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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

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4455 Paradise Road
Las Vegas , Nevada
Tel: 800 473 7625 (toll-free)
Tel: 702 693 5544's insider take:

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's peak on the bell curve of popularity has passed, but die-hard fans still pack the house almost nightly, even though this property is located a five-minute cab ride east of the Strip. (A major expansion that came online at the end of 2009 brought a small spike on the buzz-o-meter.) The circular bar in the middle of the casino floor is still one of the easiest places to make new friends, and many folks use it as a place to get warmed up before a big night out. Sundays are cause for the wildest revelry, when the notorious post-party-night party Rehab heats up by the guitar-shaped pool. This is the original "dayclub," and it still commands a mile-long line to get in that starts forming by 7 or 8 am. While the five new hotel rooms have a dark, sexy, rock 'n' roll feel, the original rooms, which are brighter and feel cheerily Art Deco, are still great and have distinctive French doors that open (instead of windows)—a novelty in the sea of sealed chambers that is liability-conscious Vegas.—updated by David Tyda

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