If it were true that everyone wanted to be a rock star, then everyone would want to stay at a Hard Rock Hotel. The San Diego location at the heart of the city's bustling Gaslamp Quarter serves up what one would expect from the hippest establishment in town: rocking music (the TV in your room can be programmed to play your fave genre upon arrival), a good-looking crowd, impressive memorabilia lining the walls (hello Madonna's bustier), hopping bars which help you earn your hangover, and decadent menus which help you get over one.
By 10 o'clock on a Friday night, the sidewalk is littered with a dressed-up crowd clamoring to get past the velvet rope of the hotel's ground floor bar 207. Hotel guests can easily get on the list by calling ahead. This is not the place for you if you would rather tuck in with room service and some pay-per-view -- unless your idea of a lullaby is neighboring revelers slugging down 11 p.m. pre-club vodka shots and all the noise that follows through the 2 a.m. knocking from wayward girls looking for the after party next-door (yes, this all happened).
This is the trendiest, coolest destination you can get in the shadow of nearby Petco stadium, home of the family-friendly Padres. The Hard Rock bar scene is prime, the beds are sumptuous marshmallows nestled in gleaming black, modern furniture, there is a Nobu located in the hotel, and the gorgeous rooftop pool is ripe for tanning and pretty people-watching. Where else but a Hard Rock Hotel can you walk into the Maryjane's Coffee Shop and quietly tuck into enjoy your breakfast while the bikini-clad girl next to you takes a swig of champagne as she discusses the virtues of dating a jerk. But a jerk "who owns a yacht." Sex, eggs, and rock n' roll!
For less than $300 a night for a studio king room, anyone can be the subject of their own VH1 Behind the Music episode come to life and bump into a real-life celebrity (or a reality star like Brody Jenner) in the lobby. If you want to finally feel like the cool kid, come to the Hard Rock.
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