By Laura Ann Klein; Photos by Erik Kabik
The Hard Rock Hotel Collection was built on the legacy of the world famous Hard Rock Café’s vast collection of rock music’s history and legends. A glimpse of rock’s 60-year history hangs on every wall throughout the resort, wherever your eye rests. Warwick Stone—the curator—has created displays of quirky ephemera or iconic symbols of rock’s notorious, infamous and revered stars. A simple walk through the hotel to see the displays peppered everywhere transforms the hotel into a museum.
Modern culture wouldn’t be the same without the influence of the Hard Rock Hotels. In Vegas, a visit to the hotel poses the question: Who needs to be in the middle of Las Vegas’ famous strip?
Home to seven restaurants with everything from casual coffee stops to elegant five star dining is featured in the hotel. Each spot has its own distinct ambiance and cuisine. Often times, the food in large Vegas properties tastes the same but at the Hard Rock, each restaurant could easily stand on its own.
35 Steaks + Martinis is an impeccably elegant restaurant under the careful supervision of Chef Martin Swift featuring delectable steaks and an assortment of seafood. The rib eye will melt in your mouth.
If you prefer something a little more casual but equally exciting, James Mendoza’s Pink Taco is the place to stop in and for straightforward and fun Mexican food on a patio. Don’t miss the Carnitas.
For something tasty and classic on the go, Mr. Lucky’s is just the spot. Just off the main casino, it’s a boisterous place day and night. The cheeseburger is big and juicy, the fries crispy and the cocktails delicious. Have a Recover before your burger and the very adult Root Beer Freeze for dessert.
Hungry for Chinese food? Maybe Thai? No need to call out or choose with FU’s extensive and fantastic menu. Good luck not over ordering! Ming See Woo’s menu is a saga of provincial favorites, street food classics, and clever renditions of American classics. Don’t miss the sautéed green beans but watch out they are spicy.
You know what else is spicy about the Hard Rock? The nightlife: Who can resist live music at a place devoted to Rock and Roll? Nightly, you can enjoy live music in intimate settings like Ainsworth; Hard Rock’s newest venue is a classy take on the sports bar. If you prefer your venues a little bigger, Vinyl is the place with its speakeasy sensibility. On any given night you can boogie to music or enjoy a rowdy comedy show. The Joint is Hard Rock’s biggest concert venue and comfortably hosts 4000 fans to enjoy a state of the art sound system. The Joint books a wide variety of acts to appeal to rock fans of all ages.
But the HRH isn’t limited to live music, you can find extraordinary DJ’s at the sexy Body English playing their own unique mixes which make it impossible to not join the undulating throng on the dance floor. Don’t forget to dress up, you can dance in your flip-flops on Sunday afternoon at the world famous Rehab.
Let your skin show
The best way to escape the Vegas heat--if you are lucky enough to there outside of the winter months—is poolside. HRH won’t disappoint with their own unique take on “Beachlife” you can take advantage of the magnificent pools, each with it’s own flair: Nirvana, Breathe, and Paradise. Paradise is the largest and home to the biggest pool party in Vegas, Rehab. Almost every day of the week you can find a party at Paradise. Breathe is the place to be for a chill time next to a crisp blue pool. You can hang out at the bar and look over the kingdom that is Vegas. If your body is craving rest and quiet, Nirvana is your place. It’s can be as peaceful and private as Vegas gets outside of your hotel room.
At some point, everyone needs to kick off their Tods or Louboutin’s and rest. The rooms are so well appointed, the temptation to cocoon is understandable; especially if you are in one of eight spa villas. The villas exude an intimate decadence in an understated modern loft style. It’s more SoHo or Chelsea than Vegas until you walk out to your private plunge pool. But even if you’re staying in the more modest rooms in either the Paradise or Casino towers you won’t notice anything missing aside from the square footage. The sexy and elegant understated rooms ooze comfort and style.
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