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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Recently stayed at the HRH during the SEMA show. This is my hotel of choice. Not on the Strip but close enough to it go avoid the traffic jams of the Strip. The energy in the hotel is great. The rooms are spacious and close to the casino. I do miss the mini-bar in the room. The dealers are the BEST! Friendly and they really help you play if you need the help. Overall, the 1st place I chose to when visiting LV. I will be sorry to see it go!!! Hopefully, I will visit once before the closure! Hoping!!!!
I spent one night at the Hard Rock while attending a work meeting down the street. I arrived before check-in time and hoped to check-in early. They could not accommodate the request which is not their fault, but they said they would text when a room was ready and they never did. The check-in line was long and slow both times I had to wait in it. Like most Vegas hotels, you cannot go anywhere without going through the casino which is quite smoky. The pool area was very nice, but since it was November, it was mostly closed and the one entrance to the outdoor space was quite a long walk (through the casino). The small portion of the pool that was open closed at 6pm. While the common spaces didn't thrill me, the room was actually quite nice. I was given a room on the top floor (the 18th) with a nice view. The room was a good size for a standard room and well appointed. The free internet was fast enough to play netflix without delay. The TV was fine but relatively small and didn't have built-in streaming. It would have been nice to have more power outlets at the bedside and there were no USB power plug-ins. I had breakfast at Mr Lucky's in the lobby and it was quite good. I walked to the strip which was a bit of a hike. This casino is not on the strip and you are better off taking an Uber. This was a fine hotel and casino, but I would rather stay on the strip if given the choice.
To begin with the bed was extremely lumpy, hard to find the right place to sleep. Especially not good for my bad back. No coffee in the rooms. First hotel I have been to in years without a coffeemaker of some kind. No microwave, hard on my dry eyes without one! No refrigerator either!