Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

Virgin rating

The hotel

As soon as you step through the front door of the Hard Rock Hotel®, you’ll feel like a rock ‘n’ roll icon. With little musical touches throughout the corridors and on the walls, you’ll be transported to Rockstar heaven. When it comes to the fun part there’s a huge pool, a sandy beach, and even water jets and a slide pool-side. But the music hasn’t been forgotten — dip your head under the water and hear the beat. You’re not far from the parks, and you also get exclusive benefits thrown in including free Universal Express Unlimited ride access**, allowing you to skip the regular lines in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure all day, as well as Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay (select attractions, valid theme park admission required).

Amenities

  • Kids Club
  • Wheelchair access
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Valet parking

Where is it

Within easy walking distance of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure plus Universal CityWalk and a quick shuttle bus ride to Universal's Volcano Bay. Transfer time from Orlando International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

650 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, 49" flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, coffee maker, mini-fridge, safe, iron and board, bathrobes and hairdryer. Standard Rooms are 375 sq ft and have 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. 

Garden View Rooms are 375 sq ft and feature views of the hotel's gardens, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Pool View Rooms are 375 sq ft and feature views of the pool, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. 

Deluxe Rooms are 400 sq ft and have 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. 

King Suites are 650 sq ft open-plan suites, with a large living area and 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Future Rock Star Suites are 800 sq ft and have 2 bedrooms. With 1 king-size bed in the master bedroom, and twin beds in the second bedroom, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Rock Royalty Club Rooms are located on the 7th floor. and include exclusive club benefits (listed below), with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Rock Royalty club benefits include access to the Rock Royalty Lounge. Continental breakfast, 7am-10am. Personal concierge services. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine - 5pm-7pm. Evening sweets, 8:30pm-9:30pm. Complimentary coffee, assorted teas and soft drinks. Evening turndown service. Discount on cabanas*.

Please note: some services of the Rock Royalty Lounge may be temporarily unavailable, please inquire upon arrival to the hotel.

Please note: all rooms can have an additional rollaway bed, sleeping a 3rd child. Rollaway beds are at an additional cost, payable locally. 

Complimentary water taxis or shuttle buses to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay and Citywalk. Self-parking $28, valet parking $37, both plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

The Palm Restaurant (New York-style steakhouse, open for dinner). The Kitchen (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Velvet Bar (newly renovated lobby lounge). Emack & Bolio's Marketplace (grab-and-go food, ice-cream parlour, and Starbucks®). beachclub^ (poolside dining). 24-hour room service*.

Poolside concert nights and DJ days (seasonal).

12,000 sq ft pool with 260 ft slide, poolside games, 2 hut tubs, sand volleyball court and interactive fountains and kids' play area. Pool cabanas* (seasonal). bodyrock® fitness centre. Kids Camp* (reservations required). Game room*. Access to MANDARA Spa®* at nearby Loews Portofino Bay.

Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key. Complimentary merchandise delivery to your hotel from shops across Universal. Universal Vacation Planning Centre. Complimentary WiFi. Wake-up calls from one of your favourite Universal Orlando characters. Universal Studios store. Hard Rock® Gift Shop.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

2 nights at all times.

* Denotes local charge.

Special assistance

Please note: one person must be 21 years or over in each room to check-in.

Please note: there may be a local charge for use of a roll-away bed for parties of 5 people or more sharing a room. This is subject to change and is charged by the hotel.

^ Must be 21+ with a valid photo ID to consume alcoholic beverages.

**Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice. 

†Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

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WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s23)

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Useless early entrance!

Apr 19, 2024 Amand1961 Manchester, United Kingdom

Nice hotel and well managed and clean. Great theming as would be expected. Location could not be better for universal park. Overall tho nothing special and defo not worth staying here if it’s just for the early park entrance, which frankly is pants! The universal entrance and park is closed for early entrance, you only get access to IOA and there… Read more
Nice hotel and well managed and clean. Great theming as would be expected. Location could not be better for universal park. Overall tho nothing special and defo not worth staying here if it’s just for the early park entrance, which frankly is pants! The universal entrance and park is closed for early entrance, you only get access to IOA and there was only 3 rides open! The draw here is Hagrid’s ride but it’s far better to ride Hagrid late in the evening just before park closes! Plus they let the masses in 30 mins early anyway so you get 30 mins ‘early entrance’ alongside all the other 1000’s on-site hotel guests. We stayed rock star class which is worth it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Favourite Orlando hotel

Apr 18, 2024 EMTLM Baden, Switzerland

This hotel is lovely. I visited in October 2023 and was not convinced, however, owing to the renovations at Portofino Bay hotel I was pushed to visit again in April 2024 and have completely changed my mind, its absolutely super. Its my new favourite hotel. The hotel itself is very clean, the staff are super friendly, the pool is great and warm.… Read more
This hotel is lovely. I visited in October 2023 and was not convinced, however, owing to the renovations at Portofino Bay hotel I was pushed to visit again in April 2024 and have completely changed my mind, its absolutely super. Its my new favourite hotel. The hotel itself is very clean, the staff are super friendly, the pool is great and warm. The pool service is efficient and great. The general atmosphere in thee hotel is very upbeat and its a real feel good place. The rooms are spacious and quite nice. I like the layout of the pool and the loungers, there is always somewhere nice to sit around the pool. The little shop near the pool serves Starbucks and many snacks....keeps the kids happy. It was a really super holiday, so big thanks to the Hard Rock Hotel and team. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice and unique

Apr 17, 2024 pascalsC4usa21 Miami, Florida

It was a first here for us. Very nice hotel with a unique vibe. The staff was very nice and helpful, the room were spacious enough and pretty clean. It was a bit noisy sometimes. Pretty expensive. It was convenient to get to the parks from the hotel. I recommend.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Below expectations

Apr 15, 2024 Michelle B

Disappointed with the hotel in general. Standard of room fell well below our expectations, broken sockets, cupboard hanging off, lumpy pillows and generally tired. View from room was of mould and dirt. We had booked for 1 night to get the express passes which were great but did expect to also get a comfortable nights sleep to be able to fully… Read more
Disappointed with the hotel in general. Standard of room fell well below our expectations, broken sockets, cupboard hanging off, lumpy pillows and generally tired. View from room was of mould and dirt. We had booked for 1 night to get the express passes which were great but did expect to also get a comfortable nights sleep to be able to fully benefit from these. Read less
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Apr 14, 2024 laurasO287TG Manasota Key, Florida

It is a very satisfying hotel. The rooms were clean and well done. Very convenient access to the parks from here. It was great for the whole family. The staff was very helpful. A very unique atmosphere even if it can sometimes be a biit noisy...