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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center
Katie and I shared a 2 Queen room overlooking the pool event center
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I stayed at the hotel for a girlfriend's 30th birthday party. We reserved a large suite, and were terribly disappointed at check-in when we were told that there was a 'mistake' in the booking and we were only going to be able to have 2 small ajoining rooms. But even before that happened - I couldn't even park at the hotel...I was arriving late and thus hadn't received my key yet. After waiting 10 minutes in line to valet I was told that I was not able unless I had my key (hello! can't get my key until I parked). Later in the evening we planned on going to the newly opened lounge. More empty promises - we repeatedly talked to hotel staff prior to our visit to make sure we could get into the lounge. We were told no problem. Not so the night we were there - our group was turned away unless we wanted to fork out $1,500 for bottle service in a cabana. What a huge let down. As a San Diego local, I am truly dissapointed in this over priced, over hyped 'it' place. I expect this kind of thing from Las Vegas, not San Diego.
Hard Rock - San Diego is unbelievable! From the minute valet greets you at the curb this place rocks! Valet whisked our car away, bell service took our bags directly to our room and we were greeted by an employee who walked us through the check-in process. The lobby is amazing and the atmosphere was full of energy. I was already amazed, but when we walked into our "Rock Star Suite" (unit 701) all my wife could say was, "Oh my God!" The room was beautiful and overlooked Randee Gerber's Moonstone Lounge and the outdoor rock stage. A day earlier we could have watched Fergie right from our room while the Black Eyed Peas played a concert for the owners and VIP's. The view from this room was nothing but first class! The shower was out of this world, but I will leave those details out ...
The Hard Rock lives up to its branding. First class the whole way. Yes, minor glitches during the first month, but based on everything else being 5 star...who cares!
Arrived late evening for a four night stay and was greeted by friendly HR staffers at the entrance (valet parking only with unltmtd in/out) Booked a good price on Orbitz ($228) which was lower per night than similar surrounding hotels ($300-325) and rec'd a suite. Greetings from smiling staffers continued in the lobby and with luggage assistance - very friendly and welcoming the whole time. What a nice surprise to see that the room was on the top floor with a great city view - rm 1260. GREAT BEDS! Two large TVs and a nice sitting area so you can have separate activities.
Spectactular, One of a kind!
Although brand new, the Hard Rock is setting the standard for all hotels in San Diego. From the time you are greeted by the valet you know you are at a great hotel. The rooms are great with all of the modern electronic connections. My room had a great view of the 4th floor pool deck and downtown. The location is the best in downtown San Diego. It is right next to the trolley station, a block from the ballpark, across the street from the convention center and in the gaslamp district. The Sweetwater bar and the MaryJane resturant are one of a kinds. The Hard Rock is not the cheapest hotel downtown, but I found that you get what you pay for. Our one night stay was great and it will not be our last.
I have stayed at this hotel for four nights, finding that the rate was cheaper than the Marriott which I usually stay at.
We got a great intro price on the hotel's website so decided to try it out. The hotel is very trendy and modern. If you've stayed at the Ivy, it is very similar. The shower is very nice with a dual showerhead. We had the King Suite, and there were two large LCD TV's along with a vinyl couch and two bar stools.
I stayed at the Hard Rock recently and was disappointed. The rooms were modern and stylish. Even on the 7th floor, street and hallway noise was noticeable. The bed linens were terrific, but the towels were those strange cotton towels that feel nice to the touch, but just seem to move the water around. The bathroom and halls smelled of rotten eggs---seems to be a ventilation problem. One elevator was out of service and there was no lighting in the spa/workout room one morning. Be aware that there is a $15 "activity fee" charged---not sure what for, but at least they tell you when you check in. The vibe is a combination of modern cool, and old-time rock and roll. If the scene is what you seek, its a good place to stay and the price is on the high end of the nearby Gaslamp District hotels. The location is a quick walk to the Convention center and baseball stadium.
I learn from the 1st review that the official opening of the hotel is not until December. That would explain the maintenance guys running around doing stuff and finishing off the pool area.