Stayed here to go to Universal and Islands of Adventure for a few days. It was very convenient to the parks and CityWalk, as we walked back and forth each day.
The Express passes provided with the hotel stay were extremely convenient as the parks were very crowded during Christmas week, and we never had to wait more than 15 minutes even when some of the wait times for the regular lines were over an hour or 2. This alone was well worth the hotel stay.
The marketplace downstairs was great for a quick bite to eat for breakfast before heading to the parks. However, the lines were extremely long, and the cashiers were usually very slow.
The hotel itself was extremely nice, and the staff was pleasant and very helpful. The pool was clean, and well watched by the life guards. The Beach Club restaurant was great for a poolside snack and drinks and the wait staff serve you at the pool.
We also ate at the kitchen a couple times for breakfast and dinner. It was great for dinner, and mediocre for breakfast. It was also pricey for what you get.
Parking was also pricey, at $18 per night for self parking.
Overall it was a great hotel, and we will definitely return the next time we visit Universal.
- 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:
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- Hard Rock Cafe Hotel Orlando
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