As promised, I’m finally getting around to a Sin City hotel review. I know you’ve been waiting in dire anticipation. Anticipate no more. I present to you:
Review of the Hard Rock Hotel
The hubs and I acquired tickets to see Willie Nelson at the House of Blues about a month ago and decided to go ahead and get a room (Willie would have wanted it that way). Ok, I need to be honest. I had had a few glasses of wine and came to the realization that Willie is 81 and we may never get another chance to see him, so I pulled out my wallet and bought us the only tickets available–GA. Traditionally, I would never do GA seating because I get nervous in crowds and have to pee more frequently than the average length of a concert. However, in order to see the Legend Willie Nelson, I was going to have to face my anxiety and pea sized bladder for the sake of never hearing “On the Road Again” in person.
As if the fear of peeing my pants in the presence of a legend wasn’t enough, the Willie Nelson concert and hotel stay excitement wasn’t over yet.
Over the course of talking about the concert for about a month, the House of Blues became the Joint at the Hard Rock in our minds, so we decided to check out rooms at the Hard Rock. Surprisingly, the rooms were only $59 for a Saturday night. We thought we must have hit some crazy flash sale, so we booked the room with out thinking. The concert was on a Saturday. We realized on Friday that our concert was, in fact, not at the off strip (but awesome…review soon. promise.) hotel. Our efforts to save money on a cab were fruitless.
Luckily, we just happened to wind up at such an awesome hotel, it didn’t matter. Hotel highlights are as follows:
1. We are locals, so we drove our own car and parked in self park (the Harmon St lot). When you get off of the elevator to the hotel from the parking garage, head left to the dark ish looking room with desks and a few couches. It’s the check in for the HRH Tower portion of the hotel, but even if you’re in the normal Hard Rock hotel, they’ll still pleasantly check you in here. The HRH Towers are an all suite tower. Though we haven’t stayed in this tower yet, it does look awesome. There’s another “Registration”, or check in, desk near where the door where the taxi would drop you off. If the line there is long, head to the HRH tower check in instead.
2. We stayed in the Casio Tower. I didn’t get a photo of our room, but it actually looked just like the professional photos the hotel has on their website (photo cred to hard rock hotel’s website above). They were roomy, clean, and had a fun, edgy feel to them. As a potentially vain woman, I particularly liked the fact that the closet and bathroom door both had full length mirror attached. Hey, a girl’s gotta make sure she looks good when she’s headed out to the early-twenty-something infested strip. The mini fridge was generously stocked at fairly reasonable prices. The bathroom was slightly better than a Marriott, which I find to be fine considering you spend more time drunk than appreciating the quality of the bathroom fixtures. One thing I found to be cool was the shampoo/conditioner/lotion each had brail along the caps, so our blind (and drunk, I assume) friends don’t mix up lotion for shampoo. Well done, Hard Rock. Well done.
3. Culinary Dropout is amazing. Go. Don’t ask questions. Just go. Repeat.
4. The center bar is super cool in the respect that you can watch any sports game that you might desire. Uncool/kind of cool part (you decide)–they have speakers and microphones strategically placed so you can hear what the person(s) across the bar are saying. It’s entertaining to listen to people around you try to figure out if they are too drunk and hearing voices or actually understanding what is going on. I see hours of entertainment with this. Please comment with your own experiences.
5. Because we were cheap losers, we decided to take the free shuttle that “takes you to the strip”. Our concert was at Mandalay Bay. The shuttle dropped you off at Fashion Show Mall. For anyone that is not familiar with Vegas, Mandalay Bay is approximately East Jesus from Fashion Show Mall. In conclusion, if you don’t want to go to Wynn, or that general side of the strip, just get a cab from Hard Rock. We ended up getting off of the free shuttle just to catch a $15 cab ride to Mandalay. Lesson learned.
6. Though we stumbled back after a few adult beverages, the bed was comfortable and the sheets/comforter perfectly fluffy and welcoming.
After all of this awesomeness, we ended up front row with the freaking Legend Willie Nelson. I made eye contact with Willie Nelson. <happy tears followed by excited gasps>
Recommendation? Absolutely. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced hotel that’s trendy and fun, definitely go here. The hotel may be off strip, but it’s ambiance and awesome rooms make up for it. Plus, we hear the pool is fabullouusss. Review of the pool to come this summer.