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Switching to Hard Rock from MGM properties?

Discussion in 'Comps' started by RunningRam, Jan 3, 2016.

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  1. RunningRam

    RunningRam Tourist

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    Has anyone had any success switching to Hard Rock? I haven't stayed or gambled there in years and was thinking of staying there again midweek in the summer. I have 3 night comp offers at MGM and Caesars properties and was wondering if there was a chance that the HR would match if I called them. I'd like to give them a try with the casino renovations but not enough to spend hundreds of dollars to stay there on top of the normal gaming losses.
     
  2. smartone

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    Boy... I hate to see a first post go unresponded to... I'm one of the few posters on VMB who seem to be a "proponent" of the Hard Rock Las Vegas, but stay generally for business related activities, so am not really much of a gambler to know many of the hosts or their policies. Hopefully, PaperPoster will see your post and respond... he has a much better feel for gaming related matters at the property.

    I've stayed there monthly, since around 2009 or just before their two new (at the time) towers opened-up, though I just recently changed employment and haven't been there since August. My guess is they would set you up in the Casino Tower. It opened up with the hotel back in '95. It's directly adjacent to the circular part of the casino, has been updated a couple times but... has very small, "old school" bathrooms (shower/tub combo w/curtain) and since it's the least expensive tower to stay in, is generally filled with "budget-minded" folks who can get a bit noisy. It does have some nice French-doors that open for some fresh-air or for a nice pool view if you're on that side. I suggest you request the Paradise Tower for comp... it's further away from the casino, but far newer and generally sold for close to the Casino Tower prices, so could be had for a comp. The HRH Tower is an all-suite tower, that I prefer, as it's close to parking (has it's own garage and valet), own check-in desk, blazing fast elevators and is just a cut above the others. Harder to get a comp there, but your play may afford that. The casino is not as busy as they'd like or as many people expect, with the exception of late evenings or during conferences.

    The Hard Rock hosts are listed on their website... pick a name a reach-out. Good luck! Let us know how you do or if you have any questions in general about the property, I can probably answer.
     
  3. RunningRam

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    Thanks for the info. I stayed in the casino tower when I was there before around 2007. I normally hit Vegas for the NCAA tournament so I am in the sports book all day but this years trip will be in the summer when the books are dead so I will stick to blackjack and poker.
     
  4. smartone

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    Well... if you're there in the summer... few pools match the Hard Rock's for "scenery"! Their pool complex has a loud and rowdy crowd reflective of ReHab fame, but there's also a much mellower pool (Nirvana) just outside the HRH Tower.
     
  5. spicole

    spicole Low-Roller

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    smartone is the resident Hard Rock expert. I have stayed there a few times, most recently last Labor Day. Over the lats 5 years I have generally stayed at MGM properties (Bellagio, Aria, Delano) or HR.

    I get better comps from HRH than at MGM properties for my play. I mainly play BJ ($50-$200/hand) and craps. To compare, I could get a couple of free nights at Aria, while I get 4 free nights at HRH with $400 free gaming chips and $75/day dining credit. I have an assigned host, where as my play doesn't rate at above MGM properties to get a host.

    Pros to HR:
    new Center Bar is nice
    Decent restaurant line up. I've had a couple of great meals at Culinary Dropout. I like Pink Taco and the chinese place (that delivers to your room!). They also just opened a pizza-by-the-slice joint for a late night snack.
    Rooms are decent. As smartone says, the old Casino Tower rooms are a bit dated. The rooms themselves are fine, but the bathrooms are a bit lacking. It's nice that the elevators drop right into the casino. The HRH tower rooms are a very nice value. The Casino Tower rooms have french doors that open.
    Great pool area.
    I've had good drink service in the pool and casino. I've had good dealers as well, especially in the HL area.
    The music on the casino floor is very loud - I like it, but others may not.

    Cons:
    BJ rules on the main floor in September were awful - all 6:5. I've heard they changed that a bit but I haven't been back to confirm. I stuck to playing BJ in the high limit area with $100 min.
    I'm not a fan of the Cantor sports book. The poker "room" is just a couple of tables on the casino floor. If poker is one of your main objectives you will be very disappointed.
    The casino can be dead in the day and early evenings. It picked up at night on the weekend, but it definitely feels a bit "off the beaten path". The crowd has a bit of that "rode hard, put away wet" feel. I like it :) but it may not be your cup of tea.

    Bottom line - I like the HRH, and it can be a great "value" place. Rooms are above average, good restaurants, great pool. The BJ conditions are a major issue for me, which is why I like staying at the MGM properties. You should be able to get cheap mid-week prices in the summer, and they may very well match your offers. I recommend checking it out.

    BTW... my wife and I split our trip last April between the HRH and Cosmo. Trip report with pictures is here:
    http://www.vegasmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?119557-Spicole-s-Semi-Live-Trip-Report-4-22-4-25-HRH-amp-Cosmo

    Hope that helps!
     
  6. gpenguins67

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    RunningRam, I did exactly what you are planning 2 summers ago. I needed somewhere to stay for 2 days before meeting up with my friends at MGM for the weekend and didn't want to stay downtown that trip. I just picked a host off their website and sent an email explaining the situation. I think my MGM offer at that time was 3-4 nights in a suite comped w/ $100FP and $200 resort credit and he asked that I send him one of my offers just to verify. He ended up matching the 2 nights in the HRH tower and matched 2 nights worth of my freeplay and food and bev that MGM provided in their comp up front. Now this was about a year and a half ago so hopefully their policy didn't change on this.
    I did have a lot of fun there, even solo. The bartenders were great and actually talkative when I was hanging out playing video poker. Pool was decent (i'm not a pool person but I did hang out there one day) and there is a good variety of dinging options. The only drawback, but I'm sure you are prepared for it, is that there is really not much around there if you go offsite without taking a cab. If you are looking for the appeal of the strip or downtown where you can walk to several other casinos its not gonna be your cup of tea.
    I would suggest reaching out to a host and see what they can do. Worst case they should at least offer to setup the room and give you a comp on the back end. After my stay I don't think I have been back to Hard Rock, but they have been sending me offers for free rooms, FP and food and bev regularly. I didn't play any more/less than I typically did at MGM on that trip.
     
  7. Naturaleight

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    Just go to their host page: https://www.hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-casino/hosts, and send them your offers from other casinos. Once they verify your play I'm sure they will match the offer. I actually like HRH, the atmosphere is fun, they have some excellent restaurants, and the rooms are really very very nice. The gambling has been fine, not very good Video Poker, and I'm not sure about the main floor because I only play in their high limit rooms which I like. If you don't have a car, it can be annoying to get around, to and from the strip.
     
  8. HurricaneBuckeye

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    I love Hard Rock. They have gotten my business 4 trips in a row as they are destroying the offers I get from Total Rewards now. I am a low/mid level player (about 3k per trip) but that nets me free play/food offers and HRH tower (new suites) for free anytime I want through my host there. If you are somewhat in shape (like to walk) it is an easy walk (as long as its not above 90) to the strip or just grab a quick cab on the backside. Hard Rock is fantastic!
     
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