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
I had been up since 4am. 2am local time. After a day full of stressful meetings and exhausting conferences, I arrived at the Hard Rock, ready to get up to my room and relax. But it was not to be.
There was a problem with the payment, not the hotel’s fault, and I had to stand in the lobby waiting to get it worked out.
Everybody at the front desk was great, but Kennedy was especially helpful. She explained the situation, let me know what needed to be fixed, and patiently waited while I worked out the problem. All the while chatting me up and making me feel totally at home. While we were talking, I asked if there was someplace near that I could go to grab some beer to bring up to my room. She circled a place on a map, gave me my room key, and I headed up to my room.
15 minutes later, there is a knock on my door and I’m handed a bucket full of ice and an assortment of beer, with a thoughtful card from Kennedy.
Unbelievable. How incredibly thoughtful is that?
Hard Rock Hotels are nice enough, but as long as they continue to hire people like Kennedy, they will continue to receive my business year after year.
Come on! It's the Hard Rock in Downtown San Diego right by Padres Stadium! Love the pool! The whole place is top notch! Top 5 stays! Great visit for non hotel guests as well. Great food and drinks, party atmosphere, great summer spot.
My stay was very enjoyable. We were there for a conference and everything ran smoothly even with the rain that changed dining arrangements. Front desk staff is incredibly nice, helpful and thoughtful. And the doorman was on top of it running back and forth in the rain with an umbrella as we all arrived.
My husband and I stayed while we were in town for a business trip. The room was clean, and the bed was comfortable. Our room was right off the conference center and the soundproofing was amazing. The location was great for the Gaslamp Quarter and the conference center. There is a wide variety of restaurants within easy walking distance. I Lowered the rating because the “minibar” was huge and took up the entire fridge and a good portion of the available work space. Not very convenient when you are trying to work from your hotel room.
Ramones mural on my floor when I got off the elevator. Ergonomically thoughtful room design. Seriously nice room. Tyler Jezierski at the desk super helpful. Great experience. All orher hotels should aspire yo this level of quality and service.