The Hard Rock brand has earned its space and is currently strengthening its stance in the Dominican Republic where it operates two cafes and a first-class hotel.
It all began with the inauguration of the country’s first Hard Rock Café in Santo Domingo, the capital city. The Café opened in a centuries-old building, in the heart of the city’s Colonial Section, right across the street from Columbus Park and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the first to be built in the Americas back in 1523. The Café has become an important asset to Santo Domingo’s active nightlife, offering visitors outstanding national and international performers. The second Café to open in the Dominican Republic is the Hard Rock Café Punta Cana, situated in the “Plaza Palma Real,” belonging to the Melia Group, one of Spain’s most important hotel chains. It is also an important nightlife destination for the visiting tourist and local patrons.
The newest addition is the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana, owned and operated by the Mexican Palace Resorts consortium. This five-star all-inclusive facility boasts 1,800 rooms and features a 20,000 square-foot convention center. It is the chain’s first all-inclusive hotel.
The hotel offers Rock Star suites, with double Jacuzzis and double showers. There is also the 15,000 square-foot Body Rock gymnasium, a Jack Nicklaus golf course, 11 swimming pools including a “make-believe river,” and a children’s area which includes water slides.
The facility features a 15,000 square-foot casino, the largest in the Caribbean. The casino offers 457 slot machines, a VIP Lounge, a race and sports lounge, and 40 game tables.
Hard Rock International is one of the most recognized brands in the United States, featuring the largest collection of music memorabilia which is displayed at its various locations around the world, including the Punta Cana hotel. Other Hard Rock hotels are found in Tampa, Orlando and Hollywood (Florida ); Las Vegas; Biloxi, Mississippi; Chicago, San Diego, California; Pattaya (Thailand); Bali, Macau and Penang, in the exotic Pacific region.