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Ever heard of the SLS hotel on the Las Vegas Strip? What about the Sahara? Turns out they are the same place. The now-SLS Hotel is thinking of changing its name back to the Sahara. The legendary hotel that hosted a NASCAR café, the Beatles, the Rat Pack and the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Sahara is such an iconic name that the property owner immediately considered returning to it when he bought the property. The current owner Alex Meruelo bought the property from the Stockbridge Capital Group in 2018.
The Sahara featured a Moroccan style “onion-dome” that covered it’s porte-cochere. And was a favorite hangout of celebrity musicians Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

The classic, 14-story Vegas hotel sits on the border between the city and the tourist corridor. It is one of the only classic strip hotels that survived demolition in favor of new resorts. The Sands, Stardust, Riviera, Landmark and Desert Inn were all demolished in such a fashion—but not the Sahara.

At one time the three-tower hotel was the tallest on the strip. The Sahara name was retired in 2011.
The return to the Sahara name is just part of a hefty $150 million renovation of the entire SLS complex and could take almost three years to complete.

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10 Year-Old Climbs El Capitan


Posted By on Jun 26, 2019

Selah Schneiter potentially just became the youngest person on record to climb Yosemite’s three thousand foot rock formation El Capitan. She reached the summit on June 12, 2019. Selah, her father and a friend had spent five days in Yosemite Valley.

To climb El Capitan they used a climbing technique called “jumaring”. They took a route known to be very steep. This route is often called “the Nose” and requires a high skill level to traverse.

Many climbers even consider the Nose to be the essential big-wall climb the world over.
Selah is from a family of hikers and outdoorsmen who have a special affinity for Yosemite’s trails and natural wonders. Mike, her father, is a climbing instructor and says that he fell in love with Selah’s mother while hiking with her in Yosemite years before.

Mr. Schneiter shared the story and photos through his company’s Instagram profile and in response received likes and positive comments in the hundreds all celebrating Selah’s amazing accomplishment.

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A Very Special Swimming Pool


Posted By on Jun 12, 2019

 

For the bold traveler and swimming enthusiast a new adventure could be on the horizon–a rooftop infinity pool with a 360 view of London’s skyline is in the making. A six hundred thousand liter pool supported by a fifty-five story building was announced by Compass Pools. They are calling it Infinity London.

 

The designers of Infinity London claim it would be the only building and pool of its kind. The pool would be constructed from cast acrylic. The floors, perhaps frightening to some and exhilarating to others will be transparent. If you weren’t already impressed, so as to not obstruct the view the only access to the pool would be through a spiral staircase that would rise through the water when a visitor wanted to enter the pool. Designers claim the pool would sparkle at night as the building would be fitted with special lighting.

 

The pool would also include a monitoring system for wind speed and other data to insure the pools temperature and also so water doesn’t splash to the streets below. The pool would be heated using waste heat from the building’s air conditioner system.

As previously stated, a five-star hotel would live underneath the pool (where visitors would be able to look up through the clear bottom and see swimmers). The hotel would occupy the top few stories of the building. Construction could begin in 2020 if contractors and partners get confirmed.

 

 

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For fans of one fast food restaurant chain’s so-called “forth meal”—their favorite fast food treat is going to become something much more temporarily this summer. Taco Bell is having a “pop-up” hotel this summer. But does that mean exactly?

For limited time in Palms Springs, California, The Bell (: A Taco Bell Hotel and Resort) will turn an already existing hotel into an entire hotel in a full experience for top fans of the food chain. The Bell will feature extra services. An on-site salon will offer The Bell themed nail art, braiding bar and fades.

This experience is slated to be one of a kind and unlike anything a fast food chain has attempted before.
There will be mountains of the classic Taco Bell items super fans already love—but the coup de gras will be new surprise food items that will be available on the hotel menu then gone forever.

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Google is already an essential part of many travelers’ tool kits. Here is an overview of the ways in which Google will be improving their travel tools in 2019.

Google Lens now lets a user scan a menu and get user images of the various dishes. It will also now read the menu to the user in either the original or into a translated language. Lens is also collaborating with museums to give users more information about the exhibits and displays they are viewing in real time.

Google Assistant voice interactive travel booking feature will come to web users. The service will now try to create a reservation itself using its own format and this will be facilitated by data in the Google user’s account.
Google’s advances in thing like automated captions for video, instant speech to text transcription and voice recognition for those with speech impairments have some folks thinking that Google’s demoed, but not released instant language translation technology might be coming closer to a reality.

Google Map updates will include things like position tracking via the camera. The recommendation engine will also be getting an update to suggest things like current and upcoming events as well.

For travelers who use Google heavily as a tool 2019 looks to be an exciting year.

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