By Steve Beauregard
It’s just over 1 mile from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino to the Las Vegas Strip, (at its closest spot at Planet Hollywood). At a normal pace, it would take you approximately ½ hour to walk from the Hard Rock to the Strip.
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, a credit union, and even a medical center.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is About 1 Mile Away From the Las Vegas Strip
To be more exact, it is precisely 1.2 miles from the doors of the Hard Rock 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 Hard Rock, and “B” is the Strip.)
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Free Shuttle to the Strip
As a convenience to guests, the Hard Rock offers 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’ll get on the free strip shuttle inside the self park parking garage, on the west side of the resort, right in front of Harmon Drive at the entrance to the HRH Tower. The large parking lot building has the huge “HRH” in front.
The shuttles leave the Hard Rock every hour, on the hour, from 10 AM to 5 PM, seven days a week.
They don’t make stops along the Strip, rather, they make one stop, at the North end of the Fashion Show Mall, which is on the North End of the Strip, across from the Wynn and Palazzo.
To ride back, you’ll get back on at the same place. Shuttles from there leave at 15 minutes past the hour, every hour, from 10:15 AM to 5:15 PM.
Having stayed at the Hard Rock, I can tell you this shuttle gets crowded. If I recall, the shuttle can only hold 25 people or so, so get there early and reserve your place in line. When we were there, there were several folks who had to either wait for the next one, or take an Uber/Lyft or taxi.
Because of the short distance, an Uber or Lyft ride to the Strip is very affordable when starting off from the Hard Rock.
Notes about the Hard Rock
The Hard Rock 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.
The pool at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Sitting on 30 acres, the expanded resort now has three towers, 4 bars, 11 restaurants, a very popular 4.8 acre pool complex, and 1,500 rooms. The resort also boasts 110,000 square feet of meeting space, along with 65,000 square feet of gaming space.
(Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and oeilevenement via Flickr.)