When I think about rocking, I think about moving back-and-forth on my office chair. So when a company asked me to review one of their new cars and booked a room at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, this introvert got slightly stressed.

Trendy and upscale

My hotel room looked exactly like you see on the pictures you’ll find on travel websites. That’s a good thing because I had some issues taking pictures inside, which is why I need to get a better lens. Plus, how often does a hotel actually look like the pictures?Hard Rock Hotel San Diego RoomEverything feels trendy: the lobby, the rooms, pool, and outdoor deck with stunning views of the city. The interior designers did a great job. My room had a small living area with sofa that can seat about four, coffee table with the latest Rolling Stone magazine, 42 inch screen TV with connections for your own gear, a bar-slash-working area, and some funky looking comfy chair.

In-between the living and sleeping area there’s a bathroom on one side and a shower room on the other. It’s nice to keep those separate, for obvious reasons. In between the two is where the sink is located, which I think works really well too. The sleeping area has all the standard amenities, plus another 42 inch screen TV. Open the doors and you can take in some of San Diego. Some rooms have a balcony or even a deck.Hard Rock Hotel San Diego BedI could not hear my neighbors or other guests walking through the hallway. I did notice a lot of noises from outside, like cars and people walking down the street. The pillows felt a bit strange, I probably could have asked for a different kind. The rooms were clean and the staff very friendly and helpful.

The location is outstanding. It’s across the street from the Petco Park baseball stadium, which had a fireworks show during my stay, and the convention center. The hotel is around the corner from the famous San Diego Gaslamp Quarter with tons of restaurants and other entertainment.

Hard-rockers can be gluten-free too

The staff is aware of how to deal with food allergies. I had two breakfasts and did not get glutened even once. The first day was a buffet because I was part of a group, but the waiter made sure something special was made just for me.

So what makes it the “Hard Rock” in “Hotel”

I survived. There weren’t any rockers smashing their guitars. It’s just a fun theme so it’s not just another upscale trendy hotel, which of course is already pretty cool in itself. There are posters of rock legends all around, but not too much either, just in some public areas. There’s music being played near the elevators, which is nice when you need to find them, but it isn’t played too loud either.

Apparently there’s an All Access Pass which includes a Fender guitar (when available) so that you can play a tune in your hotel room. I’m not exactly sure how that works, it was included with my room, but according to the hotel’s website they could charge you around $30 per night for that pass. Make sure to find that out first.

If you’d like to know about prices and availability I’d recommend checking it on Booking.com. I get paid if you end up reserving your hotel through their site, but I do really like them.

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