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 spent a week here during July. The location was great as I had a conference at the Convention Center. Also the Gaslamp district has tons of great places visit. Our room was nice and clean. The staff was great and very accommodating. The Saturday pool party gets really lively. Might not be the best place for a family stay at times. I would definitely stay here again.
I have to say that this hotel was a really nice venue, as we expected, and that it was in a fantastic location in the beautiful gas lamp quarter. The room was spacious, clean and quirky.
However we prepaid for the entire stay including parking and taxes, to makes sure our credit card would be free for the last leg of our honeymoon. We ensured the person checking us in was aware of this to ensure that there would not be a large hold put on our card. The reception staff nodded that they had understood us but unfortunately added the charge onto the hold, leaving us with next to no spending money. The resolution for this was to wait until check out and the charge would be removed. Sadly this soured our stay and limited the options we were able to do.
My room was nice and clean and quiet, but I really, really hate being charged a hidden 'all access pass' fee that when I called they say is really just a resort fee that everyone must pay. I didn't ask for the $25 per day pass, had no idea I was being charged, and obviously received none of the benefits...restaurant discount, use of guitar, free magazine, etc. At least have the decency to call it a 'fee' and not a 'pass'
This hotel is wonderful, a lively atmosphere and a staff that has accommodation on the brain, everyone was so nice. A pleasure to stay with you and we will return soon. Great beds, nice bedding and comfortable pillows. Mary Jane's was a terrific place for breakfasts and also fairly well priced.
Great hotel perfect location high energy! Spent 4th of July at the SDHard Rock and loved every minute. The hotels restaurant “Mary Janes” had really good breakfast, never made it there for dinner. The roof top pool and bar was exciting and was busy all weekend with some great vibes.