Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
What We Love
- The down-and-dirty seduction of rock ’n’ roll
- 24-hour party peeps with A-game bodies at the multiple pools and night clubs
- Top tier restaurants including 35 Steaks, Pink Taco for Mexican, and a branch of Nobu
- The Joint and Vinyl, live music venues, book top acts like Matisyahu and Melissa Etheridge
- The distance from the bustle of the Las Vegas Strip (this can be both a positive and a negative)
What To Know
- There's a midday shuttle to the Las Vegas Strip
- The Las Vegas Strip, home to the vast majority of hotels, casinos, shopping and attractions, is a little more than a mile away; if you don’t have a rental car, taxi fares can add up
- Taxis from the airport cost about $7 to $10 plus tip for the five-minute ride (Vegas taxis charge an additional $3 if you pay by credit card), and there’s no hotel-operated airport transport
- Parking On Site
A rock ’n’ roll, nightlife-even-by-day vibe permeates the Hard Rock Hotel’s multiple towers and party venues, from the see-and-be-seen pool deck to the seductive rooms. Having helped to turn Vegas into a more youthful, sexier and glamorous destination (everyone from The Who to Bob Dylan have played at home venue The Joint), this rock ‘n’ roll casino resort continues to up the ante at every turn. The theme is spot on, from light fixtures fashioned out of cymbals to guitar-shaped door handles and music paraphernalia blanketing the walls. Upstairs, rooms are much calmer, featuring a cool, contemporary palette of grays and purples as well as spa-like bathrooms. The seven on-site restaurants are great fun, including a notable Nobu outpost, but it’s the pool you’ll be spending most of your time at, where parties at Rehab Beach Club, open from 11 a.m. to dusk, are arguably the hottest in Vegas. An essential Vegas venue for nightlife, the Hard Rock provides the perfect stay for high rollers who’re jonesing for a sexy Vegas base camp with the energy of a rock concert.
In the Area
The Hard Rock is a little more than a mile from the main Strip, but you’re going to want to strike out to catch most of the action. Cirque du Soleil remains a favorite source of entertainment—there are seven resident productions in Las Vegas, running the gamut from magic (Mindfreak, starring Criss Angel) to fire (Kà), water (O), and sensuality (Zumanity). More of a history buff? The recently opened Mob Museum charts the city’s fascinating (if uneasy) past involving organized crime. Or, to see what Nevada looked like before there was a Vegas, drive 19 miles out of town to the monoliths of Red Rock Canyon National Conversation Area. Its nearly 196,000 acres feature 30 miles of hiking trails and a 13-mile scenic drive. (JS Tip: If you’ve got only one day to visit the Grand Canyon, do it by helicopter.)
How to Get There
The memorabilia displayed around the hotel was the only positive aspect of my trip. Registration took over thirty minutes, with only a few staff helping out. The location is great, and parking is free, but the room was dusty and not very clean. We even found a plastic wrapping for a six-pack in one of the closets. Clearly, no one had even opened it. There was dust everywhere, the bed was uncomfortable and the service... non-existent. For a $220 hotel room, it was definitely not worth it.
This property is off strip by about a 10 minute walk. It is a casino like all the others. Not as crowded as the strip properties. My only real complaint was the bed was uncomfortable. Nobu is on site and served excellent food and drink. The main bars of the casino are poorly stocked and the bartenders are not real mixologists but the Nobu bar was classy and more than capable of mixing a decent cocktail. The pool bar was fun with good beer and small plates. This property is changing names later this year.
The Hard Rock Hotel feels seedy and uncared for. Sure, it's been sold and maybe will be restored/updated but for now, there are far better choices for places to stay. The room was small and although clean, it felt run down. Staff was absent several times and in general you get the feeling that they simply are going through the motions
Loved the atmosphere of this hotel. Room was great and beds very comfortable. The strip is 1.5 miles from the hotel, however it is about 1 mile from the airport. Would stay at this hotel again. Service was very good.
On arrival we were charged resort fees of $185, these are a poor excuse to charge guests extra to stay at the hotel but are common in Vegas. Also a room deposit of $250 which seems to have been quickly refunded on check out.
The Hard Rock is a small resort in comparison to others in Vegas but has everything you need. It is located about a 20 min walk from the strip or 5/10 min in an uber depending on traffic.
The resteraunts at the hotel which I tried were both very good (Mr Luckys and Pink Taco) although they are pricey, but everything in Vegas is. The small shops which sell juice, snacks, cigarettes etc are a rip off and you are far cheaper going across the road to the 7/11 store.
The casino is good and the girls are great at keeping you topped up with drinks.
We stayed in the HRH tower, our room was spacious with a big bed and a soft mattress. The bathroom was nice although the bigger shower head didn't seem to work. The room looked clean at first glance and was clean enough to stay in but they lacked effort when it came to things like dusting and cleaning grime off taps etc. This was not enough to really bother me, just an observation.
In conclusion our stay was good and although I'd probably prefer to stay on the strip next time, I would still definitely consider the Hard Rock.