APPLE MARTINI AND CRÈME BRULEE
By Michael Hepworth
Where can you find good weather, beautiful people,
rock roll music with no crowds- how about the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego.
In the past, it was
baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet. Today
its baseball, apple martini and crème brulee. Nestled
at the entrance to the Gas Lamp District across from the Convention Center
and near the new professional baseball field Petco
Park, I felt like I was part of the new fabric of the new downtown scene.
It had been a few years since I was in the downtown part of San Diego
and to my surprise had it changed! New
hotels, restaurants, shops and hundreds of new urban living condominiums.
I always enjoyed going to conferences at the Convention Center and
stay on the waterfront Marriot, but I always felt a bit isolated and away
from "the Gaslamp scene".
While still easily accessible to all the cool clubs
and restaurants, the owners of the Hard Rock Hotel were able to secure a
prime plot of land at the end of
Sixth Street. While still being able to
walk to the boutique shops and trendy bars in a New York second, I was
able to peacefully sleep at night going to bed to the sounds of seals and
ocean waves breaking onto the seashell laced shoreline.
You will get a lot of “Satisfaction” seeing all the Rolling
Stone memorabilia. In fact,
this Hard Rock Hotel has one of the largest collection of Rolling Stone
artifacts. From the white
Fender Stratocaster and bass guitars of Keith Richards and Bill Wyman to
Charlie Watts Gretsch Drum Set, you can almost hear the guitar riffs of
"Honky Tonk Woman" and "Jumpin Jack Flash".
In addition, Captain Fantastic and the Rocket Man is still being
kept alive with Elton John’s famous Alladin costume used on his many
Even with the slight downturn in the economy, there
seemed to be a constant flow of guests checking in and out of the hotel.
Although I was there on a weekend, the hotel staff made me feel
special and unique providing a very special experience with a certain je
nais se qua. With opening day
for baseball fast approaching, I would make certainly consider booking a
room at the Hard Rock Hotel and catching a game. After your short walk
over to Petco Park, imagine yourself on
a cool summer evening with the scent of the ocean nearby, feasting on a
hot dog, peanuts and a cold beer, watching the San Diego Padres play.
Rather than directly hugging the shore and walking directly back to
the hotel, I would purposely try to take the long way home through the
side roads leading to the Gas Lamp District.
Spend a few hours getting lost in the District hearing various
music genres coming from the restaurants and clubs.
While you feast on food from around the world, make sure you find
the time to have a night cap listening to the sounds reggae from the
Caribbean and the blues from Chicago all just a hop, skip and jump away
from the Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego.
Rock Hotel San Diego
207 5th Ave.