Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando 

Loud and proud

The VIP treatment isn’t only for superstars at this music-themed hotel. Guests can revel in iconic music memorabilia, plunge into a gigantic swimming pool with an underwater sound system, and score exclusive theme park benefits.

A short walk to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk, music fans will be in their element at this tribute to all things rockstar. Riffs of rock fill the air, memorabilia as cool as Paul McCartney’s guitar (and as bizarre as Elvis’s pyjamas) are on display, and guests can even borrow a Fender guitar or Crosley turntable to rock out in their room. The pool is colossal, and the fun is boosted by a slide, a kids’ water play area, and a sound system pumping tunes above and below the surface. Guest rooms are decked out in superstar-inspired art, and the two-bedroom Future Rock Star Suite deserves a special mention for the fun addition of a stage for mini rockstars to perform on.

Why we love Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

  • You get free Universal Express Unlimited ride access to get you on participating rides and attractions faster by skipping the regular queue for the length of your stay when you have a valid ticket.

  • The hotel's centrepiece is an enormous pool complete with slide, interactive fountains, and an underwater sound system. Expect poolside games, DJ days, and live music on some evenings, too.

  • With valid theme park admission, you can access The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay an hour earlier than other guests.

  • The hotel and parks are connected by walking paths or you can hop on a free water taxi or shuttle bus.

4 stars
Mar - Jun, Oct - Dec
Approximately 10 hours to Orlando
In the centre of the action at Universal Orlando.
Approx. 30 minutes from Orlando airport
Suitable for children



  • Restaurants & bars
  • Board
  • Spas & wellness
  • Activities
  • Families

There’s a good selection of restaurants, whether you fancy a relaxing evening in a classic American steakhouse or something more casual in The Kitchen, where comfort food is the order of the day. For the iconic Hard Rock Café, you’ll need to make your way to Universal CityWalk, just a ten-minute stroll from the hotel.

Palm Restaurant
Forget you’re in Florida as you step into this New York steakhouse. Expect steaks, chops, and seafood with all the trimmings.

Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace
An outpost of a Bostonian hangout loved by touring rockstars. Serves ice cream, smoothies, and coffee.

The Kitchen
This casual restaurant with an open kitchen has a kids’ corner for little ones to hang out in and rockstar memorabilia adorning the walls. It also serves an extensive buffet breakfast.

Drinks and light snacks are available from this poolside bar and grill.

Velvet Bar
Live music and a party atmosphere with bar snacks and drinks menu.

Don’t miss the lively atmosphere at Velvet Bar. Order drinks, snacks, and settle in for an evening of live music.

What's included

Room Only

Guests can use the Mandara Spa over at the nearby Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. There’s a large fitness centre onsite, Body Rock, with plenty of equipment, pus a steam room and sauna. For jogging outside, there’s an option of a 1.5-mile loop or 3.8-mile loop. Yogis can tune into Rock Om, in-room yoga classes.

Time in the resort will likely be spent in the huge pool, lined with cabanas, and pumped with music above and below the water. There’s also a volleyball court, a 260-foot water slide, interactive water fountains, and a play area. Look out for movies under the stars in the evenings.

Guests can borrow Fender guitars and record players from the front desk – check for availability on arrival.

While this resort’s party vibe undoubtedly appeals to adults, it’s also a superb option for families who are warmly welcomed. Kids-orientated suites are just the beginning – there are children’s menu in the restaurants, childproofing kits for toddlers available on request, and a sandy beach for children to play on.