Best Hard Rock Hotels in the USA

Founded on the belief that music makes people feel good, the Hard Rock Hotels group – which boasts... READ MORE
Founded on the belief that music makes people feel good, the Hard Rock Hotels group – which boasts 24 hotels, excluding the 17 outposts currently under construction – has been infusing hospitality with a hearty dose of rock 'n' roll since 1971. The company says that its existence in the travel sphere originated out of necessity: Hard Rock guests love to play hard, but as the festivities die down and the sun rises, even rockers need a place to crash. These distinguished hotels – with their themed decor, fine dining facilities, dazzling casinos and in-house night clubs – strive to provide the ideal after-hours locale. Plus, every time you stay at one of these upscale properties (found everywhere from Asia to the Caribbean), you can rack up points through the Hard Rock Rewards program. The 14 Hard Rock properties that made the U.S. News Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Europe and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings lists appear below.

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    Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando
    Orlando, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10179 reviewsTripAdvisor (10179)
    Free WiFi

    Of course Orlando has a Hard Rock resort; this brand is almost a theme park in and of itself. The resort proudly touts more than $1 million worth of music memorabilia from the likes of Elton John, Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton – and that's just the short list. And while you're here, you can create your own music thanks to the Sound of Your Stay program, which allows you to borrow a Fender guitar (plus amps and headphones) for the duration of your stay. Though the property offers its own forms of nightlife, a stay here will also put you within walking distance of the restaurants and clubs found at Universal's CityWalk Plaza. Lodgers vouch for the star-quality treatment that you'll receive in the resort; however, others lamented the expensive rooms and amenities. Accommodations all feature iHome clock radios, Keurig coffee makers and flat-screen televisions. And for an extra dose of R&R, plan on relaxing poolside in a cabana while the kids are kept entertained at Camp Lil' Rock. For most travelers, the best part of staying in the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando is being near the city's best activities. You can walk to Universal's Islands of Adventure and the Universal Orlando Resort

    Orlando, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 10179 reviewsTripAdvisor (10179)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
    Biloxi, MS
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2561 reviewsTripAdvisor (2561)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Like any Hard Rock worth its name, this one in Biloxi, Mississippi, boasts music paraphernalia, live shows and nighttime entertainment. The pool area is scenic with cushy cabanas and poolside service. The drinks may not be flowing freely, but there is food aplenty at this Hard Rock's eight eateries, from the fine dining at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to late night ice cream at Ben & Jerry's. The rooms are decorated with flat-screen TVs, iHome docking stations and signature "Sleep like a Rock" beds. Down at the casino, you'll have your choice of more than 1,200 slots and 50 table games. Guests should note that there is a daily $12 resort fee applied to the final bill, but that it covers the cost of parking including valet and Wi-Fi access. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi sits on Beach Boulevard, between the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art.

    Biloxi, MS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2561 reviewsTripAdvisor (2561)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6246 reviewsTripAdvisor (6246)
    Free WiFi

    Overlooking the glittering San Diego Bay and rising high above the Gaslamp Quarter, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is all about being cool. From its trendy food options (Sunday brunch at Maryjane's and fresh sushi at Nobu) and its swanky decor, to its rooftop pool and entertainment lineup, the Hard Rock will definitely keep you occupied on a rainy day (though there aren't many in San Diego). Guests rave about the hotel's stylish guest rooms, which feature halo-illuminated beds, flat-screen TVs and ceiling-mounted Hansgrohe rain showers. Despite the deluxe digs, this hotel is not really geared towards families and relaxation (no on-site spa). But if you're one to embrace the music, take advantage of the Sound of Your Stay program, which offers free downloads, Fender guitar rentals and a chance to try your hand at being a DJ.

    San Diego, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6246 reviewsTripAdvisor (6246)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
    Hollywood, FL
    4.5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2789 reviewsTripAdvisor (2789)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is about 10 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale Beach in Hollywood, Florida – a fair distance from the ocean. But despite a lack of the busy shores, this sprawling complex is sure to keep you entertained: The casino keeps guests on their toes, and the six on-site restaurants, which serve everything from Chinese- and Vietnamese-inspired cuisine to dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood, are sure to appease a variety of tastes. And with a spa, a self-guided music memorabilia tour and a lagoon-style pool, the resort offers plenty of options for those looking to steer clear of the casino floor. That said, some travelers do complain about the tight security detail throughout the property and the cigarette smoke smell that permeates along the gaming floor. Should you need a break from high rolling, the contemporary guest rooms provide a quiet respite. Accommodations are appointed with minibars, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and the brand's hallmark Hard Rock musical accoutrements, such as loaner guitars.

    Hollywood, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2789 reviewsTripAdvisor (2789)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City
    Sioux City, IA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 286 reviewsTripAdvisor (286)
    Free WiFi

    Travelers say this Hard Rock is tons of fun. Guests loved the free drink of choice provided at check-in, as well as the music-themed decor and memorabilia featured throughout the property. Rooms are just as lauded for their stylish industrial elements (the building was once a train station), swanky chrome light fixtures and velvet tufted headboards. Accommodations are outfitted with high-tech amenities, including 55-inch LG TVs, minifridges, Keurig coffee makers and complimentary internet access. Outside the digs, lodgers will find an outdoor pool, a fitness center and plenty of on-site entertainment. In addition to a casino, this Hard Rock regularly plays host to both local and national music and comedic acts. There are also four dining options to choose from, including the 24-hour Fuel American Grill, as well as the three-story Lobby Bar. While guests were impressed with the facilities, some visitors said the service was a mixed bag: There were a handful of lodgers who reported impeccable service, but others felt some staff members were distracted and aloof. You can find the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the heart of downtown Sioux City, Iowa.

    Sioux City, IA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 286 reviewsTripAdvisor (286)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
    Las Vegas, NV
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 9662 reviewsTripAdvisor (9662)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Despite the off-Strip location on Paradise Road, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is great for young and aspiring rock stars. Swim-up blackjack tables near the ever-popular Rehab Beach Club and the casino's 24-hour Center Bar help create a party-centric vibe. But some recent travelers offer mixed reviews on the staff: Some said they encountered poorly trained or uninterested workers, while others said their experience with the hotel's employees was wonderful. Lodgers were more complimentary of the accommodations, which feature stocked minbars, plasma TVs, iPod docking stations and luxury linens. Recent guests recommended booking a room in the HRH All-Suite Tower or Paradise Tower, as the Casino Tower is on the older side. Many also praised this Hard Rock outpost's eight restaurants, which dish up everything from steaks to tacos to sushi.

    Las Vegas, NV
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 9662 reviewsTripAdvisor (9662)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
    Catoosa, OK
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 860 reviewsTripAdvisor (860)
    Free WiFi

    Located about 14 miles east of downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa provides an excellent getaway destination for groups and other leisure travelers in The Sooner State. Amenities at this Hard Rock property include an adults-only pool and a rejuvenating spa, perfect for guests seeking rest and relaxation. And if you're looking for some excitement, you'll appreciate the large casino with table and electronic games; the hotel is also home to three bars and an on-site concert venue. Golf enthusiasts can even take advantage of the nearby 18-hole Cherokee Hills Golf Club. Other on-site amenities include a fitness center, a gift shop, a convenience store, a family pool, free valet parking and a complimentary airport shuttle. Recent guests called the accommodations at this hotel clean and comfortable, and all lodging options include flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi access, coffee makers and minifridges. However, some visitors complained of a lingering cigarette smell throughout the property. (Visitors are allowed to smoke in the casino.) When it's time to eat, try any one of the eight dining options, which range from a buffet to an American diner to a Mexican restaurant. Guests can also order in-room dining 24/7.

    Catoosa, OK
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 860 reviewsTripAdvisor (860)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
    Tampa, FL
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1527 reviewsTripAdvisor (1527)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    "Niche" is an important word to remember when considering a stay at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. For instance, there's probably too many whirring slot-machine lights and casino-floor ambience for either families or business travelers to be truly comfortable at this hotel. However, many of the younger crowds that have passed through this Hard Rock property were more than pleased. In addition to praising the friendly staff, previous guests speak well of the gorgeous rooms. All accommodations come with flat-screen TVs, docking stations compatible with iPad and iPhones, coffee makers and Egyptian cotton sheets. But if you have the money to burn, considering booking the Spa King Room to enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and an oversized bathroom with a jetted tub. While here, you'll also have access to the hotel spa, the pool and the property's various nightlife venues, not to mention a long list of dining options. Recent travelers warn that the hotel's pool is under renovation, which was a disappointment. Staying at this casino hotel puts you less than 7 miles southeast of Tampa's Busch Gardens and 7 miles northeast of the Florida Aquarium.

    Tampa, FL
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1527 reviewsTripAdvisor (1527)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
    Palm Springs, CA
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 1224 reviewsTripAdvisor (1224)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    This Hard Rock Hotel outpost is turning up the volume on Palm Springs hospitality. Like its sister hotels, the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs offers guests rock star treatment, allowing them to borrow Fender guitars, mix their own music and chill in the VIP areas of the on-site bar. The hotel's 163 guest rooms are dressed in purple and cream hues and vibrant patterns, and come with flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers, iHome radios, and, in some cases, terraces or balconies. But visitors shouldn't plan on spending too much time in their rooms: The Hard Rock Hotel boasts a trendy pool area (where parties are frequently held) and the more relaxing Rock Spa, which offers a long list of massages and skin treatments. The property's in-house eatery, The Kitchen, is a highlight for many previous guests, who love the tasty comfort food and small plates. Just note: Despite their glowing reviews of the property amenities and appearance, some guests warn that there are still a few customer service glitches to work out.

    Palm Springs, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 1224 reviewsTripAdvisor (1224)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City
    Atlantic City, NJ
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 513 reviewsTripAdvisor (513)
    Free WiFi

    At the recently renovated Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, all rooms come equipped with coffee makers, minifridges, pillow-top mattresses and ocean, bay or city views. During the warmer months in Atlantic City, New Jersey, guests have direct access to the beach and boardwalk – and the Beach Bar. Complimentary beach chairs, umbrellas and towels are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Of course, a trip to the renowned Hard Rock Casino is a must. Patrons can play slot machines and table games in a high-energy environment. Recent guests admired the property's rock 'n' roll memorabilia and the upbeat music playing throughout the casino. Party-ready visitors should also check out this Hard Rock's five on-site nightlife venues, which host entertainers ranging from musical acts to comedians. If you're looking for something a bit more relaxing, pay a visit to the redesigned Rock Spa & Salon, where you can enjoy a manicure, pedicure, deep tissue massage and more. Consider making an online reservation for spa services before you arrive at the hotel. Finally, when it's time to dine, take your pick from more than 15 food and beverage options, which feature innovative menus and fresh ingredients. Keep in mind that the property does not permit outside food or beverages in hotel rooms.  

    Atlantic City, NJ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 513 reviewsTripAdvisor (513)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Free WiFi