by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 14, 2016

The 400-room Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Santo Domingo will open in the Dominican Republic's capital city in 2017. The property will have a 23,000-square-foot casino with two bars -- including Hard Rock's signature Center Bar -- sports betting, high-limit slots, 400 slot machines and 40 table games. A private gaming room on the exclusive suite floor will be available for guests with select access. The hotel also will feature 33,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as many brand offerings, including a Rock Shop, a Rock Spa and a Body Rock gym. 

"The Dominican Republic is the region's most visited country and continues to be the top performing destination in the Caribbean. In fact, the country received 19 percent of the record number of 26.3 million visitors to the Caribbean region in 2014," said Nelson Parker, vice president of casino development, Hard Rock International. "The decision to bring a full-service hotel and the brand's second Caribbean casino to the Dominican Republic is a testament to the country's remarkable strength in tourism."