Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Stateline)

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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe logo.png
Hard Rock Casino, Stateline NV 74 - panoramio.jpg
Location Stateline, Nevada, United States
Address 50 U.S. Route 50
Opening date1965; 54 years ago (1965)
ThemeRock and roll
No. of rooms539
Total gaming space22,750 sq ft (2,114 m2)
Signature attractionsRevolt Tattoos[1]
Powder House[2]
Hard Rock Shop[3]
Hair of the Dog[4]
Notable restaurantsAlpine Union
Park Prime
The Oyster Bar
OwnerWarner Hospitality (Hotel/Casino)
NevaOne, LLC / Park Companies (Landowners)
Previous namesSahara Tahoe (1965–1983)
High Sierra (1983–1990)
Horizon Lake Tahoe (1990–2014)
Park Tahoe (2014)
Renovated in1978, 1983, 1990, 2014
Coordinates38°57′45″N 119°56′27″W / 38.962362°N 119.940748°W / 38.962362; -119.940748Coordinates: 38°57′45″N 119°56′27″W / 38.962362°N 119.940748°W / 38.962362; -119.940748

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe (formerly Sahara Tahoe, High Sierra, Horizon Lake Tahoe and Park Tahoe) is a hotel and casino located in Stateline, Nevada. Also previously known as Sahara Tahoe and High Sierra resorts, it is one of four major casino hotels in Stateline. Horizon Lake Tahoe closed on April 1, 2014, to begin a $60 million renovation and rebranding as Hard Rock Lake Tahoe, which held its grand opening on January 28, 2015.[5]


Sahara Tahoe (1965–1983)[edit]

Sahara Tahoe logo (1965–1983)

The property opened as Sahara Tahoe in 1965. Elvis Presley performed here from 1971 to 1976 and his suite was available for guests to book.[citation needed]

High Sierra (1983–1990)[edit]

In 1983, the hotel was given a Western theme and re-branded High Sierra Hotel and in 1985 hosted the companies who defined the High Sierra Format, the basis for how computers access CD-ROMs today.[citation needed]

Horizon Lake Tahoe (1990–2014)[edit]

Horizon Lake Tahoe logo (1990–2014)

In 1990, it was sold to Columbia Sussex, which re-branded the hotel again as Horizon. Columbia Sussex (leaseholder) was in a contract dispute with Park Cattle Company (now Edgewood Companies), the landowners of Horizon and MontBleu (formerly known as Caesars Tahoe), which Columbia Sussex acquired from Harrah's Entertainment (now Caesars Entertainment Corporation) in 2005.

On May 5, 2009 Tropicana Entertainment announced that it had assigned the lease, operation and management of Horizon to Lake Tahoe Realty I, LLC. an affiliate of Columbia Sussex, under the terms for the assignment of the Horizon lease stipulate continuous operation of nonrestricted gaming at Horizon.[6]

Park Tahoe (2014)[edit]

Park Tahoe logo (2014)

In March 2014, it was announced that the Lake Tahoe Realty's lease to operate the hotel/casino had expired on March 31, 2014 and was not renewed. The Park Companies took over the property under an LLC known as "NevaOne" and closed the property on April 1, 2014 to begin an intense $40 million top-to-bottom makeover. NevaOne has contracted with Las Vegas-based Warner Hospitality to operate the hotel and casino. They operate Hard Rock Las Vegas and have built and run hotel/casinos across the country.

Hard Rock (2014–present)[edit]

Hard Rock Lake Tahoe logo (2014–2017)

In July 2014, the Park family announced that the former Horizon will be rebranded as Hard Rock, to open on January 28, 2015, after extensive renovations.[7]

Paragon Gaming acquired a majority stake in the property in 2016.[8][9]

Film history[edit]

Horizon Lake Tahoe

Hard Rock (formerly known as Horizon) and MontBleu appeared as the Nomad Hotel in the 2007 film Smokin' Aces [10]


  1. ^ "Lake Tahoe Location". Revolt Tattoos. 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  2. ^ "Powder House located at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino". Tahoe Powder House. 2016-01-21. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  3. ^ "Hard Rock Casino Lake Tahoe". Hard Rock Lake Tahoe. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  4. ^ "Hair of The Dog Pet Concierge opens inside Hard Rock Lake Tahoe". South Tahoe Now. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  5. ^ "Listing of Financial Statements Square Footage". Nevada Gaming Control Board. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  6. ^ Tropicana Entertainment assigns Horizon lease to Columbia Sussex affiliate; amends MontBleu lease
  7. ^ Hard Rock hotel and casino coming to Lake Tahoe (Tahoe Daily Tribune, June 18, 2014)
  8. ^ Richard N. Velotta (November 2, 2016). "Paragon Gaming recommended to acquire Hard Rock Hotel at Lake Tahoe". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  9. ^ "Nevada Gaming Commission Minutes". November 17, 2016. pp. 6–8. Retrieved 2018-10-03.
  10. ^ Director puts Tahoe in spotlight, (Tahoe Daily Tribune, January 12, 2007)[better source needed]

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