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The Hard Rock Riviera Maya Opens With a Little Help From Jon Bon Jovi

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  Site Where: Km 72, Carretera Cancun-Chetumal, Porta Aventuras, Mexico, 77110
May 8, 2014 at 9:04 AM | by | ()

Ok, we don't actually see Bon Jovi in this picture, but you get the idea.

Cinco de Mayo on the shores of the Yucatan Peninsula sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Add to that the sounds of rocker Jon Bon Jovi and the Kings of Suburbia, who just kicked off the opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Hard Rock Hotels knows how to throw a party— and a few guitars—and that’s just what they did to celebrate their all-inclusive resort, about an hour's drive south of Cancun.

This is the third All Inclusive Collection resort for Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico, following the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta and the Hard Rock Hotel Cancun.

New York-based Jeffrey Beers International was the lead architectural and design firm brought in to transform the former Aventura Palace resort. Substantially all areas were totally re-imagined by the Beers team, which included several design firms of varying specialties. An objective from the start was to create two fully inclusive resort experiences: the Hard Rock Hotel for families; and the Heaven at the Hard Rock for adults only. A source of inspiration for the design was a Woodstock-like event in Mexico in 1971, the Festival Avandaro. Sorry, but there is only one Woodstock.

There are 1,264 rooms featuring color palettes that are distinctly different between the two sub-resorts. Rooms in the family-oriented section feature bright colors of orange, red, and yellow, enhanced with exposed wood beams and stone veneer on the walls. Rooms in the ‘Heaven’ resort revolve around silver, blue and purple.

Guest room amenities include: flat screen TV, private balconies, in-room hydro spa tubs, laptop-sized safe, 24-hour room service, Rock Spa bath products, “fully stocked” mini-bar (is there any other kind?,) and free WiFi. Higher priced rooms offer an expanded liquor selection, espresso maker, private check-in, and a pair of 25-minute massages (Deluxe Diamond rooms.) The Hard Rock caters to our kids/budding rock stars, and the family rooms have an XBox 360 and DVD player, kid-friendly mini bar, L’Oreal kids bath products and even a little birthday cake (on request). Big kids welcome.

The room we are all most interested in is, of course, the Rock Star Suite, which doesn’t yet appear in the hotel’s photo gallery. It will be gigantic at 5,166 square feet, and you can expect some guitars on-hand for you to play.

Also onsite are three bars and four restaurants for the adults featuring Spanish tapas, steak, and Italian and French cuisine. At Club Heaven you can shake your bootie, and “the party starts at 10PM and doesn’t end until you say so.” Or just in time for breakfast.

Here's a photo tour of the resort, before any partying begins.

[Photos/Renderings: Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya; opening photo:Prnewswire]

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