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