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    Hi Bill, I meant the building owners, I.e. the parent company of the divi etc, not the individual owners (timeshare folks). I agree, as an individual owner (if I was one) I would never move on up...

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    Hard Rock out?

    On island now and was speaking to someone (this is all secondary hearsay)and she (affliated with another hotel) said that Hard Rock is out and that some Spainish Group is taking over or interested. Only time and hard facts will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAZOO View Post
    On island now and was speaking to someone (this is all secondary hearsay)and she (affliated with another hotel) said that Hard Rock is out and that some Spainish Group is taking over or interested. Only time and hard facts will tell.
    Good morning everybody,


    While your information may only be secondary heresay, it shouldn't surprise anyone if it turns out to be true. So everyone goes back to the drawing board while the existing structure, or what's left of it, continues to decay.

    I'm sure that presently, Bushiri serves as a home to an amazing variety of creatures that creep, crawl, fly, slither, etc.

    You know what's going to happen though, don't you? Some wacky entrepreneur is going to read the previous paragraph and the next thing you kniow, we'll be reading about plans for the new "Bushiri Insect and Reptile Centre and Petting Zoo." Adults $30.00, Children under 12, $20.00.

    You read about here first!


    Glenn

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    if i weren't afraid of those kind of animals, i would get in on the ground floor with the petting zoo business

    unfortunately the bushiri continues to crumble and be an eyesore

    i hope something positive happens with the property

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Good morning everybody,


    While your information may only be secondary heresay, it shouldn't surprise anyone if it turns out to be true. So everyone goes back to the drawing board while the existing structure, or what's left of it, continues to decay.

    I'm sure that presently, Bushiri serves as a home to an amazing variety of creatures that creep, crawl, fly, slither, etc.

    You know what's going to happen though, don't you? Some wacky entrepreneur is going to read the previous paragraph and the next thing you kniow, we'll be reading about plans for the new "Bushiri Insect and Reptile Centre and Petting Zoo." Adults $30.00, Children under 12, $20.00.

    You read about here first!


    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAZOO View Post
    On island now and was speaking to someone (this is all secondary hearsay)and she (affliated with another hotel) said that Hard Rock is out and that some Spainish Group is taking over or interested. Only time and hard facts will tell.
    Well, it was a Spanish group (Melia Sol) that was supposedly doing something with the property for the last five years.

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    Is the Hard Rock deal OUT?
    No mention of it in months.
    I hate the word assume, but for lack of better word.......
    do we assume since the deadlines have come and gone that it is back to the drawing board for the old Bushiri site?



    Hardrock hotel & casino on former Bushiri location
    Monday, 16 April 2012 11:29

    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.

    Environment-friendly

    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.

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    Hard Rock Aruba

    Good morning everyone,
    I have just finished reading the pros and cons on this topic. Having been visiting Aruba going on 38 years this month, my husband and I as well as other long time visitors and locals have seen many changes through the years. Some changes for the better.What drew us to Aruba was the feeling of an exotic special island with beautiful views of the sea and tranquility. Through the years, high rise hotels were built including Marriott and RIU and now the building of the Ritz Carlton. With the future building of Hard Rock, to me, the island will lose the unique specialness the brings new and old repeat guests alike to the Island. Plus the fact with so many rooms, the airport will have even longer lines when all is said and done. True, Bushairi is an eyesore, but from the rendering with the huge Guitar in the front of the building is to me ugly. I understand it is the trademark of hard Rock, but this is Aruba and why not have a large Divi Tree design instead of a large guitar?
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    Don't worry yourself Karen, it's an old (relatively) thread and the fact is the deal's dead.
    Those of us who inhabit the Tamarijn aren't going to have to worry about the Hard Rock inhabiting the beach.... *close call or what?*
    Granted, the existing property is indeed unpleasant, but if the option is the Hard Rock, I think I'd be willing to live with what's still there for a bit.
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    Is there "official" information with a link online that this project is indeed dead?

    Hard Rock is still suggesting in their press releases that Aruba will be a future property.

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