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
- 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
We went to the hard rock cafe last weekend to but a shirt for our family in Italy. They were in California in Sept. Did not have his size. We went there to buy it. While we were there we ate in the cafe. Very good.
Warm weekend finally. Wanted pool and jacuzzi. Shane hooked us up with a rad room. Stayed a extra day. Lots to walk to both daytime and nighttime. Great food all about. Can't wait to go again. Thanks HR staff....
This seemed a nice place when we arrived - and room was pretty good , until it came time to have a shower. It was so narrow and the water went everywhere. We had to get maintenance to come up and fix part of the taps because there was two showerheads and only one worked. Even after getting this fixed it was the worst.
The bed was fine and the rest was ok
When I checked into the hotel, I went to my room, and unfortunately it smelled like a smoker had stayed there the night before. I called the front desk and they immediately got me another room and asked me if I would like a bottle of wine to make up for it. I asked for a couple of free bottles of Fiji water in the room instead and they took care of it. As a former employee of the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, I was impressed at the independence the hotel gave their workers to do something like that.
I'm a huge Hard Rock Cafe fan so you'd think a stay at a Hard Rock Hotel would be a no brainer. Well unfortunately overall I was pretty disappointed and wouldn't come back. Oddly there's actually no Hard Rock Cafe in the hotel and the actual cafe in San Diego has closed so that was a disappointing start. The local diner Mary Jane's could only be described as average at best.
The rooms are particularly un-Hard Rocky. With the exception of a guitar image hanging in the bathroom it looks like any other hotel room. Noise is a factor in many rooms due to the bar/nightclub below but hey it's a Hard Rock what would you expect.
Service generally is average, room cleanliness is less than average, many in our group would comment it barely looked like their rooms had been touched at all. Minibar wasn't replenished once and I was there a week.
Location right in the gaslamp district is great and really close to the convention center which is handy. However many of our group were so disappointed they checked out early and moved up the road to the Pendry.
If you go in with average expectations you'll be okay. Don't expect much more.