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Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
Ranked #39 of 341 Hotels in Orlando
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

The best thing about the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando is its wonderful location. It is within a short, pleasant path walk to both Univeral Parks and City Walk. The rooms were nice, but nothing special. Very nice pool. Movies in pool at night was a nice touch. The Kitchen restaurant was good.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

I went with my mother in 2002 and it was great. Very clean. Every afternoon we got to our room and had a surprise of something (chocolate covered straweberries, cookies, brownies etc) and a little toy and chocolates at night. It was a great hotel with beautiful rooms. We loved the pool/beach area and the slides. One of the best trips with my mom.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

Checked in after lunch on June 27th. The idea was to stay here to benefit from early entrance and express passes to the the Universal Island of adventure. On arrival, however, we were engulfed in the sense of holiday. Everything is nice and cheery, cool and breezy. Dropped our stuff in the room, which is tastefully decorated and clean, got our tickets and passes easily through interactive machines in the lobby and headed out to the pool.
The pool area is reminiscent of a beach resort down in Mexico, with sand, live music and a grandiose swimming area. Always enough chairs and tables to park your stuff at, easy access to towels and ice water. Food on in the pool area is good and the service is friendly. Had the greatest time there.The water taxi is easily accessible to go to Universal city walk and the theme parks, and the early entrance to the Wizarding world of Harry Potter was invaluable. To be able to just walk up to the most popular ride and not have to line up to 90 minutes each time was a definite must for Harry Potter fans.
Slept the best in Orlando here. The AC is quiet and beds are comfortable.
Would definitely come back.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

It's a rock n roll themed hotel in a theme park. If noise is a problem for you then what are you thinking staying here? Great pool, great staff, cool atmosphere and fast passes to the theme parks. If you're going to Orlando this is then place to stay. Was here over the 4th of July and despite the crowds the staff was on top of their game. Food and drink service at the pool was great and their music/entertainment kept things happening. Rooms were just fine with cool iPod docks for tunes. Will be back soon.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 July 2012

The hotel, pool and grounds were fantastic. The food, service, cost and "nickle and diming" really put a damper on our stay. I'm a frequent Disney deluxe resort visitor and never paid close to what I paid at Hard Rock. Then I had to pay for parking, internet, fitness room and a mandatory 18% tip at restaurants regardless of size of party. We were not told that until after our meal and we had bad service and they said they could not remove the tip, although they did give us free drink vouchers. The food at the Beach Club was not good, not even for my teen age boys who will eat anything. The rooms were very small, but the pool was a lot of fun and it was fun to watch a Harry Potter movie while in the pool, although there were ropes blocking the screen. We also noticed that the very young staff weren't really mature enough for the kind of service we are used to. We did have a fantastic bartender at the little bar by the pool. He was a lot of fun. He was one of the older staff there, although still young, and really knew how to mingle and pour a great drink. I'm glad I tried it, but I wouldn't go back.

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Additional Information about Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Address: 5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819-7834
Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#30 Family Hotel in Orlando
#32 Green Hotel in Orlando
#39 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#40 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range: ₹ 17,452 - ₹ 38,790 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando 4*
Number of rooms: 650
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:
Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
Hotel Hard Rock
Hard Rock Resort
Hard Rock Orlando
Hard Rock Cafe Hotel Orlando
Universal Hard Rock Hotel

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