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Looking for a pet-friendly, cool hotel room in Las Vegas? Good luck, especially if you want one that's not some gross drive-up motel and is at least somewhat near the Strip. Luckily there's one, newly-opened, that we kind of stumbled upon staying at during a recent visit to Sin Citythe Rumor Boutique Hotel.
The truth is, we were stuck in Vegas for three extra nights thanks to last week's massive blizzard on the east coast, and with flights cancelled triple times over, we needed to find a reasonably priced place to crash, which preferably also included free WiFi and nice-ish rooms.
And directly across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel, there was the Rumor. We took our own advice and booked their 50% off deal, totaling $54.50 per night and we doubt we'll ever go back to staying on the Strip again.
For one, all rooms are at least mini-suites with jacuzzi tubs, awesome bathrooms, a couch in addition to a very pleasant bed, and free water bottles and WiFi. For another plus, the place is totally pet-friendly, so much so that they have a little dog park just off the pool area. Check it out...
Resort fees may not be our favorite thing in the world (in fact they’re one of our least favorite things in hotel land) but since it looks like they’re here to stay (particularly in Vegas), we may as well appreciate some of the loopier things that come with them.
We were looking into booking a room at the boutiquey Rumor Resort in Vegas yesterday, when we noticed the daily resort fee of $11.95. It stung, a lot, so we called up to ask what it included. And were jazzed to find that as well as the usual - valet parking (uh, that’s always free in Vegas), local calls (gee, thanks, cos they aren’t included on our monthly package or anything), water by the bedside (purified water? Wowee), and WiFi (ok, that we’ll take) – the resort fee also includes free access to one adult channel.
We were confused. Did the nice lady in reservations really just say that? So we said, “What, you mean like porn?” And she stifled a giggle and said yes, but only the one. Channel, you understand. Not film.
We knew those breast implants would come back to hurt the Hard Rock!
For all the sex, drugs and rock and roll that it brings, we could never imagine Las Vegas without the Hard Rock but yet a Hard Rock-less Vegas could be in the near future for us.
The Hard Rock Cafe chain has filed suit against the owners of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Morgans Hotel Group, alleging that the reality TV show "Rehab" on TruTV which follows the raunchy pool party through its STD-filled season has given the Hard Rock a very bad name. The AP reports:
The 110-page lawsuit including exhibits says the show portrays the hotel-casino as a place that "revels in drunken debauchery, acts of vandalism, sexual harassment, violence, criminality and a host of other behavior" that most people would find offensive, including patrons of Hard Rock restaurants.
Vegas and boutique don’t normally go together, what with it being the city of behemoths n all, but this week, a new place has opened hoping to change that – the adults only, all-suite Rumor resort.
We’ve had the scoop on it over on our sister website VegasChatter (a room tour here, the gardens here), but basically it’s a total overhaul of the old (and skuzzy) St Tropez hotel opposite the Hard Rock.
And although they haven’t gone crazy on the rooms (they’re a simple palette of dark silver on the walls and dark carpet down below), the garden area – 30,000 square feet of grass, palm trees, cacti and hammocks – is unlike anything else we’ve seen in Vegas. The whitewashed, two story buildings make it look like a Greek island – until you spot the Hard Rock’s guitar strings sticking up behind them.
This room doesn't look so bad. Now imagine it littered with Frederick's of Hollywood lingerie. Yeah, we know.
We think this is what they call 'synergy'. It's certainly a piece of branding news that does not surprise us—not when the two brands who've decided to hook up are the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and retailer Frederick's of Hollywood.
The two companies announced a partnership today, although we're still trying to figure out exactly what mischief they'll be getting up to. The press release calls it "an integrated marketing and media agreement" and a "strategic alliance" that will bring together "two sexy and iconic brands for women." Alrighty then ...
You won't have to hang out with the regular folk now that SkyBar is open at the Hard Rock.
Most people don't realize that Sin City's biggest party hotel, The Hard Rock Las Vegas, is actually a part of the boutique hotel collection, Morgans Hotel Group which boasts such chic and cool properties like the Hudson Hotel, The Clift, The Shore Club and The Mondrian Los Angeles. But with the opening an outpost of the Mondrian's perennial celeb fave hangout, SkyBar, the gap between Morgans and Hard Rock just got a little smaller.
This is the third SkyBar to open (the other two are at the Shore Club and the Mondrian LA) and it will be located above the HRH Beach Club, the hotel's all day and night pool party spot. According to the press release:
SKYBAR features a distinctive acrylic-edged pool with three peek-a-boo cutouts in the floor that act as skylight windows to the lower HRH Beach Club. Guests can lounge on the plush bar seating, custom daybeds, couches and banquettes that pepper the teakwood plank floored area. The lower SKYBAR pool features 14 luxurious cabanas surrounding a circular infinity wading pool.
The cabana menu showcases the HRH Beach Club Bar & Grill including HRH Cheeseburger Sliders, Crispy Shrimp, Chilled Fruit Skewers, a variety of platters for sharing and much more. SKYBAR features premium spirits, bottle service and signature cocktails such as the Manhattan LV, SKYBAR Margarita, Strip Cleanse and SKYBAR Smash.
SKYBAR and HRH Beach Club nearly double the overall size of the hotel's pool area and offer guests a high-end and tranquil desert escape.
You know the scene. You open the door to your brand new hotel room, run over to the window, open the blinds and bam, you are hit with the anti-view. Maybe you are looking down a dirty alley, witnessing a drug deal, staring at an air shaft in the face, or seeing a brick wall. Whatever you are viewing it is not extremely pleasurable. Help out your fellow hotel mavens by uploading your anti-views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number with the not-so-easy-on-the-eyes view.
During our stay last week inside the Hard Rock Las Vegas' new HRH Tower, we were astounded by our room view...and not in a good way.
We liked our room fine enough but we were under the impression that the term "tower" meant you would be high above things--not eye-to-eye with a parking garage.
Since this is the third time that the Hard Rock's made our anti-view list in less than a year, we ask of you kind readers--Do any of you have any killer views from the Hard Rock? If so, please send them to us.
There is a time and place for what we have to say about the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, but that time is not now, it is later this week. For now, strap on your Avatar ready 3D glasses and get ready to take a visual tour through room 10809 in the "New Tower" aka The HRH Tower at HRHC.
We are only half joking about the 3D glasses. The visuals in the room -- a contrast between stark white and captivating photography -- are really very cool. The "tower" view however, is not.
First, a tower usually you can see over low lying structures like a parking garage, but not this tower. Heck, give us the horrible HVAC view instead of staring at level four of the hotel's attached parking structure.
The juke box and Sound Matters control panel.
There is plenty to say about the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's new tower. However, let's leave that for another day. For now, let's focus on the Sound Matters Sound Bar and the touch panel juke box system with over 2,000 songs that is in every one of the all-suite rooms here in the new tower.
First and foremost, the Sound Matters system sounds incredible. We have experienced a ton of in-room sounds systems in our time, and this one tops them all, it is that good. The jukebox idea is also a good one. It gives you the ability to play plenty of the rock songs you usually here down at the casino level in your room.
One odd thing about the featured play lists, though: John Mayer is featured right along Best of HRH, 90s hits, and 80s rock -- really? John Mayer at the top level just seems odd, maybe if he was playing The Joint this weekend, but he isn't Santana is.
It's what you've been waiting all year for--The 2009 HotelChatter Awards! We'll be bringing you the best and worst of the year (and the decade) all day today and part of tomorrow. Agree or disagree with our picks? Air your thoughts in comments below.
WORST ANTI-VIEW: THE HARD ROCK'S PARADISE TOWER
Hmmm, that doesn't look like paradise does it? But this is the view from room 30521 at the Hard Rock's Paradise Tower in Las Vegas. Our tipster tells us it was supposed to be a "mountain/ city view" but instead he got a nice birds-eye view of the employee parking garage.
When we stayed there in August, we had a corner room with a so-so view of distant Strip but there was so much construction going on around the Hard Rock that we couldn't really focus on the positive. We guess we should be happy we didn't have a view of someone fornicating in the pool. Then again, that would be more interesting!
If you're one of the many people who are still bummed that the raunchy pool party, Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas is over for the season, we think we have some news that will cheer you up.
The Hard Rock will will open up their Tower Suites in their newest HRH Tower on December 28, giving you a new reason to visit the most sinful hotel in SIn City. The opening rates start at an incredibly affordable $109 a night for a Supreme City King suite that has 704-square-feet of space. Here's the official room description:
Dark wood floors give way to luxurious carpet, as the foyer enters the living space. Hi-tech rules with the Sound Matters Sound Bar—an AMX 12” Touch Panel Juke Box System that includes over 2000 songs and playlists. Two 40” Bravia LCD TV with DVD players included here.
Meanwhile in the sleeping area, a white lacquer wall headboard with button tufted and quilted leather pairs with a custom stiletto light fixture to highlight the custom mahogany and leather sleigh bed. Black out drapes of raw linen silk with metallic sheers ensure a deep rest as does the ultra luxurious designer bedding.
The bath area is enclosed in a draped and tinted glass enclosure. A generous 148 sq. feet, the bath area showcases black porcelain dimpled tile with Chinese marble and a custom bath vanity, in-shower seat, and cast iron "Tea four Two" tubs. Grohe bath fixtures throughout include Rainhead shower and handheld wands.
Not bad for $109 a night. Plus, booking a stay in the Tower Suites also gets you exclusive check-in and valet as well as other special services. But here's why we're not jumping the gun to make reservations on December 28, the tower's first night of availability.
We just got word that country superstar and American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is kicking it this week at the Platinum Hotel & Spa in Las Vegas while she films her newest music video for "Last Name."
That song is about our golden girl Carrie having a little too much Cuervo and ending up in Las Vegas with a guy whose last name she doesn't know. And since Vegas is full of lots of wedding chapels, there's a chance that Miss Carrie doesn't know her new last name as well. (Don't worry, it's just a song folks.)
Anyways, the Platinum is a new resort just off the strip, located about a block behind Ballys. There are 255 all-suite rooms inside with a starting square-footage of 900sq.ft. so yeah, you got some room to hang here. Each room also has 42" plasma TVs, electric fireplaces (it gets cold in Vegas!), private balconies, full kitchens featuring stainless-steel appliances, and Ultra Baths with oversized, six-jet whirlpools.
The downside is that the hotel doesn't have any gaming onsite so you will have to walk up to the Strip for that and wedding chapels. Also, the hotel is located on a block that isn't quite as pretty as the strip hotels.
Rates start around $119 a night mid-week.
[Photo of the Platinum : Junior Velo]