Have you seen South-Florida’s newest landmark yet? It is located in Broward County in the city of Hollywood. If you drive on Florida’s Turnpike you can’t miss it and I am not talking about Mount Trashmore (aka the Monarch Hill Renewable Energy Park). It is the world’s first guitar-shaped Hotel and it is part of the $1.5 billion expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe & Casino. If you drive along Florida’s Turnpike at night, you really can’t miss it, as it is lit up like a Christmas tree. A 450 feet (137m) tall Christmas tree.
Since the middle of this week, the hotel is accepting reservations for the scheduled grand opening at 7 p.m. on October 24, 2019. As of right now, the hotel is completely sold out for the opening date and the rest of the week. First nights are available again on Sunday, October 28, 2019. You can keep checking if a room gets available for opening week, but be advised, a 2-day minimum stay is required from October 24 – 27 if you stay either in the Guitar Hotel or the Oasis Tower, which is also a new building and part of the expansion project.
Hard Rock Live will have Maroon 5 perform on October 25, 2019 for the Grand Opening.
— Seminole Hard Rock (@HardRockHolly) July 24, 2019
The seven-story Oasis Tower sits next to the lagoon-style pool and adds additional room capacity to the hotel. Once opened, all three buildings, which includes the original hotel and casino building will have a capacity of 1,271 hotel rooms at this property. The new Guitar Hotel will add 638 rooms and suites to this number and the Oasis Tower adds another 168 rooms and suites. Fancy cabanas will actually sit over the water of the new lagoon-style pool just like in Bora Bora.
In addition to all the hotel rooms, Hard Rock also built a 6,500-seat theater and added additional spaces for retail stores and restaurants.
Views from the Guitar Hotel must be amazing. As Southern-Florida geography is basically a flat plain, your views will reach for miles. Rooms with a view facing north can see airplanes on approach to Fort Lauderdale International Airport. But no matter what, staying at this unique hotel building is well worth it.
As I mentioned earlier, the hotel is lit up like a Christmas tree at night. But that’s not all. There are lasers on top of the roof which can go 20,000 feet into the air, according to Jim Allen – Hard Rock International Chairman. The hotel definately impresses at night. I am curious with what other iluminations shows the come up with. This reminds me a little bit about the Intercontinental in Downtown Miami and its light show.
As far as I can recall, I never actually stayed at a Hard Rock Hotel. I have visited quite a few but never stayed overnight. I am well interested in staying at this iconic landmark. Prices are on the high side, especially if you want to grab a room at the Guitar Tower.
During the writing of this post, the cheapest rate after the grand opening and for the rest of the year is $199. However, this is for the original hotel building and for only a one night stay in the middle of the week. Weekends are more expensive and rates for the Guitar Tower usually start around $240.
If you want to stay here during the NFL Super Bowl LIV, which is scheduled at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, you are out of luck. The stadium is located just a few miles south from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino but the whole property is already sold out for this weekend, as a lot of other hotels in the area as well.
Remember, the property is still under heavy construction. Even tho, most of the heavy lifting is done, there are still exterior works going on as well as a lot of work on the inside to put the final touches on the guestrooms and new common areas.
There seems to be also some issue with the lighting of the Guitar Tower. I am sure it gets fixed until the grand opening in October. Stay tuned. There is also a bunch of clean-up work left to do.
This is reall an exciting property and let’s see if this building becomes the new landmark of South Florida like other cities. For example everyone knows what city is meant when you talk about the Golden Gate Bridge or the Space Needle. Even lesser known installations like The Gateway Arch are representing a city without naming it. I am curious what name the people give this curious building. Will you now now South Florida, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood or Miami by someone naming the “Guitar Hotel”, “Guitar Tower”,…? We will see. But it seems like not everyone in the area is happy with the new architecture of the building.
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