My family of 5 (kids 18, 16, 14) stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando for our trip to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The hotel itself is great, cool rock decor and clean and comfortable rooms, and very friendly and helpful check-in staff. The convenience to the parks and City Walk can't be beat! Universal Studios is a quick walk on a pretty path and the free water taxi is a nice ride if you are too tired from the parks to walk! The early admission to the parks can't be beat! We were able to ride the popular Harry Potter attractions with a 20 minute wait first thing in the morning. Later in the day, Escape from Gringotts had a 210 min wait!! The Express Pass was also unbeatable. We were able to enjoy many attractions with a short wait. Made a huge difference in our enjoyment of the parks.
We found the pool at the Hard Rock pretty and relaxing but too shallow for teenagers to enjoy swimming but we did like the dive-in movies and the Beach Club had good food. Emack and Bolios was convenient for quick breakfast food and coffee. This is our second stay at a Universal hotel (previous stay at Royal Pacific) and we again had a great family vacation.More
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