Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
|Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino|
|Address||1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33314|
|Theme||Rock and Roll / Music|
|Total gaming space||145,000sq ft|
|Signature attractions||Improv Live|
|Notable restaurants||Hard Rock Cafe
Council Oaks Steak & Seafood
|Owner||Hard Rock International
(Seminole Tribe of Florida)
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is a resort near Hollywood, Florida, United States, located on 100 acres (40 ha) of the Hollywood Reservation of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The hotel has a tower, a 145,000 sq ft (13,500 m2) casino, a 4 acres (1.6 ha) lagoon-style pool area, fifteen restaurants, sixteen shops, the poker room, a spa, improv comedy club, over ten bars and nightclubs, and "Hard Rock Live", a concert venue.
The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, has a 12-story Mediterranean-style tower with 481 guest rooms and 86 suites with panoramic views. Guests are greeted by a 50-foot (15 m) tall signature Hard Rock guitar, modeled after the one Jimi Hendrix played, at the entrance of the hotel. On May 9, 2014, Seminole chairman James Billie announced a $100 million upgrade of his tribe's casinos, with much of that spent on the Hard Rock, including an improved entryway and center bar, pool upgrades, updates to hotel rooms and suites and a new restaurant.
The Casino in the Hard Rock Hotel covers over 145,000 sq ft (13,500 m2) which includes various table games. These games include blackjack, baccarat, mini baccarat, Pai Gow poker, Let It Ride and three card poker. Blackjack is the most popular card game in the United States and the most recent addition to the Hard Rock Casino. The new Poker Room is located just outside the casino in the outdoor venue of the Hotel. The Poker Room provides a club-like atmosphere which includes dozens of live poker tables. Big screen plasmas are covering sports programs constantly while food and drink services are available around the clock.
Hard Rock Live
The Hard Rock Live is the resort's 5,500 seat arena. The arena hosts headline musical acts, well-known comedians, boxing and other events. February 1, 2009 Billy Joel played at the Hard Rock Live, a show in which he received a five star rating on his website. Recently added entertainment is basketball, rodeo and indoor football.
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. The deal received criticism since it was announced in 2009.[why?] The addition of blackjack to the casinos in Hollywood and Tampa gave credibility to its claim of being a major gambling destination.
Appearance in media
Model, actress, 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.