Want to channel your inner rockstar? No better place to do it than the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. If you are going to play rockstar for a day it must start with a hearty breakfast and luckily that can be found at Mary Jane’s located in the hotel lobby.
Mary Jane’s has a diner feel and offers up comfort food like a ham, cheese & egg sandwich, chicken and waffles, biscuits & gravy, corned beef hash and steak & eggs. They offer plenty of breakfast classics, but the real star of every plate are the self-described world famous hashbrowns. They don’t under deliver on the promise, they are crispy on the outside with a creamy, cheesy middle. I dare you to take only one bite! It’s an indulgent breakfast, but this is your day to play rockstar and the perfect way to begin your Hard Rock experience.
After breakfast, wander the halls off the lobby and the second floor. Seriously. You’ll find some amazing rock memorabilia. Whether you are into classic rock, 70’s punk or 90’s alternative you’ll find some amazing music artifacts such as the pay telephone from CBGBs in New York, Gwen Stefani’s outfit from the No Doubt tour in 1996, Jimmy Page’s Ibanez double neck guitar from the 1975 Led Zeppelin tour, Tommy Lee’s drumhead from the Motely Crue 2005 tour and letters from Sid Vicious’ mom after he was arrested in 1978 for his girlfriend’s stabbing. Those are just a few of the many pieces of rock history that currently reside at the hotel and it’s definitely worth checking out the full collection.
The Hard Rock has a few fun tricks up their sleeve. One is the Electra bikes available to guests. The hotel is located in the Gaslamp and a short ride from Seaport Village, Little Italy and all of downtown.
Put on your sunglasses and get ready to explore a bit of San Diego. Head up 5th and make a left on either Beech or Cedar and ride until you hit India Street. Make a right on India and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Little Italy. If it’s a Saturday take time to explore the open air market or just wander and window shop.
Continue to head up India Street until you hit Grape and make a left and head toward the water. You’ll make a left on Harbor Drive and enjoy the waterfront path past the Star of India, Midway and Maritime Museum as you head back toward the Hard Rock.
You can finish your ride either through Seaport Village or veer left to stay on Harbor Drive and then make a left on 5th to find yourself back at the Hard Rock.
All of that hard work has earned you some pool time. Head to the rooftop to soak up some Southern California sun. If you worked up an appetite on the bike ride you can also order lunch from Float, the bar which is also located on the roof.
A stay at the Hard Rock Hotel would not be complete without experiencing one of their indulgent spa treatments. They offer a variety of facials, massages and scrubs. They even offer a ‘Beer and Pretzels Pedicure’ which is a manly experience starting with a soak in a foamy beer footbath while enjoying a cold beer & pretzels.
For the ladies, I recommend the ‘Celebrity Oxygen Facial’. It’s the latest and greatest secret of the stars that promises younger, brighter and more luminous skin that is rejuvenated and actually plumped to look more youthful. Who doesn’t need that?
After the spa, order your cocktail of choice as well as your guitar of choice and enjoy a little quality rockstar time in your room. Yep, the hotel has a guitar menu and you can order your guitar of choice during your stay at the hotel. Can’t play the guitar? It’s still an awesome photo op or social media post!
While the Gaslamp offers a wide variety of restaurant options, one of the best Japanese restaurants in San Diego is located in the hotel. Nobu offers a high end Japanese dining experience and is one of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants and run by executive chef David Meade. While the menu is extensive, Nobu is known for its Sweet and savory glazed miso black cod and yellowtail Sashimi with jalapeno —and for good reason—the flavors are delicious, unique and one of a kind. Of course, the sushi and sashimi are also top notch.
The only way to end your day as a rockstar is heading to the 207 nightclub where you can dance the night away. The club offers celebrity DJs, bottle service, VIP tables— just about anything your inner rockstar desires!
Alexa Meisler is the editorial director of 52 Perfect Days. Born in Paris, France she has since lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She currently resides in San Diego with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring California and Mexico.
Travel has always been a part of her life; traveling to such places as Morocco, Tangiers and Spain as a young child as well as taking many road trips to Mexico with her grandparents as a young girl. Since then, she has traveled abroad to locations such as Russia, Taiwan and throughout Europe.
Prior to working at 52 Perfect Days she was a freelance travel writer; focusing on family and women’s adventure experiences.