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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Tampa
Ranked #39 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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“No Blackjack, Tight Slot machines, No free Drinks”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2004

My subject says it all...Not a good time. Just came back from vacation from New Orleans. They only have one casino but it is good. Loose slots, $10 blackjack tables (even on a Saturday night). Very friendly staff (and patrons). This casino, which is in my home town, is not a casino. I am not sure what it is. Maybe it is a joke that will be our next realty TV show titled, "Look at these suckers that think they are gambling".

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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2004

Hard Rock couldn't be located in a worse area . . .

We were walking into the hotel and smelled the cigarette smoke from the garage area.

We checked in ok - hotel staff nice . . .

We checked out the casino. The slot machines were very confusing - paper money, and they had some kind of bingo going on with the slots that you couldn't get big payoffs.

No one mentioned the smoke - there are no designated none smoking areas - a smoker's paradise! Everyone had a butt, cigar or pipe hanging out their mouths - the crowd was as low life as I have ever seen! They are bussed in from mobile home parks! Some are tough looking men and woman and when they get drunk, they get out of control.

My husband played poker - the lines were very long to play.

I finally couldn't take anymore and went up to my room. The room was beautiful - very very nice, but I still smelled the smoke in there - I almost went home in the middle of the night.

The food in the Green Room was pretty good, and the crowd seemed to be more clean cut. I heard the Floyd's restaurant was very expensive and not good, so we didn't go.

I would NEVER go back to this place. It was not a fun experience for us!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2004

Made a reservation a month in advance, called to confirm two days prior to checking in and was told that I was confirmed with out a doubt, arrived at 5:00pm and was told they did not have room for me and sent me off to another hotel. Terrible customer service. DON'T TELL PEOPLE THEY ARE CONFIRMED IF THEY AREN'T.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2004

The Hard Rock Hotel in Tampa was by far one of the BEST places I've ever stayed at. The Hotel was beautiful, clean and everyone was friendly and accomodating. The room - 2 queens- was plenty of room for 3 of us. Maid service twice daily and anything we needed extra was promptly delivered. The pool area was fantastic with free towels, lounge chairs, tables and even covered cabanas with a ceiling fan. It was never a problem getting a cocktail from the friendly young ladies serving. Felt very safe since security checked for room keys 24/7 at the elevator entrance. We did try our luck at the Casino- and did win a little- but gave it back- but it was something fun to do when not out soaking up the sun. Very easy to get to from the Tampa Airport and not far from Ybor City or other area attractions. Will definitely return without hesitation. Thank you Hard Rock for a great 5 days!!!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2004

I Have been gambling there at least once a month for the past 6 months. I HAVE NEVER SPENT SO MUCH MONEY WITH NO JACKPOTS EVER AWARDED. I put in $300.00 in a jackpot party 10cent machine and got one party and no payoffs worth any big amounts whatsoever the whole time i played. I Know you arent in the business to make us happy but try to let some people win. As i talked to other patrons . They commented on the bad returns for their money also. I thought Immocollee was bad but you make them look very respectable.Lets not try to pay off the Hard Rock in one year. Lets have some winners once in a while.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2004

I too was skeptical after reading the bad reviews but my fiance and I had a fabulous time.
We're big Vegas people and came down from SC for three nights.

Let's get right to the casino action, since that's what most of you are interested in:

People were winning left and right. I won over $100 in slots, my fiance did the same. Jackpots went off often and I saw people win $2,500, $500 everyday.
On Wednesdays they give away $500 on the hour every hour with their raffle and a new 2004 Explorer.
On my trips to Vegas I've always found slots to be money pits and the ones at the Hard Rock are the same if not better.
The only difference is that you have to push a 'daub' button twice to coordinate with the bingo style slots.

The poker room was packed, but hey it's the hot thing right now.
I was able to play on $80 for almost three hours.

Yes you have to pay for drinks, but they do give deals such as doubles for a dollar more.

The rooms were awesome, great music and videos all day, the green room restaurant was excellent as was the pool.

The pool bar staff (waiters I mean) should be fired I agree.

We walked up and four waiters ignored us by talking amongst themselves at 1 p.m. in the afternoon.
We sat at a table for 10 minutes and they ignored us so we went inside.
The bartendar at the pool was very nice and they have good drinks there.

The hotel is also close to YBor City, a great district in Tampa for shopping and such.

All in all, I will definitely be back!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2004

Beautiful hotel, great security and service. Yes it's not las vegas or biloxi but it sure is alot closer. They are still in a stage 2 gaming liscense but the pit boss said within a couple of weeks they will be competing just like the big boys. Floyds is a must even if you are not staying in the hotel. Security is strict but it needs to be!!! Will be back when it is cooler.

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Property: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Tampa
Address: 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa, FL 33610-4114
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Tampa
#7 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#19 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Tampa 4*
Number of rooms: 240
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Don't settle for just any Tampa hotel; give yourself the full rock star treatment at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The 12-story AAA Four Diamond hotel features luxury amenities, including a newly renovated Rock Spa and VIP services galore. The hotel also offers a valet service or free, self-parking. We welcome reviews about the hotel experience, but we do have a casino and amenity specific page so be sure to leave your review on the right page so we can best respond to your comments. ... more   less 
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