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Hard Rock Punta Cana Review | An Honest Review

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is the largest resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The massive resort offers every amenity you could imagine, though some come at an additional cost.

You’ll find a pool at every corner and a bar with every step. With a large beach and lots of entertainment, it’s the perfect place to spend your vacation.

Did we mention it’s all-inclusive and great for couples, families, and friends?

Since it’s so large, you can have whatever kind of experience you’re looking for. Quiet? Sure. Family-friendly? You bet. Entertaining? Absolutely.

Quick Highlight Review on the Hard Rock in Punta Cana

👍 Pros:

Nice Big Modern Rooms

Massive Resort with tons of Food options

Plenty of Pool Space

Always tons of activities going on

Great Value for what you pay

👎 Cons:

Everything is so spread out it takes forever to walk

Not everything is included in the price

    Two queen sized beds in a hotel room with a guitar

    The Rooms at Hard Rock Punta Cana

    There are almost 2,000 rooms at the Hard Rock. When we said it was a gigantic resort, we weren’t kidding.

    There are various room types available, but all rooms come with a hydro spa tub, a balcony, a stocked mini-bar, a tv, a safe, and more.

    Bath tub on the balcony of the Hard Rock hotel in Punta Cana

    In almost all rooms, the tub is on the porch, so you can enjoy the view while relaxing. Not all rooms have ocean views, and the resort is quite large, so you could be positioned anywhere.

    Be sure to peruse the website beforehand so you have an idea of what type of room you’d like and where at the resort you’d like to be so you can make a request upon booking. 

    The Food at Hard Rock Punta Cana

    Food can be found all over the resort, but most options are in the lobby. This is where you’ll find the buffet, which is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and most of the restaurants.

    Ciao is an Italian restaurant with made-to-order pasta and delightful pizza. Los Gallos is a Mexican restaurant with traditional dishes and tons of tequila for cocktail lovers.

    For those who love a teppanyaki (hibachi) experience where the food is cooked right in front of you, visit Zen, but don’t forget to make a reservation ahead of time because this restaurant requires it.

    Enjoy sushi while you’re meal of rice, chicken, steak, and vegetables are prepared.

    Also in the lobby are several bistros that aren’t quite restaurants but aren’t as quick as stopping by the buffet, either.

    These are great places for lunch if you don’t mind spending a few extra minutes to enjoy a hearty meal.

    Vegan cafe in the Hard Rock

    Casa Verde, by day, serves fresh wraps and bowls of rice, vegetables, and meat or fish. By night, this bistro turns into a vegan-only comfort.

    Bistro Med serves Mediterranean and Lebanese-style food full of rich flavors.

    Stacked is a burger joint with smashed Angus beef-style burgers and breakfast sandwiches in the morning. Don’t forget a milkshake and fries on your way out.

    The Split is an Italian-American sandwich shop where you can pick all your fresh ingredients and customize the sandwich to be served hot or cold.

    After your meal, go to Ice Cone for some ice cream and your choice of various toppings. 

    Lastly, in the lobby is Awaken Your Senses which is not part of the all-inclusive experience but is worth mentioning. This is a multi-sensory gastronomic performance.

    While enjoying your meal, you will be seated at an interactive table with scent synchronization, augmented reality, a surround sound system, and more. The dishes are all curated to take your dining experience to new levels. 

    Closer to the beach, you’ll find Ipanema Brazilian House. By morning it’s a buffet, and by night it’s a must-visit restaurant. You’ll go buffet-style to grab all of your sides, and then one by one, meats will be presented to you to try.

    You can pick your cut, and your server will shave the fresh piece of meat right off for you. It’s an experience you mustn’t miss.

    The last restaurant part of the all-inclusive experience is Toro, a premium steakhouse and one of only two restaurants that require a reservation. 

    Lastly, for food, most of the pools have light options at lunchtime, like burgers, hot dogs, and nachos. There is also a food truck with burgers and fries beside the beach. 24-hour room service is also an option, so don’t worry about going hungry.

    Swimming pool in Tropical paradise with palm trees all around

    The Pools at Hard Rock Punta Cana

    At the Hard Rock Punta Cana, there are a total of 13 pools, all varying in size, shape, and vibe, including some infinity pools and four swim-up bars. It has some of the best pools out of all the Punta Cana resorts.

    The three kid’s pools have waterslides and other fun water activities, keeping the whole family busy. Near the kid’s pools is the lazy river surrounding Ipanema restaurant, where you can grab a tube and go for a float.

    With pools everywhere, you’ll never get bored. The pools even host events, especially the main pool, where there is often a DJ, live music, or even a foam party. 

    The Beach at Hard Rock Punta Cana

    If you prefer the beach over the pool when at a resort, this may not be the destination for you. While the beach here is gorgeous, and the ocean is every shade of blue on the spectrum, the waters are rough.

    If you enjoy laying in a beach chair with a margarita in hand and listening to the sound of the waves, you’re in for a treat, but if you love body surfing or swimming, you won’t find any of that on this beach.

    However, Punta Cana is full of amazing beaches that you should venture off to on your holiday.

    You can, however, walk about half a mile to a mile down the beach to find some calm waters for swimming. It’s pretty crazy to see how quickly the waves and current go from extreme to mild in such a short distance.

    The last thing to mention about the beach is that it has some of the most powdery and fluffy sand you’ll encounter in the world. It’s not full of rocks or shells, so take your shoes off and feel the comfort of the sand in your toes.

    Casino with slot machines everywhere, but no people

    The Activities and Amenities at Hard Rock Punta Cana

    If you like to keep busy, there are more than enough activities at this resort to go around. But trust us, if you’re staying for a week, there is no way you can try all the activities the resort offers.

    So, it’s best to pick your top interests ahead of time because there is a long list of opportunities to narrow down!

    Water Park 

    The water park is separate from the waterslides in the kid’s pool. The park has several pools, including a swim-up bar and a food truck.

    In addition, there are four racing slides that use a mat, two additional slides, and a slide where you can use single or tandem floats. Challenge your friends or family to a race and have a fun-filled day. 

    Moon Lounge & Terrace

    In the lobby, the Moon Lounge and the terrace are great places to grab a drink and meet new people. In addition, there is often karaoke, live music, and other events in the moon lounge or on the terrace, especially at night. 

    See the Show Theater 

    The theater is large and offers free shows to guests, including a magic show, a circus show, musical tributes, and more. Most shows occur each night. 

    The Body Rock Fitness Center

    The gym at the resort is open from 6 am to 8 pm. There are 16 spin bikes, eight treadmills, five ellipticals, and 4 exercise bikes. Most mornings there is a spin class offered at the gym. 

    The Sound of Your Stay

    If you love music, rent a guitar for the week. You can choose between 20 Fender guitars with headphones and an amplifier to have your own little studio on the go. Take lessons or just jam out. 

    Which I thought was a unique and pretty cool thing about the Hard Rock in Punta Cana.

    Other Facilities

    Located around the resort, you will also find a basketball court, tennis courts, beach volleyball, pool tables, and ping pong tables to keep you busy during your stay at Hard Rock Punta Cana. 

    Large swimming pool with day huts all around

    Not Included with All-Inclusive at Hard Rock Punta Cana

    Below you’ll find additional activities offered at Hard Rock that are not included with the all-inclusive experience but can be purchased on-site.

    Rock Spa

    The spa is the ultimate place to relax and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Spa treatments include massages, facials, body wraps, and more. 

    So if you are looking for a relaxing vacation, you might want to book a treatment in at the Spa

    Mini Golf

    In the middle of the resort is an 18-hole mini golf course with bridges, pools, and fun courses running through it. 


    This is an escape room where you can pick your room theme and join your friends and family on a quest to solve a mystery. 

    Laser tag

    Play against your friends or make new ones in an exciting game of laser tag in a galactic jungle theme.

    Bowling Bar 

    The bowling bar is a fun way to bowl with friends or family. 


    Right at the edge of the resort, the Hard Rock Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course. Grab your golf cart and make your way out to the greens for some competitive fun. 

    VR Exgame by Cocoarena

    The VR lounge is a place where you can try all kinds of virtual reality experiences. There are VR devices you can use alone or with friends. Enjoy the immersive technology. 

    Boutique Shopping

    In the lobby, you’ll find numerous shopping opportunities, including name brands like Quicksilver and RVCA and small boutique shops where you can buy bathing suits, jewelry, clothing, and small accessories. 


    Right near the beach, Flowrider is your chance to ride a never-ending wave. Work on your surf skills and get your adrenaline running because surfs up!


    Located right in the lobby is a full-size arcade offering games for people of all ages to have fun with. 

    Roxity Kids Club 

    The kids club is the ultimate getaway for the young ones. They can enjoy arts, crafts, and activities while you can go off and have a good time knowing your little ones are in good hands. 

    Posh Beauty Salon

    The beauty salon will get you ready for a night out with manicures, pedicures, hair, beauty, and bridal, it offers it all.

    Hard Rock Casino 

    The Hard Rock Casino in Punta Cana is the largest casino in the Dominican Republic and one of the largest in the Caribbean at 45,000 square feet. There are over 500 slots and more than 30 tables. You’re sure to have a fun night of gambling and gaming. 


    The resort also offers numerous excursions, including a catamaran ride with snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, horseback riding, a trip to Catalina island, fishing, and many other tours.

    If you want to leave the resort and experience more of the island, check out your excursion opportunities.  

    Cheaper Alternatives to the Hard Rock

    If you are looking for a cheaper alternative to the Hard Rock in Punta Cana or you don’t feel like staying in an all-inclusive hotel. Here are a few recommendations for you.

    Breathless All Inclusive Adults Only Resort – Kids aren’t your thing? Check out this all-inclusive adult ONLY resort

    Margaritaville – Still want the all-inclusive, but want to save some money?


    The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana is a must-visit. With lots of food options and countless bars and pools, it’s a no-brainer. You’re in for an all-inclusive experience of a lifetime at this resort.

    It truly feels more like a small town than a single resort conglomerate. There is no reason to leave the resort if you don’t want to, there is more than enough to keep you busy. If you’re thinking of visiting the beautiful island of the Dominican Republic, this is the ideal place to stay. 

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