Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ~ Las Vegas 2016

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ~ Las Vegas 2016

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was built in the mid 1990s and this resort has been a Las Vegas landmark ever since.  Just like the name suggests, this resort is designed with a rock & roll theme that appeals to rockers of all ages.  Everything and anything that has to do with rock music can be experienced in this casino resort.  The Hard Rock is where to “get your party animal on” when rockin’ the night away in Las Vegas!  

 The Hard Rock Hotel Casino is located just a few blocks off of the Las Vegas Strip at the intersection of Harmon and Paradise.  This location is close to McCarran International Airport and the University Of Nevada-Las Vegas.  The Las Vegas Convention Center is just a short taxi drive away and the Thomas Mack Center sporting events are within walking distance.  The Hard Rock certainly has one of the most convenient locations in the valley and this allows their guests to maximize their total Las Vegas experience.

If you are into rock, blues, rockabilly, punk, metal, soul or reggae, the entertainment venue at the Hard Rock Casino Resort will be to your liking!  The Joint is the name of the concert hall in this resort and the list of rock & roll stars that have headlined at The Joint is a mile long.  Paul McCartney, Santana, The Killers and ZZ Top are just a few that have performed concerts here in recent years.  

The Hard Rock Casino Resort has a Tahitian style sandy beach swimming pool that hosts some great parties too.  The “Sunday School” weekly event was the most famous Las Vegas pool party in recent years and as one can imagine, this party was not exactly like eating cookies and milk at a church function.  Wild is the word and the DJ parties at the pool and at Vanity Nightclub are as wild as it gets!  

The Hard Rock Hotel Casino hosts a few hip restaurants that are worth checking out.  A classic steakhouse, a Japanese restaurant and a modern gastro-pub are located on the casino floor.  There also is a cantina called Pink Taco, which is favorite dining destination of both visitors and Las Vegas locals.  Pink Taco serves up some great cutting edge tacos in a seedy fun south of the border cantina atmosphere.  The awesome Pork Belly Tacos at Pink Taco are hard to beat!

There is a Hard Rock Café located on the Hard Rock Hotel Casino property, but the status of this landmark restaurant was complicated in 2016 when it was announced that the Hard Rock Café location at the Hard Rock casino Hotel would be closing its doors at the end of the year.  At that time, the parent company stated that the closure was due to the need to focus on the other two Hard Rock Café business locations on the Las Vegas Strip. Eventually a decision was made to tear down the gigantic neon guitar landmark sign at the old Hard Rock Café, but fortunately the Las Vegas Neon Museum rescued this classic work of neon art!

In recent developments as of 2018, the parent company of the Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino Hotel also decided to call it quits and Virgin Entertainment took over this resort property. The “Hard Rock” theme will likely soon be a thing of the past according to some, but with a new facelift this old classic theme could accomplish the rebound that the previous company could not manage. The status of the Hard Rock Casino is not certain at this time and like any rumor in Las Vegas, it does not pay to believe till it happens.      

When vacationing or attending a convention in Las Vegas, visiting the landmark Hard Rock Hotel & Casino definitely is a must to do!  The sheer volume of famous rock memorabilia displayed in this resort is reason enough to place this destination high on the lifetime rock & roll travel bucket list.  The Hard Rock Hotel Casino definitely is still the best place to rock all night long in Las Vegas!         

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Author: wildwestdestinations

I worked as a chef in remote resorts and National Parks, which provided the time to explore western travel destinations. I have a BA Degree in Culinary Management with high honors and currently I am working on a Masters Degree in Adult Education. My food and travel blog writing began as a means to generate income during college and now photo journalism has become my lifestyle.

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