The new owners of the Lake Tahoe casino hotel formerly known as The Horizon announced Thursday that the property will be converted into a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Located in Stateline, Nev., near the base of Heavenly Mountain Resort, the hotel and casino will undergo a $60 million renovation project with a target opening date late this year or early next year.
Assuming the project proceeds on schedule, the hotel will open more than 500 rooms during the height of ski season for visitors to Heavenly and other Tahoe-area ski resorts. Owned by Vail Resorts, Heavenly has several base areas for its 4,800 skiable acres that stretch across the California and Nevada border. Guests staying at the cluster of casino hotels just on the Nevada side of the border can walk to a gondola for access to the ski runs. The area directly under the gondola is out-of-bounds, so most guests ride the gondola back down at the end of the day.
Brothers Jon and David Park of a prominent Tahoe-area family acquired the property in March and shut down The Horizon shortly thereafter. The renovated casino hotel was originally going to be known as the Park Tahoe Casino Resort. The owners have partnered with Warner Hospitality in managing the property. Warner Hospitality and its affiliated companies manage properties throughout the United States including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos in Las Vegas and Sioux City, Iowa. The company also manages Ski Apache in New Mexico.
The announcement was made at Heavenly's Blue Sky Terrace, an area at an elevation of 9,123 feet near the observation deck of the gondola. “The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino brand is iconic for its musical soul and high-energy entertainment, which is what we are all about here at Heavenly,” said John Wagnon, senior director of marketing for Vail Resorts, Lake Tahoe. “This will continue to propel the renaissance of South Lake Tahoe as a premier entertainment and recreation destination in the world, and Heavenly is excited to support this brand that is so well aligned with our own. Heavenly skiers and snowboarders will love cruising through a hotel entry bedecked with electric guitars after ripping it up on the mountain all day.”