Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (Stateline)

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Hard Rock Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe logo.png
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe (2015).jpg
Location Stateline, Nevada, U.S.
Address 50 U.S. Route 50
Opening date 1965; 52 years ago (1965)
Theme Rock and roll
No. of rooms 539
Total gaming space 22,750 sq ft (2,114 m2)
Signature attractions Hard Rock Retail Shop
Notable restaurants Center Bar
Fire Break
Park Prime
The Oyster Bar
Owner Warner Hospitality (Hotel/Casino)
NevaOne, LLC / Park Companies (Landowners)
Previous names Sahara Tahoe (1965–1983)
High Sierra (1983–1990)
Horizon Lake Tahoe (1990–2014)
Park Tahoe (2014, unused)
Renovated in 1978, 1983, 1990, 2014, 2015
Coordinates 38°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
Website hardrockcasinolaketahoe.com

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.[1]


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.

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.

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.[2]

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.[3]

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 [4]


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