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If you're looking for a place to stay as well as party head to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where the music never stops (and we aren't talking about boring elevator music) and a good time is practically unavoidable.Located a few blocks east of the Strip, which isn't a far walk but we think cabs are fun too (especially if you've had a few too many drinks), this iconic hotel oozes good times -- from its unparalleled concert venue that has hosted some pretty impressive musical greats and its paradise-esque pool complex to its sleek nightclub, swanky restaurants and super sexy retail offerings it's obvious that this hotel was only partially built for sleeping.Built in 1995, the "old" (we much prefer the term original) 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… so it's basically new!Of course, live music reigns supreme at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and The Joint has an incomparable reputation. As far as we know, not many other stages have been graced by KISS, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Linkin Park and The Killers, among many others. Following the redesign, this state-of-the-art 4,000-seat facility boasts pristine 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…. unless you get privately serenaded…. And if you do, we want to talk to you.In addition to The Joint, the resort is also home to the smaller and more intimate entertainment venue, Vinyl, which features a variety of entertainment genres including local bands, comedy acts and late-night burlesque.If your good time is the same as our good time, which typically includes some cold beverages (or hot, if that's what you're into) then you will probably find yourself among the hotel's bars including the Luxe Bar in the HRH Tower and for the sports fanatics out there, The Ainsworth. If this is you, you can enjoy watching the day's action on countless big-screen TVs spread throughout The Ainsworth -- an elegant nightlife-oriented venue from New York City that serves stellar cocktails and a small menu of upscale American bar foods.During the summer months, you can bring the party outside and soak up the sun and dance without your pants… in your swimsuit obviously... at Rehab, the home of the original Las Vegas pool party. Rehab's weekly Saturday and Sunday events have become legendary. Imagine a throng of bodies in the skimpiest of swimwear sunbathing, drinking and dancing to music spun by popular 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 and the bartenders are some of the best on The Strip. But if you just want to relax, a more low-key experience in an equally lush landscape can be found at the Nirvana Pool, the Breathe Pool or the pool sanctuary at the Reliquary Spa, which also features a menu of decadent spa 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 combines a classic steakhouse ambiance with sumptuous signature cocktails. For casual eats, there's the ever-popular Pink Taco and everyone's favorite -- locals and visitors alike -- Mr. Lucky's Café, which is famous for its not-so-secret $7.77 special, a six-ounce steak, three shrimp and mashed potatoes, that is not listed on the menu but is common knowledge at this laid-back 24-hour coffee shop. Culinary Dropout, which was opened by Restaurateur Sam Fox, is a swanky drinking and pub grub-style dining spot, conveniently adjacent to the pool where you can indulge in everything from fried chicken and biscuits to the signature After School Special cocktail here. If there was ever a perfect concert set list… we think this is the eatery equivalent.In addition, the retail therapy at the resort is distinctive. The shopping at The Hard Rock provides just the right amount of that rock star flash. 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. However, if you're looking for something a bit more permanent, The Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. opened up shop at The Hard Rock for those with tatting tendencies.And now, our favorite part of the entire hotel is well… the entire hotel! Decorated with their extraordinary collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia in frames and shadowboxes that line the walls and hallways throughout the premises, rock 'n' roll is nothing short of revived around every corner of The Hard Rock. It's like going to the coolest music museum in the world and not having to pay a dime for the views. With guitars from icons such as Johnny Cash and Coldplay members (among many others), a drum kit used by Aerosmith and the clothes worn by Fergie, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in their music videos, you will truly feel the rockin' energy within the property.So don't worry, you don't need to find the hair pick and headbands to relive those rock 'n' roll hair days of yours, all you need to do is step into the Hard Rock and let the magic of the surroundings take over.
 
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Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
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Room Quality 
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Casino 
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Hotel Location 
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Pool 
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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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For all the sights, sounds and sensations of the Big Easy – without having to flash anyone – Orleans in Las Vegas has the Cajun charm to get your gumbo going.To start the parade, the Bourbon Street Lounge showcases live entertainment. Listen to bands and dance here nightly, just like you would in any little French Quarter bistro. And be sure to look up for the piano hanging from the ceiling. We're not sure how it got up there, but knowing Orleans it probably involved  bourbon and some feigned attempt at voodoo.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 that other 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 with just the right amount of alligator.The resort is also 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. Yes it’s an Irish pub in a resort themed around New Orleans, but don’t let that stop you from having a few whiskeys in between your rums.In addition to live entertainment, guests can amuse themselves at the resort's 70-lane bowling center or catch a movie in the 18-screen Century Orleans cinema. Whether you want to catch the latest flick or fling some heavy balls down a lane, this Orleans’ entertainment selection is the best this side of the Mississippi. Buzz'n Brushes offers a creative experience for aspiring artists and the not-so-artistic who are just looking for a good time. You might learn the basics of acrylic painting during one of their classes, but you’ll definitely get to drink wine and play with paint which may or may not end up in some delightfully dirty creations. It may not be a Mardi Gras parade, but even the city of New Orleans can handle those once a year, and these attractions are open all year round.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. And don’t think your stomach is off the hook just because you came to Vegas instead of the Gulf. 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. And 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.The resort's exterior was designed to resemble the French Quarter, and inside the atmosphere oozes hospitality. An affordable place to stay, The Orleans is perfectly positioned near the heart of the action in Vegas. 
 

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

Once an hour during 9-5pm
1 year, 11 months ago
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