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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In Room Dining

We ordered two meals from room service during our overnight jaunt to the Hard Rock and were shocked to find, in both instances, that the food was excellent. We had an extremely difficult time deciding what to order, mostly because the seemingly unappetizing menu is horribly written. When the food arrived, we were shocked by the quality... excellent!



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Cheese Burger

The first meal, a late night post-Ozzy concert meal, consisted of a Belgian waffle with strawberries and whip cream and a turkey bacon cheeseburger with fries. Both were served piping hot and extremely delicious. Same goes for the breakfast we ordered the next morning too... tasty!

The Song Remains The Same

It is apparent that the glory days of the Hard Rock have long since passed. The hotel offerings, which one may consider to be top notch hip circa 1999 are obviously becoming quite long in the tooth. With inattentive housekeeping, poor maintenance and a slew of broken stuff, and the legendary casino party having moved to clubs on the strip, the Hard Rock finds itself between its two word name - a rock and a hard place. With a major hotel addition currently breaking ground on the east side of the resort, we expect that the Hard Rock's new owners, the Morgan Hotel Group, will be fully renovating these rooms. Until that time, we can't recommend the Hard Rock to our readers unless a great deal comes your way and you don't mind being isolated at the Hard Rock.

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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.
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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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