Living Like A Rock Star at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

Hard Rock Hotel

They say there is no place like home. Can I just say good riddance? I spent the night before my trip to Chicago with a husband who hogs the blankets and a toddler with the sole mission of burrowing her head into my back. By 5 am someplace not like home sounded fantastic. The Hard Rock Hotel did not disappoint. After walking through the revolving doors I was greeted with a sign that offered a Fender Guitar to have in room during your stay. Welcome to the Hard Rock ladies and gentleman, this is how they roll.

The Carbide & Carbon Building (home of the Chicago Hard Rock Hotel), sits on Michigan Avenue and boast the title of one of Chicagos prized Art Deco skyscrapers. Complete in 1929, the building stands over 500 feet tall and boast 40 floors. Many visitors and Chicago natives have likened the building to a Champagne bottle; with its terra cotta exterior and golden tower resembling the green glass bottle and shiny foil top. Perfect for a hotel that regularly boast Rock Stars right?

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

When I walked into the hotel I admired the marble flooring, gold-trimmed mirrored elevators. Walking in behind a group of musicians, complete with instruments on their backs, I felt slightly out of my element. I definitely wasn’t a rock star but the three staff memebers who greeted me in the lobby obviously didn’t mind. We had arrived well before check in but the courteous staff was willing to switch our room to one that was ready anyways. Maybe I could be a rock star for just a few days.

After settling in my room I immediately sat on the bed – ahhh plush and inviting comfort. Best of all no toddlers or husband, but what made me smile was the goodnight message on the mirror above my bed “I Want to Rock and Roll All Night..” Little did I know the countless miles I would spend walking through the streets of Chicago – my Fitbit tracked over 25,000 steps in one day – wouldn’t leave me much energy to rock and roll through the night. Or even leave me enough energy to check out the gym while I was there. When I wasn’t becoming fast friends with the my pillows I was taking advantage of the immense amount of desk space to squeeze in a bit of work.

As welcoming and comfortable as the hotel was it was the views that I fell in love with:

Hard Rock Hotel Review

From gazing upon the likes of KISS as I dressed each day…

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

to the illuminated cityscape as I fell asleep at night…

Hard Rock Hotel Chicago

and finally the guitars and larger than life art sprinkled among the floors. It was easy to see that everything about the hotel was inspired by the Rock and Roll lifestyle. The Hard Rock Hotel easily lived up to it’s name, with just the right dose of comfort and hospitality to make me feel completely at home.

A big thank you to the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago for providing my stay for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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Ashley spends her days avoiding run-ons as she turns words from yellow to chartreuse and wearing out the M & N keys writing about Travel, DIY, and Tech. She hopes to inspire the masses to travel and LIVE happily one InstaTweetPin at a time.


  1. August 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm — Reply

    I recently stayed at the Hard Rock at Universal Orlando, and it was an awesome hotel. Looks like you had a great stay in Chicago!

    • August 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm — Reply

      It truly was a great stay, wonderful hotel, great staff too!

  2. August 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    Now this looks like a fun place to stay!

    • August 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm — Reply

      Absolutely, couldn’t get over the views – inside and out.

  3. August 8, 2013 at 5:24 am — Reply

    We stayed here a few years ago and absolutely loved it!

    • August 8, 2013 at 10:42 pm — Reply

      So much to love – the views, the location, the staff… I can’t wait to go back. :)

  4. Mia
    August 11, 2013 at 11:35 am — Reply

    This looks like a nice hotel! I might stay there if I ever go to chicago!

  5. Lily Kwan
    August 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    This hotel looks very nice. The view is quite breathtaking!

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