Visiting a Hard Rock Hotel is a quintessential American experience, but staying at one rocks! Hard!
I remember when I was younger, begging my mom to buy me “Hard Rock” tees every time we passed a Hard Rock Cafe. All the cool kids had them! Fast forward twenty years (don’t start doing math – I am still young, lol), and I was invited out to be one of the first people to experience the brand new $700 million renovation and expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, FL.
Unbeknownst to them, the Hard Rock Group created THE perfect hotel for me – this hotel encompasses, everything that I, Erin, Cohlab-NyC stand for. First off – Every floor is labelled after a famous musician, I sing in the shower and car, and if I could be, I would be a famous musician. True story – I once sang a solo of Johnny Angel at Disney World in Florida, my mom still has the VHS (I swear I am not old) if you want proof. Music is an epic part of my life and a defining influence in it. The Hard Rock mixes all the excitement and fantasy inducing details of rock star life into a place where you can eat, sleep and play. A fully realized head-banging, beat dropping grown-up playground.
Naturally, I love that the Hard Rock Hotel celebrates music – if you walk into my apartment, you’ll see concert posters, framed vinyls from the 60s, a hooded sweatshirt that someone told me Eminem wore and other things I’ve gathered in my travels (Hard Rock, if you’re reading, feel free to make me an offer for my collection). – Obviously, my own humble memorabilia collection is dwarfed by what the Hard Rock Tampa has lining its walls. An amazing collection of music memorabilia surrounds by multiple restaurants and resort amenities, so while you walk from the brand new pool area to the massive gaming floor for some Blackjack, you can make your own fantasy outfit of Frank Sinatra’s jacket, Lady Gaga’s leather pants and Jimi Hendrix’ boots.
After its new expansion, The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa is one of America’s largest casinos. The casino floor is over 200,000 square feet of pure gaming and entertainment. Its over 5,000 individual machines offer what is probably the widest variety of slots anywhere in the country and the Casino now has over 200 gaming tables.
There’s also a brand new 15 story hotel tower that offers up 564 rooms, 79 of which are sweet a$$ suites. I’m hoping my blogging career takes off so I can have one of the private elevator, multi-level top floor “Rock Star” penthouse suites with access to a private VIP gaming room on the top level.
Another thing you won’t have to worry about is finding something good to eat. There are 8 distinct dining options on the premises, and the newest is The REZ. I loved it there. The food was great and while I don’t drink, the cocktails in clear/metallic pouches Capri-Sun style looked amazing.
A big part of the new renovations is a new 25,000 square foot spa right next to the pool. The spa itself was still under construction, but it was easy to see on our walk through it how beautiful and relaxing it will be. This spa is ready to one-up Vegas. Even the walls were soft and plush. The Hard Rock will also be offering pool-side spa experiences. Mic drop.
Oh, and just for kicks, the Hard Rock brought in Elvis Presley’s super famous 24 karat Gold Leaf Piano to hang out in the lobby. The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa left me “All Shook Up” in just the right way!

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