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Staying at Hard Rock for the 1st time

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Mrsgashy, Jun 11, 2015.

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  1. Mrsgashy

    Mrsgashy Tourist

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    Booked for one night of 3 nights in October, any thoughts or experiences at this property?
     
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    Just stayed there the last weekend in May for the 2nd time. Hit up Smartone as he is a huge Hard Rock person and a great guy to meet if you have the chance.

    Quiet during the day on the casino floor. Stayed in the Paradise Tower with a pool view.

    Love Pink Taco's happy hour and Culinary Dropout is very solid also. $2 mystery beer in a bag was interesting at Culinary. Pretzel nuggets are outstanding. Can't lose with Mr. Lucky's for breakfast though this time service was a little slower than last time.

    I play poker, not video, with a little of slots, but still get reduced rates and comped rooms mailed to me. Got Fri and Sat for $69 and Sunday comped due on this trip due to my previous trip which maybe I spent $300 the 3 days I was there. Spent most on drinks at the center bar. Definitely sign up for the Backstage Pass as they are generous with comps on future trips.
     
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    Thanks KPS... feeling's mutual!

    Mrs.Gashy I suppose "what you're looking for" will for sure affect your expectations. First, I hope you're staying in either the HRH or Paradise Towers. They both opened around 2010 and are at either ends of the property. HRH has it's own valet and check-in area off Harmon... Paradise Tower has it's own garage on the other side off Paradise. The main Casino Tower is directly adjacent to the casino area is fine, but has been partied in pretty hard. The rooms were refreshed a few years back, but still have the older style, small bathrooms with the shower/tub shower curtain combo. The Casino Tower rooms do have some great french doors that open to allow fresh air in. Be sure to get about about the 7th floor in any of the towers... below that depending of which side you get (pool or city view) and you'll get a view of the parking garage.

    Contrary to internet lore the Hard Rock has a very wide range of ages... yes the famous ReHab pools are full of hard-body 20 somethings, but there's also the Nirvana Pool by the HRH Tower that much more relaxed and upscale. The Breathe Pool in the back corner is also a place to lounge and relax. In October, you should still be able to enjoy the pools, though "official" pool season will be over. October is GREAT weather! The biggest complaint I hear is the location removed from the strip. It's a very fast, inexpensive and short cab ride to the strip. Yeah, you can walk it, but IMHO a waste of precious time. The Hard Rock's casino isn't as busy as other Vegas properties. It's not a hard-core gamer joint, but has everything you'd expect. The Center Bar is closing next week for remodeling. That'll be complete when you arrive and should look fantastic. I've read plenty of reviews that indicate the staff as being cold and aloof... I've NEVER seen anything of the sort and I stay there 50-60 nights a year. I'm a firm believer that "you get back what you put out"... the staff there has been amazing to me.

    I hope you have a blast... if you have any specific questions, let me know. I hope you're write and let us know how it all went and what you thought.
     
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    Sweet! We stopped by during our last trip back in Feb we liked the vibe!! We'll there for the Scorpions concert so any thoughts about concert nights, is it more busier etc? Definitely excited to stay here especially the music while we were gambling!
     
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    For sure concert nights are very busy... and the music played on property is one of the main things I enjoy too... the tunes are great and plenty loud enough to hear... it's also inescapable (bathrooms, restaurants, etc.) and that annoys some. Personally, I love playing video-poker at the end of Luxe Bar in the HRH Tower. Nice big JBL speaker right above my head, clear HD Sony flat screen just a few feet away for watching the videos of the song playing (or a game) and new, non-sticky, machines.
     
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    This may become our new favorite place to stay for our future trips!! That's the one thing I noticed while playing there, the TV with the video of the song playing! Now I can't wait!!!!
     
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    They had the metal concert there with Twisted Sister and such and it was a little busier than normal.

    Cabs are easy to get and inexpensive to get you to places on the strip also.
     
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    Staying there for the first time the last week of June. Can hardly wait!
     
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    Please share anything you learn!!
     
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    I stayed for the first time in May at HR, and have to say I loved it, It took a bit for me to get comfortable there, but once I got a feel for the property and how the crowds were pending the time of day I became a fan. One thing I can say about the HR personnel and after my stay I'd put them up there with some of my favorite properties, is that they could definitely be perceived as a bit aloof or cold at first, as time went on though I found them to be great, just a theory, but it's still a real night/day kind of property and I imagine the clientele at the property can be a bit hard to handle sometimes, add in that it's not a property designed for 'regular's, and I suspect that the staff is a bit more guarded and more prone to for lack of a better term 'dummy up and dealing'
     
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    One of my favorite places to eat, drink and gamble. Like everyone else who ever visited Vegas back in the day, I made my obligatory trip to see the Hard Rock but never thought much of it. But l spent a few afternoons there over the last couple of years and ran a few dollars through the machines. At least enough to get on their radar. Finally stayed there this past January and gambled a fair amount over 2 days but nothing crazy. Thought the room was pretty nice (Casino Tower.) Now I'm getting mailers where most any weeknight is free with some nominal free food and free play. Actually booked 4 free nights there for a visit I'm making next month. I think they have a lot of people who just come out for the partying and such but if you are willing to give them some halfway decent action, they have a pretty good number of rooms to fill and this might be one of the better options for the low-to-mid roller, as long as you are cool with the location.
     
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    I agree with smartone, personally I've stayed in the Paradise Tower twice and would aim for that. That parking garage used to be a pain getting out of, especially turning left onto Paradise, but since my last stay they finally wised up and put a stop light up and is now much easier getting out.
     
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    I'm a big fan of the Hard Rock. They also have a stable of one-of-a-kind specialty suites, and I always enjoy browsing their website just to look at these suites.
    Staff has always seemed very friendly to me.
     
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    Ok, I just got back a week ago from the Hard Rock.

    I stayed in the Casino Tower because I wanted the French doors that open to the outside. I got a room on the 9th floor facing the pool that was fantastic.

    We got there Sunday and decided to avoid Rehab. It was $40 for hotel guests, and it really didn't look like that many people were there. We opted for the Nirvana pool that day instead since it was free. Service was great and we had a great time. My only complaint is the pools aren't cooled. Most felt like bath water (to be expected in Vegas heat), but for whatever reason the Nirvana pool felt like a hot tub. I swear it had to be 15 degrees hotter than the other pools.

    The next day we hung at the main pool. If you're staying by the main pool, and want a place to sit, your choice is buy a cabana or a day bed for the day, otherwise you sit on the ground. Day beds were $150, which is really just pre-paying your food and booze. It was slow the days we were there, so I offered them $100 for the bed instead, and they accepted. It didn't really matter though, since our food/booze tab easily hit $150 (we're a boozy bunch - don't judge).

    We were there for the last night of the Center Bar, which was fun. I want to go back once it's finished.

    Speaking of which, the general vibe of the hotel is fun. The memorabilia is cool, as is the rock music in the elevator.

    It's off the strip, but a cab ride is about $8 + tip to get there.

    Eating options were cool. I had meals at the Pink Taco, and at Mr. Lucky's. Both were good.

    All in all I was pleased and had a great time. I'll stay there again.
     
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    Nirvana pool the Sunday we arrived.
     
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    View of Rehab from my room.
     
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    View of the strip from the French doors.
     
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    View of the strip at dusk from my room.
     
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    Closing the Center Bar for the last time.
     
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