Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Athens
Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen with Greek political dignitaries, key members from development partner Gek Terna and local dignitaries break ground in Athens for Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Athens, scheduled to open in 2027 (Credit: Hard Rock International)

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino construction officially kicks off in Athens

It’s the first Integrated Resort Complex of its kind in Europe


Hard Rock International, GEK TERNA Group and the Athens community celebrated on Dec. 22, 2023 the groundbreaking of the luxury resort and Casino in the heart of the Athens Rivera. The groundbreaking event featured a commemorative shovel celebration at the historical Hellinikon Airport. The ceremony to follow was conducted at the Hellinikon Experience Center and included the Hard Rock International executives, GEK TERNA Group executives, Greek government officials, political dignitaries and local community leaders.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Athens will be the first integrated resort of its kind in continental Europe and will serve as an economic driver for entertainment and tourism in the city of Athens. Expected to open in 2027, the resort will be a unique destination, combining an upscale 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.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Athens (Credit: Hard Rock International & Gensler)

The €1.5 billion construction project is a state-of-the-art facility projected to generate 3,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs. Inspired by Athens’s rich legacy and culture, as well as the beautiful Mediterranean landscape, this one-of-a-kind destination expands upon Hard Rock’s growing presence in Europe.

Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies with venues in over 70 countries spanning 300 locations that include owned/licensed or managed Hotels, Casinos, Rock Shops®, Live Performance Venues and Cafes. Hard Rock International currently holds investment grades from primary investment rating agencies: S&P Global Ratings (BBB) and Fitch Ratings (BBB).

For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.