Luxury Guest Rooms and Trendy Party Venues
A vacationer plunges into the crystal-blue depths of the pool and is immediately engulfed by a heart-thumping guitar solo. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino takes its music so seriously that speakers have been hooked up below water in the swimming pool. Sprinkled with oversize sunbathing beds, sandy beaches, and grass-shack bungalows, the Beach Club at the Hard Rock Hotel 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 Paradise Tower. French doors swing open to reveal a modish dwelling with charcoal carpet embellished by a damask motif, which extends to floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the pool. Crowned with white feather pillows and soft bedding, a king or two queen beds anchor each room, where suede headboards, velvety drapes, and patent-leather ottomans enhance the textural wonderland. For even roomier accommodations, guests can escape to the city-loft-style spa villa suite outfitted with an industrial staircase, a 30-foot glass façade, and a private plunge pool.
Hard Rock Hotel caters to diverse appetites with a string of eclectic dining venues. Paradise Tower guests, equipped with $50 vouchers and a silverware holster, 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 a hosts diners at a distressed wooden bar equipped with personal electronic-gaming screens. A few doors down at 35 Steaks + Martinis, guests savor dry-aged steaks and inventive libations in a contemporary dining room set beneath a sprawling canopy of single-bulb chandeliers and a massive neon globe. After a polishing off a tender fillet or aged porterhouse, patrons can mosey over to the casino's 24-hour Center Bar for a complimentary cocktail in a wood-paneled lounge adorned with electric guitars.
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 a 850-foot-long zipline.