Representatives for The Hard Rock International received permission this week to build their 660-foot tall guitar-shaped hotel tower where the Mirage volcano currently sits.
“Designed to resemble back to back guitars, complete with guitar faces and lit strings, this tower will be an engineering masterpiece at a height of 660 feet with floor to ceiling glass panes. The guitar tower will forever change the skyline of the Strip,” according to documents approved by Clark County Commissioners on Wednesday.
As regular readers of The vegas Tourtist know, I am not a fan of the guitar. I think it will make that part of the Strip look a little more trashy. Especially being right across from the beautiful Venetian Resort. On the good side, the new project will add the following:
- 48,234-square-feet casino
- 36 levels with occupied rooms within the tower
- 4,500 additional parking spaces
- Multiple “potential” pedestrian bridges
The rest of the property will be remodeled to reflect the new tower design. Whatever that means.
Due to the proposed height of the tower and its location in the flight path to McCarren International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) needs to give its blessing to the project in the form of a waiver.
There is no firm date for the volcano’s demolition other than to say it will happen after the Formula 1 Grand Prix in November.