Orlando, Fla. – (hospitalitybusinessnews.com) January 13, 2016 – Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world’s most recognized brands – reveals plans for its second hotel and casino in the Dominican Republic, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo, located in the heart of the capital city. In collaboration with All Inclusive Collection, the full service hotel, estimated to open in late 2017, will feature 400 hotel rooms and suites and a state of the art casino.
“The Dominican Republic is the region’s most visited country and continues to be the top performing destination in the Caribbean. In fact, the country received 19% of the record number of 26.3 million visitors to the Caribbean region in 2014,” said Nelson Parker, vice president of casino development, Hard Rock International. “The decision to bring a full service hotel and the brand’s second Caribbean casino to the Dominican Republic is a testament to the country’s remarkable strength in tourism.”
“We’ve had overwhelming success with our resort in Punta Cana, and are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Hard Rock International and introduce Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo,” said Frank Maduro, vice president of Marketing for All Inclusive Collection. “The vibrant atmosphere of the destination, matched with our luxury offerings and unique amenities, will make for an unforgettable and fun experience for all travelers.”
Located in the heart of the city, the property will be home to a 23,000 sq. ft. casino, screening room, and a nightclub opening up to the main pool. The ultra-modern casino will feature two bars – including Hard Rock’s signature Center Bar – a race and sports book, high limit slots, 400 slot machines and 40 table games, offering Hard Rock guests a world-class gaming experience to remember. A private gaming room on the exclusive suite floor will be available for guests with select access.
Ideal for groups and weddings, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo will include 33,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Additionally, the property will feature a Rock Star Suite and a Rock Royalty Level floor. Unlike past collaborations between Hard Rock International and All Inclusive Collection, this hotel will not be all-inclusive.
The property will also provide many brand exclusive offerings, including a world famous Rock Shop – home to Hard Rock’s legendary merchandise – Rock Spa’s groundbreaking Rhythm & Motion treatments and the Body Rock gym. The Lobby Bar, located on the 4th floor, will offer guests signature cocktails, while the refreshing pool features a bar and grill, as well as plush cabanas. Along with a myriad of restaurants and bars – including a cigar lounge and a celebrity-chef specialty restaurant – hotel guests will enjoy convenient access to Santo Domingo’s main shopping center Blue Mall, home to the Hard Rock Cafe Santo Domingo. In addition, guests will enjoy access to historically significant sites, the National Aquarium and beautiful botanical gardens and parks in the surrounding area.
Nelson Parker went on to state that “With seven international airports, 28 golf courses and more than 1,000 miles of beaches, it’s easy to understand how the Dominican Republic maintains an average year-round hotel occupancy of 87%. Capital city Santo Domingo, a UNESCO world heritage site, has long been a tourist favorite. The city’s historic Colonial Zone is undergoing extensive renovations, which will add even more appeal for visitors. Also, a recently finished new highway between Punta Cana and Santo Domingo cuts travel time between the two destinations from four hours to two.”