Where to Stay in San Diego • Hard Rock Hotel SD

The Gaslamp Quarter is one of the hottest areas in San Diego, California, and if you’re looking for where to stay the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is the perfect spot. San Diego’s consistent warm, clear weather makes it a popular destination on the west coast with plenty to do and see, including beaches, national parks, a world famous zoo, Segway tours, an abundance of great restaurants and bars, and more.

I recently had a tour of this hip, inviting Four Diamond San Diego hotel and realized it’s got to be the coolest place downtown to stay and play.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog.

Here’s a hit list of the great features of this resort:

  • Prime location in downtown San Diego
  • Free playlist you can download included in your stay
  • Complimentary electric bicycle rentals
  • Sleek, posh interiors
  • Fender guitar guest check-out system, also complimentary (guitar skills not needed!)

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog.Hard Rock Hotel San Diego lobby photo and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog.As a detail-oriented person I’m always interested in what makes something unique in little ways that make a big impact. I entered the hotel into a no-fuss organized lobby. I quickly learned of a unique feature, proudly in guests’ view to inquire about adjacent to the front “desk” area. Guests have the option to check-out a Fender guitar, complete with an amp and headphones (so neighboring guests aren’t disturbed!) to practice your playing or even try it for the first time. Whether you’re actually a rock star (and many celebrities opt to stay at the hotel, so don’t be surprised if you see any during your stay), just want to feel like one or anything in between, this is a hotel perk you won’t find elsewhere.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog.Hard Rock Hotel San Diego photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. Guitars by Fender for Riffs by You program.

Musically focused, there’s super cool memorabilia around the hotel, like Shakira’s famous bikini top from her last world tour or hand written notes between Stevie Nicks and one of her dear friends. It’s tastefully positioned, certainly not in-your-face: if you care to learn more you simply walk up to whatever great piece is in front of you and read more about it.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego room photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. Rock memorabilia with Shakira's concert outfit.

During check-in you’re asked what kind of music you prefer – and a playlist with that genre, one of 52 specially curated for the hotel by a Vibe Manager, is playing in your room as soon as you enter it!

Their rooms are sleek and attractive. I toured a suite and it was impeccable. Any room with a grey, black and white base is great in my book. I love textures and thoughtful finishes – the “wallpaper” in one of rooms I swear had a texture reminiscent of a vinyl record. All pillows are finished off with a sweet small embroidered guitar. See?! It’s truly those details that make it a cut above the rest.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego interior room photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego interior room photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego room photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. Bed detail with embroidered guitar on the pillows. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego room photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. Bed detail with embroidered guitar on the pillows.

If you wanted assurance of the hotel’s proximity to the convention center, look at the view across the street! Voila!

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego room photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. View of the convention center from a guest suite.

The hits kept coming, as they say, and I entered the tranquil Rock Spa decorated in calming earth tones. It has 5 treatment rooms and offers a variety of services including facials and massages. A notable options is their Rhythm and Motion menu. This fully immersive experience uses a variety of musical queues – from vibrations to notes and songs, and pressures – to give the guest an extraordinary full sensory spa treatment.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego spa photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. Hard Rock Hotel San Diego spa photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog.

I finished my morning tour off in an attractive mid-century modern diner type setting, the hotel’s restaurant, Maryjane’s with a delicious breakfast!

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego room photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog. View of MaryJane's diner retro bar.

Another dining option is the world-famous Nobu, an upscale gourmet culinary experience featuring Asian fusion fare. The Hard Rock Hotel kicked off a renaissance of exquisite cuisine in the area when it brought Nobu to the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a super relaxing spot in the hotel to spend some time and catch some fresh air their rooftop is beautiful and where a lot of their famous parties, including their New Year’s Eve bash, take place.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego rooftop bar and pool photos and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog.And just as a bonus, the hotel’s also walking distance to Petco park. (Or an Electra bike ride – which you can rent free of charge from the front desk.) They offer a variety of sport packages during baseball season including popcorn and craft beer to enjoy before or after a game. Just another incentive to stay and play!

Check out other offerings this hotel has to offer on their website here.

What would be the first thing you check out on a San Diego vacation?

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego lobby photo and information in the Gaslamp Quarter by Sometimes Home travel blog.

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