Updated January 2021
It has 5000 slot machine/video poker machines, 179 table games, a slick new hotel tower, and the luxury of being the only casino in Tampa, Florida.
All of those factors combine to make the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa, Florida, one busy place.
In fact, one report states it is the most profitable casino in the Hard Rock empire. Forbes magazine reported the Tampa resort’s gaming revenue to be nearly $900 million per year.
Fortunately, the Hard Rock provides plenty of parking for the masses who visit, by providing self-parking spaces for 6,000 vehicles.
These 6,000 parking spaces are scattered among an open lot, and four different parking garages. They are very easily accessible from the exits in both directions on Interstate 4.
(Here’s a map of the parking and valet entrances. Stars colored purple, yellow, green, brown and black represent self-parking areas. The orange star is the new valet entrance.)
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Parking Fee
Unlike most of its casino cousins in Las Vegas, parking at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is free.
It wasn’t always this way.
In August of 2016, the Seminole Hard Rock began charging guests $10 to park, with a complicated list of requirements for free validation based on shopping or restaurant spend and play in the casino.
As you can imagine, the parking fee was highly unpopular, and customer backlash to the new fee caused casino managers to reconsider. In February 2017, free parking returned to the Hard Rock.
It doesn’t matter if you are a hotel guest, or just visiting, self-parking is completely free.
Hard Rock Parking Garages
In addition to surface lot parking, there are four different self-park parking garages here at the Seminole Hard Rock. They are as follows:
Draper Place Garage (Purple star) – This is the southernmost garage. It’s a 7 story structure accessible from Orient Road.
Winner’s Way Garage (Yellow Star) – A 5-story garage. Its main access is from E. Hillsborough Avenue
Lucky Street Garage (Green star) – A 5 story garage attached to the Winner’s Way Garage. Just like Winner’s Way, its main access is from E. Hillsborough Avenue. Both garages have enclosed pedestrian walkways into the casino.
Orient Garage (Black star on map) – Opened in April of 2017, this 5 story garage has 700 spaces.
Guests parking here will take an enclosed walkway to the casino. Dubbed the “Rock Walk”, the pedestrian walkway is like a little Rock n’ Roll Hall of fame, as its walls are adorned with over 100 pieces of music memorabilia from artists ranging from Carrie Underwood to Bon Jovi.
Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Hotel & Casino Valet Parking Fee
This is represented by the orange star on the map. Unlike the self-parking lot and garages, there is a fee to valet park. Rates are as follows:
Over 12 Hours: $25
Please note that oversized vehicles are charged $30, regardless of time.
These valet parking fees do not include the customary valet tip.
The Seminole Hard Rock Tampa has a glitzy cousin casino to the east near Ft. Lauderdale. And just like the Tampa casino, parking at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is free.
(By Steve Beauregard. Photos courtesy of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s blog page)