Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa is now the largest gaming destination in northeast Oklahoma thanks to the addition of a new 10-story hotel tower. Cherokee Nation Entertainment wrapped up a year’s worth of gaming and hospitality expansion.
The new tower adds 100 suites to the region’s premier gaming and entertainment destination, bringing the total room count to 454 rooms and suites. The property also includes a seven-story tower and a 19-story tower.
The hotel’s completion ends a $52 million expansion project that includes the new two-story, non-smoking gaming and hospitality experience, with 500 additional electronic games, 15 more table games, a poker room, a media bar and a food court. The recent expansion brings the resort’s employment to more than 1,500 people. Cherokee Nation Entertainment employs more than 3,500 people in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.
“The addition of this tower puts us years ahead of the competition and continues our draw as the premier gaming destination in northeast Oklahoma,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation. “This addition will also help increase revenue, which means more money generated for Cherokee Nation services that improve the lives of our citizens.”
The new construction replaces an area that was lost in the record-breaking February 2011 blizzard.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino officials said they will soon begin $2.5 million renovations to the property’s original seven-story hotel tower that has 148 rooms. The project is slated to be completed by the end of the year.
“The original tower has provided our guests lodging since 2004, so it’s time for a facelift,” said Jon Davidson, senior director of hospitality for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. “The current plan is to renovate the rooms floor by floor. We will update the theme, blending a little Hard Rock, but maintaining the strong Cherokee culture and art that currently exists in this tower, while the other two towers have more of a Hard Rock feel to them.”