7News cameras get sneak preview of Hard Rock’s guitar shaped hotel

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - 7News was allowed a behind-the-scenes sneak preview into the Seminole Hard Rock’s guitar-shaped hotel set to open later this year.

The $1.5 billion project to the Hollywood Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is set to open Oct. 24, but 7News got a hard hat tour on Thursday morning.

“You’re always navigating with the construction, the design teams to get to the date. We feel very confident about it,” said Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen.

The guitar-shaped hotel will hold 35 floors of rooms, with the first floor rooms leading straight into a pool.

“People are just shocked when they see a structure like this,” said Allen.

Allen said the guitar-shaped hotel is more than just a glass building.

“What most people don’t realize is this thing is also a TV set. This is also an HGTV set, and there’s lasers on the top of it that can go 20,000 feet in the sky,” said Allen, “so while it’s this amazing building during the day, wait till you see the show on it at night time.”

Guests are expected to be greeted by a waterfall with lights and projections as they enter the lobby.

“Something like this, I don’t think anyone has actually seen,” said Drew Schlesinger, vice president of operations. “The guys that designed this designed the Bellagio fountains.”

Another addition to the hotel will include day cabanas that can be rented and come with a poolside service.

A three million gallon pool, which is still under construction, is set to be as deep as 10 feet where guests can participate in water activities like padddleboarding.

One stress of the new project is to make sure the hotel is family-friendly.

Booking reservations for the rooms will open on July 24.

“It’s certainly a great destination, and we’re very proud to have a great relationship with the city,” said Allen.

On Oct. 25, one day after the hotel opens, Maroon 5 will be performing at a brand-new Hard Rock Live Theater. The theater will hold more than 7,000 people.

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