HOLLYWOOD, Fla. --
A Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino opened here in May.
The $250 million,
12-story, 500-room hotel with a
130,000-square-foot casino is the second major Seminole Hard Rock
to open in Florida in recent months. The Seminole tribe opened a
250-room hotel-casino in Tampa in March.
The Hard Rocks
location on Indian-owned territory enables it to bypass the states
casino gambling prohibition.
The hotel was
designed by Klai Juba, the company behind a number of high-profile
developments in Vegas, including expansions and remodeling of the
MGM Grand, Excalibur, Aladdin, Luxor and Hard Rock Las
throughout the propertys public areas contain stage outfits worn by
such rock stars as Elvis Presley, Madonna, Elton John, Aerosmith,
Cher, Beyonce and No Doubts Gwen Stefani.
include the Hard Rock Cafe, the Council Oak steak and seafood
restaurant, the 24-hour Blue Plate and the Constant Grind coffee
The Hard Rock
features a four-acre lagoon pool with a 182-foot waterslide,
waterfalls, hot tubs and a childrens area. Speakers pipe in music
that can be heard below the surface.
22,000-square-foot spa and a fitness center are nearby, as is an
18-hole golf course.
incorporates 100,000 square feet of flexible meetings space and can
accommodate groups from 10 to 1,000. There is a ballroom and a
poolside area where events can be held.
Next to the hotel
is a complex called Seminole Paradise, which includes 25 retail
stores, a dozen restaurants and other entertainment venues. In the
fall, a 5,600-seat arena for live performances is scheduled to
The hotel is just a
15-minute drive from ocean beaches and only a few minutes from Fort
Room rates begin at
$110 per night for the summer. As a booking incentive, the hotel is
paying 15% commission on all bookings made in July and August for
stays through the end of the year.
The hotel is
offering travel agents a room rate of $69 per night through Dec.
call (800) 937-0010 or log onto www.seminolehardrock.com.
reporter David Cogswell, send e-mail to [email protected].