Family Stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

The 650-guest room Hard Rock Hotel, part of the Loews chain, is located at 5800 Universal Boulevard and provides visitors with the perfect blend of fun and luxury.

The hotel is a short walk or boat ride from the entrance to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and the City Walk making it an ideal property to stay at while visiting Universal Studios Orlando.

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This four-star establishment is typically visited by families who wish to stay close to the local amusement parks, but plenty of couples and solo travelers also stay at this hotel.

As avid music lovers, we chose the hotel for its theme after having heard about its memorabilia décor and lavish 12,000-square-foot pool fitted with a giant water slide and underwater speakers.
And we were not disappointed.

Staying at this hotel felt like participating in a giant rock and roll scavenger –from the guitar fountain, and famous quote from the Hotel California song entrance to the celebrities’ costumes displayed on each floor guests are surrounded by rock and roll collectibles.

We were warmly greeted at the door by a friendly staff member and directed to the registration desk to get our room keys after which we were shown how to get our express pass for the parks.

All guests staying at the three  Loews on-site resorts –the Portofino, Hard Rock, and Polynesian get complimentary express tickets for the Universal parks (an 89 dollar value) as part of their stay.


The Hard Rock Hotel has a modern and somewhat eclectic design scheme. Color blocks dominate the bedrooms while the most public areas of the building sport a broader range of styles.

Rooms here can vary from the simple and functional to those that are much more colorful and offbeat. Our garden view room featured modern artworks, striped curtains, shiny silver walls, granite countertops, and block-patterned carpet.

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The room was furnished with a large chest of drawers and a sizable flat screen television. The large closet contained a sizable safe, built-in hangers, fold out luggage racks, and bathrobes.Furthermore, a long dining table and two brightly colored chairs were also provided.
It also featured a small area filled with coffee making supplies and a coffee machine.
The two queen sized beds in our garden view room had been raised off the ground and were furnished with ample amounts of pillows, including one on each bed with a cute saying. The sitting chairs likewise had decorative pillows with a hip vibe. Between the two beds was the obligatory nightstand with a phone and an alarm clock radio, which could be programmed to wake travelers up using different celebrity greetings.
In a cabinet underneath, this space was an empty mini-fridge so that guests could store their snacks and beverages.
We liked the fact there were plenty of electric sockets to plug in mobile devices and that the fact that the AC vents were located near the floor rather than overhead.

And those little guitar tins with mints that were left every night on our beds made for such cute souvenirs!

Take for home!

The room’s mirror that showed the heights of famous people so travelers could see how they measured up in comparison and the vanity area wall colorful decoration made out of drumsticks were a huge hit with our son who wanted to buy replicas for his room at home.

The Bathroom

The black and white tiled bathroom composed of a sink vanity area and a separate  tub/shower/toilet/ sink area was useful for us trying to get up and ready in the morning.
The amenity kit which was replenished daily contained some supplies such as sewing kit, shower caps, and other personal care products .We appreciated hooks on the back of the door for holding more towels and a clothesline in the shower for hanging up swimwear.

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Other Facilities

Complimentary Wi-Fi can be found throughout the building, and the reception desk is open at all hours to handle any problems that might arise.
Babysitting and concierge services are likewise available for guests.
In fact, children under the age of 2 are provided with free cribs and those under the age of 17 stay free as long as they will be using the existing beds in a room.
Our son with autism loved their signature store selling the hard rock souvenirs and the extravagant outdoor pool where we could relax in after a tiring day in the parks listening to rock music.
Other facilities include a convenience store, a sauna, hot tubs, a game room, a gym as well as Laundromats.


Travelers that don’t wish to stray off the property can dine in one of the hotel’s two restaurants – The Kitchen, with a casual atmosphere serving New American cuisine and The Palm, a classic steakhouse with a more formal atmosphere.
Kids have their venue called the Kids’ Crib where they can lounge on beanbags, watch a big screen TV and get their dinner. Also, the Crib also features character meals twice a week.

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The Royal  Lounge

The hotel’s Rock Royalty Lounge decorated in vibrant colors along with music memorabilia serves a continental breakfast with a mimosa, happy hour beer and wine with hors d’oeuvres and our personal favorite –the evening sweets between 8-10pm.

Autism Travel Tips

  • We asked for a quiet room and were accommodated by being given one that overlooked the gardens.Despite the high noise level that one naturally expects at a Hard Rock establishment, we encountered nothing but perfect silence in our room.
  • The room also contained double curtains that worked very well for blocking out unwanted light.
  • There was also a safety bar in the shower so that people with disabilities can easily get into and out of the bath. However, travelers that need an anti-slip shower mat will want to bring their own with them.

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Disclaimer-A discounted media rate was provided for my stay .Opinions in the post reflect my personal and honest opinions.




  1. Very thorough review! I love the mirror with the heights! We will have to check it out for my son’s birthday.

    • Margalit Francus says:

      I’m glad you found it helpful.I wanted to mention that different categories of rooms look different.We had a garden view room that was quiet and had that specific design.Make sure you mention that you are celebrating a birthday when you make the reservation.Hope you have a wonderful time!

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