So you’re planning a trip to Universal Orlando, and you’re looking for a nice play to stay.
As you may know, Universal has a total of seven hotels — each of which has its own theming, price point, and advantages. So where are you going to stay?
We’re going to tell you about the best part of each hotel to help you make your decision!
First, we’re going to mention the perks of staying at a Universal Orlando hotel. Every guest who stays at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel gets Early Park Admission, which means they can enter either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure one hour earlier than other guests PLUS they can enter Universal’s Volcano Bay a half-hour early.
Guests who stay at Universal’s Premier Hotels get an additional perk: a Universal Express Unlimited Pass. This pass allows guests to bypass regular lines an unlimited number of times for participating attractions — it’s a Fastpass on steroids!
Finally, you’ll have easy access to Universal Orlando from every resort hotel — they’re all within walking distance of the parks, but you can also take buses — and sometimes boats — to and from CityWalk and the parks.
With some great perks available at all the resorts, here’s the best thing about each so you can make a decision about which one is right for you!
Endless Summer Resort
Endless Summer Resort is two resorts in one: Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn. But the best thing about these two hotels is their affordability: you can get a room here for as low as $88 per night!
The multiple pools at Endless Summer Resort are also a good reason to stay here — they’re massive, and there is plenty of poolside seating at both, along with bars to keep you in good spirits while you’re laying out in the sun. There’s even a pool with a zero-entry point that makes it easy for kids to get in and out of.
The Aventura Hotel is also affordable with rooms starting at around $132 per night, but one of the things we love about this hotel is its walking path that goes directly to Volcano Bay.
But get this — you can order room service here and have it delivered by a robot. And that makes for a pretty cool selling point, we think.
The first thing you see when you arrive at Cabana Bay is a retro-themed resort that takes you back in time. The theming here is so on point that they’ve even put V05 shampoo (remember that?) and Zest soap in the rooms! The colorful retro vibe also extends into the rooms, and it’s just so much fun.
Outside, you’ll find a lot of vintage cars, too. Oh, and did we mention there’s a bowling alley here? Be sure to walk around both outside and inside because there are so many retro details to take in. This hotel is also within walking distance of all the parks.
Imagine relaxing somewhere in a tropical resort, and you’ll have a good feel for what Loews Sapphire Falls is all about. This is one of the more relaxing hotels at Universal, and you’ll feel more zen the moment you step into its lobby. We love the atmosphere here.
While you’re enjoying what feels like an island getaway, be sure to stop by the rum bar, Strong Water Tavern. It’s one of our favorite bars at Universal.
Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort is one of the premier Universal hotels, so it comes with the free Express Pass. But there are so many other reasons to love it — it’s one of the most beautiful hotels on Universal property. The theme is South Seas, and all the little theming details just make you want to walk around and take it all in.
But it doesn’t just look beautiful — it also smells great.
Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel is another premier hotel at Universal, meaning that guests who stay here get the free Express Pass. But this is also a place for serious music lovers and those into music history. There is a lot of great music memorabilia here that you can’t find anywhere else.
But there are other perks of staying here — you can rent a turntable and listen to records. Or get this — you can rent a Fender guitar with headphones, and jam out in your room with tutorials on the TV.
Last, but not least, is Loews Portofino Bay, another of Universal’s premier hotels that gives guests the free Express Pass. This is another hotel with gorgeous theming, a place where you’ll want to just relax all day long — it’s a nice refuge from the theme parks. You’ll swear you’re beachside in the town of Portofino, Italy when you stay here.
On top of that, Portofino Bay has a great sandy beach pool.
So there you have it — the best parts of every Universal Orlando hotel. So depending on your priorities, we hope this helps you decide where to stay the next time you visit Universal Orlando.
What’s your favorite Universal Orlando hotel? Let us know in the comments!
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