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Four Hard Rock Hotel & Casino® Properties Receive Honors From the 2020 Stella Awards for Their Commitment to Excellence in the Meetings and Events Space

Hard Rock® Recognized for Delivering Exceptional Meetings Experiences in the Stella Awards’  Best Food & Beverage, Best Renovation and Best Décor/Design Categories

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Nov. 13, 2020 – Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos® has been honored by leading business-to-business information and marketing solutions company, Northstar Meetings Group, with four properties receiving a prestigious Stella Award for their excellence in the meetings space. The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen landed impressive rankings across multiple categories in the 2020 Stella Awards in categories including Best Food & Beverage, Best Renovation and Best Décor/Design.

The Stella Awards recognize suppliers from around the globe that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and event professionals. Winners were selected by an expert panel of judges for achieving overall excellence, superb food and beverage, outstanding décor and design and other critical aspects of the meetings and events experience.

“The Stella Awards stand as one of the meeting industry’s highest honors, and we are thrilled to be recognized across multiple categories for our commitment to providing unique and diverse meeting spaces within our properties,” said Danielle Babilino, Senior Vice President – Global Sales & Marketing for Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos. “While the meetings industry has faced significant challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hard Rock remains devoted to going above and beyond to deliver services and event spaces that are SAFE + SOUND for meeting and event professionals around the world.”

As part of the 4th Annual Stella Awards list, four Hard Rock properties received honors in several highly regarded categories, including:

  • Best Renovation (within the past year) – Southeast, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood: The Guitar Hotel at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International. In Oct. 2019, Hard Rock unveiled this state-of-the-art Hard Rock Live performance venue for 7,000 persons, an expanded and updated casino with 195,000 square feet of gaming space, a 13.5-acre pool and lagoon experience with overwater cabanas, an ultra-luxury spa and fitness center that spans 42,000 square feet, the extensive DAER nightclub and dayclub complex, more than two dozen innovative dining, lounge and entertainment options, a collection of high-end retail stores and more than 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
  • Best Food & Beverage – Northeast, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City is Atlantic City’s go-to meetings, events and entertainment destination with 2,000 rooms and more than 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space. A variety of venues are available to amplify any program and are designed to accommodate groups of all sizes, with key spaces including Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena and the Seminole Ballroom.
  • Best Renovation (within the past year) – Southeast, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is a premier entertainment destination in Central Florida touting 800 guest rooms and suites and more than 28,000 square feet of meeting and event space that allows guests to find the perfect harmony for any occasion.
  • Best Decor/Design – International & U.S. Territory, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen: Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is a national 5A rated resort featuring 258 guest rooms and suites and more than 10,000 square feet of event and meeting facilities, including a grand ballroom and two conference rooms that are customizable for groups of all sizes. Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen also features the world-renowned Mission Hills Golf Club, the world’s largest golf club, a Body Rock® fitness center, Rock Shop®, Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ and a selection of dining destinations.

Hard Rock’s world-class guest experience is further exemplified by the brand’s commitment to guest health and safety through its Meet SAFE + SOUND program, expanding its industry-leading SAFE + SOUND program into conference and event spaces. As in-person meetings and events begin to re-emerge, event planners and attendees can be assured that touchpoints at all properties are SAFE + SOUND. Hard Rock’s health and safety plan was developed in collaboration with world-renowned public health and sanitization specialists, including Ecolab and NSF International. The program meets the highest standards of safety, sanitation, food handling and employee training. Under SAFE + SOUND standards established by Hard Rock, each hotel property is independently assessed by NSF International and is required to pass a rigorous 262-point inspection.

For additional information about the SAFE + SOUND program, visit Guests looking to book their next meeting or event at a Hard Rock location can visit For more information about Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, visit

To learn more about the 2020 Stella Awards, visit


About Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos®

Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos is internationally recognized as a leader in the hospitality industry – offering world-class entertainment, contemporary designs, incomparable service and one-of-a-kind brand amenities, catering to modern travelers who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties. Driven by integrity, philanthropy and unparalleled guest experiences, the brand adorns 33 distinctive hotels and 12 casinos in the world’s most enviable destinations. Hard Rock Hotels continue to provide amazing live music, dining options that make guests’ taste buds sing, head-to-toe wellness services and many more amenities, all while practicing social distance guidelines and adhering to SAFE+ SOUND protocols.

About Hard Rock®:

Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies with venues in 248 locations spanning 70 countries that include owned, licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops®, Cafes and Hard Rock Live concert halls. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns and showcases the world’s most valuable collection of music memorabilia at more than 83,000 pieces. In 2020, Hard Rock International was honored as one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Employers for Diversity and Top Employers for Women. Hard Rock was recognized as one of the top performing hotel brands in J.D. Power’s 2020 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study for the second consecutive year. HRI destinations are located in the world’s greatest international gateway cities, including its two most successful flagship properties in Florida and home to the world’s first Guitar Hotel® in South Florida, where its headquarters are located. The brand is owned by HRI parent entity The Seminole Tribe of Florida. For more information on Hard Rock International visit or

About Northstar Meetings Group:

Northstar Meetings Group is the leading B-to-B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the business meetings, events, sports and incentives market – including full- and part-time meeting planners, as well as corporate, association, sports and not-for-profit decision-makers, and incentive professionals, facilitating their professional development and achievement of business goals. The company’s influential brands – Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings, Association Meetings International, Meetings & Incentive Travel, M&C Asia, M&C China, Meeting News, Incentive and SportsTravel – currently serve over 350,000 active meeting and event planners and incentive professionals, across an integrated suite of data, digital, events and print products. For more information, please visit

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