Struggling Las Vegas Hotel Ends Partnership With Marriott

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Struggling Las Vegas Hotel Ends Partnership With Marriott

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Marriott points collectors have one less option for booking award stays in Las Vegas.  After less than 2 years in operation, the W Las Vegas has closed.  The hotel was connected to the SLS Las Vegas, which also ended its partnership with the Marriott brand.  So it’s no longer a Tribute Portfolio Resort.

The hotel project was recently acquired by a Los Angeles investor who plans to renovate and rename it to the Grand Sahara Resort.  I’ve stayed at the hotel before and thought it had a nice pool area and great restaurants.  But it was a ~10-minute drive to the more popular areas on the Las Vegas Strip, which made it a less convenient option for most Las Vegas visitors.

On a Recent Trip to Las Vegas, I Used Points for a Stay at the SLS Las Vegas. As This Picture From the W Hotel Lobby Shows, There Was No One Around and the Bar Area Was In Need of a Redesign.

A quick look at Wikipedia explains the troubled history at the hotels.  The original developers spent $2.5 billion to build the hotels, which was well in excess of the original budget.  Hopefully, the new owners can turn the hotel around!

There are still plenty of ways to use points to save money on travel to Las Vegas.  Check out our post with 10 Best Las Vegas Hotels That Are FREE With Points.

One of my favorite strategies when booking hotels in Las Vegas is to go through AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts.  Room rates are typically the same (or less) as booking direct and you can enjoy extra perks like:

  • 12:00 pm check-in, when available
  • Guaranteed 4:00 pm late checkout
  • Room upgrades when available
  • Free daily breakfast for 2
  • Free in-room Wi-Fi when available
  • A benefit unique to your hotel, like a $100 dining credit, free meal, or spa service
  • 3rd or 4th night free at certain hotels

Did you ever stay at the SLS Las Vegas or W Las Vegas?  Let us know if you’re sorry to see them go in the comments below!

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I really liked this property. Great customer service throughout the hotel. Good location. Nice rooms. The front desk manager named Romeo is amazing. I think the Mediterranean restaurant called Cleo is one of the best in Las Vegas.

Earlier this year they were not even serving food in some of the restaurants during the week as it was too slow. They really need to lower pricing to drive people to even stay.


You’re right about the restaurants. When I stayed, a few were closed.

I saw recently the room rates were lower or the same as the nightly resort fee. It was only $40 per night.