You might think of a Florida getaway as soaking up the sun, but my last trip to the Sunshine State consisted of not even caring if the sun was out or not – that’s because at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, I spent my days eating, shopping, relaxing at the spa, and repeating it all the following day! Don’t worry, I still came home with a small tan from the pool and private cabana, complete with a flat screen television, cozy couch and mini fridge stocked with fruit. With poolside service and Pool Bar, you can enjoy your posh surroundings all stay long.
While all Hard Rock properties pride themselves on their one-of-a-kind music memorabilia, the 24K gold leaf piano in the lobby, which once belonged to Elvis Presley, makes this particular Hard Rock particularly special. This lavish casino, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, recently underwent a $700 million renovations can be felt throughout the property, including 500 new rooms, lavish pools, an upgraded Poker Room – it’s so posh you won’t be able to keep your poker face – and a new Rock Spa, which will revitalize you, this property will rock your world. With a 30,000-square-foot Hard Rock Event Center on the second level of the casino complex which includes a 17,000-square-foot grand ballroom for concerts, events and large poker tournaments, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa draws the biggest names in table games and entertainment.
After a night out – or inside the casino – wake up the next morning on your Hard Rock “Sleep Like a Rock” bedding and enjoy some breakfast in bed before heading to the rejuvenating Rock Spa, where you can indulge in treatments ranging from massage therapies to facials to body treatments and more. Let’s just say that after a relaxing Swedish massage, which was followed up with a taste of sorbet and glass of champagne, I had found my own taste of heaven in Tampa! Stay all day if you want – guests have access to the spa’s jacuzzi, steam room, sault sauna, co-ed aqua lounge and outdoor pools. They even offer yoga and personal training so you can get rock hard abs after eating at the recently opened Sugar Factory, known for its larger-than-life milkshakes, or the adults-only alcohol-infused ice-cream store!
In between spa treatments, slots and shopping, I dined at their signature restaurant, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, where their head butcher takes serious pride in their 100% U.S.D.A. prime steaks. The seafood towers, octopus appetizer, fish options and wine selection make this a must try. The lounge area which features live music from local talent makes this a great place to stop for before or after dinner drinks. Other dining options include Cipresso, which serves up seasonal Italian fare – their meatballs will blow your mind – as well as The Rez Grill offering upscale American comfort food, the always fun Hard Rock Café, Fresh Harvest Buffet, Jubao Palace Noodle Bar, Constant Grind, Rock ‘N Raw and a food court.
Lounging out in a private cabana by the pool – they have three pools altogether – and enjoying snacks from Pool Bar & Grill which serves a full menu for lunch and dinner plus frozen cocktails, was not a bad way to spend the day at this always happening Hard Rock!
You can choose to relax or rock out in one of their standard rooms or suites – after all, The Sound of Your Stay® music amenity program allows you to listen to complimentary vinyl records or bring out your inner Rockstar on a Fender® guitar. With the addition of this brand new 14-story hotel tower, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel now offers over 800 guestrooms, including 77 new hotel suites. Enjoy views of the pool, cozy banquets, high-end bath Sweetgrass body products, concierge services, Hi-Speed Wireless Internet and 24-hour in-room dining. Make your stay even sweeter when you book one of their spacious suites, including the Gold, Grand, Presidential, Two-story Penthouse and Chairman Spa King, Luxury King, Savoy, Fillmore, Apollo and Roxy.
When it comes to being the DJ of your own stay soundtrack, choose from the following:
Tracks® – During their stay, guests have the chance to experience Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa through the lens of favorite artists and tastemakers. With the tracks® amenity, guests download curated music playlists to amplify their stay, listening to artists they know and love, while experiencing upcoming musicians on the cutting edge.
Picks® – In true rock star style, guests of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa channel their inner Santana or Clapton by reserving a Fender® guitar to be delivered to their room, including legendary Stratocasters, classic Telecasters and bass guitars for those looking to throw down a funky bassline. Guitars come complete with a Fender® Mustang floor amp and headphones to ensure maximum sound (and zero noise complaints!) during jam sessions.
Wax® – The latest addition to the Hard Rock music amenity program, wax® offers guests the opportunity to tune into the magic of vinyl and experience music as it was intended to be heard. Partnering with Crosley, Hard Rock turns up the in-room listening experience with a carefully curated collection of iconic records chosen by Hard Rock’s team of music experts. A Crosley turntable will keep the records spinning as guests find their groove at their leisure.
Whether you choose to play, party, relax poolside, or all of the above, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is going to be your favorite Florida getaway!