By Hillary Latos
Channel your inner rocker this summer at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa. Bringing the spirit of Las Vegas to Tampa, the Seminole Hard Rock Café & Casino earned the coveted AAA 4 Diamond award combining the excitement of a casino and the world class entertainment of rock ‘n roll.
Perfect for a romantic getaway or the celebratory moments of life, this summer the Hard Rock is offering several packages to rekindle the romance or party all night. Rooms are decorated as a contemporary oasis with all of the fittings fit for a rock star with luxury Egyptian cotton linens, a killer sound system, and a soothing palette to rest and rejuvenate for the next day of fun in the sun with an oversized bathroom. To truly live like rock royalty, book the Apollo or Fillmore suite, the largest in the hotel, that are outfitted to the nines on par with a Vegas presidential suite.
From the moment you wake up, the entertainment is non stop. For rock historians and arbiters of style, comb through the extensive iPad library of music memorabilia scattered throughout the hotel and relive some of rock’s most iconic moments. Spend the day basking in the sun or in your own “Chickee” – a private day bungalow outfitted with TVs, refrigerators and luxe day beds amidst sparkling blue waters and lush tropical landscaping or party at the pool bar frequented by the beautiful people. Never miss a beat from the world class DJs who spin all day as the pool has underwater speakers.
With so many dining options you will never have to leave the resort. The Council Oak is their critically acclaimed restaurant that serves steaks aged to perfection between 21-28 days which are only enhanced with their award winning wine selection. Dabble in raw bar options including Maine lobster held in saltwater tanks to Alaskan king crab, littlenecks and oysters. While prime cut meats are their specialty they also offer classic steakhouse fare to tempt the palette like blackened beef tenderloin tips, house made bacon, garlic butter escargot, and dry aged lamb chops. Save room for a decadent dessert such as their praline soufflé or the volcano flambéed tableside.
For casual and lively dining, choose the classic Hard Rock Café that combines blackjack, blues, and burgers. Get the party started and enjoy live music from their elevated stage while sipping a tropical cocktail from their extensive list that includes decadent rum and vodka spiked Ben & Jerry ice cream milkshakes and root beer floats, juice infused mojitos or hurricane margarita madness. Feast on their famous fajitas, slow cooked smokehouse Memphis BBQ including pulled pork, ribs and brisket, signature dry rub buffalo wings, or classic burger with all the fixings. While calories don’t count while on vacation, finish off with a rich Oreo cheesecake washed down with a Salted Caramel Café complete with Tia Maria, Baileys and half & half drizzled with salted caramel.
Now it’s time to hit the bustling casino. With over 190,000 square feet of gambling space it’s the sixth largest casino in the world with plenty of options to choose from in a rock n roll environment. There are 120 table games featuring blackjack, baccarat, 3 card poker, Asian poker, Pai Gow, Let it Ride, Mississippi Stud and poker, including a $1 million championship game. The latest addition to this vast bastion of gambling and decadence is the Asian themed Jubao Palace. Enjoy games like Pai Gow tiles, Asia poker, and baccarat in an elegant setting befitting of Macau with Asian themed restaurants like a late night casual noodle bar and Rock ‘n Raw serving pan Asian specialties and sushi.
While there’s no shortage of people watching, the center bar is in the middle of the action of the floor and open 24 hours during the week and closes from 3 am to 8 am on weekends. Pick your poison between a potent libation or an artisan craft beer as you refuel for the night. For a low key bar scene the Whammy bar is just off the casino floor and a chill spot to regroup with friends.
To relax and unwind from a hard night of partying make sure to visit the Rock spa. The signature rock massage features hot stone therapy to ease muscle tension and induce deep relaxation. Other specialty massages include aromatherapy where essential oils will melt any stress away and a therapeutic deep tissue treatment will alleviate any knots and tension. Erase years away with an indulgent facial that uses Dermalogica and Skinceutical products. After living it up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino a visit to the soothing spa is exactly the right remedy.
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