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Thanks Andrea. I love the Hard Rock Casinos. The one in Vegas is wonderful. The music is great and its a fun place to gamble, though I never win there, lol... And if its going to be across from Certified (that's sort of by Lings, right??), then it won't be too much, it kind of will blend in with the commerce on the opposite side of the street.
My wife and I stayed there for our honeymoon in 98 was a great place then we found the Tam so that is where we stay now the picture looks too big and out of place just like my wife says the Rui doesn't fit in but we are entitled to our opinions so that being said I guess something there is better then what is there now
I can understand the thirst for HRH+C and other such hotels and maybe it is the right thing but then maybe there is another side to the story.
Understandably, progress brings argument and some restraining for the change, however I remember a time when you could actually drive and see the ocean. Wonderful thing actually. Now, while driving it is possible to hear something along the lines of "Look to the right over there - You can see some ocean" The island is building a wall of concrete that is nothing but a continuance along all the beaches. You visually cannot see a darn (Not supposed to say damned) thing unless you book a room. Maybe it is the right place but then maybe the right THING to do is to clear the whole place and allow the island to breathe a bit (visually and with lack of cement)
Besides that, there is a certain charm to having waterfront Supermarkets. Why would we want to change it? Go get some beer and crackers and come out to a view of the sea! I like the concept.
Lastly, this could amount to the stewardesses having to say: "Buckle up and look down at the ocean folks - get a good look - once on island you wnat see it again - thank you for flying high"
Just my thoughts. I'm flexible but for now ..... going to get some beer and crackers and coming out to the massive view of a cement guitar doesn't cut it for me.
A friend who is on island dropped me this note re: HRH+C.
Hey Andrea- update on the news tonite for HRC &C- they put up the guarantee and have three months to start demo or they lose the money. Should be done by 2014. 7 stories and 310 rooms plus casino and they will make the beach between the Tam and HRC into a pretty public beach to boot. Hope it makes up for losing Valero.
EXACTLY Charles!! I would much rather look at the ocean than cement! I understand the economy angle, but why do people come to Aruba - to see the ocean!! We can stay home and see cement!! How many hotels are too many? Isn't there a Ritz coming- how many rooms will that be? How much an the infrastructure and eco-system of Aruba take before it's too much...
This was on another forum...
opening 2nd quarter of 2014. It will be 7 floors high, 310 rooms, a casino, . Remarkable detail a high-rise hotel i guess just outside the low-rise hotel zone where a max of 5 floors is allowed. Price US$170 tot US$280 per night. Another important detail is a new casino. The government only grants a casino license if a hotel has 250 or more rooms. I guess it is the reason why they proposed 310 rooms which they would have to accomodate on that terrain, hence also the reason why it will be 7 floors high.
Hard Rock Hotel Aruba & Casino has an estimated construction cost of US$120 million. Remarkable detail is that the finance of the project will be arranged by the Aruba Investment Bank! After 9 years of ruins, the site will be changed into a luxury resort to be opened in 2014.
The rendering looks amazing oceanfront side, looks like there is even a man made island at see connected by a bridge, expansion of the beach, and even a an area for luxury yachts.
We stayed @ the Bushiri during our early visits to the island. Although the current disrepair presents an eysore for some, it does give me an immediate lapse into memories of some great times. The culinary school yielded some exceptional dinning!!!!!
I still communicate with a couple we met @ Bushiri in 1999! The daily Bocce Ball competition was awesome.
ORANJESTAD ó Southwest Horeca Development is the winner of the contract for a new hotel on the former location of Bushiri Hotel. The contractor will build a Hardrock Hotel & Casino there. Minister of Tourism, Employment and Transport, Otmar Oduber (AVP) announced the aforementioned this morning.
After the options for project developers Fresnos and Barron Investments on the Bushiri property were withdrawn, the government held a new public contract. Nine project developers were interested initially, but five had eventually participated. According to Minister Oduber, two developers remained, namely Global Destinations, who wanted to build a Sheraton, and Southwest. Global Destinations dropped out because they were unable to present a guarantee amount of two million dollars. If Southwest is unable to arrange financing, then Global Destinations will be approached, said the Minister.
That Southwest with the brand Hardwork had wanted to build a hotel and casino was an important consideration for the special committee that had to choose between the last two candidates, said Oduber. Guests from the hotel chain in the age bracket 28 to 57 often have families and come from markets important for Aruba, such as the United States, Canada, The Netherlands, Venezuela, Columbia and Brazil. Worldwide, Hardrock has twelve hotels of which seven are under construction.
On Aruba, it regards a 4-star hotel with 308 rooms (maximum 310) and a maximum height of seven floors, with a training facility for catering of 1000 square meters, which facility will be managed by the government. A room at the Hardrock Hotel & Casino is to cost 170 to 280 dollars per night. The property only runs up to the current gate of the container harbor from APA. The construction of the hotel is therefore not bound to the planned relocation of the container harbor to Barcadera and must also be ready in two years.
Demolition before high season
The demolition of the Bushiri Hotel ruins must be completed before the high season this year and the new hotel must be ready in August 2013. The investment amounts to 120 million dollars. The financing runs through Aruba Investment Bank (AIB). Forty percent of this amount must come from own capital. The remaining 60 percent will be borrowed from a group of financiers. Southwest has already transferred the guarantee amount of two million dollars. Itís the first time that the deposit of such guarantee amount is included, said Minister Oduber. Itís meant to keep off project developers who wish to start quickly and only start seeking financers when they get the contract. If the financing is not arranged Ďwithin three to four monthsí, Southwest will lose the option on the property and the two million dollars, said the Minister.
600.000 dollar (5 percent of the investment amount) is to be spent on social projects and Hardrock Hotel & Casino is to ensure that the coastline between the hotel and Tamarijn becomes a public beach with sanitary facilities and possibilities for catering. The hotel itself will be built environment-friendly, with reflecting roofs against the heat, systems to collect rainwater, LED-illumination wherever possible, attention for wind ventilation, use of indigenous plants that can stand the aridity, swimming pools and spas heated by the sun and chlorine-free swimming pools with seawater. Itís also the intention that Hardrock thinks along with other institutions as regards generating durable energy for the hotel.