Las Vegas’ Renowned Mirage Hotel-Casino Is Closing, Transforming Into Luxury Hard Rock Hotel

By Trisha Andrada

May 16, 2024 02:58 AM EDT

An exterior view shows The Mirage Hotel & Casino on December 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Photo : Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The popular Mirage hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip will close its doors in July as it transforms into a luxury resort destination.

The Mirage was the first of many themed megaresorts to attract new Las Vegas customers interested in a foreign setting.

The Mirage Opened in 1989, Starting the Themed Megaresort Era

The Mirage, the first megaresort on the Strip, debuted in November 1989 with a Polynesian motif. It was developed by Steve Wynn, a former casino tycoon, and his wife, Elaine, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Before the canals at the Venetian and the dancing fountains at the Bellagio, it had one of the first sidewalk attractions - a volcano fountain. Tourists could enjoy many different shows at this famous location.

July also marks the end of the 18-year run of the Beatles-themed performance, which saw reunions between Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for public appearances.

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Hard Rock Las Vegas and Its Guitar-Shaped Hotel Tower to Open in 2027

The 80-acre (32-hectare) site will be closed on July 17 to make room for extensive repairs and development, according to The Associated Press. It is scheduled to return in 2027 as the Hard Rock Las Vegas, with a guitar-shaped hotel tower about 700 feet (about 210 meters) above the Strip.

In a statement announcing the closing, Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen expressed gratitude to the city of Las Vegas and its team members for their warm welcome of Hard Rock after 34 enjoyable years at The Mirage.

Hard Rock International said on Wednesday, May 15, that it would be laying off over 3,000 workers and paying out severance packages totaling $80 million.

After July 14, the Mirage will no longer take reservations and will cancel and reimburse those made after that date.

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