ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world's most recognized brands – reveals plans for its second hotel and casino in the Dominican Republic, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo, located in the heart of the capital city. In collaboration with All Inclusive Collection, the full service hotel, estimated to open in late 2017, will feature 400 hotel rooms and suites and a state of the art casino.
"The Dominican Republic is the region's most visited country and continues to be the top performing destination in the Caribbean. In fact, the country received 19% of the record number of 26.3 million visitors to the Caribbean region in 2014," said Nelson Parker, vice president of casino development, Hard Rock International. "The decision to bring a full service hotel and the brand's second Caribbean casino to the Dominican Republic is a testament to the country's remarkable strength in tourism."
"We've had overwhelming success with our resort in Punta Cana, and are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Hard Rock International and introduce Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo," said Frank Maduro, vice president of Marketing for All Inclusive Collection. "The vibrant atmosphere of the destination, matched with our luxury offerings and unique amenities, will make for an unforgettable and fun experience for all travelers."
Located in the heart of the city, the property will be home to a 23,000 sq. ft. casino, screening room, and a nightclub opening up to the main pool. The ultra-modern casino will feature two bars – including Hard Rock's signature Center Bar – a race and sports book, high limit slots, 400 slot machines and 40 table games, offering Hard Rock guests a world-class gaming experience to remember. A private gaming room on the exclusive suite floor will be available for guests with select access.
Ideal for groups and weddings, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo will include 33,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Additionally, the property will feature a Rock Star Suite and a Rock Royalty Level floor. Unlike past collaborations between Hard Rock International and All Inclusive Collection, this hotel will not be all-inclusive.
The property will also provide many brand exclusive offerings, including a world famous Rock Shop – home to Hard Rock's legendary merchandise – Rock Spa's groundbreaking Rhythm & Motion treatments and the Body Rock gym. The Lobby Bar, located on the 4th floor, will offer guests signature cocktails, while the refreshing pool features a bar and grill, as well as plush cabanas. Along with a myriad of restaurants and bars – including a cigar lounge and a celebrity-chef specialty restaurant – hotel guests will enjoy convenient access to Santo Domingo's main shopping center Blue Mall, home to the Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo. In addition, guests will enjoy access to historically significant sites, the National Aquarium and beautiful botanical gardens and parks in the surrounding area.
Nelson Parker went on to state that "With seven international airports, 28 golf courses and more than 1,000 miles of beaches, it's easy to understand how the Dominican Republic maintains an average year-round hotel occupancy of 87%. Capital city Santo Domingo, a UNESCO world heritage site, has long been a tourist favorite. The city's historic Colonial Zone is undergoing extensive renovations, which will add even more appeal for visitors. Also, a recently finished new highway between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo cuts travel time between the two destinations from four hours to two."
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo will entice travelers and applaud rock-n-roll through exclusive brand wide programs, including the interactive Sound Of Your Stay® amenity program – free for hotel guests – allowing for hands-on music experiences, in-room guitar jam sessions and playlist download upon check-in and in-room delivery of professional DJ equipment. In addition, Hard Rock boasts on-site VIBE managers, who keep a pulse on the feeling, atmosphere and energy at each hotel.
Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock properties offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. Hard Rock's current Hotel and Casino portfolio is located in the world's most enviable resort destinations, as well as urban gateway cities. The dynamic properties cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today's cosmopolitan, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties, whether for business or leisure travel, and who connect with the authentic and powerful Hard Rock vibe.
For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 212 venues in 69 countries, including 162 cafes, 23 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Reykjavik and Gran Canaria, Spain. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Atlanta, Berlin, Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
About All Inclusive Collection
The All Inclusive Collection spearheads sales and marketing efforts for luxury resort properties throughout Mexico and the Caribbean, including Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic (the world's first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel) and five Mexico properties including Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos (set to open in 2018), and Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Cancun (set to open in 2018). These six properties are owned and operated by RCD Resorts under licensing agreements from Hard Rock International. RCD Resorts exclusively contracts the All Inclusive Collection for the sales and marketing of its all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels. The All Inclusive Collection offers a one-of-a-kind, "all day, all night, all-inclusive" vacation experience, and has expanded its portfolio into Mexico and the Caribbean with new luxury properties that continue to shift the sands of all-inclusive. For additional information, visit www.hrhallinclusive.com.
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