Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood 2 (June 2019).jpg
Seminole Hard Rock as of June 2019
Address 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314
Opening dateMay 11, 2004[1]
ThemeRock and Roll / Music
No. of rooms469
Total gaming space140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2)
Notable restaurantsHard Rock Cafe
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
Kuro
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerHard Rock International
(Seminole Tribe of Florida)
Websitewww.seminolehardrockhollywood.com

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is a 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 one hotel tower, a 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) casino, large poker room, a 4 acres (1.6 ha) lagoon-style pool facility with a center bar and many private cabanas, restaurants, shops, spa, bars and nightclubs, and the Hard Rock Event Center.[3][4][5] A large expansion project is ongoing, with new facilities scheduled to open in October 2019.[6]

Hotel[edit]

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 famous 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 $1.5 billion property expansion project is adding a 450-foot (140 m) "Guitar Hotel"[9] with 638 rooms and a seven-story 168-room "Oasis Tower" overlooking the pool cabanas[7]—as of June 2019, these new buildings are scheduled to open on October 24, 2019,[6] several months in advance of Super Bowl LIV being held in Miami on February 2, 2020. There will also be 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 are to be available by the end of 2019.[7]

On May 9, 2014, Seminole chairman James Billie announced a $100 million upgrade of the tribe's casinos, with much of that spent on the Hard Rock Hollywood location, including an improved entryways, center pool bar, pool facility upgrades, updated hotel room and suite interiors, and a new restaurant.[10] 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.[11]

Casino[edit]

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.[12] The casino does not have live craps and roulette, although there are electronic versions of those games available. 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.[13] The addition of blackjack to the Hard Rock casinos in Hollywood and Tampa gave credibility to its claim of being a major gambling destination.[14]

Entertainment[edit]

Hard Rock Live[edit]

The Hard Rock Live was the resort's 5,500 seat arena. The arena hosted musical acts, comedians, boxing and other events. Performers at the venue included Billy Joel. Entertainment included basketball, boxing, mixed martial arts, rodeo, and indoor football. The arena was razed in March 2018 as part of a property-wide expansion, and is being replaced with a 6,500+ seat venue in a theater configuration, scheduled to open in 2019.[15]

Hard Rock Event Center[edit]

A new event center opened in 2018, with seating for 3500 people.[11] Britney Spears performed three sold out shows there on July 27–29, 2018, as part of her Piece of Me Tour.[16]

Notable incidents[edit]

Model, actress, and TV personality Anna Nicole Smith, who was staying at the resort, died in her hotel room on February 8, 2007. Smith's death was declared an accidental overdose on sleeping medication.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tribe opens Hard Rock casino". Florida Today. Cocoa, Florida. AP. May 11, 2004. Retrieved March 3, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet". Ictv1.com. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Dining & Restaurants - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Nightlife & Entertainment - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Hard Rock Event Center Concerts & Shows". seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "The New Hard Rock". seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Hotel". seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Rooms & Suites - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Guitar Hotel Tower At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Begins To Rise". Fort Lauderdale Daily. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  10. ^ Sortal, Nick (9 May 2014). "Seminoles plan to spend $100 million this year". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  11. ^ a b "The New Hard Rock". seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  12. ^ "Casino & Gaming - Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood". Seminolehardrockhollywood.com. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  13. ^ Farrington, Brenda (July 3, 2008). "Florida Supreme court nixes casino pact". The Seattle Times. AP. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  14. ^ Hafenbrack, Josh (April 22, 2009). "Crist, Seminole tribe unveil $1.1 billion deal". Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 24, 2009.
  15. ^ "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." seminolehardrockhollywood.com (Press release). February 20, 2018.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ Goodnough, Abby; Fox, Margalit (February 9, 2007). "Anna Nicole Smith is Found Dead in Florida". The New York Times.

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Coordinates: 26°03′05″N 80°12′36″W / 26.051318°N 80.210034°W / 26.051318; -80.210034