PHOTOS: Virgin Hotels Las Vegas to open in April 2021

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is being transformed into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently visited the site of the former Hard Rock Hotel & Casino which is being rebranded into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The renovation was expected to be completed by Jan. 15, but COVID-19 restrictions have meant the casino-hotel will not open until April 2021. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, had wanted to enter the Las Vegas casino industry for more than 20 years. Virgin Hotels and a group of investment companies purchased the Hard Rock Hotel for $500 million in March 2018. The casino portion will be known as Mohegan Sun Casino. It will be operated by Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment, an affiliate of the Mohegan Tribe, becoming the first Native American tribe to operate a Las Vegas casino.

Visit the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas at 4455 Paradise Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169. For more info, go to