“If the house is a rockin’, don’t bother, come on in.” – Stevie Ray Vaughan
I can’t say that I’m a regular at the Hard Rock San Diego, but I’ve stayed there a few times, gone to a couple events there, and met enough of the staff to know that this is one of my favorite places to stay and have fun in San Diego. Check out this awesome feature video about the hotel!
I’ve had the good fortune to get to know Phil Licata, the food and beverage GM at the Hard Rock. He is an awesome guy and super customer service oriented. He’s one of those people that just gets it!
Here are my top five reasons for recommending the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego as a place to stay and play!:
#1: Location, Location, Location
The hotel is a short walk to all the Gaslamp Quarter has to offer: bars, restaurants, shopping and just people watching. The hotel is across the street from Petco Park, if you want to catch a Padres game or other event at the ballpark. It is right next to a trolley stop, for access to other parts of downtown and Old Town San Diego. And it is super close to the San Diego Convention Center.
#2: The Rooms
The rooms, or Rock Star Suites, as the hotel calls them, are really nice. Not over the top, but very clean, nice, and fully stocked mini-bar and snacks. The music you like will be playing when you enter your room, and many have nice views of downtown or the hotel pool. It is a comfortable and reasonably priced place. The breakfast downstairs at Mary Jane’s is always delicious after a long night out.
#3: Rooftop Pool Time
The rooftop pool is called Float. These days it is a pretty tame venue during the day since the hotel decided to focus more on group sales to businesses in the last year. They still have Veuve Clicquot champagne happy hours, live music and name DJs at night, but the days of the Day Club pool parties called Intervention are now over. This was modeled after the Rehab pool parties at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and it was super fun! We saw David Guetta in the summer of 2014 and had a blast. However, as reported in the San Diego Union Tribune, there will be No More Pool Parties at the Hard Rock. So, you’ll just have to go to “Day Club” pool parties these days. If you get an itch for a good pool party, head to Las Vegas and try one of these amazing places: Encore Beach Club, Wet Republic at the MGM Grand, or Marquee Day Club at the Cosmopolitan. They are some our favorites, where you’re always guaranteed an incredible time. But there are other venue choices here in San Diego as well.
#4: Party Events
The Hard Rock is know for its fun parties, and its two biggest are at Halloween and New Years Eve. The Hard Rock Horror Story Halloween Party will be on Saturday, October 31 this year and the entertainment will include NAS, Bob Sinclar, DJ Green Lantern, Erik Hagleton, Erick Diaz. The party has three main locations at the hotel: the main ballroom, the Float pool, and the 207 Nightclub. We went for New Years Eve last year, and it was non-stop fun!
The Hard Rock also caters to bachelor, bachelorette parties and weddings.
#5: The Rock Spa
The Hard Rock Hotel has a really good full service spa that includes a vast menu of massage styles, body treatments, facials, and nail & hair treatments. Definitely a great way to recover from the Halloween madness if you decide to go to that event!
#6: The Service and Management
We love Phil Licata and think he is awesome. He has assembled a great team of VIP hosts, waiters and waitresses that are fun and very service oriented. The hotel staff are all very attentive and super service oriented. It is just a great experience every time we go to the Hard Rock San Diego.
What are your favorite hotels in San Diego and elsewhere? What are some of the fun things you like to do in San Diego? We’d love to hear from you!