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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Ranked #39 of 340 Hotels in Orlando
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Reviewed April 24, 2008

This hotel is perfect for most people and especially if you are going to go to universal and islands of adventure. We have stayed in the best of hotels and we will definately be returning. Our children are 17,15,13 and 10 and they all enjoyed the experience, the beds are comfy and the rooms spacious enough, we had a pool view. The food in the beach club is really yummy and the staff throughout the hotel are great. It is by far the coolest hotel in Orlando.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2008

Stayed here for 5 nights from 4 April with my husband and 16 year old son. What is all the hype about? It's just a hotel much like any other but with "rock music" playing. Booked it to take advantage of the room key express pass but have since found that you can purchase an express pass and stay at a cheaper hotel which would make your stay more economical. Friends were staying at the Staybridge Suites on International Drive at the same time and they had a suite with 2 bedrooms, lounge and kitchen AND breakfast for less than £100 a night. Much cheaper and the suite was far superior to our room at the Hard Rock. They also charge $14 for self parking and $22 for valet parking so you don't even save on the theme park parking. This charge bumps up the price of the stay considerably. It wasn't the worst hotel I've stayed in but it certainly didn't live up to my expectations. Didn't eat there as it was too expensive.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2008

Stayed here christmas 07 - AMAZING hotel, cool memorabelia, and you can hear music underwater in the pool. Downer was there was no deep end of the pool. Bar is amazing, so is games room. The rooms were really nice, high beds and nice cushions on them. Probably not worth the money, but its worth it for the experience.

  • Stayed: December 2007
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Reviewed April 19, 2008

We have stayed here before and it was great, the room was nice, they have remodled them in the last year. Check in was easy and no problem getting a room before 3pm. Still charging to park in the hotel lot which is the only negative it has, for the price of the room you would think the parking would be free. The pool area was clean and the food at the pool bar was really good (the nachos). Being able to use your hotel room key as a fast pass is worth the price of the room, also the parks are right there, we just love the Hard Rock

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 18, 2008

We've stayed here twice now, both times were fantastic. *Everyone* that works here enjoys what they do, and it shows! From the front desk staff, to the housekeeping staff, Wait Staff in the restaurants, to the pool staff, *all* were genuinely friendly, interested in making sure our stay was the best possible by providing outstanding service and tips about the park, hotels, local information and following up with us afterwards after checking their tips out.

Both times we received complimentary CD's at check-in. The rooms were up-to-date, modern, the beds comfortable, and very clean as well as spacious. After noticing an errant room charge to the mini bar in the room (we had no key to it), they promptly removed the charge.

The pool with the underwater speakers, live bands, water slide and perfect mix of music playing everywhere was great! We were a short walk from both Universal, City Walk, and IOA or we could aways take the water taxi.

Their memorabilia collection is extensive. We stayed on an upper floor both times and will definitely be back. If you have a Universal Preferred Pass you also qualify for discounts on the rooms. Check ahead as rooms often sell out ahead of time. Special Events and Concerts are hosted throughout the year, check their calendar.

Even my 70-year old father loved it as well as my 16-year old niece, my girlfriends' 15-, 16-, and my 21-year old nephew - tough crowd to get to agree on anything! You're *never* too old or young for that matter, to enjoy Hard Rock Orlando.

This is everything you expect and more - they certainly raise the bar and expectations for everyone else - a good thing I believe. You can't go wrong.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 15, 2008

My family of four stayed here at the end of our Spring Break. The first part of the trip was spent at the Disney Swan. Because it was my birthday weekend, I splurged and booked a Club 7 room. Paying around $425/night. We loved the resort. It is beautiful. The grounds are great and the pool is really spectacular. We were very happy that we booked an onsite hotel and found the perk of express passes for the parks made it really worth the money. We had a great room, very clean and spacious. Will we go back to the Hard Rock? Definitely! Not sure if we will do the Club 7 though. We enjoyed the breakfast but due to the parks only being open until 7 during our stay it was not convenient to take advantage of the happy hour drinks and appetizers. So I'm not sure we got our monies worth.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 14, 2008

We recently stayed for one night. This was a splurge for us, so we were expecting a lot.
First of all, the pluses...
Beautiful lobby and grounds, delicious meal and wonderful waiter at The Kitchen, loved the rockstar wake-up call (although if you have young kids, be warned, the message can be R-rated), in room ipod player and music video channel on TV, quick walk to the park, (actually quicker than waiting for the boat), express pass that was included made our day at the park.
The minuses...
Carpet in room was ripped up and frayed in 2 places, towels were thin and rough, bed and sheets were not as luxurious as we expected from a 4 or 5 star hotel, pool was beautiful but a bit disappointing as it didn't get any deeper than 4 ft something and the slide was closed when we went to the pool at night, and we were awaken at 3am by a drunk, fighting couple in the hallway.

All in all, this was a good one time experience, but probably not something we would do again.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Address: 5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819-7834
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#30 Family Hotel in Orlando
#32 Green Hotel in Orlando
#39 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#40 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range: $295 - $639 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando 4*
Number of rooms: 650
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

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