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Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Northfield, Ohio
With a soft opening planned for December and grand opening events next spring, the $275 million Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park is set to revamp not only the Ohio gaming scene, but also the Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos brand.

Hard Rock International chose Northfield Park for the launch of its new 200,000-square-foot casino and Rocksino gaming brand because of the natural tie between the brand and Cleveland, the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, which is 30 minutes northwest of the venue.

Keeping with the rock ‘n’ roll theme, the 2,600-seat Hard Rock Live music venue will host a packed lineup of internationally renowned headliners that is still to be announced. The casino area circles around Van Halen’s “red hot” motorcycle and arena rock pieces, which include rotating displays of rock concert costumes, and will feature more than 2,200 video lottery terminals.

Groups can book private dining space in the Hard Rock Café and Kosar’s Wood Fired Grill, a sports-inspired steakhouse collaboration with former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar, who also grew up in Cleveland.

Although the casino does not have a hotel on-site, David Schultz, the advertising manager at Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield, said that “the Rocksino is working with a local partner for group bookings. Our bus marketing manager, Kelly McQuaid, is on board to facilitate all group and motorcoach bookings.”

Seven Clans Hotel
Kinder, Louisiana  
Roughly halfway between Houston and New Orleans, the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana, has been overhauling its accommodations this year, beginning with the launch of the Seven Clans Hotel this fall.

Spread over seven stories, the $42 million hotel from DreamCatcher Indian gaming resort brand is a 100 percent nonsmoking property. The 401 rooms and 18 suites include five-star amenities such as spa-style showers, free high-speed wireless Internet, Keurig coffee machines, magnifying mirrors and pullout work desks with laptop docking stations.

The Seven Clans lobby, a natural, open space decorated in stone, tan and orange accents, connects directly to the 100,000-square-foot casino, with 2,800 slot machines, more than 70 gaming tables, and live bingo and poker.

One of Coushatta’s biggest nongaming draws is its 18-hole, par-72 golf course, named one of the best places to play in 2011 and 2012 by Golf Digest. Koasati Pines at Coushatta is the top course in Louisiana and was named the fourth best in America in the 2007-2008 America’s Best Courses list.

Private dining space for groups is available on the golf course as well as in the resort’s six restaurants, which include buffet- and deli-style casual options, a steakhouse, grill, lounge and an oyster bar that specializes in Cajun cuisine.

Gabi Logan

Gabi Logan is a freelance travel journalist whose work has also appeared in USA TODAY, The Dallas Morning News and Italy Magazine. As she travels more than 100,000 miles each year, she aims to discover the unexpected wonder in every destination.