Stayed three nights in June for 4 day vacation with family at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. Without any doubts, staying at an on-site hotel is the only way to visit these two parks. The single benefit that over shadows anything else the hotel has to offer is the unlimited Express Pass to select rides. This benefit saved us so much time that I can't even think of coming here without that option. You can purchase a multi-park Express pass but can cost as much as $89 per person per day and that only gets you ONE Express pass per ride! Additional benefit of one hour early entry was also nice to avoid the rush but keep in mind that neighbor hotels also provide this option. Only the three on-site hotels have Express Pass benefit.
As for the hotel:
Rooms: above average bedding with good amenities. The in room coffee is great (Kreuger single cups) there are no refrigeratures (can rent if needed). Bathrooms ok- I had two rooms and they both were defective. Temoerature control was great and room service was equally great. Housekeeping is average at best. They we not consistent with replenishing supplies and cleaning could be better overall. Things like not leaving a new liner for the ice bucket or replacing the used glasses was not to standards one expects when paying $300/night.
Facilities: Everything here is additional cost typical of resort hotels. Small gym charges $10/person per day! Parking ranges from $24-$30 per day. Wi-Fi also $10/day per device. Swimming pool-no cost, is large and fun for kids. Not a very deep pool (under 5') but with a sandy "beach" , waterslide, and two jacuzzis. The pool area was a great reprieve after a day at the parks.
Restaurants: ate lunch at the Kitchen. Wow, great food and great service. Try their gator tails and the signature hamburger!
Overall: an above average hotel with unparalleled benefit of unlimited Express Pass that is less than 10 minute walk to either Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, or City Walk.
We have stayed at Loew's Portofino Bay Hotel and by far, prefer the Hard Rock for the pool and much easier access to the parks (you can walk or take the water taxi).
- 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
- Hard Rock Hotel At Universal Orlando Florida
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Live like a rock 'n' roll superstar at the exciting Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando® You’ll feel like rock 'n' roll royalty with impeccable accommodations, a wealth of recreation and personal service and attention fit for an "A-List" celebrity. The Hard Rock Hotel is lively, yet laid back. Classy, yet totally casual, with a sand beach pool that immerses you in sound, not just water; authentic rock 'n' roll memorabilia; the legendary Palm Restaurant and more. You don't have to be a rock star to stay at Hard Rock Hotel. But after just a few hours, you’ll definitely get used to living the lifestyle.Hotel guests also enjoy an exclusive package of theme park benefits, including:* Early Park Admission† to Islands of Adventure, one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required)* Universal Express ride access* to skip the regular lines throughout both theme parks - a FREE benefit worth up to $87 per person, per day (valid theme park admission required) * Complimentary water taxis or shuttle buses to make getting around the resort fast and easy so you can make the most of your time* And more. ... more less
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