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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 Mar 19, 16, 4:44 pm
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W Las Vegas, NV (co-located with the SLS Tribute Las Vegas) [Master Thread]

Starwood has announced that following the acquisition of the SLS Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Resort, the 289-room LUX Tower, one of the three towers onsite, would undergo a conversion and renovation and reopen as W Las Vegas in September 2016. The W will have its own dedicated entrance, lobby, meeting space, pool and facilities and will be managed by Starwood while the remainder of the SLS will remain under its current management.
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Old Mar 19, 16, 4:47 pm
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Do I understand right that Starwood owns the whole complex, but the part that's to remain as a Tribute hotel isn't managed by Starwood? That seems strange, including the fact that if they can break the existing management contract for the W portion, I don't see why they can't do the same for the entire place.
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No Starwood does not own anything related to the SLS Las Vegas nor are they the managers. This is one of the majority of Starwood properties which pay a management fee to Starwood for the affiliation but the hotel itself is owned and run by other entities. Nothing strange about it.
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Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer View Post
Starwood has announced that following the acquisition of the SLS Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Resort, the 289-room LUX Tower, one of the three towers onsite, would undergo a conversion and renovation and reopen as W Las Vegas in September 2016. The W will have its own dedicated entrance, lobby, meeting space, pool and facilities and will be managed by Starwood while the remainder of the SLS will remain under its current management.
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No Starwood does not own anything related to the SLS Las Vegas nor are they the managers. This is one of the majority of Starwood properties which pay a management fee to Starwood for the affiliation but the hotel itself is owned and run by other entities. Nothing strange about it.
They why the word "acquisition" in the OP? To me, that has connotations of purchase or something similar.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
They why the word "acquisition" in the OP? To me, that has connotations of purchase or something similar.
I agree that "acquisition" does not have the meaning it would in a financial setting. "Addition" is how Starwood described the transaction. Here is an excerpt from the original Starwood press release dated 11/9/15:

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced its single largest addition of hotel rooms in North America since pre-recession with the signing of SLS Las Vegas on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and Sahara Boulevard. Owned by Las Vegas Resort Holdings, LLC, the three distinct hotel towers, encompassing more than 1,600 guestrooms and suites, will be branded by the end of this year under Starwood’s recently launched Tribute Portfolio, while the 289-room “LUX Tower” will be converted to a W Hotel upon completion of a renovation in 2016.
As you can see from the press release, the property is owned by Las Vegas Resort Holdings, LLC.
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Originally Posted by MSPeconomist View Post
They why the word "acquisition" in the OP? To me, that has connotations of purchase or something similar.
because that's the term that is commonly used to describe the transaction.

see
https://insideflyer.com/2015/11/sls-...wood-property/
and
http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.c...egas-starwood/
and
http://pointsmilesandmartinis.boardi...egas-property/
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Originally Posted by Oxon Flyer View Post
Yes, but each of those sources would certainly not be considered a financial publication and the word "acquisition" has some distinct financial implications. Starwood itself described the transaction as an "addition" of rooms.
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Has anyone who recently stayed at the SLS/Lux Tower noticed any renovation work going on? I haven't seen any renderings online for what the plans are so maybe someone on the ground might have a better idea.

We're just over five months out from opening day so it seems within reason to think that works have started. Any feedback would be appreciated!

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Originally Posted by khabah View Post
Has anyone who recently stayed at the SLS/Lux Tower noticed any renovation work going on? I haven't seen any renderings online for what the plans are so maybe someone on the ground might have a better idea.

We're just over five months out from opening day so it seems within reason to think that works have started. Any feedback would be appreciated!

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The corridor to the Lux tower from reception had temporary walls when I was there in February, behind which I was informed will be the W reception/living room. On check-out, they mentioned there might be some changes to the decor in the rooms. So, there's definitely something happening.
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The corridor to the Lux tower from reception had temporary walls when I was there in February, behind which I was informed will be the W reception/living room. On check-out, they mentioned there might be some changes to the decor in the rooms. So, there's definitely something happening.
First thing, I was at the SLS on Monday, and I believe I saw something on the screens behind the check-in desks that said "December 2016." I could be remembering this incorrectly, as I wasn't really paying attention.

As of now, the W Las Vegas website shows the current LUX tower rooms (which are quite nice) as the future W rooms.

My guess is they will take down the wall drapes (they have giant cloth pieces that cover the walls in the rooms with SLS designs) and likely change the fonts used on things like the room numbers on the doors, and small things like the accessories of course.

But mostly, the rooms already look like they belong in a W hotel, which I'm sure will make their transition quite easy. The locks on the rooms are already the chip-based ones like the W use as well.

I don't see them making that many changes at all to the LUX tower to change it over to a W, as the two brands are very similar.

I myself am excited to see what they do with the W's grand opening. I'm sure they'll do something massive, and it'll be fun to be a part of.

I am deeply curious as to what they will try to fetch for the W's room rates, as the SLS it seems as been trying to get rates anywhere from $100 - $150 lately, but that may be also because more events are happening this time of year around the convention center area. However, I doubt that in normal seasons the W will be able to get much more than $150 for weekdays, hardly more than $250-300 on the weekends. The location still just isn't good enough to justify higher costs than the Bellagio, Aria, Caesar's etc.
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We are proud to announce that the W Las Vegas (Nevada) is now part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. The hotel is accepting reservations as of today, August 2, 2016, for future dates on or after December 15, 2016. The official opening date is December 1, 2016. Please note that since this is a new activation, we will not expect availability on the web until later today.

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Oh-oh. I have a reservation for a Lux tower room in December after 12/15

This is my final brand for the Dashboard promo. I need it to post as Tribute. My confirmation says SLS Tribute.

Can one of the Lurkers confirm this will count?
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Old Aug 8, 16, 4:12 pm
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Originally Posted by damon88 View Post
Oh-oh. I have a reservation for a Lux tower room in December after 12/15

This is my final brand for the Dashboard promo. I need it to post as Tribute. My confirmation says SLS Tribute.

Can one of the Lurkers confirm this will count?
If this is a W when you are slated to stay, it will count as a W brand stay, not a Tribute brand stay.

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Old Aug 8, 16, 4:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Starwood Lurker View Post
If this is a W when you are slated to stay, it will count as a W brand stay, not a Tribute brand stay.

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I wanted to try Lux Tower but will visit the W on another visit. Rebooked in the World Tower for this stay.

Thanks for your help!

Edited to add that they had a promo with an extra 3000 Starpoints so it worked out OK
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W Las Vegas - Opening December 1, 2016

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?
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