Opening December 3, 2016, is the Lucky Dragon Casino & Hotel, which is in its finishing stages at the North end of the Las Vegas Strip, just a block off the Boulevard at 300 West Sahara Avenue. This is the first major construction of a new hotel in the city since 2010 (Cosmopolitan).
It is Asian-themed. Its name, its decor and its layout all show this. It will have an indoor/outdoor tea garden, with an “expensive book of high-end teas from all over Asia.” The food at Lucky Dragon will be authentic Chinese food, with la zi ji instead of chicken egg foo yong; no brewpub, no pizza place or steakhouse. Number fours are studiously missing from its hotel — no 4th floor, no number 4 anywhere on the property, says Chief Operating Officer David Jacoby.
When asked if they were hoping to lure visitors from China and the Far East, Jacoby answered with a sort of Not-Really. He said, “This is obviously an Asian-focused property, but not necessarily directly from Asia. We are focusing on appealing to Asian-Americans from Las Vegas, the broader regional population and even as far away as New York and Toronto.”
Both Toronto, Canada and New York City have very popular Chinese sections in their downtowns, filled with Asian stores, businesses and people.
Lucky Dragon is a smaller casino compared to its immediate neighbors, and in fact the number of hotel rooms is just over the Joka Casino statutory minimum set for this area. It has 10 stories and 206 rooms. As far as the casino goes, it is planned with 300 slot machines and 37 table games — but the table gaming will be mostly Asian style games including Baccarat and Pai Gow. Traditional western games such as blackjack will be offered but fewer tables of those. The emphasis is on Asian games.
Signs are printed first in Chinese, English second.
Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
You can’t mistake this hotel for any other. Just look for the big electric guitar. While Hard Rock is usually considered a midStrip hotel, it is really a bit off the Strip, but in the Paradise Corridor, which is a short piece of Paradise Road, parallel to the middle of the Strip. It’s “behind” Planet Hollywood and Paris LV. See how it is on Google Maps.
In 1971 in London, Peter Morton and Isaac Tigrett built the original Hard Rock Cafe. It acquired and displayed more and more rock n roll memorabilia, starting with the signed guitars of frequent customers Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, which they mounted on the restaurant’s wall. A franchise soon emerged and went international.
The Las Vegas cafe was, unlike many of the worldwide franchises, actually built by Peter Morton in 1995. The casino resort is named for it.
rock n roll memorabilia
Known for its close connections to the music industry, HRH has hosted some of the greatest rock shows to happen in Las Vegas. These days they can’t surpass the huge casino resorts for top shows — they simply don’t have the space for the crowds — but they remain a lively place to dance and live for rock. HRH is now owned by Warner Gaming and Brookfield Asset Management.
The hotel has 648 rooms and 64 suites. You can choose accommodations from either the All-Suite Tower, Paradise Tower, or Casino Tower. The Paradise Tower’s decor fits the mold of a rock star kingdom, with glam rooms and rich, modern, maybe a bit over the top style. You should check their hotel specials page for show ticket packages if you’re planning a trip there.
HardRock has a Poker room with 5 tables. They host Daily No Limit tournaments at noon and 8pm, with a $600 guaranteed prize pool. Buy in for $65 or a deal on chips if you buyin for $70. Sign up early (30 minutes ahead of start of tournament) and receive 1000 additional chips to start with. Tournament Bad Beat Jackpot of $2000 twice daily.
Swim up Blackjack – On weekends, there’s no need to get out of the pool to play blackjack. Just visit the Rehab Beach Club.
The casino has regular tables of blackjack and all the major casino games as well, and a High Limit Slots Room. There are over 600 slots total on the property. Race & sports book, too.
RESTAURANTS AT HARD ROCK CASINO
35 Steaks + Martinis — a steakhouse extraordinaire.
Nobu — Japanese cuisine, a twin of the NYC famous restaurant.
Pink Taco — Mexicali homemade specialties.
Culinary Dropout — Icon-smashing dining space with relaxed aura and creative menu.
Fu Asian Kitchen — Fusion of Chinese authentic cuisine and other Asian dining.
Mr. Lucky’s — 24 hour diner. Retro style and more: Try a spiked milkshake.
Goose Island Pub — Watch sports here while you eat and drink. Fantastic pub food.
Fuel Cafe — coffeehouse with smoothies, pastries, sandwiches.
Pizza Forte — made quick and good.
Juice Bar — near the Spa and Salon. Get your vitamins after a steam/massage.
Reliquary Spa features a sauna, whirlpool, co-ed pool. You’ll find Harmonic Massage treatments here, hand and foot treatment and nail services, makeup, hair salon treatments, styling, coloring, cuts; also, body and facial waxing. The spa has its own (short but really good) dining menu, because this is a complete station for relaxing and rejuvenating. You’ll get hungry after a while. Not to mention thirsty; there’s wine and cocktails.
Their Rock music hall is called The Joint; it attracts some of the biggest names although this isn’t the biggest venue in town. Upcoming shows include country star Gary Allan, and actor/comedian Adam Devine (of TV shows Modern Family, Workaholics).
Continuing Show: Magic Mike Live, a strip and dance cabaret show.
Friday Night Live at the Pool: Each weekend, live rock bands perform — They have a complete sound stage outdoors on the pool area.