Mirage Casino to Undergo Dramatic Transformation into Hard Rock Guitar Hotel


As the dawning of a new era fast approaches, the Mirage, which spectacularly heralded the transformation of Las Vegas from its tacky yesteryears to its five-star glitz of today, is set for its own metamorphosis. Situated proudly on the infamous Las Vegas Strip, the iconic casino resort, currently operated by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has confirmed that its doors will officially close on July 17, ushering in a wave of change characterized by rock ‘n roll and hard-hitting guitars.

This move will pave the way for the Mirage’s rebirth as the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Guitar Hotel Las Vegas, replacing the former Hard Rock Las Vegas off the Strip, now owned by billionaire magnate Richard Branson and rebranded as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas as of 2021.

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The transformation will result in the striking 36-story Hard Rock Guitar tower stretching 700 feet into the sky, fittingly staking its claim over the dynamic Las Vegas Strip. The hotel, which was designed to resemble a guitar, received the green light for construction from Clark County commissioners in March of the previous year.

In the wake of the changes, all room reservations and show bookings post-July 14 will be annulled and refunded to customers. Additionally, the Seminole Tribe announced an $80 million severance package distribution to all continuous employees during this transition period. The official timeline for the transformation remains undisclosed.

Hints of the forthcoming Mirage closure surfaced last month when Cirque du Soleil internally announced the permanent shuttering of “The Beatles LOVE” on July 7 due to imminent renovations.

The Mirage, initially opened by casino magnate Steve Wynn in 1989, stands tall in history, having progressively turned Las Vegas from a hub of kitschy entertainment and budget-friendly meals into a star-studded arena featuring superlative dining experiences — values aligned with the resort’s high-end pricing.

Its claim to fame also includes becoming the pioneering resort housing a $100-per-ticket headliner, Siegfried & Roy, who also had their brand, complete with exotic animals, as part of an on-property zoo. Unfortunately, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat had to close doors last year, and all its diverse wildlife was placed under the custody of proficient animal healthcare professionals and veterinarians. However, the exact whereabouts of many of these majestic creatures remain a mystery.

Turning over a new leaf, the Guitar Hotel will replace The Mirage’s much-loved volcano, one of just two major free shows currently offered on the Las Vegas Strip, the other being the perennially captivating Bellagio fountains. For many, this volcanic demolition is a blow to Vegas’s rich history, but it’s important to remember that the very existence of this attraction traces back to a series of historic alterations to the very same site.

To make way for the volcano, a demolition crew had to tear down the final remaining Las Vegas Strip residence — a home that belonged to former vaudevillian actress Grace Hayes — in 1987. Also razed was a Mobil station, a remnant of the Red Rooster venue, which made history in 1931 as the first licensed casino operating on what would eventually become the epic Las Vegas Strip.

In its destiny-soaked journey, the guitar tower will rise like a phoenix from the ruins, figuratively positioning itself right where the historic Las Vegas Strip took root. It holds promise of a fresh era, and while the curtains may close for the Mirage as we know it, the stage is set for a new spectacle of grandeur and entertainment under the bright Vegas sky.