Since it was opened with a the dramatic smashing of a guitar in May, 2004,
the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has hosted more than five
million visitors and has become the entertainment capital of South
Florida. With Floridas largest casino, the 6,400 capacity Hard Rock
Live indoor entertainment venue, and the restaurants, nightclubs and
shops of Seminole Paradise, this mecca for entertainment has played host
to entertainment and sports celebrities and welcomed television and
film crews for shows such as MTVâ€™s Total Request Live and Fox
Sportsâ€™ Best Damn Sports Show Period.
In early 2005, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino received the
prestigious four-diamond award from the American Automobile Association
Leading Entertainment Destination
Built on 100 acres of the Seminole Hollywood Reservation on State Road 7
(U.S. 441) just north of Stirling Road, the Seminole Hard Rock includes
a 130,000 sq. ft. casino and an unmatched combination of retail shops,
nightclubs and restaurants, including a Hard Rock Cafe and the Council
Oak, a prestige steak and seafood restaurant. It also boasts the
full-service European-style Contour Spa, as well as a 5-acre
lagoon-style pool complex with a mountainous 182-foot water slide.
Giant Neon Guitar
Guests arriving at the hotel and casino are greeted by tropical
landscaping and a 50-foot neon guitar modeled after one played by Jimi
Hendrix. Drivers may choose between valet parking under a large covered
porte cochere, or self-parking in the adjacent garage. A Hard Rock
Store and a Seminole cultural retail store are located near the main
entrance, adjacent to the guest registration lobby and reception desk.
In keeping with the Hard Rock theme, the hotel and casino showcase
one-of-a-kind pieces of music memorabilia, including many signed by the
artists, plus a massive casino bar that includes a multi-media
entertainment extravaganza. Hundreds of pieces of memorabilia at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood pay homage to several
rock music genres, including the Originators of rock music, the British
Invasion, Heavy Metal, Legends of Soul, and Southern Rock. The
following are represented: Elvis, The Beatles, Madonna, Elton John,
Aerosmith, The Who, the Rolling Stones, as well as South Florida's
Gloria Estefan and the Bee Gees.
Rock music memorabilia has proven to be a major drawing card at the
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, which opened March 11,
2004, and which has quickly become the center for entertainment activity
in Tampa Bay.
Largest Casino in Florida
At the heart of the new entertainment complex is Florida's largest and
most elaborate casino, including 48 live action poker tables and more
than 2,100 of the latest electronic gaming machines, including Wheel of
Fortune, Double Diamond, Red, White & Blue, and Five Times Pay.
Open 24 hours every day, the new casino also features plush
music-inspired carpeting with musical notes in swirls of gold on a
The hotel includes 500 contemporary guestrooms and suites designed to
meet 4-star, 4-diamond standards in a 12-story hotel tower that
encircles the pool area. All Seminole Hard Rock Hotel guestrooms
include unique extras like Tivoli stereo and CD systems, and
ultra-luxury beds with linens of Egyptian cotton and European duvets.
Typical guestrooms have natural daylight to the bathrooms, separate
enclosures for tub and shower and fully-stocked mini bars, as well as
hairdryers, personal safes, coffee makers, three telephones, T1 direct
Internet access, bath robes and an iron and ironing board.
A 4-acre lagoon-style pool area of more than 19,000 square feet snakes
around the pool bar, nestled in a rock mountain, which provides a
dramatic backdrop to a 182-foot waterslide and elevated spa. The pool
features waterfalls, a lazy river, hot tubs and a shallow pool with play
features. Poolside cabanas are built into traditional Seminole
"chickees," and come equipped with televisions and refrigerators.
Landscaping creates a lush and tropical oasis, with dramatic tree
plantings and colorful masses of flowers and shrubs.
Hard Rock Cafe, Council Oak Restaurants
The twin focal points for dining and entertainment are the Hard Rock
Cafe Hollywood and the Council Oak, a prestige steak and seafood
restaurant named for the old oak tree where early members of the
Seminole Tribal Council regularly met. The hotel also includes the Blue
Plate, a restaurant for all-day dining. The Beach Club outdoor cafÃ©
and pool bar is the entertainment hub of the pool area.
The Casino Center Bar is elevated and surrounds a metal multimedia
center, with nearly 70 plasma screen monitors broadcasting music videos
and more. A variety of food concepts and menu items are available at
the 250-seat Food Court. Additional restaurants and nightclubs are
included in the nearby Seminole Paradise retail and entertainment
The Hard Rock Store incorporates a guitar motif and offers a wide range
of gifts, souvenirs and sundries, from a Hard Rock leather jacket to
swimwear and casual clothing, bathrobes and beach towels, sunglasses and
gift items. The store also features collectable Hard Rock pins in
multiple styles, including several produced to commemorate special
Meeting Options Abound
More than 60,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space is available,
including a 16,000 square foot grand ballroom divisible into eight
sections and several smaller rooms for breakouts or board meetings. A
7,000 sq. ft. poolside function area is also available. The complex
also includes Hard Rock Live, a multi-purpose space suitable for
exhibitions, concerts and sporting events.
Nearly 6,000 parking spaces are available, including surface parking of
more than 4,000 spaces and a parking garage for nearly 1,800 vehicles.
Both valet and self-parking are available.
Easy access to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is available
from Florida's Turnpike and I-95 to either Griffin Road or I-595, then
south on State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441) to the main entrance. It is 10
minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 15
minutes from Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is 15 minutes from downtown
Fort Lauderdale and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami