Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
What We Love
- Rock-n-roll touches like free Fender guitar rentals, DJ mixing equipment, and custom playlists
- Endless entertainment on property, from poolside lounging to high-stakes gambling
- The late-night group sing-alongs at Piano Hollywood
- Big-name acts like Pitbull, Don Henley, and Jason Derulo at the onsite Hard Rock Live
What To Know
- The hotel is somewhat isolated from most other South Florida attractions
- Downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beaches are a 20-minute drive away
- Spacious guest rooms start at 450 square feet
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This sprawling entertainment complex is a magnet for both locals and tourists thanks to its 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live music venue, 140,000 square feet of slot machines and table games, and dozens of restaurants, bars, and lounges. Channel your inner rock star in one of its 469 guest rooms, outfitted with plush bedding, leather accent furniture, poster-sized black-and-white on-stage photos, and free Fender guitar rentals—but with so much to do, you’re probably not spending much time there. By day, lounge at the extravagant lagoon-style pool featuring 4.5 acres of landscaped palms, a splashy 182-foot waterslide, and private cabanas. In the evening, book a table at classy Council Oak Steaks & Seafood or Kuro for contemporary Japanese, then keep the party going at Center Bar, in the middle of the casino floor, or Piano Hollywood for late-night sing-alongs.
In the Area
The hotel’s suburban location means you’ll have to drive at least 20 minutes to the beach, downtown Fort Lauderdale, and other South Florida attractions—but the good news is there’s plenty to keep you occupied on premises. If you do venture out, the new Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits is worth the drive to the beachfront Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, where you can dig in to Florida-sourced dishes like Cedar Key clams and local pork chops. Or, head in the opposite direction for a different kind of adventure at Flamingo Gardens, a 60-acre sanctuary for subtropical plants, champion trees, and native Florida wildlife.
How to Get There
There was nothing extraordinary about staying at the new Guitar hotel, it seems like there are a few tweaks that still need improvement.
Example 1- there are sensors in the bathroom that turn off, which is great but not super convenient if you're in the shower and don't have a relative staying with you that you can yell at to walk into the bathroom so the lights can turn on again
As far as healthy options expressed by another reviewer they've still got a ways to go! The Harvest buffet seems nice but still lacking in vegetarian/vegan options.
I went into the Rise cafe in the morning hoping for some oatmeal to start my day off but I don't consume dairy. We settled on getting creative, and by we- I mean I, asked about a bagel with some avocado.
The pool is lovely but a hot tub would have been nice rather than walking over to the older hotel to access something warm.
Took my mother for two days for short get away and to attend concert there. The hotel was pretty good although much construction going on and noise. Had a problem with hundreds of ants in the room by the coffee maker which I took pictures and video of. I did let them know and they cleaned it up but gave me the “wiilies”. I wish they had some more healthier food options that were affordable. One healthy place in food court only has 2 people working and they did not seem to know what ingredients went into dishes. Line was extremely long and would have taken an hour to get through. I liked the room it was comfortable. Not too many choices for wine and I don’t drink mixed drinks or beer. Overall ok but I think I expected more.
We recently stayed at the Hard Rock for the night to celebrate our 1st anniversary and so that we could attend the Andrea Bocelli concert. We were REALLY happy to be upgraded to the new Guitar hotel thanks to the wonderful customer service representative checking us in; Britanny (I was amazed at her typing with those fabulous nails, and she was so lovely!) and the rooms were immaculate, as you would expect. I love the door bell!
If we had paid for the upgrade I may have been disappointed with the view of a roof however.
The new concert venue is wonderful! Seating 7000 it has a fairly intimate feel and there is not one single bad seat; stadium seating and no columns means that there is no obstructed view of the stage wherever you are sitting.
The concert was, of course fabulous!
We had a disappointment or two;
The seats are VERY small in the venue; similar to seating in old (Victorian/Edwardian era) London theatres, and while I was ok, my husband, the gentleman to my left and the gentleman to my husband's right, while not very large men, were squashed into the seats; they are definitely not built for anyone over 200 lbs.
One particular bar tender (who said he was new that night) refused to allow me to keep the top for my bottle of water stating they were the rules in case people threw the bottle tops at the stage. Well surely, the bottle itself is a larger projectile, had I wanted to throw something, or maybe my husband's can of energy drink? Or even the plastic cups in which we were both served wine, or the popcorn bucket. This seemed a particularly odd reason. I expressed a concern that I would spill my water, and that it would be a shame given that this was, I believe only the second concert at that venue. So said, so done; with all the standing up and down due to roughly 40 inconsiderate attendees in our section alone arriving late, and us having to stand up to let hem through, I lost half a bottle of water which would have been avoided had I had a lid. The frustrating part was this was the only bar tender not allowing lids, as every other lady in our row had a bottle of water, along with many other people in our section, and there were only three of us without bottle tops (and guess what? Not one of those people threw their lids at the stage! Who would have thought?).
Finally, and this is a restaurant issue; we ate at the Oriental restaurant (I can't remember what it was called), we received a lot of food, I can't complain about that, but there wasn't a meat free option for sale that day, and the food we did have was expensive and cold.
But I guess you can't have everything :)