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The Resort Hotels – Hard Rock Hotel:
Rooms & Suites

In general, the rooms are smaller than those at Portofino but just as nicely appointed. What you will find are beautifully designed and furnished rooms that would make the reputation of any big city “boutique” hotel. Most rooms, which avoid that boxy hotel room look with curved or angled walls, are “standard” rooms, 375 square feet, while the deluxe rooms are 400 square feet and feature a larger sitting area. Pool view rooms, especially those on floors five through seven, are highly recommended. You can reserve either a pool view or garden view room, but if you choose a deluxe room, the hotel will not be able to guarantee the view.

There is no rock memorabilia in the rooms, but the walls are decorated with black and white photos of rock history, in artful black frames with plenty of white matting. Each room has a different selection of photos from the hotel’s collection. There are no labels, so your rock knowledge will be tested. If you get stuck, the management has thoughtfully provided each room with a guide to the photographs.

Every room boasts a flat-screen television and a compact but powerful CD-radio player. When you check in you will be given a sampler CD but you may want to bring along your favorites. It’s hard to resist the temptation to slip in a Stones CD and crank up the volume. Otherwise, you can tune the player to the local classic rock station, 96.5 FM. Don’t be surprised if you hear the dull throb of bass notes from other rooms lulling you to sleep and waking you up in the morning.

In what may be a subtle reference to a Beatles song, you’ll even find a copy of Gideon’s Bible. Gideon checked out and left it, no doubt, to help with some rocker’s revival.

Hard Rock features a Club Level, with restricted access, on the seventh floor. For more on the Club Level, see Amenities, below. Kids’ Suites, similar to those offered at Portofino, are also available, as are 685 square foot “King” Suites.

There is even a Graceland Suite, also named in honor of The King. But don’t expect gaudy over the top furniture and pink Caddy fins on the bed. This is a beautifully appointed suite of rooms with antiques, abstract paintings, and beautiful furnishings. The master bedroom features a flat plasma screen TV hanging on the wall and a glass-fronted fireplace that also opens onto a lavish shower area with a jacuzzi that can hold several people. (Groupies not included, presumably.)

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