Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(June 2021)
Address 1 Seminole Way
Hollywood, Broward County, Florida 33314
Opening dateMay 1, 2004[1]
ThemeRock and Roll / Music
No. of rooms1,275
Total gaming space140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2)
Notable restaurantsHard Rock Cafe
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerSeminole Gaming
(Seminole Tribe of Florida)

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, also known as The Guitar Hotel, due to its tower constructed to resemble a Gibson Les Paul guitar, is a hotel and casino resort near Hollywood, Florida, United States, located on 100 acres (40 ha) of the Hollywood Reservation of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.[2] The property currently has three hotel towers, a 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) casino, large poker room, a 4-acre (1.6 ha) lagoon-style pool facility with a center bar and many private restaurants, shops, spa, cabanas, bars and nightclubs, and the Hard Rock Event Center.[3][4][5] A large expansion was completed in October 2019.[6]


Construction work in progress, December 2018

The resort currently has a 12-story "classic Hard Rock Hotel"[7] with 469 guest rooms and suites.[8] Guests are greeted by a 50-foot (15 m) tall signature Hard Rock guitar, (based on a Gibson electric guitar model) at the entrance of the hotel, along with a massive LED advertising screen at the front of the main parking garage. The resort has 120,000-square-foot (11,000 m2) of meeting space, including a 38,000-square-foot (3,500 m2) exhibit hall.

The Hard Rock's $1.3 billion property expansion project added a 450-foot (140 m) tower designed to appear as a pair of guitars, back-to-back, with lights providing the imagery of guitar strings[9][10] and 638 rooms alongside a seven-story, 168-room "Oasis Tower" overlooking the pool cabanas[7]—all scheduled to open on October 24, 2019,[6] several months in advance of Super Bowl LIV being held in Miami on February 2, 2020. The expansion also included a 42,000-square-foot (3,900 m2) "Rock Spa", and over 20 new dining and nightlife destinations. Between the existing 12-story hotel, new Guitar Hotel, and new Oasis Tower, over 1,200 hotel rooms became available in October 2019.[11]

On May 9, 2014, Seminole Chief Jim Billie announced a $100 million upgrade of the tribe's casinos, with much of that spent on the Hard Rock Hollywood location, including improved entryways, center pool bar, pool facility upgrades, updated hotel room and suite interiors, and a new restaurant.[12] As of March 2019, the tribe's upgrade budget was significantly increased to over $2.4 billion, split mainly between this location and the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa.[13]


The current casino layout covers over 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) featuring slot machines and various table games including blackjack, baccarat, mini baccarat, Pai Gow poker, Let It Ride and three card poker.[14] In June 2023, the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe entered into another gaming compact authorizing live Crap and Roulette gambling, live sports betting, as well as allowing for additional expansion of two more properties in Hollywood, Florida. As of June 2018, the poker room is located in a former ballroom area, relocated from its prior venue due to ongoing construction work.

Blackjack is the most popular card game in the United States and was an addition to the casino. In a deal valued at $1.1 billion, former Governor Charlie Crist gave the Seminole Tribe a license for blackjack in its casinos. In exchange, The Seminole Tribe loaned the State of Florida $1.1 billion over the course of two years. On July 3, 2008, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the governor's agreement was unconstitutional, but table games continue to operate because the Federal Department of the Interior approved the now-invalid pact with the state.[15] The addition of blackjack to the Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa gave credibility to its claim of being a major gambling destination.[16]


Hard Rock Live[edit]

Hard Rock Live is a 7,000 seat multi-purpose theater, which opened on October 25, 2019, with a concert by Maroon 5. The theater replaced a 5,500-seat arena (razed in March 2018 as part of the property-wide expansion) of the same name, which hosted different types of events including musical acts, comedians, boxing and other smaller events, along with a residency by Billy Joel.[17] During construction of the new theater, events were held at the temporary 3,500 seat Hard Rock Event Center, which hosted acts including Britney Spears on her Piece of Me Tour.[18]

Miss Universe 2020[edit]

The 69th edition of the Miss Universe competition, was held on May 16, 2021, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa crowned her successor Andrea Meza of Mexico at the end of the event.

Notable incidents[edit]

Model Anna Nicole Smith, who was staying at the resort, died in her hotel suite on February 8, 2007. An autopsy ruled her death was caused by an "accidental drug overdose" from prescription drugs.[19]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Tribe opens Hard Rock casino". Florida Today. Cocoa, Florida. AP. May 1, 2004. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet". Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Dining & Restaurants - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Nightlife & Entertainment - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Hard Rock Event Center Concerts & Shows". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "The New Hard Rock". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Hotel". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rooms & Suites - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  9. ^ Kester, Jennifer. "10 Hotels With Unusual Architecture". Retrieved 2021-08-11.
  10. ^ "Guitar Hotel Tower At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Begins To Rise". Fort Lauderdale Daily. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  11. ^ Doss, Laine. "Here Are All the Food and Drink Spots Now at Hard Rock Hollywood". Broward Palm Beach New Times. Broward Palm Beach New Times. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  12. ^ Sortal, Nick (9 May 2014). "Seminoles plan to spend $100 million this year". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  13. ^ "The New Hard Rock". Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  14. ^ "Casino & Gaming - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  15. ^ Farrington, Brenda (July 3, 2008). "Florida Supreme court nixes casino pact". The Seattle Times. AP. Archived from the original on 2016-04-01. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  16. ^ Hafenbrack, Josh (April 22, 2009). "Crist, Seminole tribe unveil $1.1 billion deal". Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009.
  17. ^ "George Lopez Brings "The Wall World Tour" to Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Saturday, May 26, at 8 p.m." (Press release). February 20, 2018.
  18. ^ Maslow, Nick (January 23, 2018). "Surprise! Britney Spears is taking her Las Vegas show on tour in the U.S. and Europe". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved January 27, 2018.
  19. ^ Goodnough, Abby; Fox, Margalit (February 9, 2007). "Anna Nicole Smith is Found Dead in Florida". The New York Times.

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Preceded by Miss Universe venue
Succeeded by
Universe Dome, Port of Eilat
Israel Eilat

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