Spotted: Top Comic-Con Celebrity Sightings at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego!

Comic-Con is not only home to swarms of awesomely dressed up fans, it’s also where you can find all the hottest celebrities!

We spotted Justin Timberlake making his way to Nobu for lunch and even Cara Delevigne took a break from being a jet-setting supermodel to come visit us. From our favorite TV casts like Vampire Diaries and Scream Queens, to the upcoming blockbuster Suicide Squad; anyone who’s anyone was seen somewhere in our hotel during the weekend.

Take a look through the gallery to see who we spent our Comic-Con weekend with!


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Yasss! Our Top 5 Comic-Con Costumes!

By Heather Rushworth

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Without the art of dressing up and looking fly we would have no rock stars, no actors and no Comic-Con. #SDCC2016’s bevvy of boldly- fashioned boys and beauties boasted enough creativity to make Lady Gaga jealous.

Like every good human, we @HardRockSD love to judge, and we love even more to list our judgements numerically. So here you go – our Top 5 Fave Comic-Con costumes of 2016!

1. Hot Pink Chewbacca and Star Wars Pal 

Like a cotton candy dream, this gorgeous duo evoked the rock n’ roll absurdity of 1980s music videos and reminded us all to Go Pink or Go Home. 

Photo by Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Photo by Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

2. This Uncannily Accurate Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock

All we have to say is that is NOT William Shatner and that is NOT Leonard Nimoy – but you’d never know it with grills and gear like those!

Star Trek
Photo by Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

3. This Life size Depiction of Zoidberg from Futurama

His character from Futurama is a brilliant scientist, and we think it takes a brilliant scientist to concoct such a detailed and hilarious cos play version of him!

Photo by @Chris_Ryall via Instagram

4. This Dapper Gentleman as David Bowie as Jareth, the Globlin King from Labyrinth 

Because we’re the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, we had to give credit to this wholly awesome homage to our favorite stylish rocker’s most famous film role. How dope is that jacket?!

Photo by the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego


5. Our Lobby Walkers from AMC’s The Walking Dead

These bloody zombies were so scary they had our guests screaming with delight in our lobby!

Photo by Hew Burney
Photo by Hew Burney

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Memorial Weekend Calendar of Events – San Diego’s Best Parties Are Here!

Party starts Friday with a Bubbly Evening Swim and a Pool Party Saturday, while Sunday Brings a Beer Fest!

Via press release by Rana Kay

Thanks to its legendary pool parties and sun-soaked soirees, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego and its swanky Float pool lounge have become a famed destination for poolside partying during the summer months. Staying true to its reputation of throwing the city’s most talked-about holiday celebrations, this Memorial Day Weekend the hotel has lined-up three days of unique festivities starting Friday, May 27 and culminating on Sunday May 29 with a new TAPPED festival featuring live music, food, craft beer garden, entertainment and more. All events are open to the public and hotel guests receive free entry to all activities all weekend long.

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Memorial Weekend festivities include the following:


Friday, May 27 – Sip, swim and socialize at an extended P.M. Poolside Veuve Cliquot Happy Hour at Float. From 5 – 7 pm at the rooftop pool lounge, the hotel will offer $50 bottles and $10 glasses of the revered Champagne, as well as complimentary small bites at the bar. As the sun sets, the pool remains open and guests have the option of suiting up or suiting down to swim under the stars in Float’s glowing pool surrounded by glittering, rotating colored lights that illuminate the space at night. An ultra-lounge vibe is heightened with DJs spinning an expert mix of deep house and new disco tunes. Entry is complimentary to both hotel guests and the public.

Pre-Party for Memorial Day on Saturday at Sunburn!

• Saturday, May 28 – Don’t forget the sunscreen as Float presents a special Memorial Weekend version of its popular Sunburn Pool Party. Taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel’s Float rooftop pool lounge, overlooking the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, the party features a laidback pool, tasty barbecue, full bars, VIP daybeds, and cabanas with lounge seating and flat screen TVs. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased by visiting VIP table and cabana reservations can be made by contacting

The rooftop beer garden will boast over 11 craft brew tents.

• Sunday, May 29 – Memorial Weekend revelers are invited to experience bands, bites and brews at the first-annual TAPPED festival taking place at Float pool lounge and the hotel’s adjacent Woodstock entertainment deck. The event promises an afternoon of adult fun with a beer garden sponsored by Stone Brewing Co. and Latitude 33, plenty of food, cocktails, a flair bartender competition hosted by Flairaholiks as well as a live performance by popular reggae-rock group Sun Dried Vibes. Doors are open from 11 am – 7 pm. Tickets to TAPPED are $40 each and are available for purchase by visiting

Hotel guests receive free entry to all the weekend’s events. Rooms start at $269 during Memorial Day Weekend and guests are encouraged to book early due to high-demand. To book Hard Rock Hotel San Diego rooms and room packages visit or call 888-593-6177. Rates and ticket prices are subject to availability. All Memorial Weekend events are 21 and over.

Top 5 Instagrammable Moments @HardRockSD!

By Heather Rushworth

1. Madonna’s Dress From Her “Fever” Music Video

The Queen of Pop’s custom Jean Paul Gaultier gown greets you open-armed at the foot of our guest elevator! So go ahead, strike a pose. 

2.The Historic Gaslamp Sign
Our beloved city’s luminous marquee reigns over our 5th street entrance, and it’s also the most coveted selfie spot in downtown #SD. View more photos

We never want this to end. #sdcc #sdccrocks
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3. The View From Our Rooftop Bar

Pose pretty as you soak up the sun at Downtown San Diego’s favorite rooftop bar! Reserve Cabana

cheese (sponsored by braces and headgear)

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4.Breakfast in Bed

Let our luxurious linens tempt you into breakfast in bed, you fabulous #foodie you. Book our Toast and Jam package

Breakfast in bed. 👌#regram @mollayaa

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5. Dinner at Nobu

Nothing garners more hearts or likes than a vibrant display of world-class Japanese fare. Evoke #FoodPorn envy and book a table now.

Nobu: Foodies’ Top Pick for San Diego Restaurant Week

San Diego restaurant week has taken over our fine city and our even finer taste buds. But critics and foodies alike agree Nobu San Diego is the one menu that can’t be missed. Call (619) 814-4124 for reservations.

View the San Diego Restaurant Week tasting menu here.

For a mere $40 a dish diners can enjoy a five course family style meal curated by Nobu’s three star trained chefs which is some social media fans are calling, “The best deal of the week.” Located on our property feet away from the famous Gaslamp Quarter sign, Nobu’s affordable #SDRestaurantWeek menu while be featured every night through Sunday January 24th.

8 Stunning Photos of the Historic Gaslamp Quarter Sign

Our hotel is lucky enough to proudly stand at the foot of one of Downtown San Diego‘s most photographed landmarks – the legendary Gaslamp Quarter sign. While the historic district dates back to the waterfront industry boom of the 1870s, it wasn’t until 1986 that the Gaslamp Quarter Archway signage was conceived.

But my oh my, what a buzz it created! The luminous marquee continues to be one of the most photographed spots in downtown Diego.

Stretching over Fifth street at the corner of L, the sign is a mixed-media constellation of neon, incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures. The vibrant display greets passing trains and is only steps away from the world famous San Diego Convention Center.

The sign was designed by Harmon Nelson and David Robinson, inc and was intended to mark San Diego’s successful redevelopment as a world class city. We think Here are a few of our favorite photos of the sign that celebrate the vitality of our beloved strip of town. (Photo credit listed under image as caption.)

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Photo Credit: Justin Brown via Flickr (Instagram @JustinInSD)
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Photo Credit: Ted McGrath via Flickr
Photo Credit: Justin Brown via Flickr (Instagram @JustinInSD)
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Photo Credit: Ross Doherty via Flickr
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Photo Credit: Neil Armstrong via Flickr
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Photo Credit: Justin Brown via Flickr (Instagram @JustinInSD)
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Later 2015 – Our Ultimate New Year’s Eve Pregame Playlist

Ring in the new year like a boss. Everybody knows we throw the hottest, most exciting New Year’s Eve Party in San Diego‘s Gaslamp. If you haven’t already booked your suite and ticket packages get on it! They’re selling out fast.

But regardless, wherever you may find yourself ringing in 2016, we’ve come up with a master #NYE2016 pregaming playlist! Expertly curated by our Vibe Manager James to ensure your vibe is on-point so you can get back to having the best night ever.

So here you go! A 60 minute Spotify mix to stream for the last hour before the ball drops. Cheers:

Artist photos courtesy of record labels via artist’s Spotify, Twitter & Instagram, we use them here for artist promotion. 

Your Holiday Playlist: Hard Rock San Diego’s Seasonal Deep Cuts

Buh-Bye Christmas Radio, anybody cool knows the best holiday music isn’t coming out of your dentist’s speakers or broadcasting through shopping malls. We at Hard Rock San Diego actually care about good music, and we want you vibing-out to the best seasonal tracks wherever your holidaze may take you.

So here’s a list of our favorite deep cut seasonal songs that you’re probably not going to find anywhere else. We even custom tailored them by recruiting the help of our super cool Vibe Manager – yup, that’s a real job at our hotel – to ensure the mood of the playlist would make you look like a G at your next holiday gathering.

So go ahead – be that guy or gal who saves the party from the Boys Children Choir “burum-pum-pum-ing” your guests to a snoring slumber.

Stream our 100% Original Holiday Playlist Now: 

Where Zen Meets Zeppelin: Say Hello to Our All New ‘Rhythm and Motion’ Musically Immersive Spa Treatments

Let’s all face the music – plain ol’ spa treatments, no matter how luxurious, can get boring. There is only so much frou-frou flute music the average rocker can stomach. Nothing lifts a bad mood better than the seductive power of some stellar tunes paired with the soul soothing relief of a world class luxury spa treatment.

Thankfully at Hard Rock San Diego, we’re all about inspiring our spa-goers to ‘Live Hard, Purify Harder.’

Enter Rhythm and Motion, the world – and San Diego’s – first fully immersive music-centric spa menu utilizing amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns. This groundbreaking experience takes guests on a rhythmic massage journey — bass vibrations ripple through the massage table as treble beats come from above, sending pulses through the body and leaving guests feeling energized and invigorated.

Turning up the volume on the traditional Swedish massage practices, the massage therapist synchronizes movements with an expertly curated playlist as guests embark on a journey of the senses. Utilizing Hard Rock’s differentiator – music – each treatment connects the healing power of music with the artistry of massage therapy. According to studies from The Mayo Clinic, music relieves pain, enhances immune function and alleviates stress, and Hard Rock developed these cutting-edge treatments to provide an all-encompassing sensory rejuvenation.

Now available at San Diego’s Rock Spa, the new Rhythm and Motion treatments cater to all spa-goers’ needs:

• Synchronicity is a pulsating massage featuring a masterfully blended soundtrack. Utilizing greatest hits from yesterday to today, the treatment taps into memories to create an experiential journey, in sync with a performance of techniques, pressure and rhythm. The massage is infused with a choice of natural organic essential oils to reduce stress, ease muscle tension, and detoxify.

• Smooth Operator retunes the skin and rocks the soul with a two-part treatment that first removes impurities before introducing new nourishing elements. Starting with the rhythmical Sweetgrass-inspired dry brushing— a ritual that softly sloughs rough skin away— and closing with a soothing, detoxifying wrap to release impurities, hydrate and smooth the skin, Smooth Operator wraps it up on a high note.

• Face the Music combines the therapeutic benefits of sound vibration and clinically proven organic products to rejuvenate and hydrate facial skin. This journey leaves skin feeling smooth and refreshed, shedding years and restoring a star-worthy glow.

Wrap Remix is the ultimate healing experience, warming and enveloping guests in bliss before the treatment’s sweet finish. Benefiting the entire body, this treatment begins with a cleansing shot of ginger tea to jumpstart the detox process, followed by brisk, rhythmical Sweetgrass-inspired dry brushing. Skin is deeplynourished post-wrap with the combination of a 50-minute rhythm and motion massage and cleansing facial mask, completing the treatment. A refreshing shot of Rock Spa® Detox Tea is then served to maintain the state of ahhh even longer.

Rhythm and Motion signature treatments are priced starting at $225 and can be scheduled by calling (619) 764-6930 or via email at Gift certificates are available. Rock Spa is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.