alongside the inviting SLS Las Vegas casino space. For more information on W Las Vegas, visit WLasVegas.com or follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About SLS Las Vegas®
SLS Las Vegas®, a Tribute Portfolio Resort, is an all-encompassing resort and casino with more than 1,300 guest rooms and suites in two distinctive towers, 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and a collection of acclaimed restaurant and nightlife brands. SLS offers an impressive selection of dining concepts including Bazaar Meat by José Andrés™; Katsuya; Cleo®; Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book; 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria; Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen and The Perq™. The resort is also home to multiple nightlife and entertainment offerings including Hollywood favorite, The Sayers Club®; the edgy and sophisticated nightclub, Foxtail®; and the intimate, live entertainment venue, The Foundry. SLS Las Vegas also hosts a sports book operated by global gaming leader, William Hill. For more information about SLS Las Vegas®, please visit slslasvegas.com and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Source: http://news.marriott.com/2016/12/gam...y-w-las-vegas/
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Old Dec 1, 16, 4:28 pm
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Checked in; worse than SLS for Platinum

I checked out of SLS around 1230 and walked over to the W. There was already a long line, with only 3 check in spots, but at first only one person working. They brought out a couple more, but they all were unfamiliar with the computer system and SPG process, so it took a while, but on opening day maybe I'll give them a pass.

Pretty weak SPG recognition here, though. No room upgrade even though there were a fair number of better rooms bookable, $32/night resort fee which includes nothing, and no breakfast option. SLS at least gave out two drink coupons. The property is still fundamentally the Sahara at the extreme north end of the strip, despite a refurbishment; it is all new and expensive but not actually luxurious or functional, and a lot of the rooms are small (not tiny, but smaller than anyone would do in a new property in Las Vegas especially at this price point).

Probably worth it for $50-80/night plus $32, but not above. I had a 6 night stay and dropped it down to 1; I'd rather just pay 3k points on a weekend at the four points where I had a cockroach problem, at least when I'm staying alone and leaving at 6am every day.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 4:47 pm
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Also, I can't believe it, but they left those horrible wall drape things up.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 6:15 pm
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I've got a trip to SLS next month. I wonder what sort of platinum upgrade they have now. I've also heard the airport shuttle is no longer free? What additional benefits does a platinum member actually GET for 32 bucks a night resort fee?
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Old Dec 1, 16, 7:42 pm
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Originally Posted by carsonheim View Post
I've got a trip to SLS next month. I wonder what sort of platinum upgrade they have now. I've also heard the airport shuttle is no longer free? What additional benefits does a platinum member actually GET for 32 bucks a night resort fee?
The SLS front desk apologized about the lack of upgrades last night (11/30) and said that they essentially lost one-third of their rooms and thus upgrades would be rare. As mentioned by rdlmitedu, the W staff said they had no upgrades available today (12/1) even though there were a number of upgrades/suites available online. I'm not sure what the upgrade pool is here, but I wouldn't expect much. I didn't press the issue since there was only one person at the front desk who seemed to know what they were doing (I'm assuming she previously worked at the SLS and is now a transition manager at the W). The Fabulous room is nice enough, although it has been "lived in" with the previous SLS upgrades to the Lux Tower.

Here's the welcome letter for tonight's opening:


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Old Dec 1, 16, 7:50 pm
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The SLS front desk apologized about the lack of upgrades last night (11/30) and said that they essentially lost one-third of their rooms and thus upgrades would be rare. As mentioned by rdlmitedu, the W staff said they had no upgrades available even though there were a number of options available online. I didn't press the issue since there was only one person at the front desk who seemed to know what they were doing (I'm assuming she previously worked at the SLS and is now a transition manager at the W).

Here's the welcome letter for tonight's opening:

Thank you for posting. Is a breakfast Platinum amenity option not a requirement at W Hotels?
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Old Dec 1, 16, 7:53 pm
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Originally Posted by rdlmitedu View Post
I checked out of SLS around 1230 and walked over to the W. There was already a long line, with only 3 check in spots, but at first only one person working. They brought out a couple more, but they all were unfamiliar with the computer system and SPG process, so it took a while, but on opening day maybe I'll give them a pass.

Pretty weak SPG recognition here, though. No room upgrade even though there were a fair number of better rooms bookable, $32/night resort fee which includes nothing, and no breakfast option. SLS at least gave out two drink coupons. The property is still fundamentally the Sahara at the extreme north end of the strip, despite a refurbishment; it is all new and expensive but not actually luxurious or functional, and a lot of the rooms are small (not tiny, but smaller than anyone would do in a new property in Las Vegas especially at this price point).

Probably worth it for $50-80/night plus $32, but not above. I had a 6 night stay and dropped it down to 1; I'd rather just pay 3k points on a weekend at the four points where I had a cockroach problem, at least when I'm staying alone and leaving at 6am every day.
Thank you for the review. I don't think there is much hope for this property. They should be trying to impress right out of the gate. They surely had enough time to prepare.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:08 pm
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Originally Posted by HHonors OUTSIDER View Post
Thank you for posting. Is a breakfast Platinum amenity option not a requirement at W Hotels?
I was asked if I wanted points or breakfast at both the SLS and the W, so I'm assuming this was likely a front desk hiccup for rdlmitedu. I'm on a work trip, so I selected the points since I can expense breakfast. They also had computer issues at the middle kiosk when I was checking in (the manager interrupted my check-in to process that guest's keys).
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Old Dec 1, 16, 8:46 pm
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Wow, the party was obnoxious; it was full of hired/local/off-duty staff. I couldn't even get a free drink. I have some left over drink cards from the SLS but since I have to be on the range at 0530 in the morning I'll probably just turn in. This place is pretty much "never again" unless all of CET is booked up. Also they rejected my review on spg.com because it referenced being colocated with SLS, so I'll have to submit a less-positive review (the reference to SLS having good restaurants was the "good" part).

The most hilarious part of staying here was another person in the elevator said "this place is pretty underwhelming so far, it's the worst of 30 Ws I've stayed in", and I successfully was able to "well, actually" with "W Silicon Valley was worse, but not by much".

I suspect the problem here is a ...... management company, not anything to do with SPG.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 9:26 pm
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YouTube video of the room:


Posted to spg, will see if they put it up:

This is the second worst W I've stayed in globally. I would not recommend staying here unless you are seeing a show onsite or have other specific reasons for choosing this hotel. (I stayed opening night, which was disappointing because I'd been looking forward to it for a while.)

SPG recognition is horrible. There's a $32/night resort fee, charged to platinums, and zero benefit for it. No drink tickets, no other alternative. As well, there are no upgrades, a basic part of the program; I am a Platinum 75+ and got a 30 square meter Wonderful room (lowest tier) despite there being lots of other rooms available. The hotel also does not offer breakfast as a Platinum amenity choice, only 500 points or a drink. They did at least honor 4pm checkout, although I'm leaving at 5am.

The staff are inconsistent at best. Most of them have no idea about SPG or how their own computer systems work; maybe this will improve, but I'm not optimistic.

As a business hotel, this place is also unsatisfactory. They outsourced all business center/package receiving to a FedEx Office location deep within the meetings area, only open 0700-1800, which charges $25/package and is slow.

The Internet is pretty bad. It's an Aruba Networks wireless system, which are usually great, but this is the first one I've ever seen which sucked. Coverage within the rooms varies, so they clearly underprovisioned the APs and are using high power on the remaining ones, plus there are weird RF problems. The net result is sometimes the Internet is ok, but only in certain parts of certain rooms, and it cuts out periodically. I complained to staff repeatedly about this to no avail.

The location is terrible. It's technically on the strip, just like it's technically a W, but the immediate vicinity is a war zone. (overstatement, but it's pretty sketch). There's nothing worthwhile unless you take the monorail (onsite), a taxi, or drive.

Accessing the property by car is challenging; there is a surprising amount of traffic between I-15 and here, and on busy nights the self parking, valet, taxi, and limo lines all interfere. Not sure how this could be improved given the layout of the property. There usually is space in the self park garage, though, once you can get inside.

There are live music events periodically, so if you're going to see a show here, maybe it's worth staying.

The one saving grace of the property is some decent F&B in the adjoining casino; 3 great high-end restaurants and some solid casual choices. It's possibly worth it to drive here just for the restaurants.

Overall, given the low quality of SPG recognition, bad location, mediocre rooms (it's an old hotel which has been refurbished/rebranded twice), I'd probably skip this place.
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Old Dec 1, 16, 10:44 pm
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Whatever/whenever is truly "whatever" here. I called and asked if I could order a pizza to pick up from the on-site restaurant. They were confused, then transferred me, waited on hold for 5m, then it went to voicemail. That's quality service at a "4.5 star" hotel, indeed.

I'll probably complain to corporate about how bad this property is, aside from loudly encouraging everyone I know to avoid it and reviewing it accurately across tripadvisor/yelp/etc., not that it's really going to accomplish anything. I'm not a huge fan of the W brand (essentially aging pseudo-hipsterdom from 1999 which is on life support), but this place has actually made me dislike and distrust W hotels more.
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