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Universal Orlando Resort Hotel Guide

Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Universal Orlando Resort is home to eight Resort Hotels that are sure to make your Universal vacation even more awesome! When you stay at a Universal Hotel, you will have access to exclusive theme park benefits, indulge in incredible surroundings, stunning hotel themes and amazing service. But with so many wonderful resort hotel options, how do you choose the best hotel for your family? We've got you covered!

Universal has four resort categories; Value, Prime Value, Preferred and Premier. Each category comes with a different price point and benefits. There are several benefits that are included for all Universal Hotel categories. Those benefits are Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal's Volcano Bay up to one hour before the park opens, complimentary transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, resort-wide charging privileges with room key and complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel. 


Price Point: $, Extra affordable rooms
Complimentary Transportation: Shuttle Buses

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites

Theme: Surf lifestyle
Room Options: Standard Rooms (sleep up to 4) and 2-Bedroom Suites with kitchenette (sleep up to 6)

Hotel Highlights:

  • Smaller hotel
  • Enjoy water views of the lake
  • Surfboard-shaped pool
Surfside Inn and Suites 2-Bedroom Suite

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites

Theme: Perfect sunset
Room Options: Standard Rooms (sleep up to 4) and 2-Bedroom Suites with kitchenette (sleep up to 6)

Hotel Highlights:

  • Larger hotel with two towers
  • Lobby bar
  • Two large pools

Prime Value

Price Point: $$, Rooms and suites designed for fun and affordability
Complimentary Transportation: Shuttle Buses and Walking Path

Universal's Aventura Hotel

Theme: Modern and stylish
Room Options: Standard and King Rooms (sleep up to 4), Deluxe Rooms (sleep up to 4) and Kids' Suites (sleep up to 5)

Hotel Highlights:

  • Short walk to Universal's Volcano Bay
  • Bar 17 Bistro rooftop bar
  • Tech-savvy hotel
Tip: It's a quick walk from Aventura to Sapphire Falls if you want to use the water taxi to the theme parks. 

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Theme: Retro 1950s and 1960s
Room Options: Standard Rooms (sleep up to 4), Family Suites with kitchenette (sleep up to 6), and 2-Bedroom Suites with kitchenette and two full bathrooms (sleep up to 8)

Hotel Highlights:

  • Walking path to Universal's Volcano Bay
  • Two pools, one with waterslide and one with a winding river
  • Galaxy Bowl - 10 lane bowling alley


Price Point: $$$, Impressive amenities and comfortable mid-range rates
Complimentary Transportation: Water Taxis, Shuttle Buses and Walking Path

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Theme: Caribbean island paradise
Room Options: Standard Rooms (sleep up to 5*), King Suites (sleep up to 4), Kids' Suites (sleep up to 5*), as well as Sapphire, Hospitality and Presidential Suites

Hotel Highlights: 

  • Zero entry pool with water slide and interactive kids' play area, hot tub and cabana rentals
  • Walking path to Universal's Volcano Bay
  • Full service dining options
Sapphire Falls pool


Price Point: $$$$, Distinguished service and spacious accommodations
Additional Benefits: Free Universal Express Unlimited ride access to skip the regular lines at most attractions in Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida (valid theme park admission required) and priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort.
Complimentary Transportation: Water Taxis, Shuttle Buses and Walking Path

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Theme: South Seas escape
Room Options: Standard Rooms (sleep up to 5*), King Suites (sleep up to 4), Jurassic World themed kids' suites (sleep up to 5*), as well as Hospitality Parlor, Royal Parlor and Presidential Suites

Hotel Highlights:

  • Lagoon-style pool with sand beach, private cabana rentals and Royal Bali interactive water play area for children
  • Several full service dining options
  • Club Level Rooms with access to the private Royal Club Lounge, featuring complimentary continental breakfast, evening beer and wine, and more.

Hard Rock Hotel

Theme: Rock star
Room Options: Standard Rooms (sleep up to 5*), Deluxe King Rooms (sleep up to 4), Deluxe Queen Rooms (sleep up to 5*), Future Rock Star themed kids' suites (sleep up to 5*), as well as King, Hospitality and Graceland Suites

Hotel Highlights:

  • Pool with underwater music, sand beach, water slide, and private cabana rentals
  • Velvet Sessions - live music performed by real rock stars (concerts on select nights)
  • Club Level Rooms with access to the private Rock Royalty Lounge

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Theme: Mediterranean seaside village
Room Options: Standard Rooms (sleep up to 5*), Deluxe Rooms (sleep up to 5*), Despicable Me themed kids' suites (sleep up to 5*), as well as Portofino Parlor, Villa Parlor, Hospitality, Governatore and Presidente Suites. 

Hotel Highlights:

  • Mandara Spa - full service spa offering messages, facials and more (fees applied)
  • Three themed swimming pools
  • Club Level Rooms with access to the Portofino Club Lounge

*Maximum occupancy requires a rollaway for an additional fee.

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