Hard Rock Hotel Casino Las Vegas - The VegasTripping Review 2007
Partying By Hostage Between a Rock and a Hard Place
The name Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is, in the Las Vegas lexicon, synonymous with party. Err... at least it was. With the rise of ultralounges, nightclubs and bottle service in the last few years, the Hard Rock's well worn mantle of being the epicenter for sex drugs and rock and roll Vegas throwdowns has faded. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Hard Rock creator Peter Morton unloaded all of his casino assets, including the Las Vegas outpost to Morgans Hotel Group (all operations west of the Mississippi) and the Seminole Tribe (operations east of the Mississippi).
We were extremely surprised when we found out that a local Los Angeles blog, LAist was having a contest for its readers that included one night at the Hard Rock, a $25 gift certificate to Pink Taco and two tickets to see heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne perform at The Joint. As fate would have it, we won, and an email from Hard Rock's marketing department arrived with all the pertinent details a day or two later. If there's one thing better than going to Vegas, it's going to Vegas for a comped room, food and show.
We arrived at the Hard Rock in the middle of the afternoon on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a notoriously quiet weekend in Vegas. After spending a minute on line at reception, the attendant bumped us over to VIP check in, where we ended up standing on line (in an empty room) for about 5 minutes. Why she didn't just deal with us there is beyond me. We're here... we've already stood on line... just check us in. Fortunately, VIP check-in room features a lemonade dispenser, complimentary pastries and walls lined with top tier items of rock and roll memorabilia including an original 5 panel drawing by John Lennon... sweet. After dealing with the check-in we spilled out into the circular casino/lobby/promenade and looked around cluelessly to find the hotel elevators. We circled to the right, then back to the left, then back right, then down the hallway towards the parking garage, then back into the casino on a mad search for the hotel elevators. Eventually we found them over by the entrance to the pool hit "4" and headed up to the room.