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$1.5B Guitar-Shaped Hotel Passes Halfway Mark, 'To Become One Of World's Most Recognized Landmarks'

$1.5B Guitar-Shaped Hotel Passes Halfway Mark, ‘To Become One Of World’s Most Recognized Landmarks’

One of the world’s most unique buildings – a hotel in the shape of a guitar – is rising fast at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood.

Construction of the 450-foot tower recently passed the halfway point. Contractors are expected to have the complex ready to open in mid-2019, ahead of the 2020 Super Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Seminole Tribe is pouring $1.5 billion into the project.

The tower “is soon to become one of the world’s most recognized landmarks, in the spirit of the Sydney Opera House, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the St. Louis Gateway Arch and even the Washington Monument,” the tribe said in a press release last year.

 

Iconic Guitar Hotel Tower Going Up at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood
Expansion project will include a Hard Rock Casino with 3,267 slot machines, 178 table games and a redesigned and rebuilt Hard Rock Live with 7,000 seats in a theater-style configuration.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood
Oct 25, 2017, 18:47 ET

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Oct. 25, 2017 — In the spirit of the Sydney Opera House, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the St. Louis Gateway Arch and even the Washington Monument, the iconic guitar hotel tower under construction at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood is soon to become one of the world’s most recognized landmarks.

Designed to resemble back-to-back guitars, with guitar faces, necks and brightly lit guitar strings that reach 450 feet into the sky on both sides, the iconic Hard Rock guitar tower is under construction as part of a $1.5 billion expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. It is the flagship destination of the Hard Rock International empire owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

The giant guitar tower will be the centerpiece of one of the world’s most elaborate casino complexes, including a Hard Rock Casino nearly double its current size with 3,267 slot machines and 178 table games such as blackjack and baccarat, plus a new 18,000-square foot poker room. The expansion will also include 60,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space and a $100 million redesigned and completely rebuilt Hard Rock Live venue with 7,000 seats in a theater-style configuration.

Opening Mid-2019
The expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will open in mid-2019, in advance of Super Bowl LIV at nearby Hard Rock Stadium in February 2020. Leaders of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Seminole Gaming, who own and operate the casino complex, gathered today on the expansion site to celebrate its construction progress with a traditional Hard Rock “Guitar Smash” ceremony and community event.

“Our ancestors and elders welcomed curious tourists to our Florida reservations, and today’s members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida will soon welcome visitors from all over the world to what will become a landmark destination,” said Seminole Tribe Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. “Our guitar tower will attract global attention.”

The iconic guitar hotel structure is the vision of James F. Allen, longtime CEO of Seminole Gaming and Chairman of Hard Rock International. Allen is working closely with Las Vegas-based Klai Juba Wald Architects and other world-renowned firms to turn his vision into reality. Other firms involved in designing and furnishing the expansion project are Rockwell Group, New York; EDSA, Fort Lauderdale; Wilson Associates, Dallas; Wimberly Interiors, Coral Gables; Cleo Design, Las Vegas; and Laurence Lee Associates, Los Angeles. Suffolk-Yates is constructing the expansion.

“Our talented team of architects and designers have done an amazing job of designing this incredible structure and working to bring it to life,” said Allen, “but it’s our team of dedicated employees and managers at Seminole Gaming who really deserve the credit. They are responsible for the ongoing success of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino by helping to lay the foundation to make this expansion project possible.”

The expansion will include 806 additional guestrooms and suites, with 638 in the iconic guitar hotel tower, where all guestrooms will be 525 square feet or larger. An additional 168 guestrooms and suites will be located in a 7-story Pool Tower that will flank the pool complex. It will bring the total number of guestrooms and suites at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood to more than 1,300. Other amenities will include restaurants, lounges, a business center and a 41,000-square foot spa.

“Bora Bora Experience”
At the base of the guitar tower will be an elaborate 10-acre pool complex highlighted by the “Bora Bora Experience,” with private villas surrounded entirely by water and waterfalls. The villas will offer luxury accommodations with private plunge pools and butler service. Chickee-cabanas will dot the banks of the lagoon-style resort pool, which will also include beach club dining and guest activity options including canoes and paddleboats. Walls of multi-level waterfalls will greet guests as they stroll through an outdoor water wonderland.

Redesigned and Rebuilt 7,000-seat Hard Rock Live Theater
The popular 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live arena will be razed in March 2018, and replaced with a state-of-the-art 7,000-seat Hard Rock Live in a theater-style configuration. Designed by Montreal-based Sceno Plus, one of the world’s leading designers of theatrical venues, the new Hard Rock Live will house its own television studio and broadcast center to produce and televise awards shows and other events. It will also open in mid-2019.

In the interim, a full schedule of concerts, comedy shows and other events will take place in a newly constructed venue in the northwest corner of the Seminole Hard Rock site, adjacent to the existing poker room and meeting facilities. Once the new Hard Rock Live venue opens, the temporary performance hall will become a 37,000-square foot ballroom. It will more than triple the amount of meeting space at the Seminole Hard Rock complex, offering a grand total of 141,000 square feet of meeting space in a new Seminole Hard Rock Conference Center.

 

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Anonymous
Anonymous

Lots of hate on this message board, but I think this is a great design for the resort.

Anonymous
Anonymous

ALways happens when something different and unique comes to town. These are the same people that play it safe and would rather have cereal box shaped buildings with balconies.

What would of been cool is if they would of built this on the Hard Rock stadium premises(Yes I know, it probably won’t fit}, but you’ll have the stadium, the tennis courts for the Miami open and this resort. That would of been bad ass. But, they could always offer free shuttle services to the games.

William
William

Agreed, it will draw interest and visitors for the place. To bad it’s just another place for people to indulge another nasty vice (Gambling).

Anonymous
Anonymous

“To bad it’s just another place for people to indulge another nasty vice (Gambling).”

But you don’t mind others spending your tax dollars on weapons of war?

If I want to spend my money on prostitutes or gambling at least I’m not killing anybody.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Typical jargon to justify bad habits and bad ideas. Society continues to slide into a sewage tank. But it’s ok b/c we do these other things. And i’m sure the crappy kardashians are ok with it to.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I bet you wouldn’t for one day go to where I work and do my job for me, but you want to morally criticize how, where, and what I spend my pay check on.

If I were to approach you and tell that I don’t have enough money to pay my rent and ask you for two dollars, I bet you’d be thinking “you are one sorry SOB” with a disgusted look on your face while looking around to see if there is a police nearby to sic on me. Yeah, pious people like you are good for that.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You have mental issues.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Typical reply from the “moral squad” when you’re confronted with the truth. People like you don’t “flinch an inch” when you send your kids around one of these Catholic Priest. But when someone grown like me wants to go to a casino then it’s “to bad it’s just another place for people to indulge another nasty vice (Gambling).”

Sane people like you are really doing a fantastic job at running this country.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Too bad they didn’t extend the neck. Guess it wasn’t in the budget.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Me too…it would look a lot better if the neck was extended but perhaps as somebody else mentioned the airport required a height extension.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Agree on that. Could have had an observation deck and/or restaurant/club on top.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I wonder if the proximity to FLL and/or other airports in the region was a factor.

Common Sense Posting
Common Sense Posting

The tower “is soon to become one of the world’s most recognized landmarks, in the spirit of the Sydney Opera House, Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the St. Louis Gateway Arch and even the Washington Monument,” the tribe said in a press release last year.

I have my doubts

Jim Ghiorzoe
Jim Ghiorzoe

I believe it will be a landmark for South Florida but no way is it in the same class as the world’s most recognized landmarks.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You must be joking at best. To compare this to the Opera House or even the Eiffel Tower is most definitely a joke.

Anonymous
Anonymous

I guess you intentionally ignored the quotation marks in his comment.

marc
marc

In the spirit of those classy examples? Talk about delusional.

BDub
BDub

Time will tell. Parisians hated the Eiffel Tower when it was built – some still do.
It’s certainly the most iconic building in Hollywood, FL.

Yohan Perez
Yohan Perez

Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House? Hold my coffee, I have to sneeze lolol

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes, eventually in time it will become ICONIC and recognizable just those places.

Anonymous
Anonymous

It’s like an expensive Instagram pop up

Anonymous
Anonymous

Cool building and project nonetheless

Miami1
Miami1

Tacky…

Jesus
Jesus

This will be an excellent looking tower. If only developers had the vision to make their skyscrapers as great looking as this, Miami’s skyline would be much more iconic. The tribe must be in over their heads when they say it will resemble the Eiffel Tower but hey, if they get publicity for it and more people come, that’s great for our economy.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Where did the tribe say this buildig will “resemble the Eiffel Tower?”

Here, let me show you again what they said because a lot of people in Miami can’t read:

The tower “is soon to become one of the world’s most recognized landmarks, in the spirit of…….

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami isn’t Disney-Land, no need to animate buildings.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Miami literally has a downtown building with a woman dancing in lights on it.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Yes,You mean a Billboard on a Building.

Anonymous
Anonymous

… and you can’t beat that!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Sydney opera house, Eiffel tower….?! More like new york new york, Paris and typical LV casinos cheese. Dont insult the real iconic architectural monuments of the world please.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hard Rock know what they are doing.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The same way Trump made a lot companies pay taxes, somehow, if they are making billions from US people, should pay their fare share as well.

Anonymous
Anonymous

You’re kidding right? This nation owes the original people of this land a debt that’s too unimaginable to pay.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Correct, like the majority of The State of Florida.

Anonymous
Anonymous

The people of this land never looked at each other as fellow natives. They’re at constant war with each other and the natives didn’t only exist in the modern day U.S. Everytime you historically challenged leftist talk about Natives you ignore that there was no mass tribal unity and act like Natives only existed in the U.S. Does the Mexican government that was created by Spain and is lead by the descendants of Spaniards owe Natives an imaginable debt ? I guess Mexico should let full blooded indios from Central America to pour into their borders right ?

Drew
Drew

Does anyone know who is doing the electrical work there. I am a disabled veteran with electrical experience and want to work. Any info would be appreciated