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Hard Rock to Open World's First Guitar Shaped Hotel

According to a report by CNN, Hard Rock will open the world's first guitar-shaped hotel this fall in Hollywood, Florida. The $1.5 billion project is part of a larger $2.2 billion project to expand two casinos in the area. The other

Hard Rock Hotels & Casino receiving a face-lift is a location in Tampa. Both are Seminole run casinos.

Online reservations will begin on July 24th for the 400-foot-tall guitar-shaped Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. The hotel will officially open on October 24th. You can also purchase tickets for the grand opening concert featuring Maroon 5 right now.

A main draw of the new hotel is an attraction called "The Oculus." A free show encompassing sound, light, water and choreography to emphasize the brand's musical arm so that visitors can experience Hard Rock's bold energy. Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming -- gave a few details about the new guitar hotel and the Tampa expansion at a press event in New York City's Hard Rock Cafe.

"The Hard Rock brand is stronger today than it ever has been," Allen stated, adding that the brand "represents more than food, beverage and a place to stay." Adding that "the musical element is an enormous part of what defines the Hard Rock hotels, restaurants and entertainment properties around the world. The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood will be no exception"

Hard Rock Live plans to offer 100 concerts and shows per year to make good use of the space. The venue's multipurpose design allows for other entertainment as well, so things like boxing, theatrical entertainment and even award shows will be possible. To show their commitment to entertainment first, more than $125 million is being spent on this space alone.

The massive property will also include a day pool with club atmosphere to "rival any of Vegas' pool parties," a man-made family-friendly lake with paddle boats and a slow moving river, a 12,000-foot rooftop bar and lounge area, comedy theater, 3,000 slot machines and 228 game tables.

Retail stores will be onsite for a complete shopping experience and 14 restaurants will provide ample dining options. Large spaces for conventions will also be part of the facility. The Hollywood expansion will feature a dedicated memorabilia collection that many tourists enjoy at other locations.

The actual bedrooms will start at 515 square feet and go up from there - including plenty of VIP type rooms. The Oasis Tower, for example, will showcase swim-up suites and be equipped with the amenities that high profile guests expect.

Allen is especially excited about introducing what he calls a "Bora Bora experience" to guests of the Hollywood hotel. With villas (ranging in size from 450 to 800 square feet) submerged in water, personal butler service and more, guests can experience the ultimate in luxury with next to no effort. The VIP villas are intended to offer guests a private and exclusive pool experience. No word on pricing for rooms just yet.