Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
What We Love
- Stellar Gaslamp Quarter spot; adjacent to Padres’ Petco Park
- Rooftop pool scene
- Detox treatments at Rock Spa
- A small museum’s worth of rock memorabilia
- Suites are surprisingly well-insulated from the nightlife noise
What To Know
- The lively crowd keeps things thumping late into the night on weekends
- More for singles/groups of friends than families or couples looking for a quiet getaway
- A $23 resort fee per night will be collected at the Jetsetter check-out
- Overnight parking costs $45
- Cover charge for the nightclub is $20-$30 most nights; hotel guests get in free before 9 p.m
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
The energetic atmosphere at the Hard Rock Hotel outpost in San Diego is rarely found outside of Vegas. But like its Sin City counterpart, this hotel beckons the young and the beautiful. In the Hard Rock San Diego’s lobby, pulsing music and luminescent videos are the backdrop for groups of hip patrons. The scene primes guests for around-the-clock stimulation, but the hotel also allows for plenty of relaxation in its quiet suites.
Bed and Bath
There’s nothing better than a comfortable bed after a night out, and the 420-room Hard Rock delivers with beds outfitted in crisp Egyptian linens. The guestrooms are designed with thought-through modern décor, and gadgetry is up-to-the-minute, with some bathrooms featuring dual showerheads. A see-through partition between the bedroom and the bathroom in some suites means that bunkmates should feel comfortable with each other.
The rooftop pool is the Gaslamp’s see-and-be-seen spot, where guests bask in the Southern California sun. Enjoy dinner at the on-site sushi spot, Nobu, and then head to 207, a sultry lounge off the lobby, or up to Float, the club complex on the roof. For late night cravings, MaryJane’s diner dishes up American fare and breakfast bites until 3 a.m. on Saturdays — and don’t miss the monthly live music scene at MaryJane’s Underground. No matter what your preferred poison, an entire 24 hours of action can be spent on-site, from predinner drinks to a morning spent sipping coffee and getting pampered at the Rock Spa, recovering from the night before.
In the Area
Stroll through one of San Diego’s most happening neighborhoods, the Gaslamp, a revitalized enclave of restaurants, shops and nightlife spots that still somehow feels historical. The Padres’ Petco Park stadium integrated a 105-year-old building and a sandy beach into its unorthodox seating arrangement. Learn a few centuries’ worth of history at Balboa Park, the undisputed cultural heart of San Diego. Here, you’ll see 17th-century Spanish architecture, plus 1,200 acres of galleries, museums and botanical gardens. For aquatic fun, head to SeaWorld, the famed ocean-themed amusement park, or stay on land and gawk at some of the 4,000 animals at the San Diego Zoo.
How to Get There
My wife and I stayed one night for our anniversary. Everything was awesome. Our room very nice. The bed really comfortable. Great location within walking distance of so much to do. The only issue was that there was a lot of outside noise from the street but we didn't hold that against the hotel. Be sure and park cheaper across the street in the parking garage.
Stayed here Wed-Sun as the SO was at a convention for the week. The room was comfortable and well appointed. The bedding was very comfortable. The elevators were super cool inside as well.
The staff was friendly and helpful and the bars were great to hang out in.
The location is super, across from the convention center and at the entrance to the Gaslamp district, which is loaded with restaurants and bars. The zoo was 15 minutes away and coronado was about the same.
The hotel's coffee shop was very good as well. We will stay here again next time we are in SD.
The only place to stay when I come to San Diego. Wonderful hotel in a great location, with a superb breakfast spot. Staff also very helpful, especially Tyler at check-in who offered an awesome upgrade with incredible views. Thank you Tyler and the Hard Rock staff that made our weekend a blast.