Inside The Theme Park Rock Hotel
Here's why Hard Rock Orlando is a great home base for a visit to Universal Orlando: The vibe is "cool parents", at least that is what we liked to tell ourselves while we were on the grounds.
The giant pool, complete with sand and water slide is such a hit with kids it may be hard to drag them away from the pool and get them to the parks, so save the pool for an end of day activity.
Real rock music, not "Kid's Place Live", permeates the lobby and the common spaces, as it does at all Hard Rock's, however, as expected, this property is far more family friendly than some of the other Hard Rocks. Aside from the pool, kids will also be treated to magic tricks at dinner (Thursday nights) if you eat at Kitchen, the on site restaurant. Oh, and most important? Your room key serves as an express pass at the parks allowing you to avoid the lines -- sweet.
Finally, if you want to drop your kids off for a couple hours and get some adult time for dinner, Camp Lil' Rock will take your kids for $15 an hour. Which could be considered a bargain after spending a day trekking around the parks with them.
While there is no monorail connecting you to the parks, you do have the choice of a on-site boat or a quick walk to get you to the parks. While the walk might be short enough to make you skip the boat, those with tired children will enjoy the convenience of the end of day boat ride.
What Bummed Us Out
WiFi is not only $14.99 but you also will have to pay $14.99 for each device you choose to connect (meaning your laptop and ipad will cost you double).
Full Disclosure: Universal put us up in this hotel while we were visiting the parks for a story