Luxury Guest Rooms and Trendy Party Venues
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino takes its music so seriously that speakers have been hooked up below water in the swimming pool; even from the crystal-blue depths, the guitar licks of an epic jam play loud and clear. Sprinkled with oversize sunbathing beds, sandy beaches, and grass-shack bungalows, the Beach Club at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino showers its guests in sun-soaked luxury. While floating palapas host rounds of swim-up blackjack, cocktail-sipping guests float along a lazy river connecting a network of shallow pools. With a rotating roster of featured celebrities and a vibrant party scene, the sprawling poolside paradise epitomizes the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's indulgent atmosphere and posh ambiance.
From the hotel lobby, guests ascend to their modern digs in the pool-view king or double-queen rooms of Paradise Tower. French doors swing open to reveal a modish dwelling with charcoal carpet, which extends to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool. Velvety drapes, patent-leather ottomans, and plush beds with suede headboards enhance the textural wonderland.
Hard Rock Hotel caters to diverse appetites with a string of eclectic dining and dance venues. Paradise Tower guests flock to Pink Taco for Mexican dishes with a California twist. Trimmed with gilt-framed folk art and retro lowrider bicycles, this vibrant cantina blares pulse-quickening tunes and hosts diners at a distressed wooden bar equipped with personal electronic-gaming screens. After polishing off a plate of carne asada or shrimp tacos, patrons can mosey over to Vanity, the casino’s electric nightclub with a sunken dance floor illuminated by a 20,000 light crystals from a cyclone chandelier overhead. The party rages until 4 a.m., when the velvet, satin, and antique mirrors call it a night and head home to hydrate.
Las Vegas: An Adult Playground with Cultural Adventures
Though the casinos and shows of the Strip are well documented, Las Vegas' cultural attractions are often undeservedly overlooked. The Marjorie Barrick Museum, a mile east of Hard Rock Hotel, stands as a testament to Latin American culture, with one of the most comprehensive collections of pre-Columbian art in the country. This University of Nevada gallery proudly displays Mexican dance masks, Hopi basketry, and Navajo jewelry, some of which dates back thousands of years. In addition to rotating exhibitions such as We Will Survive, which showcases work from Las Vegas artists, the intimate 2,500-square-foot museum gallery hosts a series of modern and contemporary art installations.
Fremont Street glitters like a diamond-studded diamond with a canopy of 12 million lights and costumed street performers. Lined with iconic casinos, flashing neon signs, and showgirls crowned with headdresses, this vintage boulevard evokes Vegas in the days of the Rat Pack. A massive, 90-foot LED screen hovers above the bustling avenue as passengers zoom by on an 850-foot-long zipline.