The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa. Image courtesy Hard Rock Hotels
Tampa, Florida -- When the list of delegate hotels for the Republican National Convention was released two months ago several prominent Bay area hotels were absent from the list. But that doesn't mean hotels like the Don Cesar, the Vinoy Renaissance or the Sand Pearl won't be used during the convention.
In fact, sources tell 10 News those properties in particular will house some of the Grand Old Party's biggest donors and most well known officials.
Communications Director for the convention James Davis says to date the arm of the Republican National Committee taking care of hotel assignments is still sitting on some 9,000 rooms. Davis says so far only 36 hotels have been assigned, leaving another 60-plus reserved, but unassigned. He says most of those unassigned hotels will be used by journalists, security brought in for the event, corporate sponsors and staffers.
But Davis adds unlike the delegate hotels, the public will not be told who is assigned to those other properties.
The Tampa Tribune is reporting that someone within the Republican Party has also booked all 250 rooms at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for the week of the national convention.
Gina Morales, a spokesperson for the Hard Rock declined to comment on the report, while Davis said he was not sure who reserved the rooms either.
"We have 16,000 hotel rooms that we are trying to fill, but certainly 50,000 people don't fit into 16,000 hotel rooms, so I don't know who booked that. There are plenty of hotel rooms that I expect will be booked outside of our block but the large majority of folks coming will come within out hotel block," Davis said.
The convention is scheduled to begin on August 27 in Tampa.