ORLANDO, Florida USA /PRNewswire/ — Hard Rock International makes a splash in the Caribbean and rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the grand opening of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, located in the Dominican Republic on Jan. 29, 2011. The lush, 121-acre property located on Macao Beach is Hard Rock’s first all-inclusive Hotel & Casino and marks the brand’s debut in the Caribbean.
“This first all-inclusive Caribbean Hotel & Casino property marks a major milestone for our brand that started with just a single cafe opening in 1971,” said Michael Shindler, Executive Vice President, Hotels & Casinos. “As we celebrate Hard Rock’s 40th anniversary in 2011, we look forward to our Hotels & Casinos’ growth, while staying true to our music vibe and rock ‘n’ roll roots.”
“We are thrilled to be in partnership with Hard Rock International to offer the world’s first ever all-inclusive Hard Rock experience,” said Palace Resorts President and Owner Roberto Chapur. “The level of superior service mixed with the energetic Hard Rock atmosphere will undoubtedly set a new standard in the Caribbean.”
The 1,800-room Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana provides an endless array of personal services, enticing outdoor activities and entertainment options. Guests and the general public test their luck at the hotel’s 48,000-square foot venue. Avid and amateur gamers alike can go all-in at the casino’s exclusive high-limit poker room, VIP lounge, race and sports book, or any of the 457 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. Late night features entertainment at Oro nightclub, modeled to rival Las Vegas and Miami‘s finest nightclubs with more than 10,000 square feet across two levels, intelligent show lighting and award-winning Funktion One sound. Adding to the dramatics is its signature two-story LED wall consisting of more than 300 individual LED screens and the first ever infinity edge bar. Oro was conceived by Francois Frossard.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana was created by acclaimed design firm 555 International and helmed by Vice President of Design Karen Herold and President and Founder James Geier, the design team at 555 focused on combining Hard Rock’s established rock appeal with a modernized flare of contemporary design touched by ornate details. The grand opening will unveil 555’s latest venture with a series of three nightspots and individual Rockstar Suite. GETTYS – global hospitality design, procurement and development firm – was also a key partner in resort design.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 171 venues in 52 countries, including 134 cafes and 15 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world’s most globally recognized brands. 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. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore and Punta Cana. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013. Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc.
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