Scouting Las Vegas: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

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The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Many of our honeymoon stories at Destination42 highlight couples who go on great adventures – safari in Kenya, climbing temples in Cambodia – but not everyone has the desire or budget for such grand post-wedding vacations.

If this sounds like you, why not consider Las Vegas? It really checks off many of the boxes honeymooners are looking for. High-end hotels at not-so-high-end prices? Check. Ability to use some of those hotel savings sampling an endless supply of world-class restaurants? Check. And if you want to unwind in a spa or sun yourself by an imaginative pool? Yep, Vegas is a great choice.

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Culinary Dropout in Hard Rock, seriously good food and drinks, cocktail photo by Sarah Riswick, all others courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

There are obviously an enormous selection of Vegas hotels from which to choose, but one that seems particularly well suited to honeymooners is the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Firstly, it’s location off the strip makes it a little less busy and chaotic, while its relatively small size means its lobby and casino aren’t an overwhelmingly enormous labyrinth almost designed to get you lost.

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Our suite in the HRH Tower, photo by James Riswick

Other highlights include a world-famous tropical pool complex, one of our new favorite restaurants in Culinary Dropout, and a cool vibe created by great music and memorabilia on display from its creators.

We also appreciate that it doesn’t seem popular with families. We visited right after Christmas and while other hotels were packed with kids (we still can’t comprehend why folks bring the little ones to Sin City), the Hard Rock had a noticeably more adult-oriented population.

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The lobby at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, photo by James Riswick

We stayed in the all-suite HRH Tower, and specifically a Deluxe King Suite. As the photos show, it consists of a large room with the king-sized bed and seating area separated by double-sided TV unit. A wet bar and enormous bathroom with couple-sized bathtub round out the highlights. We loved it. It’s hard to overemphasize the appeal of a having a suite on your honeymoon.

Though our incredibly low average price of $101 per-night represents an atypical weekend price (we went Dec. 26 and 27), such low prices are common during weekdays throughout Las Vegas. Restricting your Vegas honeymoon to weekdays will help you save money and avoid crowds (though don’t count on the same sort of nightlife), while side-trips to Los Angeles or the Grand Canyon are possibilities for weekends.

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It was too cold to go to the pool on this visit, but they have some beautiful options, photo courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


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