Located on Fifth Avenue at the entrance to the Gaslamp Quarter, the 12-story Hard Rock Hotel San Diego offers four-diamond services along with the design, amenities, and rock `n' roll vibe that have defined the Hard Rock brand since 1971. Opened here in December 2007, it is within convenient walking distance of San Diego's entertainment epicenter, just across the street from the San Diego Convention Center and a block away from PETCO Park.
Among the Hard Rock's 420 guestrooms are 244 studios and 159 suites, plus 17 special Rock Star Suites. The latter have been uniquely designed as spectacular, ultra-VIP accommodations, featuring spa-like bathrooms, spacious outdoor decks, matte leather couches, ebony floors, and hand-woven rugs. One has its own fire pit on a deck that seats up to 20 persons. Another comes with an outdoor hot tub and 270-degree views of San Diego Bay. And there's even one designed by the members of a Grammy-award-winning singing group - the Black Eyed Peas.
All of the studio rooms come with cantilevered furniture, halo-illuminated beds, custom Sleep-Like-A-Rock bedding, and 300-thread-count cotton linens. There are custom-designed desks, green-room-inspired refreshment centers, and bathrooms with ceiling-mounted rain showers. Among technological innovations that come standard are integrated video and sound systems with 42'' flat-screen hi-def televisions, satellite TV channels, wired and wireless Internet access, video on-demand, and video games. The media hub offers jack pack technology for plug-and-play connection to any personal audio player (iPod or MP3), video camera or notebook computer.
For business meetings and other gatherings, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego can provide up to 40,000 square feet of nontraditional facilities with cutting-edge technology. The largest interior meeting space covers 9,100 square feet. It can accommodate groups of up to 1,000 persons, featuring Internet connectivity, WiFi-ready display stations/CPUs, audio connectivity, and networking with other meeting areas for integrated multi-venue presentations.
The Edge is an event facility with 4,000 square feet of flexible space for anything from private concerts to wedding banquets. The Woodstock is an 8,700-square-foot outdoor terrace beside the rooftop pool and bar that can be used for receptions and special events. And the Watchtower is a 600-square-foot boardroom overlooking the main lobby. It has 16-foot-high ceilings, glass walls on two sides, and a media center spanning an entire third wall with a 50-inch LCD high-definition TV and entertainment bar.
Nobu is the Hard Rock's signature restaurant. It offers a classic sushi bar along with the new-style Japanese cuisine of Master Chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Specialties are Yellowtail with Jalapeno, Tiradito Nobu Style, and Black Cod with Miso. The dining room is open from 5:30pm to 10:30pm Monday through Thursday, till 11:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 10pm on Sundays. Nobu's lounge and bar are open Monday through Saturday from 5pm to midnight.
Another place to dine at the Hard Rock is Maryjane's Coffee Shop, serving American-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. It has a circular bar and outdoor patio. There is also a frozen yogurt stand on the premises called Pinkberry. And while the Hard Rock's own pool bar/lounge rocks the night away on the rooftop nightly, the hotel's street-level bar provides a laid-back, casual atmosphere for conversation and cocktails.
One other key feature of the hotel is its Rock Spa, a world-class spa and fitness center. It provides such pampering treatments as the Dream Weaver Massage, the Amped-Up Sugar Scrub, and the Peace & Love Facial. Memorabilia and exclusive personal care products are also sold on site.
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is located at 207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, California 92101. By car, take Interstate 5 South to the Front Street exit, number 17, toward the Civic Center Take the Second Street ramp and continue for four blocks before making a right on Sixth Avenue. About a mile ahead, turn right on L Street, which will take you to the hotel on the corner of Fifth Avenue. Valet parking is available.