I've heard that the Hard rock has the real party scene when it comes to the pools, so maybe that's worth a slight premium. But I'm just wondering. Also, does anyone know what hotel tends to be the most populated? I would guess the Royal Pacific, but it didnt seem overly crowded Labor Day Weekend.
BTW: If you ever have the chance to stay at the Royal Pacific, do it. Even a hotel snob like Gonch would feel comfortable there ;). Thanks for the recomendation Jeff et al.
Have you noticed also that generally the longer you stay, the lower the rate?
The hotels are priced the way they are (Hard Rock is $30 more a night than Royal Pacific, Portofino is $30 more a night than Hard Rock) for a reason.
Hard Rock has the most convenient location. Yes, Royal Pacific appears to be next to IOA, but walk out through the Hard Rock pool and you are at USF in 2-3 minutes. And, yes, the pool is nice but it is NOT the same party atmosphere you find at the Hard Rock in Vegas. Still, it's a snazzy hotel and has a neat perk (you get a free compilation CD at check-in).
Portofino has some nice restaurants (Mama Della if you're into family-style Italian) and it's allure is that it is tucked out of the way as it is the furthest from the parks and keeps that pier-side feel.
Another reason Royal Pacific is cheaper is because it has the conference center so the hotel is often over-run with conventionneers (if that's even a word).
Still, they are all great places though I have a soft spot for the Hard Rock.
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