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If you're looking for a place to stay in Las Vegas that will put you close to all the party action, head to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The resort boasts a 24-hour rockin' atmosphere that appeals to the young, hip and trendy.Located a few blocks east of the Strip, which isn't far but can be a challenging walk (especially if you've had a few too many drinks), the hotel oozes rollicking good times -- from its peerless concert venue and pool complex to its sleek nightclub, swanky restaurants and super sexy retail offerings.Built in 1995, the "old" Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is as happening as ever. And, as a result of an expansion project that concluded in 2010, the property has added a couple of new room towers -- the luxurious Paradise Tower and the all-suite HRH Tower -- as well as several pools and leisure amenities.Of course, live music reigns supreme at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and The Joint has an incomparable reputation. What other stage has been graced by Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Linkin Park and The Killers, just to name a few? Following a redesign, this state-of-the-art facility now has seating for 4,000 people along with sound, projection and lighting systems that are so advanced they defy easy description. Simply put, there's no better place in town to see and hear your favorite performers.The resort recently debuted a more intimate live entertainment venue -- Vinyl. It features a diversity of genres along with local bands, comedy and late-night burlesque. The main nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Body English. It's a sensual place -- filled with leather furnishings and giant chandeliers -- that showcases indie, electronic, rock and pop music. The resort also has Vanity (it's only open for special events and parties), with a decadent interior that includes hand-cut crystals, antique mirrors, chrome accents and rich tapestries. Those who want to forego the nightclub scene will still find a party vibe in every other nook and cranny of the property. Two circular bars crammed with people are the beloved Center Bar in the original Casino Tower and the newer Luxe Bar in the HRH Tower. Sports fans can enjoy watching the day's action on countless big-screen TVs spread throught The Ainsworth -- an elegant new nightlife-oriented venue from New York City that serves stellar cocktails and a small menu of upscale American bar food.During the summer months, guests can revel by day at Rehab (held at the Paradise Beach area). The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino originated the now widespread "pool party" in Las Vegas. In fact, the weekly Saturday and Sunday event has become legendary. Imagine a throng of bodies in the skimpiest of swimwear sunbathing, drinking and dancing to music spun by DJs in a stunning complex that consists of expansive freeform pools, a waterfall, sandy beach areas and kitted-out cabanas. Blackjack and other games are available at swim-up tables. For a more low-key experience in an equally lush landscape, go to Nirvana Pool, Breathe Pool or the pool sanctuary at the Reliquary Spa, which also features a menu of treatments from around the world.The dining is as self-indulgent as all other aspects of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Nobu is home to modern Japanese cuisine and Fú offers a unique fusion of Asian fare, while 35 Steaks + Martini mixes a classic steakhouse ambiance with sensual signature cocktails. For casual eats, there's Pink Taco and everyone's favorite -- locals and visitors alike -- Mr. Lucky's Café, which recently got a modern update in décor and food offerings. But you can still ask about the $7.77 special (a six-ounce steak, three shrimp and mashed potatoes), which isn't listed on the menu, at this laid-back 24-hour coffee shop. Restaurateur Sam Fox opened Culinary Dropout, a swanky drinking and pub grub-style dining spot, adjacent to the pool. Indulge in everything from fried chicken and biscuits to the signature After School Special cocktail here.In addition, the retail therapy at the resort is distinctive. All of the stores are targeted to youthful trendsetters. Visit Love Jones for lingerie and Rocks The Jeweler for some urban bling as well as John Varvatos for men's wear and the Hard Rock Store for logo gear. The Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. even opened a locale for guests who get the urge for a new tatt.Last but not least, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has an extraordinary collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia in frames and shadowboxes that line the walls and hallways throughout the premises. It's like going to the coolest music museum in the world and not having to pay a dime. With every corner turned, your eyes will behold things like a guitar from Coldplay, a drum kit used by Aerosmith and the clothes worn by Fergie, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in their music videos.When you come right down to it, Las Vegas is Sin City, and by staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino the opportunities for sinfulness run rampant.-- By Renée LiButti
 
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fromSacramento, CA
Age:25 to 34
Gender:Female
Travel Purpose:Bachelor/Bachelorette Party
Travel Companions:Friends
Purchase Frequency:Once a year
Star Rating Accuracy:Too High
Gambler:Yes
Game:Blackjack
No, I do not recommend this product.
Amazing Rooms, Super Fun Pool, good happy hour deals
PostedSeptember 18, 2013
The Hotel is great. The rooms are clean and the beds are so soft and comfy.
The Pool is cool. Sand beaches, swim up tables and rockin' music. I like the Summer Camp theme with the hula hoop contest.
Go to Pink Taco for happy hour and get sweet deals on food and drink.
However, the location of the hotel is too far from the strip. Plan to spend $10-$13 every time you want to go to the strip..and another $10 to get back.
Half way through our stay, our room stank like pot. We didn't know by getting a smoking level we'd have to endure the stench of weed. We should've waited for the non smoking room.
The pool on Friday was chill. The pool on Saturday was another story. Super strict rules, wristband, pat down, bag inspections and the hike to the opposite end of the hotel. All for what? The pool was less busy than Friday. Ridicious.
Don't go to Mr. Luckys and expect to be served. We waited over an hour for them to mess up our order and not refill our waters...we're in the desert! get your customers some water!
We had a good time overall, but there are things about this place that won't have me coming back.
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Experience a vibrant, New Orleans-themed hotel just a few blocks west of the Las Vegas Strip on Tropicana Avenue. The Orleans, a locals-oriented resort, may be far from the French Quarter, but it's not without attractions that bring to mind the Big Easy.For instance, the 140-seat Bourbon Street Lounge -- marked by a giant upside down piano that hangs from the ceiling -- showcases live entertainment. Listen to bands and dance here nightly, just like you would in the world's music capital. Amid the floor-to-ceiling murals that depict idyllic riverboat scenes at Canal Street, eat gourmet delights (like Louisiana crab cakes) that you'd find in New Orleans. Get freshly shucked oysters and clams served with authentic Creole flair at Big Al's Oyster Bar. And drink classic cocktails to your heart's content at the Crawfish Bar, Mardi Gras Bar and Alligator Bar -- all of which boast a lively atmosphere that will transport you to the French Quarter's rollicking streets.There are other forms of entertainment, good food and recreation at The Orleans as well.The resort is home to the Orleans Arena. Hosting about 200 events a year, you'll discover top concerts, sporting events (including college basketball tournaments) and family fun (like Disney on Ice) at this huge venue.The Orleans Showroom, an 850-seat theater, also brings a stellar lineup of headlining musicians and comedians to town. Plus, lounge acts accompany the fine spirits and great beer poured in Brendan's Irish Pub.In addition to live entertainment, guests can amuse themselves at the resort's 70-lane bowling center or catch a flick in the 18-screen Century Orleans cinema. Buzz'n Brushes offers a creative experience for aspiring artists and the not-so-artistic who are just looking for a good time. Not only will you learn the basics of acrylic painting during one of their classes, but you'll also enjoy wine, cheese, socializing, listening to music and dancing to tunes like "Y.M.C.A."There are still more ways to unwind at The Orleans. Young kids (ages 3 - 12) will discover adventure and activities of all kinds at Kids Tyme. The professionally supervised facility offers everything from a giant jungle gym and imaginative crafts to a movie room and PlayStation/Nintendo Wii gaming systems. The Time Out Arcade is designed for teens. Adults will follow their bliss at the Spa Orleans, where you can be pampered by an array of soothing massages, body wraps and facials. While women get dolled up in the beauty salon, men will appreciate a haircut and good old-fashioned straight razor shave in the barber shop.For sun lovers of all ages, The Orleans has an Olympic-sized pool as well as a wading pool and large hot tub. Tucked in a central courtyard that's lushly landscaped, you'll feel well removed from all things urban, especially if you reserve one of the five cabanas where you and your party can soak up some rays in comfort.The resort's fitness center -- with a mix of cardio and muscle-building equipment -- overlooks the pool area, creating a truly pleasant atmosphere for a workout as well as allowing easy access to cool off with a dip after you work up a sweat.The Orleans is packed with good eats spanning many cultures. Costa Cantina serves the spicy cuisine of Mexico. Be sure to try the tacos de pescado and chicken Azteca. Koji features an exceptional dining environment merging elements of a sushi bar and Chinese bistro. Meat lovers will want to walk upstairs to the second-story Prime Rib Loft. Although this restaurant has a stunning view over the casino floor as well as colorful murals of jazz performers, nothing beats its delectable cuts of prime rib.For a quick and casual meal, you can head to T.G.I. Friday's, the 24-hour Courtyard Café or the food court (home of Fuddruckers, Sbarro, Subway and Baskin-Robbins). Those who really want to binge should check out the French Market Buffet, where you can savor Italian, Mongolian, barbecue, American, seafood, Mexican and Chinese cooking, along with items from an enormous dessert bar.Like the city, the casino floor at The Orleans is always bustling. Try your luck on more than 2,600 slot, video poker and video keno machines or sit down at one of the numerous table games. There's also a 19-table nonsmoking poker room that's open 24 hours. Packed with giant high-resolution TV screens, the 125-seat race and sports book is the perfect place to watch the big game.If you're able to tear yourself away from all the excitement in the casino, you'll be more than comfortable in The Orleans' 1,885 beautifully appointed rooms. Available with one king or two queen beds, the amenities include a flat-screen TV, a desk and a spacious sitting area with a plush sofa and armchair.Visitors who don't have a car can take advantage of free shuttle service from The Orleans to its sister property, the Gold Coast, as well as to the Las Vegas Strip.Although it's not in New Orleans, the resort's exterior was designed to resemble the French Quarter, and inside the atmosphere oozes hospitality just like it does in the South. An affordable place to stay, The Orleans is perfectly positioned near the heart of the action in Vegas -- and it offers all kinds of action under its own roof.--By Renée LiButti
 

How often does the shuttle service run from hotel to strip?

Once an hour during 9-5pm
11 months ago
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