Hard Rock is the on-site hotel at Universal that is the most convenient located for easy access to the theme parks; but they don't use that advantage as an excuse to offer anything but the best service. The published room rates are expensive, but if you are a AAA member or an annual pass holder--and you have some flexiblity on your visit, you can usually find a great deal on a room. Of course, the main advantage of staying onsite is that your room key is your ""Express Pass"" in the parks. Priceless!
Pros: Convenient location, Attentive service, Express Pass