Hard Rock Hotel Casino Las Vegas - The VegasTripping Review 2007

Partying By Hostage Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Posted by Chuckmonster

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Hail Hail Milli Vanilli

The leather and studs decorated elevators at the Hard Rock feature song lyrics etched into the hand rails on the back. Quotes include Prince, Aerosmith and more... I believe that ours was "when you get to the bottom you go back to the top of the slide" from Helter Skelter by the Beatles - clever. The hallways of the hotel feature back-lit hi-hats mounted on the wall. To the Hard Rock's credit, they're not using some cheapo knock off hi-hats... these are real deal high quality Zildjian "Z" hats that retail between $150-300 bucks a pop. The elevator vestibule on our floor featured an assortment of gold records, we were lucky enough to have Milli Vanilli's gold record award for the single that started it all 'Girl You Know It's True.' I don't know about you, but Milli Vanilli is the first thing that comes my to mind when I think about Hard Rock.

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We headed down the hall, past the glass enclosed soft drink/ice machine room with a Beatles branded vending machine, to room 425 on the right side of the hallway. It looks like the "5" came unglued from the door at some point. I whipped out my OZZY OSBOURNE collectable hotel room key, popped it in the slot and swung open the door.

Clockwise from the immediate left (7 o'clock) behind the vestibule entrance is a small closet with glass doors (one of which wouldn't open without a fight) the cozy bathroom, bed, oddly located coffee table, french doors that opened up (excellent), an armless green chair and minibar/armoire/tv desk area on the immediate right. You'll get a better idea of the layout when you watch the video walkthrough of the room on the last page of our review.

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The Bed

When I first laid eyes on the bed in our room at Hard Rock, it appeared that the mattress was concave. I thought I was crazy until I got into the thing and rolled downhill towards the center. Miss Monkay tore off the sheets to find that the mattress has no brand name on it. Also notable about the bed is an angled mirror at the top of the headboard which is positioned perfectly for viewing your own exploits on the mattress. Fortunately, the headboard has a leather covering, for easy cleaning of any ejecta that may overshoot its mark. The linens themselves were soft, clean and of excellent quality.

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Comments & Discussion

great informative review as always. Did you have any view from the 4th floor? How was the casino? Did it have the cool vibe that it used to have? Thinking about heading there for a night this weekend is it still worth the trip or should I just head to Casino Royale? ;-)

The view was pretty much the roof and the lighting rigs that color the outside of the building. Other than the occasional low flying airplane coming into McCarran and the Ozzy fan next door hacking loogies on the lighting mechanisms... not much to see. If I were planning on 'doing the Hard Rock for reals', I'd request/demand/pay extra for a poolside view, which I'm sure is amazing when Rehab's poolside orgy is in full steam. The casino was generally quiet... US Thanksgiving = Empty Vegas. Again, when Rehab is rolling during the Summer, this place is rocking. If I were you, I'd wait until summer... unless you want to avoid the crowds.

That's a great review -- and very timely for us. I'm in the process of planning the January/February trip and had a somewhat decent promotion from the Hard Rock (about the same as I get for MGM) -- but after your review -- I'll stick to the strip at the MGM and get my 50 bucks in free chips and two foods comps instead of trekking over the not-so-Hard Rock! Excellent review.

Great review. In addition to the digital camera's absence, it appears that the copy of "Position of the Day" is missing from the minibar. We stayed on the 9th floor on our visit, so we can't be responsible.

sad to see such beat up rooms :( i've had fun in the past at the casino, and found the dealers very friendly and the atmosphere great. it was a regular stop in my NAB convention goin days. but the casino is very small, and it's out of the way. an empty hard rock casino floor is definitely not fun...

Chuck forgot to mention the fact that we were denied valet parking on the night of the Ozzy show. Apparently they were full, and would not take us even thought the sign said 'hotel guests only'.

We wanted to avoid the self parking due to the long line of cars back up at the entrance of the lot - due to the Ozzy show.

Very, freaking lame.

Also lame: the clear view/sound of the flight path.

While HR's rooms are worn, I dont think there is a hipper place for young 20-30 year olds, and I include The Palms.
You can usually get a decent room rate for HR and Body English is one of the Best Clubs in Vegas IMO along with JET, TRYST and TAO. They pack Pure at Caesars way too much for anyone to enjoy themselves IMO.
It's not a posh place for married folks but for young single folks looking to get laid it's THE spot.

HRH used to be a cool place for us old (boomer) rockers to visit and gamble. Very good drinks and truly pretty and competent waitresses and good food at Lucky's; we tipped well. Sad that the rooms aren't up to snuff. The casino is small, but was classy. Someone needs to clean the place up, expand, and maybe modernize it a bit. Don't let the memorabilia collection get sold off, either, just add stuff from newer groups.

The HRH set the bar in Las Vegas for contemporary styling in a hip, party atmosphere in the 90's. Unfortunately, many hotels followed and have now done it better. Red Rock for example. The Hard Rock Hotel is outdated and can only live on it's reputation for so long. It's in dire need of reinventing itself. As a die hard Vegas fan, I used to always pop into the Hard Rock just to see what was going on and do a little gambling. Mr. Lucky's is still a great place to get a 24 hour meal and the "not on the menu" surf and turf special is still outstanding. That aside, I'd never stay there for all the reasons that were outlined in this review. If you don't pay attention to me, the customer, then I'll find one of 10's of other hotels/casinos that value my patronage. Get it together HRH.

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