Seminole Hard Rock Tampa East Wing Hotel and Construction Update

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
This weekend, Gabe and I had the amazing opportunity to be one of the first people to stay in the brand new hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. The new East Wing is part of a combined $2.2 billion expansion between Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. Over the past two years, we've witnessed all of the changes first-hand and it is exciting to see the final touches coming together. Tampa's expansion will be completed this summer with a grand opening date scheduled for October 3rd.
While we've spent quite a bit of time at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa over the years, we've only stayed overnight once before. I have to be honest, we were both blown away by the new tower. We stayed in a deluxe queen room and it was massive in size. I can't imagine what the suites are going to look like when they're completed! The bedding was amazing and I need to find out how to get those sheets at home. I spend a lot of time in hotels due to my day job and I can honestly say, this was one of the more comfortable rooms I've been in. Everything was spacious and very elegantly designed.
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Rendering
The East Wing hotel will be 14 stories when completed which will include 562 new hotel rooms and suites. Once  the expansion is complete, Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Hotel will offer approximately 800 guestrooms (including 86 suites).
The Wallflowers
While at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, we were able to catch a concert at Hard Rock Cafe by the popular 90's band, The Wallflowers. Both Gabe and I are fans of the band and have seen them live in the past.
We loved being able to see a live band, then step out the doors to hit the slot machines! When the expansion is complete, there will be an event center with over 60 major entertainment acts each year and you can find upcoming concerts and acts on Seminole Hard Rock Tampa's website.
One of the really unique features about Seminole Hard Rock Hotel is focused around... music. You can take a self-guided memorabilia rock walk tour, finding apparel, accessories and musical instruments from some of your favorite past-time and present-day acts. The jacket worn by Lady Gaga during the 2017 Super Bowl is now showcased in the new hotel lobby. You can find memorabilia from Elvis Presley to Jimi Hendrix and to Britney Spears. Memorabilia is not where the music experience ends - those staying at Hard Rock Hotel can experience The Sound of Your Stay® inroom music amenity program which allows guests to customize their music experience. There are three offerings named: tracks®, picks®, and wax®. We received a card for picks® when our room was turned down which included a guitar pic, telling us to either rock out to an air guitar or dial 0 to have a Fender® guitar delivered to our room. As much as I wanted to press 0 - Gabe said tequila and Fenders are not a good combo!

tracks® – During their stay, guests have the chance to experience Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa through the lens of favorite artists and tastemakers. With the tracks® amenity, guests download curated music playlists to amplify their stay, listening to artists they know and love, while experiencing upcoming musicians on the cutting edge.
picks® – In true rock star style, guests of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa channel their inner Santana or Clapton by reserving a Fender® guitar to be delivered to their room, including legendary Stratocasters, classic Telecasters and bass guitars for those looking to throw down a funky bassline. Guitars come complete with a Fender® Mustang floor amp and headphones to ensure maximum sound (and zero noise complaints!) during jam sessions.
wax® – The latest addition to the Hard Rock music amenity program, wax® offers guests the opportunity to tune into the magic of vinyl and experience music as it was intended to be heard. Partnering with Crosley, Hard Rock turns up the in-room listening experience with a carefully curated collection of iconic records chosen by Hard Rock’s team of music experts. A Crosley turntable will keep the records spinning as guests find their groove at their leisure.
Bathrooms in East Wing standard room
I fell in love with the shower inside of our hotel room. We are in the final stages of completing our third bathroom remodel in our house. The only negative thing about our stay is Gabe now wants to redo our master shower again to resemble Hard Rock Hotel's.
Grand Entrance
A large part of the $700 million expansion at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa has been completed, some of the new updates include
Mezzanine Level Casino A smoke-free Mezzanine level casino and gaming room
L Bar This bar is located between the property’s two hotel towers, has live music and a vast menu with craft cocktails, more than 30 different selections of bourbon, local and imported beer, wine and champagne.
The Center Bar Seating for 90 people in the center of the casino floor featuring 12 TV's and Hard Rock memorabilia from notable music icons such as Beyonce, David Bowie, Alicia Keys and Dean Martin.
Rise Kitchen & Deli Rise has a new home in the Mezzanine Level Casino. The newly remodeled hour restaurant features breakfast 24 hours a day along with classic and contemporary comfort foods.
New arrival experience The check-in and concierge has been moved to the East Wing side of the hotel. Guests will get a prime view of Elvis Presley's 24-karat gold leaf grand piano.
Hard Rock retail store There is a new retail store located adjacent to the new arrival and check-in experience.

Coming Soon:
Rock Spa Renderingg
Rock Spa The expanded, 26,000-square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon will feature 13 treatment rooms – including a Rhythm & Motion room, Hammam, and two VIP suites – a hair and nail salon, barber shop, and co-ed aqua lounge. New signature treatments include HydraFacial and Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial, as well as a Hammam body treatment, Zemits Bionexis rapid body slimming treatment and LightStim light therapy. Hotel guests will also have complimentary access to a fitness center, which features complimentary weights, treadmills, stationary bicycles, elliptical trainers, flat screen televisions and a mirrored wall.
Pool Complex Rendering
Pool Complex Seminole Hard Rock Tampa will be home to three new outdoor swimming pools: one private, one adult-only and one for families. The new 60,000 pool complex will be located on the second level of the hotel and casino complex and will feature 20 cabanas, 600 lounges and daybeds, two DJ booths and more. There will also be a new full-service pool bar and grill on the pool deck.
Constant Grind Rendering
Constant Grind There will be a new grab and go coffee shop which will offer gelato, pastries, sandwiches and artisanal chocolates.

Italian Fine Dining Joining Seminole Hard Rock Tampa's restaurant scene will be a brand new elegant Italian restaurant opening this fall which will be an elevated Italian dining experience at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa.

More games An additional 1,000 slots and 41 game tables will be revealed throughout the gaming spaces, joining the current 4,000+ slots, 138 table games and  the state-of-the-art poker room with 46 poker tables.
Event Center Rendering
Event Center 
Hard Rock Event Center will have seating for 2,000 guests and will be located on the second level of the casino complex. A companion 17,000-square-foot grand ballroom will host conventions, trade shows, private events, large-scale poker tournaments and concerts, including 60 major entertainment acts each year.

The new East Wing of Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is currently available to book in the future, which you can reserve by clicking here. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel offers all guests staying overnight:
• Property-wide, Hi-Speed Wireless Internet
• 24-Hour Rockin’ response service
• 24-Hour In-Room Dining
• Signature Hard Rock custom “Sleep Like a Rock” bedding with Egyptian cotton linen
• Sweetgrass Body Products
• Self or valet parking options
• Pet-friendly

A special thanks to Hard Rock for giving us an opportunity to check out the new hotel before anyone else! I was not required to write this post - we're just very excited to share the expansion updates with everyone. As always, all opinions are my own.

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