South Florida casino to build guitar-shaped hotel tower
After inking a new gambling deal with the state over the summer, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has now reportedly unveiled a billion-dollar re-development plan that will see its Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood venue completely transformed.
According to a report from the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, the $1.5 billion project is to involve the construction of a 450-foot tall guitar-shaped hotel tower offering some 638 rooms and suites alongside a second lower-level building featuring a minimum of 160 units.
The newspaper reported that the re-development, which is due to be finished by the summer of 2019, will take the total room count at the south Florida facility to over 1,300 while the new guitar-shaped tower is to moreover feature a 41,000 sq ft spa as well as several lounges and restaurants.
“We think the building itself will be must-see attraction,” James Allen, Chief Executive Officer for the tribe’s Seminole Gaming enterprise, reportedly told the Sun-Sentinel. “It will be the first building in the world that’s truly to scale designed as an authentic guitar. So it’s not just an exterior facade, the curving of the building will be identical to an authentic guitar.”
The newspaper reported that the ambitious plan will also see the size of the existing gaming floor inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood doubled in order to accommodate a total of 3,267 slots as well as some 178 gaming tables.
For those who like to shop and eat, the Sun-Sentinel explained that the re-development of the Broward County venue is to additionally include the construction of 60,000 sq ft of new retail and restaurant space.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, the newspaper reported that the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood is to furthermore demolish its existing 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live entertainment venue in March in order to build a new $100 million theater-style concert facility with 7,000 seats. An interim 37,000 sq ft performance hall is then purportedly due to be converted into a ballroom to take the total meetings and exhibitions space at the Hollywood complex to 141,000 sq ft.