What can I say that hasn't been said in previous reviews? The Hard Rock is extremely convenient if you are vising the Universal theme parks. The buildings are very nice, the rooms are a decent size and are a bit nicer than the Royal Pacific. The pool is massive and heated, there are two standard sized hot tubs of which one is reserved for adults only. There is also a water slide.
The biggest benefit is that you can walk to the parks (or take the water taxi) and that your room key give you unlimited express access to most rides. This is amazing! One thing that I found to be frustrating is that if you are walking back after 10pm, they close the walking path by pool and make you walk twice as far. Not fun after a long day at the parks or if it is raining.
Food and drink are a bit on the pricey side, but the quality is good and it is convenient. You have a ton of options at CityWalk as well.
Note, look into buying an annual pass to get the annual passholder rate. I saved about $80 per night. This can pay for itself in a few days!
I always stay at one of the onsite Loews hotels when visiting Universal, the benefits are definitely worth the extra expense.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Live like a rock star and savor the perks of rock 'n' roll royalty with impeccable accommodations, laid-back luxurious style and show-stopping service. Located on-site at Universal Orlando Resort, Hard Rock Hotel is in the heart of the excitement of Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk. Guests of this hotel enjoy exclusive theme park benefits. Skip the regular lines at most attractions with FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access - a benefit worth $89 per person, per day**. You can also take advantage of Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens, and more! (valid theme park admission required.) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
- Hotel Hard Rock
- Hard Rock Resort
- Hard Rock Orlando
- Hard Rock Cafe Hotel Orlando
- Universal Hard Rock Hotel