Hard Rock International plans to open the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis in December as its 16th property and its first in Latin America....

Hard Rock International plans to open the Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis in December as its 16th property and its first in Latin America.

The 66-story hotel, located in Panama City a few miles from the Panama Canal, will offer panoramic views of the city and Panama Bay.  Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis is being developed and is owned by Megapolis Investment Group. The hotel will be managed locally by Decameron Hotels & Resorts.

Located on Balboa Avenue, and connected by bridgeway to the cross-street Multicentro Mall and the Megapolis Convention Center, currently under construction, Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis is situated on more than three-quarters of an acre of grounds, offering lush landscaping and an over-sized, free-form infinity pool with private cabanas.

The hotel will have 1,499 guestrooms, including 796 suites, ranging in size from 462 square feet to 2,659-square-foot Rock Star Suites.

This is the official logo of Hard Rock International, which owns the Hard Rock Hotels brand of hotels and casinos

In addition to the existing Hard Rock Cafe in the attached Multicentro Mall, the hotel will offer eight food-and-beverage outlets, including an indoor/outdoor bar and club on the 62nd floor, as well as a breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet.  For those seeking relaxation, there will be a 7,800-square-foot Rock Spa featuring 14 treatment rooms, and a Rock Shop store for guest necessities and souvenirs.

The hotel will also offer business travelers and special-event patrons 24,250 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate large and small gatherings.

Hard Rock International says that throughout the hotel guests will be able to see and experience an abundance of authentic rock memorabilia and state-of-the-art technology, including Hard Rock Hotel’s amenity program The Sound of Your Stay, which lets guests download complimentary music from distinct curated playlists.

The opening of Hard Rock Hotel Panama Megapolis will allow guests to join Hard Rock’s global network of hotels/casinos/cafes and participate in events, both local and global, such as its three-day music festival, “Hard Rock Calling,” in London.

“We are proud to debut the Hard Rock Hotel brand in Latin America, a region with a rich musical culture,” says Michael Shindler, Hard Rock International’s executive vice president, hotels and casinos. “Both Megapolis Investment Group and Decameron Hotels & Resorts have strong experience in the region, which will be invaluable as we look to open our doors this year.”

Panama, the southernmost country in Central America, remains a popular travel destination for Americans and Europeans. Offering a tropical environment, spectacular wildlife and beautiful beaches, Panama also boasts the largest area of rainforest in the Western Hemisphere outside the Amazon. The country is also the home of the Panama Canal, built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1904 and 1914.

In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Florida, Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore and Punta Cana. Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Panama, Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the latter three projects scheduled to open in 2013.

Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com.

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