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Hard Rock Hotel Orlando : The Sound of Your Stay Experience

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando : The Sound of Your Stay Experience


Guests can now turn up the volume and amplify their experience at several Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos around the world with the new “The Sound of Your Stay” program.  This program is designed to provide a free all-encompassing music experience unlike anywhere else in the comfort of a hotel room. Everything needed for this rock star getaway is right here – Fender guitars, a personalized playlist, mixing equipment, even a VIP tour of the music memorabilia around the hotel.

Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Entrance
Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Front Entrance

And of course, the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, is now offering this new and exciting package and I was lucky to get a chance to experience “The Sound of Your Stay” myself!

The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort is in the heart of it all.  It’s walking distance to the area’s thrilling theme parks and is equipped with everything needed for a relaxing vacation or family fun.

Walk This Way 

Upon checking in at the front desk reception area,  I let them know that I was ready to jam out with my Fender guitar!  Inside my key envelope was a code that allowed me to download a playlist of songs from some of the biggest names in music industry.  They even have the option of streaming the entire track online via their website.

Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Lobby Area
Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Lobby Area

In My Room

Once in my room a surprise was waiting for me. A delicious array of chocolate sweets including a chocolate guitar with two bottles of water were sitting on the counter.

Welcome Sweets at the Hard Rock Hotel
Welcome Sweets at the Hard Rock Hotel

Each of the hotel’s newly remodeled 650 guest rooms and suites offers the perfect mix of funk, stylish furnishings, and rock ‘n’ roll artwork with all the amenities to get away from adoring fans.

Double Room at the Hard Rock Hotels - The Sound of My Stay
Double Room at the Hard Rock Hotels – The Sound of My Stay

Once all settled in the room, all that’s left to do is call the front desk and choose from an enticing menu of 20 Fender guitars, including Stratocasters, Telecasters, and even basses to strike a chord during the stay.  They deliver the pre-reserved Fender guitar, complete with floor amp, and Blue Mo-Fi headphones to rock out in the hotel room without disturbing the other guests.  I chose the candy apple red, Coronado Fender Guitar.

Trying out my Coronado Fender Guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
Trying out my Coronado Fender Guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando-The Sound of My Stay

To remember the occasion, they give guests a collectable pin and limited edition hat featuring the “I Got Plugged In @ Hard Rock Hotels”

Limited Edition “I Got Plugged In @ Hard Rock Hotels" Hat and Pin
Limited Edition “I Got Plugged In @ Hard Rock Hotels” Hat and Pin

Pump Up the Volume

If playing a fender guitar isn’t enough, one can turn their room into a mini nightclub with the Mix program. Just call the front desk for in-room delivery, and choose from one of several Traktor Kontrol Z1 Systems.  They even provide an iPad to experience the next wave of mixing technology and video lessons to assist guests who have yet to spin.  I had the chance to play around with one in the lobby with the assistance of Scratch DJ Academy who showed me how it worked.  It was interesting hearing all the different sounds you could make by slowing down the record or spilling it the opposite direction.  I’m a DJ now, I put a record on.

Mix Program with DJ Luxe at the Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando - The Sound of My Stay
Mix Program with DJ Luxe at the Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando – The Sound of My Stay

Memorabilia, memorabilia

One of the things that I was really looking forward to was the personalized VIP memorabilia tour of all the pieces around the property.  Hard Rock historian Jeff Nolan give us a VIP exclusive tour inside the vault, where they store all the priceless memorabilia collection of over 80,000+ items.  It’s the largest music memorabilia collection in the world, and they rotate the collection to allow guest to see new pieces throughout all their properties.

The collection was started by Eric Clapton, who was a regular customer at the original Hard Rock Cafe London.  He asked the staff if he could hang his guitar on the wall to mark his favorite bar stool as “his spot”.  They did, and one week later, a package from The Who’s Peter Townshend arrived with a guitar and a note bearing the message, “Mine’s as good as his!  Love, Pete.

Hard Rock Hotel Memorabilia Collection
Hard Rock Hotel Memorabilia Collection

Eat It

The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando has several dining options to choose from during one’s stay.  The Palm Steakhouse is open for dinner.  Once done with dinner, one can linger for cocktails at the ultra-hip Velvet Bar for an evening night cap. The Kitchen is open for both breakfast and dinner with walls adorned with culinary-themed memorabilia from the Hard Rock Hotel’s many celebrity guests.  I really enjoyed their breakfast buffet and their assortment of fresh fruit in the morning.

The Kitchen at The Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando
The Kitchen at The Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando

Grab a poolside snack at the beachclub, or enjoy some award-winning ice cream at Emack & Bolio’s Marketplace while staying here!  Room service is always an option for those late night cravings.

Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Restaurants
Hard Rock Hotel Universal Orlando Restaurants

Here Comes the Sun

After a day in the park, or jamming away you’ll need to take some time off by the pool. The Hard Rock’s 12,000 square foot pool is the place to relax and unwind.  The zero entry pool features a sand beach, water slide, children’s play area, and an adjacent beach volleyball court as well as cabanas available to rent surrounding the pool.  They even have underwater speakers blasting music to enjoy the tunes making swimming underwater more enjoyable.

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando at Universal Pool Area
Hard Rock Hotel Orlando at Universal Pool Area

The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando was just out of this world!! I couldn’t of asked for a better place to stay, and really enjoyed being a rock star for a few nights with “The Sound of My Stay” experience.  If you’re traveling with kids it’s definitely worth the extra dollars to get those express passes to the park with your stay.  One of the best things about the hotel is its location, only a 5 minute walk from Universal Studios and City Walk.

What does The Sound of Your Stay  “Amplified Package get you?

  • Personalized VIP memorabilia tour and behind the scenes look at priceless pieces from Hard Rock’s legendary collection of 80,000+ items (largest music memorabilia collection in the world)
  • Pre-reserved Fender guitar, complete with floor amp and headphones ready upon arrival
  • Tracks is a 15-song curated playlist that serves as a sonic guide for your Hard Rock Hotel stay and beyond.
  • Mix is where you’re the DJ.  You can mix with our Traktor Kontrol Z1 controller and laptop that taps into a personal set of headphones in the hotel lobby.
  • Collectible pin and limited edition hat featuring the “I Got Plugged In @ Hard Rock Hotels” tagline

Disclaimer:  I was a guest of the Hard Rock Hotels and enjoyed my stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Orlando and Hard Rock Tampa, but all options here are my own.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.


  1. Amanda
    June 3, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I love when hotels do something really different and unique while staying on brand. This is a great example. I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago a few years ago and it was also great!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      I think it’s a great experience especially for older kids and even adults. My kids would of loved this experience. Hopefully, we get a chance to go back this year so they can try it out themselves.

  2. Tracie Howe
    June 3, 2016 at 12:58 pm

    I had no idea what a cool experience staying at the Hard Rock Hotel could be!! I can’t believe that they bring guitars to your room. How funny!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 3, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      The program is free for hotel guest. It’s quite a unique experience to order a guitar and have them bring it to your room.

  3. Gemma
    June 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    This looks like the place to rock out! I did not know that Hard Rock did accommodation too, they do cocktails well so I an imagine the stay matches!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 3, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      It certainly is the place to rock out. The accommodations were great. The rooms are very spacious and could accommodate a family of four easily. We have a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood and a lot people go for the weekend and enjoy a little gambling while they are there.

  4. Lauren Craving Sunshine
    June 3, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    This is amazing! You must’ve felt like a total rock star!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

      I felt very special. My kids were jealous and wished they would of accompanied me when I told them all the thing we did.

  5. Aisha
    June 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    This is pretty cool. I also giggled at your “Walk This Way” title lol.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:15 pm

      I’m glad you found my title assuming. I thought it fit right in with the theme don’t you think?

  6. Jaynie Wall
    June 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    What a fun trip, Hard Rock Hotel really knows how to treat their guests. Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      Yes, they do know how to treat their guest and make them feel comfortable and accommodating. Makes me want to go back soon.

  7. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    June 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    A Fender in the rooms?! That’s awesome! It looks like such a fun hotel, I’ll definitely keep it in mind. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      If you play the guitar it makes it extra special to have a Fender guitar a phone call away.

  8. Mariaabroad
    June 4, 2016 at 2:23 am

    How cool is that? I never knew that Hard Rock Hotels had so many cool props in their rooms! I’ll have to check one out soon.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:19 pm

      This program is new and is running till the end of the year. They are trying it out to see what the guest think of the experience. I think they should keep it around longer.

  9. mark
    June 4, 2016 at 2:49 am

    Hard rock hotels always look amazing and would be so much fun to stay in. I know peopele who have stayed Hard Rock in Bali tyen said it was amazing. I Must say orlando looks just as good. I love the music memorabilia

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      I couldn’t of ask for a better location. We were walking distance to the Universal Studio parks, and didn’t have to walk far.

  10. Michele Peterson
    June 4, 2016 at 3:47 am

    The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando looks like a real find for music lovers. The chocolate guitar is great start to a fun stay!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      I had to bring home some of the chocolate because it was too much for me to eat by myself. I really enjoyed the guitar experience and now want to take music lessons to learn how to play one better.

  11. Fiona Maclean
    June 4, 2016 at 7:58 am

    Perfect for aspiring rock stars I guess? It looked like a good all round package too.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      I’m not a rock star, but I enjoyed jamming on an electric guitar that I would of never thought of playing before.

  12. Tamshuk
    June 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

    Looks quite unique. Things like these make the guests have a different experience from the usual hotel stays

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      It’s definitely a nice perk they are offering the guest, and it’s free too.

  13. Erika Bisbocci
    June 4, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I actually had no idea that Hard Rock Hotels even existed! Sounds like a unique place to stay and an absolute paradise for music lovers!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      The Hard Rock Hotels are all over the world and they keep opening new locations. Three more are scheduled to open the end of the year.

  14. Paul
    June 4, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Looks like an awesome place to stay, especially for lovers of rock music like us! I bet it comes at quite a cost though!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      The room cost isn’t that expensive as most would think. I really enjoyed walking around the property and seeing all the music memorabilia.

  15. Monika
    June 4, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I never thought of staying at a hotel as something more than just sleeping, so I find it tally interesting.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      For parents traveling with young adults that are into music, this is a fantastic experience for them. My son is a drummer, and my daughter wants to play the guitar. They both want to try it next time we go.

  16. Meg Jerrard
    June 4, 2016 at 9:57 am

    This is incredible! I’ve never heard of anything like it – such a brilliant idea for a rock star theme. And I’m super digging the guitar chocolate … as well as the pool. The pool is HUGE! Staying here on our next trip to Orlando – thanks for the review!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      The pool is enormous and even has an area with sand so you feel like you’re at the beach. If you swim underwater you’ll hear the music playing too.

  17. Laura Lynch
    June 4, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    That sounds like a really fantastic package. It’s great that hotels are really thinking about what visitors might want and giving the extra value. The rooms look really nice too. A comfortable and fun place to stay.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      I agree I think it’s important for hotels to accommodate their guest with unique experiences. I know my kids when we travel hang out in the room watching TV when they are bored. At the Hard Rock they would probably not want to leave the room, and play with the guitar & mixing equipment without complaining about it.

  18. Nancy
    June 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Wow – The Sound of Your Stay seems like a really cool experience if you are into music. I haven’t stayed at a Hard Rock property but Hard Rock Orlando seems like an excellent property given the amenities and location.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 4, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      The Hard Rock Orlando is a fantastic place to stay, especially if you have kids. My kids love the fact that it’s walking distance to the parks. The hotel also offers express passes to guest. The rooms are very spacious, and they have plenty of activities to keep the kids busy in the pool.

  19. Nancy
    June 4, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I remember when Hard Rock came out with hotels quite a few years ago. They were all the rage! This property looks like its their signature hotel. Very nice!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

      I remember when they started it was more about people going to see the music memorabilia on the walls and getting something to eat in the cafes. Now it’s an upscale hotel with all the amenities.

  20. Laia
    June 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    I didn’t know that there were Hard Rock hotels! Very interesting for fans of Hard Rock café, with their unique package and the decoration of the hotel and rooms. And the 12000 square foot pool… I have no words for the pool 😀

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

      The Hard Rock has hotels all over the world now. This particular package is new and it gives guest the feeling that they are rock stars during their stay.

  21. Emily Kydd
    June 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    This looks incredible! Great pictures! I’ve never been to a Hard Rock hotel, just the restaurants, might just have to!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 10:51 am

      I’ve had dinner in a few of the cafes, but it’s not quite the same as staying on the property.

  22. Amy
    June 5, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Fantastic information on what looks to be a pretty spectacular hotel! Appreciate the inclusion of info and tips for families!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

      Thanks Amy! I have three kids that are young adults now. When we travel I’m always looking for rooms that can accommodate all three of them in one room. My double room was just the right size for them.

  23. Kerri
    June 5, 2016 at 4:04 am

    The whole thing looks fantastic. I honestly can’t believe the Fender !!!! Only ever eaten at Hard Rock once (in Atlantic City) and didn’t realise they did accom. Thanks for the review Carmen.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 10:55 am

      I’ve eaten in a few Hard Rock Cafes while traveling. I’m also fascinated by all the artwork on the walls and memorabilia. They rotate the memorabilia throughout all their hotels, so it’s always changing.

  24. Aisha
    June 5, 2016 at 7:51 am

    This looked like a cool and fun trip. I ams till laughing at your “walk this way” caption.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

      I thought it was the best song that went with the check-in process of the hotel. 🙂

  25. Brianna
    June 5, 2016 at 8:15 am

    Interesting idea. Probably not for me, since I’m not all that into music. But perhaps others would be interested.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

      I’m sure you could find something to do around the property that isn’t music related, or just hang by the pool.

  26. Carly Moore
    June 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Soooo I’ve eaten at a ton of Hard Rock Cafe’s and I had no idea they had a hotel chain? Lol? Jeez. It looks fantastic though, gotta love goodies being left for you in your room!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 11:00 am

      The Hard Rock Hotel & Casinos around the world have become very popular. We visited the one in Tampa and played a little blackjack. It amazing me how big these properties are. Our hotel have over 650 rooms.

  27. Caroline
    June 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

    This looks like so much fun, like being a kid again playing in your room. I love it! The food looks great as well.

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      I certainly felt like a kid again, playing with all my toys.

  28. Emily Luxton
    June 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Oh wow this looks amazing! I love that you can borrow guitars and mixing decks – so much fun!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Yes, it was a lot of fun. I think its a great program that gives guest something out of the ordinary to do with their time.

  29. Jessica
    June 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Cool stay! I want to imagine myself sleeping in that rocky room! 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2016 at 11:52 am

      The rooms were very spacious, considering we had two queen beds in ours. They also have a nice seating area and a deck if you want to work.

  30. anto
    June 5, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    I collect HRC shotglasses and have about 30 different ones, even from places that don’t exist anymore. However, I’ve never stayed at a Hard Rock Hotel for some reason. I should definitely do that once I’m in a place they have one. I was in Orlando loooong ago and didn’t even make it to the cafe, still a shame…

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2016 at 11:53 am

      If you collect shot glasses then you definitely need to make your way to a Hard Rock Hotel and buy one there.

  31. Danielle Des
    June 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Upon arrival does everyone get the chocolate sweets? I would love that!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2016 at 11:54 am

      I’m not sure if everyone get the chocolate sweets like I did, but I’m sure they do someone similar for the guest.

  32. Mar Pages
    June 5, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    I thought the chocolate guitar was cool, till I read about the guitar menu! Definitely a uniquely Hard Rock experience, looks like lots of fun 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 6, 2016 at 11:56 am

      If your a guitar fanatic or know of anyone who is, this is a great way of spending your downtime.

  33. Joe Ankenbauer
    June 6, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I love the Hard Rock Brand! Although, I’ve only really eaten at the restaurants. The hotel looks really cool!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 7, 2016 at 9:19 am

      I’ve eaten at a few Hard Rock Hotel Cafes while traveling and apart from the food, seeing all the memorabilia items is the highlight for me.

  34. Lara Dunning
    June 7, 2016 at 10:57 am

    This sounds like the perfect place for a music love and so worth the “Amplified” package. How cool to arrive with guitar in your room!!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      June 8, 2016 at 11:26 am

      It’s definitely a package for a music lover, and well worth it.

  35. Calvin
    July 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Now THAT is a vacation! Maybe I should scrap the whole Disney cruise thing with my kids and just bring them here? LOL

    • Carmen Edelson
      July 1, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      If your kids are young, I’m sure the Disney cruise is a great choice. This package is great for the adults that want to be kids again. 🙂

  36. Allison Baker
    November 28, 2018 at 2:41 am

    wow this place is so wonderful and perfect to this place and main thing is this place and this music is so amazing thats why i like it.

    • Carmen Edelson
      December 4, 2018 at 9:41 pm

      It was such a fun experience for sure!

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