We recently stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in early June for 2 nights. We were there to explore Universal and this was a great place to be. Yes the hotel is expensive, but the benefit of getting into Harry Potter an hour early and the ability to use your room key as a fast pass was priceless. We were a family of 4 and found the accomodations comfortable, clean and very convenient. We did use the pool one afternoon and found the music to be fun. All of the staff were very helpful, and we would definitely stay here again!