Universal Studios Orlando Resorts

Universal Resorts Orlando characterizes each of their hotels in one of 4 categories. There is a difference in each category, as we’ll learn more about this week. Knowing your resort category can make a HUGE difference when planning your Universal vacation.

Universal resorts boast 3 main features – Proximity, Simplicity, and Exclusivity. And when you stay at any Universal resort, you are permitted access to all the on site resort’s dining locations and pools! Guests who stay at a Universal Orlando Resort hotels get resort-wide charging privileges using their room key card. They also will deliver purchases directly to your client’s hotel, free of charge.

Value

⏰ All guests at the value resorts get early park entry.


Endless Summer Resort is split between
☀️ Dockside Inn and Suites and Surfside Inn and Suites ☀️

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Endless Summer resorts is an escape to the perfect sunset that is always affordable. Soak up the scenes of a cool, calm coastal retreat with plenty of standard rooms and two-bedroom suites that sleep six. It’s a carefree escape inspired by sand, sea and breathtaking sunsets. It features:

🏊‍♀️ 2 large pools, a children’s splash pad play area and sand beaches
💧 poolside activities including hulahoop contests, Bingo, Ping-Pong and more fun family activities
🍽 4 restaurants including Pier 8 Market, The Oasis Beach Bar, Starbucks, and Sunset Lounge
🍕 In room pizza delivery
🏋️‍♀️ A fitness center
🎮 game room
🚌 Bus transportation to the parks

Prime Value

⏰ All guests at the prime value resorts get early park entry.

🏖 Cabana Bay Beach Resort 🏖

This resort is a retro throwback to the 1950s and 60s. It features standard rooms (some of which have amazing views overlooking Volcano Bay), and Family Suites, which sleep up to 6 guests and have a small kitchenette, microwave, and living space. You will be fully immersed in the era from the music, decor, and even the toiletries offered in the rooms.

It’s brilliantly designed for fun and affordability!

This resort features:
⚜️ 1280 standard rooms (300 sq ft)
✅ 900 family suites (430 sq ft, sleeps up to 6)
⚜️ 20 2 bedroom suites (772 sq ft, sleeps up to 8)
🏊‍♀️ 2 pools and 1 winding lazy river and a dive tower-themed water slide
🏖 Cabana rental
💧 poolside activities including hula hoop and splash contests along with family activities
🎳 A bowling alley
🍽 On-site dining at Bayliner Diner, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, Atomic Tonic, Galaxy Bowl Restaurant, Swizzle Lounge, and Starbucks.
🏋️‍♀️ A fitness center
🌋 Steps away from Volcano Bay Water Park
🎮 Arcade

📱 Aventura Hotel 📱

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The Aventura is the talles and most modern of the Universal resorts. This perfectly priced hotel is also the tallest, and offers great views of all three Universal Orlando theme parks.

This resort features:
⚜️ 600 rooms & suites, including kids suites
📱 In room tablet to control temperature, lights, and order food.
🍽 Dining including The Urban Pantry, Starbucks, lobby and poolside bars, and best of all, Bar 17 Bistro, a rooftop restaurant.
🎮 VR game room
🌋 Steps away from Volcano Bay Water Park
🏋️‍♀️ A fitness center
🏊‍♀️ Pool with children’s splash zone

Preferred

⏰ All guests at the preferred resorts get early park entry.

🌊 Loews Sapphire Falls Resort 🌊

At Sapphire Falls, you’ll step into paradise and be transported to the heart of the tropics. Amid blue waterfalls and lush grounds, passageways and pools you’ll find numerous Caribbean-themed dining options. This refreshing resort offers an island escape for an unforgettable adventure. Here you’ll find:

⚜️ 1000 rooms (321 sq ft)
✅ 83 suites including themed kids suites
🍽 Dining that includes Amatista Cookhouse, Drhum Club Kantine, Strong Water Tavern, and New Dutch Trading Co
🍺 Rum tastings
🛎 24 hour room service
🏊‍♀️ 16,000-square-foot pool with a sand beach, hot tub, a water slide, children’s play area, fire pit and more
⛱ Cabana rental
💧 poolside activities including ping pong tournaments, water balloon tosses, pool basketball, hula hoop contests, and arts and crafts
🏋️‍♀️ A fitness center
👟 Walking paths
🎮 a game room

Premier

All guests at premier resorts not only get early park entry, but they also get another really great feature….free Express Pass Unlimited! This is a GREAT bonus, and can save a ton of money. Express Pass Unlimited allows you to bypass the long lines at the rides in the parks.

⛲️ Loews Portofino Bay Hotel ⛲️

Portofino Bay fully immerses you in a the beauty of Portofino, Italy. This luxury resort is a Universal Premier Hotel with all of the benefits including Universal Express Pass Unlimited, and water-taxi service to the parks. Not to mention, all of their rooms were recently renovated! This resort could truly be a destination it itself!

This resort features:
🏆 4 diamond award
💎 Priority seating at select restaurants around Universal
⚜️ 750 rooms (450-490 sq ft)
✅ 45 suites including Despicable Me themed kids suites
♠️ Club level rooms with concierge service and a club lounge
🛎 24 hour room service
🏊‍♀️ 3 pools that include a beach bool with a slide, a Villa pool, a relaxing Hillside pool, and poolside cocktail service
💧 Poolside activities including ping-pong tournaments, water balloon tosses, pool basketball, hula hoop contests, bocce ball, and arts and crafts
⛱ Cabana rentals
👟 Walking paths
🎮 a game room
🍽 9 Restaurants and lounges including the popular 🍝Mama Dellas Ristorante, Sal’s Deli, Starbucks, and the Gelateria🍨.
💆‍♀️ Madara Spa, specializing in massages and relaxation treatments
🎼 Musica della Notte, an Italian singing group for nice evening ambiance

🎸 Hard Rock Hotel 🎸

Want to live like a Rock Star? Check out the Hard Rock Hotel! It is designed to make you feel like you are staying at a rock star’s mansion. Complete with lots of museum quality artifacts from all the big names in the world of music!

This hotel has so many amazing features:
🏆 4 diamond award
💎 Priority seating at select restaurants around Universal
⚜️ 650 rooms (375 + sq ft)
✅ 29 suites including Rock Star Kids Suites
♠️ Club level rooms with concierge service and a club lounge
🍽 Dining that includes 2 full service restaraunts, a bar, an ice crean and snack shop
🛎 24 hour room service
🏊‍♀️ 12,000-square-foot pool featuring an underwater sound system, 260-foot slide, two hot tubs, and a real sand beach
🏐 Beach volleyball court 
💧 Poolside activities including ping-pong tournaments, water balloon tosses, pool basketball, hula hoop contests, bocce ball, and arts and crafts
👟 Walking paths
🎸 Sound of your Stay – guitar or turntable rental
💜 Rock Om – yoga
🎼 “Velvet Sessions” – a few times a year where guests can check out an up-close and personal rock concert, enjoy some finger foods, and fun cocktails for this 21 and over show. Past performers include Bret Michaels, Joan Jett, Foreigner, Eddie Money, and many more.

🐘 Loews Royal Pacific Resort 🐘

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Experience a South Seas escape that perfectly combines tropical splendor and exceptional amenities.

This resort features:
💎 Priority seating at select restaurants around Universal
⚜️ 1000 guest rooms (335 sq ft)
✅ 51 suites including Jurrassic World themed kids suites
♠️ Club level rooms with concierge service and a club lounge
🛎 24 hour room service
🏊‍♀️ white sand beach on a huge lagoon-style pool. The palm tree-lined pool area features two hot tubs and the Royal Bali Sea interactive water play area for children
💧 Poolside activities including ping-pong tournaments, water balloon tosses, pool basketball, hula hoop contests, bocce ball, and arts and crafts
⛱ Cabana rentals
🏐 Beach volleyball court 
👟 Walking paths
🏋️‍♀️ A fitness center
🎮 game room
🍽 5 dining locations including Jake’s American Bar, Orchid Court Lounge & Sushi Bar, and Bula Bar & Grille
🌸 Wantilan Luau

Published by Emily Trempe

I am a mom of 2 boys ages 11 and 14, and have been married to my wonderfully supportive husband, Brian for 14 years. I work full time in the billing department of a large opthamolgy practice in Michigan. I have not just a love for all things Disney that started from birth. My boys sometimes call it my Disney problem, but my husband and I fondly refer to it as my Disney passion. I have a side gig as a travel advisor. I can help plan almost any vacation, but as you can guess, I specialize in Disney and Universal.

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