PHOTOS: We Stayed at the Best Value Resort in Orlando (HINT: It’s NOT in Disney World)

Universal Orlando has seriously upped its resort hotel game in recent years.

Universal Orlando

We’ve always been fans of Universal hotels, and when they started getting in on the value resort action — we were excited, to say the least. One of our favorite Universal Orlando Value Resorts (and possibly one of our favorite value resorts of all time) is Cabana Bay. We’ve stayed at this resort before in a poolside view room, but we wanted to know if the Volcano Bay View Room was worth the $10 to $20 upgrade, so we’re taking you on a room tour!

Let’s check out a Volcano Bay View Room at Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Resort.

Cabana Bay Resort

As we mentioned before, this isn’t the first time we’ve stayed at this resort, and it remains one of our favorite value resorts we’ve ever stayed at — and we’ve stayed at quite a few! However, this time we stayed in a Volcano Bay View Room, which is a little pricier but offers a stunning view of Universal Orlando’s water park.

The view from our room!

Resort Atmosphere

The theming of this hotel is exquisite and totally immersive — we really feel like we’re transported back into the 1950s and 60s when we’re at Cabana Bay.

Cabana Bay lobby


This value resort is unlike any other, as it boasts the Atomic Pool complete with waterslide…

Atomic Pool

…the Hideaway Pool complete with lazy river…

Lazy River at the Hideaway Pool

…the Galaxy Bowl bowling alley…

Galaxy Bowl

…plus both sit-down dining and bar options as well!

Bayliner Diner at Cabana Bay

Without further ado, let’s check out the room!

Volcano Bay View Room Tour

Cabana Bay offers various different types of rooms that fit multiple budgets and can sleep up to eight guests. There are standard two-queen or one-king rooms and both one and two bedroom family suites.

On our last visit, we stayed in a standard pool view room — but this time, we decided to upgrade to the Volcano Bay View Room, which boasts views of Universal’s Volcano Bay water park.

Here’s the view at night!

The retro theming of Cabana Bay is carried through the resort and into the room, with its bright, bold colors and atomic-age decor featured throughout.

We love the retro theme of this resort.

This room felt roughly the same size as the standard pool view room we stayed in previously, which is to say we found it perfectly comfortable with plenty of space.

Pretty roomy

Our Volcano Bay View Room included two queen-sized beds with a nightstand in between.

Two queen-sized beds and a nightstand

There was also a vintage-style armchair and small table for additional seating right next to the dresser, which was home to a lamp, the television…

Table and chair

… and most importantly: the coffee maker, of course.

Obviously the most important part of any hotel room

Inside the dresser there was a mini-fridge, too!

Mini-fridge in the dresser

The room featured a closet with plenty of hangers, extra linens, and a programmable safe.

Closet things

As for the bathroom, it was pretty spacious! There’s only one sink at the vanity with a large mirror above it, but plenty of space to put toiletries on the counter — even with the towels, box of tissues…

Towels and tissues

… and bar of soap already on the vanity.


There is a hairdryer built into the wall, but it is incredibly small — if you’ve got a lot of hair, we’d recommend bringing backup.

What is this, a hairdryer for ants?

Behind the vanity is where you’ll find the toilet

Bathroom overview

… and the spacious shower as well. You’ll notice that this room comes with a standing shower and no tub option — something to be mindful of if you’ve got kiddos who still require baths.

Spacious shower

Inside the shower were retro-themed toiletries that were a blast from the past.

What a nice touch!


Cabana Bay remains one of our favorite value resorts due to the amenities, theming, and value for what you pay — the Volcano Bay View Room offers a great view of the water park, but if you’re not planning on taking in those views it might be worth booking a poolside or even standard view room to stretch your dollar even further.

Cabana Bay

Not only that, but the amenities here really are top notch — Cabana Bay is within walking distance to Universal Orlando, and guests of the resort receive Early Park Admission as well.

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Have you stayed at Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort? Let us know in the comments!

Disclosure: We were invited by Universal to attend a recent media event. This did not affect our reporting of the event — our opinions are our own

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