Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino Review
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is one of those iconic places pretty much every large city in every country has. The Hard Rock configuration may just be a hotel, café or a casino depending on your location. Here in Las Vegas we have the Hard Rock Café on the strip, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Harmon and Paradise, which is a little bit off strip. The Hard Rock Cafe featured the “Imagine Dragons” band at just $15 a ticket, before they made it to the big time.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a major drawcard for Hard Rock enthusiasts, and can be walked to from the strip in about 15 minutes. Over the years, the hotel has had some major work done to it, both inside and out, but one things still remains: The ever iconic guitar sign. This huge neon guitar sign sits proudly outside the hotel and casino entrance. Film buffs may remember this sign as the one that Adam plays in “Honey I Blew Up the Baba”.
Inside, the hotel and casino has really come a long way, and right now it’s splendid on the inside and has an almost edgy feel to it. Like any other Hard Rock hotel or cafe property in the world, they have several hundred displays featuring some of today’s hottest band’s attire, instruments and other goodies. Elton John’s blue sparkle baseball uniform adorns the wall.
There are three main attractions located here: The Joint, their most popular music venue that is about to house Guns-n-Roses; Vanity, their posh nightlife attraction that caters to women in an exclusive lounge just for them, complete with a cyclone shaped chandelier with 20000 crystals adorning it; and the Rehab Pool Party that will be opening in mid-April. Rehab is an ultra-exclusive pool party that at times can be rather risqué, and can become crowded, very quickly. There was once a reality TV show that was based here, but that has since been cancelled.
The casino here is great. The gaming area is pretty expansive, with it stretching over most of the hotel floor, in a nice, orderly fashion. There’s nothing cramped about it. Conveniently located near the marble walking bath and restrooms are the main casino table games. When walking through around 1pm, I found the gaming area fairly quiet. There was a $25.00 small blind Texas Hold ‘em Poker game going on with about seven players in attendance, but not much other table game action happening. For those with the need to spend large, the Hard Rock Casino has two high limit areas: The Peacock, with a sexy atmosphere, and the Dragon Salon, which has more of an Asian feel to it with more Asian inspired games.
Every Hard Rock property is different, from the atmosphere, to the dining and entertainment options. For that reason alone, whether you’ve been to a Hard Rock Hotel in the past or not, the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is definitely a place to check out.
Written by Charmaine Bird, in March 2014.