SLS Las Vegas taking reservations for Aug. opening

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Owners of SLS Las Vegas say they're now taking online reservations for the new hotel opening up on the north end of the Strip.

The hotel's president says guests can reserve rooms for Aug. 25 and later. Labor Day weekend is the official grand opening for the SLS, which is opening at the site of the shuttered Sahara casino.

Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment began construction last winter after securing the $400 million needed for the project.

Managers closed the 59-year-old Sahara, which once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, in May 2011, saying it wasn't economically viable.

SBE says the new resort will bring celebrity chefs, nightlife and 1,600 guestrooms and suites to the Strip's older and less glitzy north end, which includes the famed Stratosphere.