Peter Norton, co-founder of the Hard Rock Café, built the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas in 1995. However, the Las Vegas property is one of many hotels, casinos, cafes, and concert venues all over the world bearing the Hard Rock name. Surprisingly, the initial concept started back in 1973 when two Americans, who were traveling in London, decided to open a diner so they could have a good old fashioned American hamburger. They called the restaurant the Hard Rock Café.
Fast forward to 40+ years later and you planning a trip to Las Vegas, wondering if you should consider booking a room at the Hard Rock Hotel for a family vacation. The first thing to consider is the off-Strip location, and whether or not your family can deal with the inconvenience. The quickest and also the most expensive way to get to and from the Strip is by taxi. A second way to go, which will take considerably longer, is to either walk or take the #108 bus two blocks North on Paradise Road to Flamingo Road and then take the #202 bus West along Paradise Road to the Strip (and the reverse to come back). A third option is the complimentary shuttle which departs from the HRH front drive every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. and goes to the Fashion Show Mall. The mall is definitely worth going to because it includes every type of shop imaginable plus a wide variety of affordable kid-friendly places to eat. You and your family can easily spend several hours at the mall, which is as good a place as any to get your kids some new outfits for school. The Fashion Show Mall connects directly to the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, from which you can take the tram to the Mirage and the Secret Gardens and Dolphin Habitat. After the Mirage, there are more casino hotels and more attractions, to which you can either walk or take the Deuce bus. If you wish to take the free shuttle back to the Hard Rock, it leaves from in front of Forever 21 at the Fashion Show Mall 15 minutes after the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unfortunately, the shuttle does not operate in the evening.
If you decide to stay at this hotel and don't already hold a Backstage Pass, be sure to sign up for one as soon as you arrive. Backstage Pass is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino rewards program. In addition to earning points every time you play in the casino, you earn more points for every dollar you spend on the property on anything else, like rooms, dining, shopping, and entertainment. Here are just a few of the special benefits that Backstage Pass cardholders receive.
It costs nothing to join the program, and rewards can be redeemed not just in Las Vegas, but at any Hard Rock resort or restaurant location.
- Discounts on rooms (amount of discount depends on loyalty rewards tier, but is at least 10%).
- Discounted prices (i.e., $1 off regular entrée price) at selected restaurants
- Discounts at the Hard Rock Store and Love Jones Retail Shop
- Concert pre-sale tickets
- Invitations to special events
- Special birthday offers.
Precisely because the off-Strip location of the Hard Rock, rooms are generally cheaper than for comparable accommodations in one of the nicer Strip hotels. Standard rooms are available at the HRH for under $60 per night, but keep in mind that you need enough space and extra beds for your children, too, so you might require an upgrade or even a suite. There is no extra charge for kids staying in the same room using the existing beds. However, the maximum number of extra beds or cribs that can be added per room is only 1, and the maximum number of total guests per room is 4. A large room or suite with two queen sized beds plus one extra bed should work for a family of two adults and two children; for larger families, or if more individual privacy is desired, it will be necessary to book adjoining rooms.
If you have a Backstage Pass from the hotel, be sure to use it when you book your room to help you get the lowest rate possible. Simply having a card will entitle you to a 10% discount on the room rate, and if you are a frequent player, you can probably save a lot more.
The Hard Rock, with about 1,500 rooms, is not a gigantic property like some of the Las Vegas hotels, but you do have a choice of three towers: the Casino Tower, Paradise Tower, and HRH Tower. Of the three, the Paradise Tower, featuring leather and studded velvet décor and designed to evoke a party atmosphere, would probably be the least appropriate for children. Rooms at the Casino Tower are 460+ square feet while suites vary in size from the 540 square foot petite suite and 900 square foot deluxe suite to sprawling accommodations of more than 2,600 square feet. The suites come with the option to book a connecting room, which will provide more bed space. All of the accommodations in the HRH Tower are suites. The HRH Tower, with its own VIP entrance and check-in area, is expressly designed for guests who don't mind paying more for extra privacy and a more refined atmosphere.
All of the rooms and suites at the Hard Rock Las Vegas offer the following amenities:
- Stunning pool or city views
- Fully stocked mini-bars
- Oversized bathrooms
- Plasma TV and Bose CD stereo system
- Clock with iPod dock
- Sumptuous bedding including goose down comforter and feather pillows (insist on substitutes beforehand if anyone in your family has allergies)
The HRH Tower Suites also contain a Sound Matters Sound Bar with an AMX 12-inch Touch Panel Music System and iPod dock, including more than 2,000 HRH owned songs and playlists. There are also two 40-inch Sony Bravia LCD TVs with a DVD.
Non-smoking and handicapped accessible rooms are available on request. Check-in time is 3 pm. and checkout time is 11 a.m. A mandatory resort fee of $25 per night (plus tax) is added on to all room costs. The resort fee covers all of the following:
Complimentary in-room Internet access
Daily newspaper (pick up in lobby)
Complimentary access to fitness room
Round trip shuttle to and from the Fashion Show Mall
Unlimited local and toll-free phone calls
Unlimited domestic and long-distance phone calls
Complimentary notary service
Complimentary boarding pass printing
Child Friendly Activities
The Hard Rock Hotel does not have a reputation of being particularly child-friendly. There is a nice family-friendly pool, but it is outdoors and only open seasonally, when it is warm enough to go swimming. Otherwise, there is little for your kids to do on the property outside of the room to keep them entertained. Fortunately, there are several possibilities you might consider in the surrounding area, but first, here is a brief description of what the HRH itself has to offer children.
Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia
From the 90-foot guitar at the entrance and guitar shaped door handles to the saxophone shaped chandelier and the impressive displays of rock 'n' roll memorabilia all along the hallways, this hotel's timeless salute to past and present rock music will leave your kids mesmerized. Where else could your kids get a close up view of jackets worn by Aerosmith and U2 band members, outrageous costumes worn by icons like Madonna, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, and Joan Jet, and dozens of autographed guitars? Probably nowhere!
The Hard Rock Pool Complex was voted the No. 1 Pool in Las Vegas for 2015 by both U.S.A. Today and the Las Vegas Review Journal. There are actually three outdoor pools on the property, but the one called Nirvana is the family-friendly pool where you want to take your kids. The Nirvana pool is open daily during the pool season from 9 a.m. to dusk. Cabanas can be arranged on request.
Concert at the Joint or Vinyl
If you time your visit right, you might not have to venture out to the Strip to catch some quality family-friendly entertainment. You might be able to do at the HRH. While most of the regular Hard Rock nighttime entertainment is not suitable for children, this hotel, which celebrates music in a big way, has two concert venues. The Joint is a state-of-the-art concert venue for big name acts which can seat 4,000 people, while Vinyl is a smaller concert hall. Check ahead of time to try to coincide your visit with when a famous performer your kids will enjoy is scheduled. Coinciding with the timing of the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) that gets underway on 12/3/15, so the town will be filled with country music fans, Little Big Town will be performing at the HRH on Friday, 12/3, followed by Gary Allan on Friday, 12/11 and Saturday, 12/12.
Hard Rock Store
Be sure to stop by with your kids to pick up some T-shirts, baseball caps, or other mementoes of your stay. The store is open from 8 a.m. to 11 pm. Sunday-Thursday and till midnight Friday and Saturday.
Child-Friendly Activities Nearby
The Hard Rock might not be as conveniently situated for taking in a wide variety of child-friendly activities as some of the other Las Vegas hotels. However, if you make the effort to get to the Strip, your kids can take advantage of some of the same options, and they will not be disappointed. The concierge can suggest specific attractions or shows that your kids might enjoy and help you plan your day or evening accordingly. For example, after an hour at the pool in the morning, you can take the free shuttle to the Fashion Show Mall, spend a couple of hours there shopping, then visit the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage or catch the 3 p.m. Mac King show at Harrah's, ride High Roller Ferris Wheel at the LINQ, and finish out the day with dinner and the early evening show of your choice.
There are many other possibilities, one of which is the NFR. If you are planning a trip to Las Vegas in December, you won't want to miss this exciting event, and there is no place that will be more convenient for you to be staying to get to where the action is than the HRH.
National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
The NFR takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center, 4505 South Maryland Parkway, which is in walkable distance of the HRH. The 2015 dates are December 3-12. For more information about the specific events and to purchase tickets, see www.nfr-lasvegas.com or call 1-800-506-3048. But if you plan on going, get your tickets as soon as possible. The rodeo is extremely popular and tickets are sure to sell out, so don't wait until the last minute.
You might also want to take advantage of a special HRH Rodeo Room Package. Rooms start at $60 and suites start at $104. The package includes two complimentary breakfast buffets at Mr. Lucky's. If you would like to book this package, call 1-800-473-7625 and mention offer code HNR5WB. But don't delay. Like the rodeo itself, this offer will sell out quickly. (If you miss the NFR in 2015, you can still plan ahead and take advantage of it next year!)
Cowboy Christmas Show
During each day of the NFR, the Cowboy Christmas Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Cowboy Christmas Show is packed with Western wear and NFR merchandise, making it the perfect place not only to outfit your kids, but to shop for everyone on our holiday gift list. A free shuttle will be running from the Convention Center to the Thomas & Mack Center for those who have rodeo tickets.
Traveler's trip: The Convention Center is one of the stops on the Las Vegas Monorail. The Monorail, which your kids will love riding, will take you in minutes to any of these casino hotels on the Las Vegas Strip: Harrah's/LINQ, Flamingo/ Caesars, Bally's/Paris, and MGM Grand (or from any of these stops to the Convention Center). No need to spend a fortune on taxis or fight heavy traffic to get to where you want to go. A single ride on the Monorail costs $5 or an unlimited 24-hour pass costs $12. Children age 5 and under ride free.
Although Hofbrauhaus is a restaurant, it is mentioned here in the activities section rather than in the restaurant section because it is much more than a place to have dinner; the main reason for going is the outstanding entertainment.
Hofbrauhas Las Vegas is an exact replica of the original 400 year old Hofbrauhaus in Munich. And it is located at 4510 Paradise Road, right across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel!
Try to coincide your visit with the live entertainment being offered Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday afternoon from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight. Evenings around 8 p.m. are probably the best time to go because the crowds will be bigger and noisier. What makes Hofbrauhaus special and unique is that it may be the only restaurant that doesn't wait until September or October to hold an Oktoberfest. Hofbrauhaus has an Oktoberfest celebration every day of the year! The party like atmosphere is contagious, and it won't take much coaxing for you and your kids to join the colorfully costumed dancers.
The regular menu featuring classic Bavarian sausages, sauerbraten, and other German specialties served with red cabbage or sauerkraut and Bavarian potato salad, mashed potatoes, or dumplings is fine for older children and teenagers. But younger kids, who might not have acquired a taste for German cuisine yet, are not neglected. There is a special children's menu just for them, including a hot dog, kids' noodles (with butter or cheese sauce) and a single scoop of chocolate ice cream. Desserts for the rest of the family (if you have room after all that hearty food) include apple strudel with vanilla ice cream, cheesecake with raspberry sauce, vanilla ice cream with warm raspberries, and Black Forest chocolate cake. After dinner, your kids can pick out a T-shirt or toy at the Hofbrauhaus Shop.
The concierge at the Hard Rock will be happy to assist you in planning other activities and entertainment for you and your kids. But whether or not the concierge can arrange a babysitting or nanny service for your kids when you want some alone time is not clear. Some Hard Rock Hotels in other locations have special programs for kids and teenagers, but the Las Vegas hotel does not, nor does the hotel have its own childcare facilities on the premises. At some Las Vegas hotels, guests can simply notify the concierge what their childcare needs are, and the concierge makes all the arrangements, but that might not be the case at the Hard Rock. If you plan on staying at this hotel, this is a question you need to have answered beforehand, in the event you have to make all of the arrangements yourself. See the separate article on this website that discusses your other options if the concierge cannot help you.
Considering the fact that the HRH does not attract as many families with kids as some of the other Las Vegas casino hotels, the child-friendly restaurant options are better than what might be expected. Not all of the hotel's restaurants would be a good choice for kids, but the following clearly are.
Mr. Lucky's is a 24/7 retro diner, a type of restaurant that is becoming increasingly hard to find in casino-hotels today. Apart from hoping you get lucky in the casino, your kids will feel very lucky themselves if breakfast, lunch, or dinner is at Mr. Lucky's. Anytime of day is fine because Mr. Lucky's is open round the clock! The menu is so large, your kids won't mind going back for multiple visits, and between the open kitchen and the tasty food, it might be their favorite place to eat in Las Vegas.
Breakfast dishes include all of the usual standards like cold cereal, eggs with bacon, ham, or sausage, or pancakes or French toast. Other choices that might appeal to kids are "build your own omelet," donut hole donuts with Nutella, Huevos Rancheros, and Belgian waffles. Figure on spending $10 to $15 for each breakfast entrée, or $20-$25 total per child with beverages, tax, and tip.
The All Day Menu is also packed with choices that will appeal to kids and teenagers, like these kid-friendly items, for example. The prices shown for each item are the discounted prices for Backstage Pass cardholders.
- Lucky's Signature Burger or Patty Melt, or Black Angus Burger customized with your choice of toppings ($13.99-$15.99 plus $1 for each additional topping on the Black Angus Burger)
- All burgers are made with your choice of ground beef, turkey patty, or veggie patty and come with a side of French Fries, potato salad, cole slaw, or cottage cheese.
- Hot for Turkey! (roast turkey sandwich on Texas toast with gravy, mashed potatoes, and cranberry relish, $14.99)
- Spaghetti and a giant meatball ($14.99)
- Barbecued chicken with coleslaw, potato salad, and Texas toast ($15.99)
- Boston Fish (cod filet with melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato) with choice of fries, potato salad, coleslaw, or cottage cheese, $12.99)
- Flatbread Pizza: Choice of Say Cheese, Margherita, White Stripe, or Pepperoni. Gluten-free also available. ($10.99-$13.99)
The scene is too wild here at night for kids, but Pink Taco is fine for brunch or lunch. The place is best if your kids like Mexican food. The brunch menu features such dishes as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chalaquiles, and Huevos Rancheros. But if you prefer, you can also order non-spicy food like scrambled eggs with bacon, French toast, a vegetable omelet, or yogurt parfait. Brunch entries range from $10 to $14.
If you prefer to go for lunch, there are a half-dozen specials for $9.99. Your kids can choose from four varieties of tacos, a fajita bowl, or a tostada salad. Then, for a perfect dessert, homemade churros with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream cost just $2 more.
This place is open from 11 a.m. until late.
A 16-oz fruit smoothie costs $4.50 and a 16-oz. fruit-veggie combo costs $8.00. Money saving tip: bring your own cups so your kids can share the same drink.
Hard Rock Café
If you are going to be staying at the Hard Rock Hotel, completing the experience with at least one meal at the signature Hard Rock Café is a must. The branch of the café located at 4475 Paradise Road next to the hotel is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
In addition to the extensive regular menu including everything from breakfast fare to burgers, sandwiches, fajitas, and smokehouse specialties, there is a special Kids" Menu for kids ages 10 and under. The actual food may be standard kids' fare, but even the most finicky eaters won't be able to resist dishes with names like these:
- Ain't Nothin' but a Hot Dog
- Buddy's Jr.'s Bangin' Burger with Cheese
- Mac Daddy Mac & Cheese
- Twisted 'N' Tasty Cavatappi Pasta
- Razzi's Redonkulous Chicken Tenders
- Sir Kingston's Classic Cheese Pizza
A Roxtar's thick shake or root beer float or a hot fudge sundae for dessert will round out the meal for only a little more money.
More Child-Friendly Restaurants Nearby
Since the kid-friendly dining options at the hotel are limited, just like the activities are, expect to be having some of your meals either on the Strip or in restaurants that are close by. Here are a few places to eat in the immediate area that are cheaper than the HRH restaurants.
S7 Buffet at Silver Sevens Casino and Hotel (formerly Terrible's)
Silver Sevens Casino and Hotel is located at 4100 Paradise Road, so you can walk there. Sign up for a Play Club card to take advantage of special prices.
Paradise Esplanade Eateries
This shopping center directly across the street from the HRH includes not only a large CVS Pharmacy (not just a drug store, but a mini-department store for all your everyday essentials) and a few other stores, but also several restaurants. Here are three inexpensive suggestions.
This branch of the popular international burger chain is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Choose from a wide variety of burgers and shakes. Other All-American favorites like chicken tenders, hot dogs, and BLT and tuna sandwiches are also on the menu. Kids love this place.
Joe's New York Pizza,
This pizza place is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. Joe's only has a few tables, so it is primarily for take-out. The pizza is available either by the slice or as a whole pie.
Capriotti's Sandwich Shop
Capriotti's is open 24/7.
Summing Up; Is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Child-Friendly?
A couple of years ago, a parent inquired on Trip Advisor.com whether the Hard Rock Hotel would be an appropriate place to bring her 3-year-old son for a mid-week stay during September. Many people replied and, interestingly, almost all of them said "No." According to at least one reviewer, the place is "really loud" and "they play loud music in every public area of the property." Other reviewers pointed out that the loud partying takes place every night, not just on weekends.
These points may be valid, and with infants and toddlers you might have to draw the line and admit that the Hard Rock Hotel might not be the best choice. However, most older kids might really like this hotel. Keep in mind that this is Vegas so everywhere you go, there will be some loudness and craziness. Also, using common sense by going to the pool early in the day and at night, staying clear of establishments which attract a young, rowdy crowd, will keep exposure to an unwanted element to a minimum.
Apart from the noise factor, there are several other considerations to take into account which may make staying at the Hard Rock impractical or impossible for some families.
- The off-Strip location
- Limitation of one extra rollaway bed or crib per room
- Concern about childcare and preference for a hotel which either has its own childcare facility on the premises or where you know the concierge will help you find an excellent service
On the other hand, a stay at the HRH offers lots of advantages, too.
- Reasonable rates
- A very nice pool
- Lots of kid-friendly dining options
- Close proximity to the NFR for those traveling in December
- A fun place to stay for anyone who likes rock music
So, the answer to the question is the Hard Rock Hotel kid friendly is that with proper planning and a sensible choice of activities, it certainly can be.
Are kids allowed in the Hard Rock Hotel?
Yes, children are indeed allowed in Hard Rock Hotel, however, Nevada State Law prohibits minors (those under 21 years of age) to loiter in the casino. Specifically, children cannot hang around gaming areas--even if accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old. They may, however, walk through the casino en route to another part of the hotel, but again, while accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age. Parents and/or guardians may not gamble with minors (children) sitting or standing next to them at any time. This includes quickly dropping a coin or two in a machine while walking with a child. Lastly, children may not touch the gaming devices including slot machines and table games.
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Does Hard Rock Hotel have a good swimming pool for Kids?
The stunning Hard Rock Hotel pool area is called Beachlife and features three distinct pools: Nivana Pool, Breathe Pool (which is open year round) and Paradise Beach, where the famed weekend pool party Rehab is held. This pool area is perfectly acceptable for children but is primarily intended for adults.