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On Monday, Okies Can Kick It at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tulsa

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  Site Where: 777 West Cherokee Street [map], Catoosa, OK, United States, 74015
July 31, 2009 at 10:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Finally, there's something to do in Tulsa! Sike. We kid, we kid. But the nightlife in town is going to be amped up by a few thousand volts come Monday when the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino opens, making it the first Hard Rock Hotel in the heartland and only the seventh one in the world.

Cherokee Nation is the sole owner of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, which will be operated by Cherokee Nation Entertainment. The new resort features 350 luxury hotel rooms and suites; more than 125,000-square-feet of gaming space; five dining venues including Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill and McGill's on 19, a fine-dining penthouse restaurant; and five nightclubs and entertainment venues including the 2,500-seat Hard Rock Hotel & Casino event center scheduled to open in 2010.

But despite the Hard Rock name here, things aren't what you expect from a typical Hard Rock Hotel. Aside from opening on a Monday at 1:30pm, we're also perplexed as to why the hotel only has Toby Keith performing (he has a Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill coming to the casino) and no Carrie Underwood. The country superstar from Oklahoma needs to perform there pronto. Perhaps, she's waiting for the 2,500-seat entertainment to open.

Lastly, we had a tough time finding a website for this hotel but we found it here and it's pathetic. It's under the Cherokee Casino banner and says there will be some major upgrades coming in early 2009. C'mon now, we know this is Tulsa and all but it's still a Hard Rock hotel--where's the flashy website with annoying rock music?

We were able to make a reservation by clicking "Online Reservations" on the Cherokee Casinos homepage. On the booking page, we were able to finally find some information about the rooms and the rest of the property. But you had to click on the room descriptions and read them all to find out.

Anyways, rooms for Monday night are sold-out in both the Cherokee and the Hard Rock Towers. Rooms for next Friday, however, are available for $149 a night. The Vegas Suite Chevron is going for $299 and the hotel does have smoking rooms open too. Just make sure you book The Hard Rock Tower as that's where the new, hip rooms are. The Cherokee Tower ones are really old-looking with frightful decor.

Still, so long as this Hard Rock doesn't feature Rehab pool parties, then we'd be keen to check it out. Uhoh, maybe we spoke too soon. The press release warns of a "Las Vegas-inspired swimming pool set for the Fall." Eeeee.

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