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Hard Rock set to open new tower, nightclub

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A suite in the Hard Rock Hotel’s new HRH Tower.

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The valet entrance for the new HRH Tower at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas Monday, December 28, 2009. Launch slideshow »

December has been filled with hotel openings in Las Vegas and today will mark yet another when the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s all-suite HRH Tower welcomes its first guests.

The new tower on the south end of the property will include 359 "standard" suites, seven penthouses and eight spa villas with direct access to Hard Rock’s new pool area set to open in the spring.

Hard Rock executives have said they will target a more high-end, luxury-seeking guest with the new suites. The HRH Tower will offer a separate entrance and guest check-in area. Rates for the suites will begin at $119 but are as high as $649 on New Year’s Eve.

Also opening this week at the resort are the 25,000-square-foot Reliquary Spa and the Vanity nightclub.

The HRH Tower is part of the Hard Rock’s $750 million expansion project that the hotel broke ground on in 2007. After completion during the first half of 2010, the project will have added a new pool, nightclub, restaurants and spa, as well as expanded convention facilities, an additional 30,000-square-feet of casino space, the newly remodeled Joint and about 860 rooms. Hard Rock opened its 17-story, 490-room Paradise Tower in July.

The expansion has added about 1,200 jobs, according to Hard Rock officials.

Other hotel openings this month in Las Vegas include CityCenter’s Vdara, Aria and Mandarin Oriental, and Planet Hollywood’s PH Towers by Westgate, which also welcomes its first guests this week.

But Las Vegas also has seen hotel tower closings during the month. Both Binion’s and the Sahara announced they would close off rooms, citing slow business. The closures represent about 2,000 fewer hotel rooms.

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