Hard Rock

Top choice casino in East of the Strip

The world's original rock-and-roll casino houses what may be the most impressive collection of rock-star memorabilia ever assembled under one roof. Priceless items being watched over by security guards suited up like bouncers are concert attire worn by Elvis, Britney Spears and Prince; a display case filled with Beatles mementos; Jim Morrison's handwritten lyrics to one of the Doors' greatest hits; and dozens of leather jackets and guitars formerly owned by everyone from the Ramones to U2.

The Hard Rock's sexy, see-and-be-seen scene is perfect for rock stars and entourage wannabes alike. Especially favored by southern Californians, this party hotel opens onto a circular casino with a competitive spread of table games, a state-of-the-art race and sports book, a busy poker room and the glowing Peacock high-limit gaming salon.

Trendy restaurants include the rule-breaking Culinary Dropout and for pan-Asian plates, plus contemporary classics such as Nobu sushi bar and Mr Lucky's diner. Raucous bars and music venues range from an intimate lounge space called Vinyl and the floating poolside Palapa Bar, to the renowned Joint concert theater and glamorous Body English, a cavernous subterranean nightclub.

There's seasonal swim-up blackjack at the Nirvana Pool, and rollicking Rehab pool parties on summer weekends at Paradise Beach. For hip hangover cures, head to the hotel's Reliquary Spa. To act like a real rock star, get a spontaneous tattoo at Hart & Huntington Tattoo and pick up naughty bedroom toys at Love Jones before retreating to a plush HRH Tower suite outfitted in silver-studded velvet and cool leather.