Guests at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort can show their room keys at most rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure and skip the long lines. The "Universal Express" program is one of the main reasons tourists stay at this perfect mix of funk and fun, where some folks say the accommodations and services are fit for "The King." The Hard Rock continues to astound guests with its California-style mission architecture and rock memorabilia displayed throughout the hotel. Winner of the American Automobile Association's coveted Four Diamond Award, this place embodies the soul, spirit and attitude of rock - lively, yet laid back, a dash of class and a pinch of casual.
For example, the Hard Rock Hotel features one of Orlando's largest heated outdoor swimming pools, which includes a sand beach, 240-foot slide and 12 underwater sound speakers. Guests can stay in shape at The Workout Room, which features an exercise machine studio, steam rooms, sauna and whirlpool. Parents wanting a night out can drop their kids off at Camp Lil' Rock, the hotel's supervised children's activity center.
For dining and relaxing, guests can pick from the Sunset Grille, Hard Rock Beach Club, Starbucks, Emack & Bolio's, The Velvet Lounge and the world-renowned, ultra-chic Palm Restaurant. Just a short water taxi ride away, Universal's Citywalk nighttime entertainment complex features dining, the Hard Rock Café, shopping and world-class entertainment venues.
The 650 guestrooms include CD players, laptop safes, two dual-line telephones, minibars, and separate bath and vanity areas and, of course, decorative rock-n-roll memorabilia.
This seven-story hotel greets travelers with a vintage 1956 Chevy and a giant fountain with 42 guitars spouting water skyward. The Hard Rock Hotel is the happening spot, with a location close to all that is synonymous with Orlando.