Hotel Review – Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Located slightly off the strip, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was built in 1995 by one of the co founders of the Hard Rock Café. The hotel has undergone two extensive expansions since and now rests on 16.7 acres. Of note, The Who’s bassist John Entwistle died in the hotel in 2002, although the exact room number has never been released.

Staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel Room

There are basically three towers to choose from when staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Casino Tower, Paradise Tower and HRH Tower. The Casino Tower is modern and sophisticated with stocked mini bard, large bathrooms, all of the audio video amenities you could want, and views of either the Pool or the Mountains. There are a variety of room types within the Casino Tower to fit your budget and interests. The Paradise tower is a little bit dressed down as it has the amenities you expect and is modern and cozy but nothing to blow your socks off. The HRH Tower has the rooms that will blow your socks off, and it’s not officially open until the end of 2009. These rooms are luxury through and through with 374 custom suites ranging in size from 701 to 4,300 square feet. These rooms are the ones that will leave you talking about them after your visit.

Attractions at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino doesn’t have the over the top attractions that some of the hotels have relied upon to get people to stop in their hotel and casino, instead they rely on their bar scene to bring the crowds. Without a doubt the Hard Rock Hotel has some of the most happening hot spots in all of Las Vegas and if you’re desperate for a great night out with loads of crowds and possibly a few celebrities. The clubs include The Joint by Rogue, Body English, Wasted Space, Vanity and Center Bar. In addition to these clubs the poolside shows every Friday night are worth a visit. The bands are great, the water is warm and the drinks keep flowing.

Gaming at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Even the Hard Rock Hotel puts the gaming first in Las Vegas and features all the standard table games, slots, a poker lounge, race and sports book, high limit tables, and Hells Belles where Blackjack players’ concentration is tested by the Go Go Dancers in the room. As with most casinos in Las Vegas, sign up for your Rockstar card and use it whenever you play on premises to get deals and discounts.

Shopping at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

There are a handful of very unique shopping options at the Hard Rock. Love Jones features sassy, sexy lingerie, jewelry, swimwear and accessories such as whips, handcuffs and other sexual paraphernalia to make your trip to the Hard Rock truly memorable. Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company is the place to go if you want a memento of the trip that will last forever. John Varvatos is a beautiful 3000 square foot boutique with a rock and roll fashion vibe. Affliction clothing is cutting edge but not as high end as Varvatos. Rocks is a jewelry store with an emphasis on diamonds and its open 24/7 for those last minute Las Vegas weddings. And finally there is the ubiquitous Hard Rock Store with all of the expected t-shirts, souvenirs, hats and trinkets you’ve come to expect from the Hard Rock.

Dining at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

The Hard Rock has some dining options that make it worth stopping by even if you’re not staying at the hotel. Rare 120 has a contemporary approach to traditional steakhouses with an updated menu and a la carte selections, letting you choose exactly what  you want, but be warned this can get pricy. Nobu is owned by noted Chef Nobu Matsuhisa and is recognized across the globe for its groundbreaking Japanese cuisine. The sushi at Nobu is some of the freshest you’ll ever taste and the combination of ingredients is delightfully delectable. Ago is owned by noted restaurateur Agostino Sciandri and Robert De Niro and features authentic Tuscan style Italian food. It’s a popular destination for many celebrities visiting Las Vegas

Entertainment at the Mirage

As you might expect, the one thing that sets the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino apart from the other mega hotels in Las Vegas is the music. They hotel regularly features Supernatural Santana a Trip through the Hits, with Carlos Santana and the Santana Band. The group is signed to a two year gig at the Hard Rock and several nights each week they put on an incredible show. But that’s not all the music at the Hard Rock, other bands and music events occur throughout the year making this a wonderful concert venue for fans from around the world.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89169