4.1 out of 5

"Stayed here with my wife and daughter for one night so that we could spend two days at the Universal parks during our stay in Orlando. Perfect locatio ... " More

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in the heart of Orlando awaits you at Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ®. Within a 30-minute stroll, you'll find Universal CityWalk™ and Universal Studios Florida™. Highlights at this resort include 3 restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, and a free area shuttle.

All 650 rooms feature flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and you can enjoy free WiFi, iPod docks, and coffee/tea makers. Refrigerators and round-the-clock room service make in-room dining convenient. You'll find nice touches like free toiletries and premium bedding to enhance your stay. Free newspapers, in-room massages, and safes are also available.

The restaurant, The Kitchen, serves American cuisine and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The resort's own poolside bar and bar/lounge are nice places to enjoy a drink. Enjoy the fitness centre, kids' club, sauna, and kids' swimming pool. 6000 square feet (557 square metres) of event facilities include conference centres, and other business amenities include a 24-hour business centre. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a coffee shop/café, and laundry facilities. Cooked-to-order breakfast is available daily. There's also valet parking, along with the convenience of a free theme park shuttle.

With a stay at this 4-star Orlando resort, you'll be 1.7 km (1.1 mi) from Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and 4.3 km (2.7 mi) from Mall at Millenia.

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
£308 per night

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Pool View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Garden View

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Club Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (Hard Rock Club)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ® ratings based on 18 Verified Reviews

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5 out of 5

Great hotel if visiting Universal parks

Stayed here with my wife and daughter for one night so that we could spend two days at the Universal parks during our stay in Orlando. Perfect location for this as the parks are only a leisurely 10 minute stroll through gardens adjacent to the waterway, plus you get complimentary Express Passes for the rides (park admission tickets still need to be purchased seperately). Staff were friendly and polite and the (standard) room we booked was clean and comfortable. Would happily stay here again given the opportunity.

Posted by , from Tiptree, Essex on 8 Nov 2017

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5 out of 5


Pros: the way the staff treat you
Cons: you can check in from early morning but don't get your room till 3-4pm
Location: theme parks minutes away also night life and lots of restaurants
From the moment you check in to the day you leave you will not be disappointed. We stayed at rock royalty level where you can have free soft drinks and bottled water all day. Tea , coffee , fruit juice , pastries and cereal for breakfast and small bites at night with alcohol. The Kitchen restaurant is a must visit. The beds are so comfortable. The pool has lots of areas to sunbathe and the pool bar will keep you refreshed

Posted by , from uk on 28 Sep 2017

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3 out of 5

Needs upgrading, lost its luxury feel!

We have stayed in this hotel for a few years now and this year, we were disappointed. Hotel corridors needed hoovered, rooms look identical to previous years. Fridge door in room hanging off. Very poor for the money we paid, won't stay there for our next vacation.

Posted by , from scotland on 14 Sep 2017

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4 out of 5

Close to universal parks

Only 5 minutes walk to the gates of Universal Studios. Perfect for getting express passes. Comfy and clean hotel.

Posted by on 2 Aug 2017

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5 out of 5

Cool hotel

Great place Chilled but close to all the action Fantastic helpful staff

Posted by on 23 Jul 2017

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5 out of 5

fantastic hotel

Check in was 4 pm but our rooms were ready at 1220 . They texted me while we were in Universal Studios that our room was ready. The staff at the front desk were awesome and were so helpful. The rooms were spacious and very clean. Poolside bar/restaurant served excellent food and drinks or you could have food and drink served to you while on your sunbed around the pool. We visited the Kitchen restaurant for a buffet breakfast $20 for adults $5 for kids and they served everything ..... and we tried everything..lol..and we couldn't fault the food . Will definitely visit this hotel again.

Posted by on 19 Oct 2015

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3 out of 5

Good location, otherwise very average

We stayed here for 4 nights while visiting Universal Theme Parks. With the hotels close proximity to the parks this worked very well. The rooms were tired and small, especially the bathrooms. We paid extra for a pool view which was hardly worth it. The pool area was very noisy and crowded all day which initially gave a great vibe but was wearing after a couple of days and not helpful to unwind after a busy day at the parks. The pool staff were very friendly and attentive. One day we visited the Royal Pacific which had a much nicer vibe and we would stay there if visiting again. After 4 days we moved to the Ritz Carlton which was superior in ever respect and cheaper too.

Posted by on 6 Aug 2014

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5 out of 5


Amazing staff and surroundings. Pool staff were so helpful with all the best tips.

Posted by on 23 May 2014

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4 out of 5

Not entirely worth the money

My family of five checked in for overnight (2 adults, 1 grandma and two teens) primarily to get the fastpass access to Universal IoA rides including the early entry to Harry Potter (you now get the fastpass from when you check in to the end of the day afterwards with a special photocard) and to park the car (for free) for that day without having to pay for extra parking at the park. We actually went to Universal Studios the day before without a fastpass because it was really quiet. We had previously been to the Royal Pacific Hotel - one of the sister hotels to this one - but we wanted to see how much better the Hard Rock was. The theming is excellent from the off. A sweeping drive culminating in a fountain of metal guitars just outside the main lobby makes you feel as if you've arrived at a rock star's home. The lobby was spacious with some interesting memorabilia displayed well. Check in was quick and efficient (although I received some incorrect advice from the staff about a discount booklet). The rooms were bright and spacious with nice artwork on the walls. Because it was unseasonably hot for February we all used the pool too. Again, nicely themed, very large with lots of sunbeds and palm trees. Unfortunately the vaunted 'underwater sound system' didn't seem to be working, which was a bit of a shame. We used the boat to get to the park and saw the fireworks the previous night but we didn't eat at the hotel so I can't comment on the restaurants. We then took advantage of early entry to Harry Potter the next morning. I had decided not to have breakfast at the hotel thinking we could grab and go at Citywalk but nothing was open at 7.30 so we had to wait until we were in the park at 8. So, it was a good experience but we all (unanimously) preferred the Royal Pacific Hotel for its pool and even the theming. My daughter went as far to say the Hard Rock's decor was 'a bit tacky', which wasn't the case at the Royal Pacific. I would say (although this is just my opinion) that the rooms in the Hard Rock were perhaps slightly bigger but you're there for such a short time that it doesn't really matter. So I'm glad that we have seen both hotels but when we come back it will be to the Royal Pacific.

Posted by on 18 Feb 2013

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5 out of 5

Top Hotel in Bestlage

Pros: Große Zimmer und Poollandschaften. Sehr Sauber. Große Bäder..
Cons: Es sollten mehr Zimmer mit King Size Bett angeboten werden
Location: Direkt in den Universal Studios...
Dieses Hotel ist für die Universal Studios bestens geeignet. Tolle Lage. Toller Service. Zimmer sind sehr groß. Der Preis ist zwar hoch, aber das ist es trotzdem Wert. (Fast Pass, Lage, Ambiente haben halt ihren Preis.)

Posted by , from Swisttal on 18 Dec 2017

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About the Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ®

Location 5800 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Property Features

Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ® offers its guests an outdoor pool, a kid's pool, a waterslide, and a sauna. There are 3 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/cafΘ. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include A poolside bar and A bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. Business amenities include A 24-hr business centre and meeting rooms. Event space at this resort measures 6000 square feet (557 square metres) and includes conference centres. A fitness centre, a kid's club, and tour or ticket assistance are also featured at the family-friendly Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ®. Parking is available for a fee. This 4-star Orlando resort is smoke free.

  • 650 guestrooms or units
  • 7 levels
  • 3 dining venues
  • 5 conference rooms
  • 6000 sq ft of conference space
  • 557 sq. m of conference space
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Kid's club (surcharge)
  • Supervised kid's activities (surcharge)
  • Cabanas by the pool (surcharge)
  • Poolside lounge chairs
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Business centre (24 hours)
  • Conference centre
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Staff members are multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Games room or arcade
  • Garden
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • ATM
  • On-site shopping
  • Bellhop
  • Lift
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Children's pool
  • Waterslide
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Free area shuttle
  • Free theme park shuttle
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Orlando, FL (MCO-Orlando Intl.) (27.1 km / 16.8 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free area shuttle and theme park shuttle
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ® offers 650 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with iPod docking stations and a safe. Beds feature premium bedding. 32-inch Flat-screen televisions come with cable channels and pay-per-view films. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators and coffee/tea makers. Rooms have partially open bathrooms. Bathrooms include a combined bath/shower unit, complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Orlando's resort provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include complimentary newspapers and telephones. A nightly turndown service is provided and housekeeping is offered on a daily basis. Amenities available on request include in-room massages.

  • Bathrooms are partially open
  • iPod dock
  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Films for purchase
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds available
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Nightly turndown service
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Massage in room (surcharge)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast daily.

The Kitchen – Overlooking the pool, this restaurant specialises in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and light fare. Guests can enjoy al fresco dining (weather permitting). A children's menu is available.

Palm Restaurant – This fine-dining restaurant specialises in international cuisine and only serves dinner.

24-hour room service is available.


Enjoy Concert Nights, a musical series offered during the summer months, featuring DJs on Thursday nights, live bands on Saturday nights, and filmed concerts by popular bands on Sunday nights. Admission is free to all guests staying at Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando.

The Velvet Sessions cocktail party is held on the last Thursday of the month from January to October at the hotel's Velvet Bar. Sessions focus on a select drink theme and offer live music from well known artists such as Joan Jett and Foreigner.

Nearby Activities

An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include a waterslide, a sauna and a fitness centre. The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby
  • Beach volleyball on site
  • Golf lessons available nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD $50 per accommodation, per night
  • Maximum 2 per room
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Pets are permitted with a fee of $50 per night (maximum charge of $150 for stays of three nights and more). Fee is subject to change without notice and other restrictions apply. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • 24-hour check-in


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: USD22.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: USD29.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD$50 per accommodation, per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ® Orlando
  • Universal's Hard Rock Hotel ®
  • Universal's Hard Rock ® Orlando
  • Universal's Hard Rock ®

You should know

  • Up to 3 children 17 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.


Exclusive Theme Park Benefits and More

Book a stay in any room or rate category and receive early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal's Volcano Bay™ 1 hour before theme parks open (valid admission tickets required); complimentary resort transportation to and from Universal Studios Florida™, Universal Islands of Adventure™ and Universal’s CityWalk™; resort-wide charging privileges; complimentary City Walk Party Pass℠; complimentary delivery of merchandise; Universal Orlando™ Character appearances with popular theme park characters; and Universal Orlando™ Golf Program, providing preferred tee times and complimentary transportation to select area golf courses.

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s17)

†Based on average price of a 2-Park Universal Express Unlimited pass ranging between $99.99 and $169.99. Requires theme park admission. Valid at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Pteranodon Flyers™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Excludes separately ticketed events. Benefit not valid for guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and Universal’s Aventura Hotel (Opening 2018) or for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid 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 one (1) hour prior to regularly scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios

Florida™ or Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ determined by Universal Orlando and Universal’s Volcano Bay™. Valid at select attractions at each park. Universal Orlando Resort reserves the right to open alternative attractions in the event that a technical problem arises or an attraction opening is delayed. Additional restrictions may apply.

ˆValid for registered on-site hotel guests for the length of stay. Not valid for separately ticketed concerts and special events. Some venues require ages 21 or older and a cover charge for admission. Valid Photo ID required. Does not include admission to AMC® Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX®, the Blue Man Group show or Hollywood Drive-in Golf™. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.