Updated April 9th, 2021
Formerly the location of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened March 25th, 2021.
You do this by going along E. Harmon Avenue (the road on the south side of the resort), in a straight line for just about a mile even. On the way there are some nice hotels, (The Wyndam Grand Desert, the north side of the Signature at MGM Grand), some apartments, vacant lots, the back of Top Golf, and even a medical center.
Distance to Las Vegas Boulevard
To be more exact, it is precisely 1.2 miles from the doors of the Virgin Hotels LV to the intersection of Harmon Boulevard and the Las Vegas Strip. Google maps says it would take you 26 minutes to walk.
Is it safe? That’s hard to say, because this is Las Vegas, and you never know what some drugged, or drunken crazed idiot is up to. Personally, I would not walk it. I wouldn’t walk it in the day, or night. Not for security reasons, but because it’s Las Vegas.
Do you really want to spend an hour (round trip) just walking to and from your destination? Walking for miles up and down the Strip is one thing, where there is interesting scenery, architecture, and daiquiri bars. But a walk along Harmon Road is nothing compared to the excitement and buzz of Las Vegas Boulevard.
In addition, after you get done walking the 1.2 miles to the Strip, you’ll still have plenty of walking to do up and down the Strip and in the casinos you visit.
(Here’s a Map of the walking route to the strip, where “A” is the Virgin Hotels LV, and “B” is the Strip.)
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Address & Website
Las Vegas, NV. 89169
Website: Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Casino Free Shuttle to the Strip?
As a convenience to guests, the former Hard Rock offered a free shuttle from the resort to the Las Vegas Strip. I say “free” but I suppose you could say you’ve already paid for it as part of one of those annoying “resort fees” that are common in Las Vegas.
You would get on the free strip shuttle inside the self park parking garage, and the shuttles left the Hard Rock every hour, on the hour. Unfortunately, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas does not offer any sort of shuttle service.
However because of the short distance, an Uber or Lyft ride to the Strip is very affordable when starting off from the Virgin Hotels.
Notes about the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
* In a departure from the loud, dark, in-your-face blaring rock theme the Hard Rock resorts are known for, the design of the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be (as they call it), “modern desert cool.”
* The remodeled hotel features 1,504 rooms – or as they call them, “chambers.”
* Of these 1,504 chambers, there are 323 executive suites, and 79 luxury suites. The luxury suites range in size from 900 square feet up to 5,000 square feet!
* The resort’s lineup of 12 restaurant and bar venues includes the Commons Club (a restaurant and bar), a new Todd English restaurant, and the Shag Room (an intimate cocktail bar).
* The former Hard Rock’s popular 3,500 seat concert hall, “The Joint” remains.
* While there is no longer the famous (or infamouos) “Rehab” pool scene, Virgin Hotels is “rehabbing” the lush and popular 5 acre pool area with what they call, “a new vibrant, one-of-a kind pool/bar scene.”
* The hotel is part of what’s called the Curio Collection by Hilton.
* Convention and meeting space here totals 130,000 square feet.
* Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is the first Indian casino in Las Vegas. Sort of. The 60,000 square foot casino portion of the resort will be operated by veteran gaming operator Moghegan Gaming & Entertainment.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
* The original hotel casino here, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, opened in 1995 as a boutique hotel – a rarity at the time. The opening created quite the buzz, with numerous celebrities attending the grand opening, which was broadcast on MTV.
* Sitting on 30 acres, the resort (expanded over the years) consisted of three towers, 4 bars, 11 restaurants, a very popular 4.8 acre pool complex, and 1,500 rooms. The resort also boasted 110,000 square feet of meeting space, along with 65,000 square feet of gaming space.
(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Press Kit)