The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is just the coolest hotel in Universal!
If you ever want to go to Orlando and want to try a Universal Hotel look no further than the Hard Rock Hotel! You will feel just like a rock star when you rock up to this amazing place and there are loads of benefits to staying here too! This is everything you need to know about the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando.
What is it like to stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando?
From the moment you pull up in your car you can feel the buzz of this hotel. There is a beautiful rock guitar fountain and a huge foyer with large paintings of your favourite idols! Valet parking is up front and baggage is taken straight to your room. Staying at the hard Rock hotel is perfect for accessing the parks, early opening and listening to cool bands.
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!
Hard Rock Hotel rock memorabilia on every wall
All around the hotel is memorabilia in frames on the walls. Staff will give you a list of every item and where they are. This also explains all about the pieces 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! You will see all sorts such as clothes and instruments from the likes of Lady Gaga and even John Lennon.
You Can hire Rock Guitars at Hard Rock hotel!
The kids have a choice of Rock guitars that they can hire with tunes on them, it looked such great fun but again sadly we ran out of time.
Early entry to Universal and the Wizarding world of Harry Potter!
Want to know how to get early entry in to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter?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 good 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.
It is just a short 10 minute walk to City Walk they do run a complimentary 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.
Having the extra hour enabled us to get early in 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.
Get Universal Express Unlimited with your hotel stay!
You get to skip the lines at the park with the Universal Express Unlimited fast pass! Almost all of the rides have a fast pass and there is only a few that do not. The Kong ride and the two main Harry Potter rides do not 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.
How do I get Fast passes at Hard Rock Hotel for Universal studios?
You’ll need to buy your own park tickets prior to arrival for the parks or at the park entrance. You obtain your fast passes at the Hard Rock hotel on arrival, the reception will give you a voucher and you get your tickets out of the fastpass machine in the lobby.
We bought lanyards to hang around our necks. We popped the park entrance ticket on one side and the fast pass on the other so we could easily access all of the rides.
Hard Rock Hotel Orlando Pool!
We visited the park in the morning, pool in the afternoon and popped back to the park by night. The pool has a Beach area, cabanas and even underwater speakers!
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 and a nice way to cool off during the day. There was however just enough space and lots of beds to really chill out.
Restaurants and food at the Hard Rock Orlando
There are plenty of food choices including the relaxed pool bar with a huge list of hard rock cocktails. You can have a fun dinner with kids in the Kitchen restaurant which has amazing desserts to check out. For a exquisite quieter meal try the palms restaurant. The choice it yours.
American rock bands in the Foyer
We arrived on a concert day at Hard rock hotel 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 and it doesn’t get too busy. I’ll definitely check what’s on next time we stay and get some tickets.
Best things about staying at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
I want to go back to the Hard Rock these are the best things about staying at the hard Rock hotel Orlando.
- You get early entry in to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter!
- The pool has Cabanas
- The pool has underwater speakers!
- There is a self guided rock memorabilia tour around the hotel
- You can Hire Rock guitars!
- You get free universal express limited Fast Passes!
- They serve amazing Hard Rock Cocktails
- The pool has a beach!
- Merchandise can be delivered to the hotel room
- You get Priority seating in selected restaurants
- Free Wifi!
- Complimentary Water Taxies to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal Citywalk
- You can walk to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal Citywalk
- You can go to a concert and party the night away.
- You will feel like a Rock Star!
I purchased my hard rock hotel Orlando t shirt in the Hard Rock shop, All I need now is one from every hotel!
I was not compensated in anyway for my stay at the Hard Rock all thought and opinions my own.
Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
Friday 20th of January 2017
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
Monday 23rd of January 2017
Thank you for hosting x
Tuesday 17th of January 2017
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
Thursday 19th of January 2017
Thank you and thank you for visiting x
Tanja (the Red phone box travels)
Monday 16th of January 2017
my husband loves the Hard Rock cafes, I'm sure he'd love to stay here:) #mondayescapes
Monday 16th of January 2017
Thanks it really is great place x
Saturday 20th of August 2016
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
Saturday 20th of August 2016
It really was the best! We all said we red to go back , Harry cried when we left! X