Executives at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas announced last Monday, the 23rd of May 2016, that they have begun construction on the expansion of their meeting and convention space. The project, which is estimated to cost around USD 15 million, will see the property’s meeting spaces increased by another 18,000 square feet to a whopping 110,000 square feet.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was built in 1995 by the same man responsible for the Hard Rock Cafés. The property saw a series of expansions over the years and was finally purchased by the Morgans Hotel Group and their partners on the 11th of May 2006 and later in 2011, the property was turned over to Brookfield Asset Management and operations were turned over to Warner Gaming.
The property currently sits on 16.7 acres and boasts a 30,000 square foot casino, with table games including, blackjack and roulette. The casino also features a high-limit slot machine room, as well as a poker room.
The casino hotel also features a Tahitian style beach and swimming pool, a 14,000 square foot nightclub with two bars and 60 VIP booths, called The Vanity Nightclub, three cocktail lounges, six restaurants – the modern American steakhouse – 35 Steak and Martinis, a modern gastro pub – Culinary Dropout, a Mexican restaurant – The Pink Taco, a Japanese eatery called Nobu, a sports lounge – The Ainsworth and a retro styled signature Hard Rock Café – Mr. Lucky’s 24/7. Several retail stores including the boutique – Love Jones, a spa and salon named Reliquary and a hair salon can also be found at the venue. The property also has over 60,000 square feet of meeting space and another 136,000 square feet of special event / convention space. An 11 storey tower houses the venue’s 648 guest rooms, 64 suites and penthouses. With all these additional attractions it is no surprise that only 30% of their revenues come from gaming.
The “Topping Off” Ceremony
The meeting space extension celebrated a “topping off” ceremony, which marked the completion of the steel-phase construction. The final steel beam was signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the Hard Rock Hotel, Jody Lake, the General Manager of the property, Gary Scott, the Vice President of operations, Drew Varga along with members of the project’s construction crew and moved into place during the ceremony.
Details of the Expansion Project
The expansion to the Hard Rock property will not only include the 18,000 square foot development but also construction of an additional 5,000 square feet of back of the house storage and office spaces, as well as new external signage along Paradise Road, where the majority of the visitor traffic can be found. The business centre is to be relocated during this project and several meeting spaces and event venues will be regrouped to create a bigger and more impressive layout of usable spaces.
Upon completion of the extension, the Nevada venue declared that it will be able to offer a “broad selection of facilities to satisfy any company’s needs from traditional conference space to unique venues.” The project not only involves plans of improving the structure of the meeting spaces but also install brand new category 5 Ethernet cabling throughout the structure alongside Wi-Fi facilities. The venue will also be fitted with software that allows customisation of sound, light and mood for a specialised banquet packages.
“The expansion of Hard Rock Hotel’s meetings and convention space is a demonstration of how we stay in the forefront of the Las Vegas market,” said Varga at the ceremony.
“In town, you won’t find another hotel with the high-energy and entertaining environment that we can offer to groups.”
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino stated that the project, which is expected to be completed in the winter of 2016, will blend the venue’s “stylish cutting-edge lifestyle with a group experience that is sure to appeal to all business travellers”.