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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Ranked #46 of 336 Hotels in Orlando
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“Rock on at the Hard Rock!!”
Reviewed October 7, 2010

From check in to check out the service was fantastic! Arrived at 2am after delayed flights and the check in was a breeze. After calling ahead and notifing the hotel of our delay they had arranged to have our keycards printed and everything else organized to make it as quick as possible. The family room had a large queen size bed and another room with twin beds. 2 bathrooms which was handy,although only one toilet which was an inconvience at times as it was also in the teenagers bathroom! The location to the parks was fantastic either by walking through the beautiful gardens or taking the boat shuttle to drop you off at the doorstep. Used the keycards to access the express lines which was well worth it and of course to access Harry Potter at 8am before the park is open to the public. Spent time in the hotel pool which was fabulous and ate in the restaurants,a little pricey but what you would expect from a hotel like this. An unexpected bonus was the coin laundry which of course saved us money and the small convience store onsite where you could buy breakfast goodies,icecreams or drinks etc. Money saving for a family. We would certainly stay at another Hard Rock Hotel if it was as good as this one!!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

My husband and I and 22 year old daughter stayed here for 10days and enjoyed every minute of it. Theres rock music everywhere from the lift to the loos and rock memorabilia
from Jimi Hendricks to Elton John. The room was very roomy, stylish and clean. We had fresh tea/coffee daily which is unusual for hotels in America at no extra cost. The hotel is not the cheapest but worth every penny. Also 'cause your staying at the Hard Rock you get to beat the queues at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure with Express entry. Would definitely stay here again. Also good time of year to come longes wait for ay ride here or Disney was 20mins.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2010

If you like a lively hotel close to the Universal Parks then this is for you. The pool is open until Midnight or 2am every night with "Dive In" movies, and underwater music!! A few nights a week there is loud rock and roll music played by the pool, so if your after somewhere quiet at the end of the day, then go elsewhere.

The rooms are not massive and are expensive for what you can get in Orlando, but for convenience for the Universal parks it cannot be beaten. Your room key acts as a fast pass all day everyday as well so that does save you some money as well. Check out the overnight car parking charges as they are very steep.

A good variety of restuarants but nothing is cheap. A great meal can be had at The Palm, but this is very very expensive (compared with other Orlando restuarants), so great for a special occasion.

I would recommend this hotel is you like fun, and don't expect to sit next to a quiet pool!!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

Spent 5 days in the Hard Rock Hotel and loved it. The rooms were beautiful and spacious. The hotel is within easy walking distance to Universal Studios and City Walk. Staying in the hotel also came with the bonus of a queue jump to alot of the busier rides. Overall I loved my stay here and would happily return.

  • Stayed September 2010
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

Stayed in the Hard Rock hotel for a week, and enjoyed every moment.
The staff couldnt do enough, the rooms were perfect and the facilities amazing. The early theme park access was great. I really recommend this hotel, is GREAT.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 3, 2010

We stayed at the Hard Rock in order to zoom through the Universal rides. What a mistake. The room was no more special than any Holiday Inn, except for some stereo equipment in the room. The view from our fourth floor room was that of a roof. The pool was large and clean and was the bright spot. The boat to the park was of no help for my wife, who needs assistance walking, as they would not allow the wheelchair on board. Finally, Harry Potter was spectactular. However, the price to enter the parks was ridiculous. One day is more than enough for both parks with the fast pass option. My advice, stay at a much cheaper hotel in Orlando, visit the Universal parks (one day if you have been there before and two days if you are a newbie) and buy the fast pass option in the park. The money and time you save will get you to other parks including Disney and Seaworld.

  • Stayed August 2010
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Fresh Meadows, New York
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Reviewed October 1, 2010

The Hard Rock at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida is a great place to stay while enjoying the Universal Theme Parks. The Hotel is clean, modern and sleek. The staff is ready and happy to help with any requests. The food is great at the Kitchen, get the buffet it’s worth it. The Palm is very expensive but they do run special deals (I had filet mignon and lobster tails with salad, desert and coffee for $49) it is a more upscale restaurant but makes a night out a bit special and the Beach Club by the pool has really good food. Its the closest hotel to the Theme Parks and Citywalk. Its a nice walk through a topical paradise path. By staying at a Universal property hotel you get into the park an hour before it opens (take advantage of that perk), packages and photos delivered to your room and the overall convenience of having everything within walking distance. Only down side is that the pool is shallow and no more than 4ft deep. but its still a really nice pool and the music is great too.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#30 Family Hotel in Orlando
#34 Green Hotel in Orlando
#39 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#40 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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