SPANISH hotel group Sol Melia
is joining forces with Hard Rock Hotels and Resorts to develop properties in
the Americas and Europe.

The first property will be a
381-room location in Chicago, scheduled to open later this year.

Hard Rock said it is to
contribute contracts to 1,300 rooms in the US and Caribbean while Sol Melia
will offer management contracts for a minimum of three hotels before the end of
June 2007.