Just came back from Vegas yesterday and one of my goals was to visit SLS and Riviera, etc. and take pics. I used the RTC vendor at Paris and got a 2 hour pass. I arrived in Vegas on Sunday but used the pass on Monday morning/afternoon. It was bad karma from the outset. I boarded the bus at Paris and ventured up to SLS. The driver said "SLS", and myself and a few other people got off. We then had to walk further north past empty lots to get to SLS. There was a group of us walking (no one else was around except bums, more on that later). We all get to Sahara, er, i mean SLS, and we are not impressed from the outside, but hopefully the inside will make up for it. I then walk around the casino etc, and i found nothing to take a picture at. It looks like it could be any other casino Downtown, Off Strip, on Strip, Indian Casinos, etc. The casino had a few patrons gambling/eating but from what i saw, not a SLS type of crowd that would be the target audience that SLS strives for. Perhaps it was Monday afternoon and the wild and crazy big spenders won't be there till all the old folks have gone to bed. But SLS didn't impress me, and many people i have spoken to throughout the week felt the same way, they won't be back and other people i spoke to don't plan on spending time on the North end. As i mentioned, a few people would get off the bus at SLS, but most passengers would just stay on the bus till Downtown. I was only at SLS for about 20 minutes. I then walked back to Riviera, Slots o Fun, CC, to check out whatever, and it's so damn depressing being in that area. I walked into Riviera and left a couple of minutes later, there was no one there. I took some pics of the high rises and such, but there was no one walking. The people, some of whom were going to SLS like me to check it out, got on the next bus back to civilization (Wynn south). I love Vegas. I have been going there since Dan Tanna cruised the Strip in his red T-Bird. I used to love the North Strip. But SLS, from what i have seen briefly and the surrounding area, has a long way to go to attract gamblers and/or party people away from Downtown and Hotels like Aria, Cosmo, Cromwell, Hard Rock, Palms, etc. It was 2 hours i wish i could get back. There was a bum in front of an empty boarded up parking lot (next to Slots o Fun) that literally took a crapolla on the Strip at about 12.10 pm in front of everyone. Well, actually there was just me because there was no one else around since no one else was walking and the traffic was wizzing by. I finally got on the bus at "Slots" and felt relieved (no pun intended). The conversation on the bus back south soon transpired to how depressing the North Strip has become even with SLS. They all agreed that they were coming from Downtown and either had no plans on visiting SLS or just taking the bus to/from Downtown to the mid/south Strip. I wish nothing but the best for SLS. But the target audience for SLS was in my hotel PHO for the whole week partying, boozing, etc etc. I no longer party but the atmosphere was awe inspiring. Even the uninspiring pool at PHO had a pool vibe all week. I took a couple of pics of the outside of SLS, Riviera, Slots, and CC but nothing inside. For me personally, the North Strip nowadays and the last few years are just a baron wasteland. YMMV.