ROCK HARD

ORLANDO'S NEW HOTEL WILL FILL YOUR NIGHTS WTH NOTES


Put a musical soundtrack to your theme-park trek at the new Loews Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, opening January 19. As at the Hard Rock restaurants, rock ’n’ roll memorabilia festoons the place, and the hotel adds even more sound checks: an underwater audio system in the pool and in-room CD stereos. Restaurants include a branch of the clubby Palm steakhouse, and the Sunset Grill overlooks the poolside white-sand beach. Run by kid-friendly Loews Hotels, the Hard Rock outfits 14 children’s suites in downsized furniture. Loews’ Portofino Bay Hotel next door provides escape from the beat to la bella Italia. Rooms from $185. Call (800) 235-6397 or visit www.universalstudios.com.