Hard Rock International, owner of one of the world’s most recognised brands, has revealed 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.
The Dominican Republic already boasts over 30 casinos, more than any other country in the Caribbean, with the existing Hard Rock casino in Punta Cana being the largest.
The full service hotel destined for Santo Domingo, estimated to open in late 2017, will feature 400 hotel rooms and 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. A private gaming room on the exclusive suite floor will be available for guests with select access.
Nelson Parker, Vice President of casino development, Hard Rock International, said: “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 per cent of the record number of 26.3m visitors to the Caribbean region in 2014. 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.”
Frank Maduro, Vice President of Marketing for All Inclusive Collection, added: “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. The vibrant atmosphere of the destination, matched with our luxury offerings and unique amenities, will make for an unforgettable and fun experience for all travellers.”
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.
Mr. Parker added: “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 per cent. Capital city Santo Domingo, a UNESCO world heritage site, has long been a tourist favourite. 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.”