Hard Rock International has held the grand opening of its $1.5bn extension to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, dominated by a 450-foot high guitar hotel.

Stating that the completion of the development “catapults the integrated resort and casino to world-class status as an unrivaled gaming and entertainment destination,” it follows a $700m expansion to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa property.

Complementing the world’s first guitar shaped hotel is a Hard Rock Live performance venue with a 7,000 capacity, as well as an expanded and updated casino with 195,000 square feet of gaming space.

This is to feature 3,100 of the latest slot machines and a new 45-table poker room, as well as a high limit slots room and a non-smoking counterpart.

Further introductions are a 13.5-acre pool and lagoon experience with over-water cabanas, a luxury spa and fitness centre that spans 42,000 square feet, a nightclub and dayclub complex, more than two dozen innovative dining, lounge and entertainment options, a collection of high-end retail stores and more than 150,000 square feet of meeting space.

“The guitar hotel will attract visitors from throughout the nation and around the globe,” stated Jim Allen, CEO of Seminole Gaming and chairman of Hard Rock International. “They will experience a world-class entertainment, gaming and dining destination.”

Earlier this year  Bo Guidry, president at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, spoke to CasinoBeats as the project entered its latter stages.

Touching upon how the unique shape has been received and if this could be a much more prominent feature of further future properties, Guidry commented: “Everyone I meet is in awe of this architectural marvel. 

“As the construction progressed and the shape of the building became more prominent, it really became a point of pride for the community and our employees. 

“It’s certainly a topic of conversation for everyone who has seen it from the highway and when flying into the Fort Lauderdale airport. As the first building of its kind, it is really capturing the imagination of a number of people from around the globe. Wouldn’t every city want such an iconic structure?”