I recently made a trip to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Tampa and I must say I was impressed. The Hard Rock is located right off interstate 4 which makes it easy to get to from all areas around Tampa Bay. They have 2 huge parking garages and 1 parking lot to accommodate their visitors. They also offer valet service for a fee which is not a bad idea on busy night.
Upon arrival, I entered the South parking garage which is the newest garage and I quickly found parking. When I entered the casino I was amazed at how massive and modern the place was. I certainly felt like I was in Las Vegas with what seemed like thousands of slot machines with their fancy lights and sounds.
The Hard Rock Casino has a really awesome center bar with a tower of flat screen tv's that can be viewed from any spot in the bar. The center bar is staffed by a haanfull of beautiful bartenders wearing really short leather shorts. The center bar is a real classy place to take a break from the slots or card games. Another unique bar is located off to the side of the casino floor near the gift shop. This is a trendy and laid back bar with comfy sofa chairs and live music.
When it comes to dining, the Hard Rock gives you more choices than you would expect. You can grab a quick bite at the Food Marketplace which is similar to a shopping mall food court. I had some pizza and pasta and it was delicious! If you are looking for a fancier dining experience you can dine at Floyd's which offers Mediterranean influenced dishes. Council Oak is the place for you if you desire steak and seafood. There is also the Pool Bar & Grill, the Green Room, Fresh Harvest, & Rock n Raw.
On most Wednesdays the Hard Rock has a prize giveaway where you can win a car, jet ski, cash, etc. All you have to do is enter the contest by swiping your players card and go to the center bar if they call your name.
The State of Florida and the Seminole Indian tribe stuck a deal to allow the Hard Rock to have vegas style slots and card games. The vegas style slots are already in place which has facilitated the slot lovers but the card games are currently on hold due to a lawsuit. The casino has no limit poker which is a big draw. I tried my hand on the poker tables and the poker room was absolutely jam packed with players. It was my first time playing poker and the dealer was very understanding.
The Hard Rock also boasts a world class hotel with some pretty fancy looking rooms. I did not stay in a hotel room but I plan on doing so as soon as possible. My trip to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino was much better than I had anticipated and I will most certainly be back. Here is the link to the Seminole Hard Rock site.