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In Las Vegas, where the unusual is merely ordinary, the Hard Rock Hotel is heavy metal in a hard place. Welcome to the only Las Vegas casino with the world's largest guitar on the roof and a chandelier made from thirty-two gold saxophones. Every guest is issued a "backstage pass" room key. And rather than limou sines, hotel guests are chauffeured in rock 'n' roll purple Suburbans with bodacious sound systems. Located three blocks in from the Las vegas Strip on Paradise Road, the relatively small hotel opened with a loud splash in 1995. The Hard Rock unveiled its eleven story, 330-room expansion in 2000, doubling the size of the hotel and casino and including thirty-five luxury suites.
New Hard Rock Hotel restaurants include Pink Taco, a high-tone Mexican diner. The room ' features thoroughly new but decidedly old-looking corrugated metal, aged and i distressed wood, and bare-bulb lighting fixtures. Visitors can sip ice-cold mar garitas and cervezas to accompany hot enchiladas prepared in an open-air taqueria. Nobu is an exotic Japanese restaurant, based around the cooking of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who operates eateries bearing his name in London and New York . Trees line a pathway leading to the entry, while the sushi bar glows from within a curved plane of river rock. View all Hard Rock Hotel Las vegas Tickets for all theater and concert events.
AJ's Steakhouse is an homage to Arnie Morton, the legendary Chicago restauranteur and father of Hard Rock's Peter Morton. Just past a`SOs-style mar quee advertising "Cocktails" is a small restaurant decorated in dark woods, tufted oxblood leather, and an elevated bar that has bronze rails and a black granite countertop. Oil paintings of legenedary boxers line the walls. The Counter is a small but elegant lunch counter, a place where waffle irons, blenders, and sizzling grills make a modern return.
Hard Rock Hotel and casino was founded by Peter Morton in 1971 with a cafe in London. Today the company owns and operates cafes in places including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Newport Beach, Chicago, Houston, New Orleans, Honolulu, Maui, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Washington, Universal Studios Florida, Sydney , Australia, and Tel Aviv, Israel. There is, of course, a casino, with 800 slot and video poker machines and thirty-seven table games. Some 250 of the slot machines have handles shaped like Fender guitars, and roulette tables are shaped like pianos. And then there are the gambling chips: $5 Red Hot Chili Pepper "Give It Away" chips, the $25 Purple Jimi Hendrix "Purple Haze" chip, and the $100 Tom Petty "You Got Lucky" chip. The casino cashier's counter sits beneath a large sign that reads: "Bank of Hard Rock. In Rock We Trust."
Memorabilia on display includes one of Elvis's gold lame jackets, Harley Davidson motorcycles from Guns 'n Roses and Motley Crue, and guitars from Nirvana, Pearl Jam, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Van Halen, Chris Isaak, Lenny Kravitz, and many others. An Elvis suit and guitar are on display outside the HR store. And a San Francisco Giants uniform worn by Willie Mays adorns a mannequin outside the Sports Book. "The joint" is Hard Rock's live music theater; it seats an intimate 1,400, a relatively small room in these days of stadium concerts for 25,000 of your closest friends. In addition to the Hard Rock Cafe next door, restaurants in the Hard Rock Hotel and casino include the Mr. Lucky's 24/7 coffee shop, and Mortoni's, an Italian gourmet restaurant serving dinner only.
Although the enterprise is certainly intended to make a profit, there is an undercurrent of social consciousness beneath the glitz. Some of the machines are designated to pay their profits to the National Resources Defense Council and Conservation International. There are recycling bins and water-saving measures. And leftover restaurant food is donated to local charities. Hard Rock Hotel amenities include the Hard Rock Beach Club. Music plays underwa ter in the lagoon-like pool, which has a sand bottom and rock outcroppings. French doors open the rooms to the outside air, an unusual feature in Las Vegas. The walls are decorated with pictures by famous rock photographers. Basic Hard Rock Hotel room rates were $75 to $250 from Sunday through Thursday and $135 to $300 on weekends; suites started at $250 per night. Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. 4475 Paradise Road; 340 rooms.