Why I Just Have To Go Back to The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

The The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is just the coolest hotel in Universal!

Our first visit was over in flash, So this is why I have to go back to the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando.

From the moment you pull up in your car you can feel the buzz of this hotel, the beautiful rock guitar fountain and the huge foyer with large painting of your favourite idols!

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

American rock bands at the weekend!

It just has a real buzz about it a good feeling vibe, and with a concert held there once a month every Thursday  it really feels quite special.

We arrived on a concert day which we did not expect, this week was Molly Hatchett an American rock band. Our boys wanted to head straight to the park so we only caught the tail end of this as we came back in the lobby, It looked amazing.

Tickets can be purchased in advance, Which is probably advisable for some concerts which can sell out quickly. Alternatively if not sold out, directly at the desk .

They use one bar for the concert but there are others open too. I’ll definitely check what’s on next time we stay and get some tickets.

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Hard Rock hotel modern rock rooms

The rooms were lovely modern and clean with funky quote cushions and modern textured fabrics. The best bit was the celebrity height mirror in our room! Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good shot of this but the kids loved it! I’m taller than lady Gaga, and Harry found out that Shirley Temple was actually an actress and not just a kids cocktail!

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Hard Rock Hotel memorabilia on every wall

All around the hotel is memorabilia in frames on the walls, Staff will give you a list which explains all about them and gives you a guided tour! I mean when we checked in to our room the direction was right at elvis’s pyjamas ! How cool is that!

The kids have a choice of Rock guitars that they can hire with tunes on them, looked such great fun but again sadly we ran out of time.

Probably the best bit about staying at the hotel had to be the proximity to the parks and the extra hour in the morning to go in without the public. This was particularly for the Harry Potter Wizarding world. We did spot minions open one morning but could say if there were any others. So yes we were up at 6am on our holiday and over to the entrance by 7am.

Its just a short 10 minute walk to City Walk they do run a shuttle boat as well, but it was so easy to walk instead and admire the view.

Having this extra hour is so worth it, we had the most amazing time in Harry Potter World and got everything done.

This also enabled us to get to the queue for the brand new Kong ride which normally has well over a 90 minute wait. So for this we waited just 45mins. Making all the long waits over and done in the two mornings we were there.

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

You’ll  need to buy your own tickets prior to arrival for the parks or at the park entrance. You obtain your fast passes at the hotel on arrival. We bought lanyards to hang around our necks with the park entrance ticket on one side and the fast pass on the other so we could easily access all of the rides.

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Get fast passes with your hotel stay!

The fast pass is amazing! Almost all of the rides have a fast pass and there is only a few that don’t ( the Kong ride and the two main Harry Potter rides ) however these both have single rider lines. This makes your stay at hard rock so stress free and leaves plenty of time to chill out in the pool.

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

We visited the park in the morning, pool in the afternoon and popped back to the park by night.

Our sons loved the pool it was nicely busy not too crowded, but enough people and children to make it lively. The entertainment was fabulous around by the pool the children had dancing and lots of competitions. Which made it just as enjoyable as the parks. There was however just enough space and lots of beds to really chill out.

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

There are plenty of food choices including the relaxed pool bar with huge list of hard rock cocktails. A fun dinner with kids in the Kitchen restaurant ( check out the desserts they are amazing!) Or a exquisite quieter meal in the palms restaurant. The choice it yours.

Universal Studios Orlando

So I want to go back to the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando because,

I need to go to a concert there and party the night away.

I can’t want to visit Harry Potter world again.

I did not spend enough time in their beautiful pool.

I did not take half of the photos I wished too, simply ran out of time .

I need to do the memorabilia tour!

We need to hire rock guitars!

And it so cool!

I purchased my hard rock hotel Orlando t shirt in the Hard Rock shop, All I need now is one from every hotel!


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  1. August 20, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    We planned to stay at the Hard Rock last time but never managed it, I so want to go back and stay we loved Universal and omg Harry Potter !! x

    • donswish
      August 20, 2016 / 11:53 pm

      It really was the best! We all said we red to go back , Harry cried when we left! X

    • donswish
      January 16, 2017 / 3:03 pm

      Thanks it really is great place x

  2. January 17, 2017 / 10:30 pm

    We just stayed at the hotel joined on to the Hard Rock in Phuket, Thailand. It looked like so much fun. We’ve walked past the hotel at Universal a few times but never been further than the lobby so to see inside in your post is really cool! #mondayescapes

    • donswish
      January 19, 2017 / 11:00 am

      Thank you and thank you for visiting x

  3. January 20, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Great post! I love Hard Rock Cafe too;) Never stayed there unfortunately but it was my fav place to dine in City Market when I lived in Orlando and Savannah. The rooms and the pool look gorgeous too. Thanks for linking to #MondayEscapes

    • donswish
      January 23, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Thank you for hosting x

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