Hard Rock Hotel & Casino AthensHard Rock International and GEK TERNA Group held a special event in Athens yesterday signalling the official start of their partnership for the construction and operation of an integrated resort and casino, located in the iconic area of the Athens Riviera, within the context of The Ellinikon development.

Hard Rock Hotel Casino Athens, which is set to open in 2026, will be a unique destination in Europe combining a five-star luxury hotel, a world-class gaming floor, a premier meeting and convention space, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue, internationally renowned food and beverage, luxurious Rock Spa and Pool Complex, and a high-end retail promenade.

We are thrilled to announce the partnership with GEK TERNA Group and further expand Hard Rock’s reach across the globe in the great City of Athens, said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International Chairman. This development will bring over 3,000 permanent jobs to the people of Greece and we look forward to bringing our unique brand of entertainment and providing an unparalleled experience for guests of all ages.

This development will create a premium tourism spot, expected to offer employment to thousands of people, yield significant revenues to the public sector, and add value to Greece’s brand said George Peristeris, Chairman and CEO of GEK TERNA Group. Along with Hard Rock, we are realizing a private investment of over 1 billion euros, reaffirming our trust in Greece’s prospects and potential.

The design of the project draws its inspiration from basic Greek elements such as the sea, the arts and ancient mythology, which it combines with the modern requirements of architecture and the inescapable need for harmonious integration of the project in its environment and location. Open spaces, gardens and water features are key elements of the design of the project, with total green open space covering close to 205,000 m2.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Athens RenderingThe central Tower draws its inspiration from nautical references, incorporating in its design the waves, the sails and the lighthouse. Built on three levels, the Tower has three different orientations corresponding to the reference points located within the imaginary triangle that is formed around the project the Acropolis, the sea and Mount Hymettus. Its iconic shape will serve as a symbol of the region and reference the importance of the connection between land, sea and sky.

Hard Rock Hotel Casino Athens will be an international destination, offering its visitors an exciting mix of entertainment, food and beverage and accommodations, embracing the Mediterranean climate and providing special outdoor spaces. The development brings a vibrant casino of just under 15,000 m2, comprising 200 tables and 2,000 gaming machines. The Tower consists of more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites, totalling almost 3,500 beds overlooking the waterfront or views across Athens to the Parthenon.

The project also includes the highest outdoor rooftop terrace in Athens, with a rooftop pool deck that consists of Bars, the Rock Spa and Body Rock Fitness, celebrating the year-round sunshine and pleasant temperatures with indoor-outdoor connections. The Hard Rock Lives theatre is designed to entertain audiences of 3,000, while the stage extends to the exterior for outdoor festivals and concerts with an additional 7,500 seats.

Inspired by the ancient Greek amphitheatre, the outdoor lawn is bringing together culture and entertainment, harmonically bridging the Hard Rock brand with the Greek lifestyle.

Written by: Jill Walsh