If you are headed to Universal Orlando Resort for Halloween Horror Nights, you are going to want to book your stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando.

The main attraction is the pool area. Aside from a large pool, you will also find a sand beach, water slide, hot tubs, interactive fountains and a sand volleyball court. There is even an underwater sound system so you don’t miss your favourite songs.

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The Hard Rock Hotel is made for people who love rock memorabilia. The lobby, restaurants and hallways are all lined with instruments, photos and other reminders of the rock star lifestyle. You can even see rock stars live when you stay at the hotel. Both Billy Idol and Brett Michaels performed in the time I was at the hotel.

Designed as if it were the estate of a former rock star, Hard Rock Hotel features a priceless collection of rock memorabilia. The 650-room hotel showcases the mission style of a true “Hotel California,” where “you can check out but you can never leave.” The themes of “Love All Serve All,” “All is One” and “Take Time to Be Kind” echo throughout the hotel and its team members.

Our room was perfect. The beds were very comfortable and the separate sink from the shower/toilet area is also appreciated. We had a bar fridge and plenty of closet space. We had a view of the pool that enticed us to leave the room too.Hard Rock HotelDining experiences at the hotel range from the new American cuisine served in The Kitchen to the famed Palm Restaurant and the ultra-hip Velvet Bar. Velvet Sessions, Orlando‟s only rock „n‟ roll cocktail party and concert, takes place in the hotel‟s lobby on the last Thursday of the month. On select dates throughout the year, the hotel features the acoustic show Velvet Unplugged and its new Wine Riffs dinner series, bringing together food, wine and music in an imaginative blend.

We visited The Kitchen for the inviting breakfast buffet. There is an excellent variety of items on the buffet, and you can have the chef prepare an omelette, Eggs Benedict or specialty french toast and pancakes.

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When you stay at the Hard Rock Hotel you can receive extra benefits at the theme parks. Guests receive a package of exclusive benefits that include:

  • Free Universal Express Unlimited ride access, allowing guests to skip the regular lines on most rides and attractions at Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens
  • Complimentary water taxis and shuttle buses
  • Resort-wide charging privileges with room key
  • Priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort
  • Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to the hotel
  • Golf Universal Orlando program
  • Universal Orlando character appearances

While you are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel or any of the Universal resorts, you will want to make a visit to CityWalk. This is fun as a family, but I enjoy it the most when I’m out with my husband or some friends. You can see a movie, play mini-putt, shop your heart out, enjoy live entertainment or eat in any of the incredible restaurants they have to choose from. We had a delicious dinner at Cowfish. This sushi restaurant takes a unique spin on the traditional dish, and creates beef sushi and a variety of other beef and seafood dishes.

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CityWalk is a non-gated attraction. Cover charge for individual venues depends upon entertainment. Guests can purchase a CityWalk Party Pass for $11.99 and enjoy one night’s unlimited admission to the clubs at CityWalk. For $15, visitors can enjoy a movie at Universal Cineplex plus one night’s unlimited admission to the clubs at CityWalk. For more information please call CityWalk Guest services at 407-224-5500 or visit www.UniversalOrlando.com.

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