This is the third time we've stayed at the Hard Rock and we will do so again. It is the closest walk (5 minutes) to Universal and Islands of Adventure.
The room comes with the express pass to all the rides in the park except for Universal's Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Rollercoaster and HP and the Forbidden Journey . But if you book any of the 3 hotels on site, you get in to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter- and all it's shops and rides- an hour before the park opens. You get a lot more time on the rides with the express pass. It is a wonderful perk. Hard Rock also sells park tickets for a small discount.
The hotel has a a great coffee/icecream place. The Kitchen restaurant has good food too but we usually enjoy City Walk for dinner.
If you have kids and need some down time in the evening, the hotel has movie nights at the pool and you can have a drink at the outside bar. You don't have to have kids to watch the movie, but they are kids movies:) There's also ping pong and other activities.
The staff is helpful and friendly. The rooms are nice and modern. There is a coffee machine but no refrigerator. The beds are comfortable but not memorable. You have to pay for the fitness center if you stay in a regular room. However, one can run in the area between the parks and the hotel. It's a great place to stay!
- 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