5 Hidden Gems at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

March 18, 2021
Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn and Suites

When traveling with your family, finding relaxing accommodations to stay at while not breaking the budget is key. All of Universal Orlando Resort’s uniquely-themed hotels offer an incredible array of benefits and amenities, but none meet the extra-affordable value and levels of relaxation needed for larger families quite like Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. This resort features Dockside Inn and Suites and Surfside Inn and Suites, both of which give you the surf culture and beach life vibes you’re looking for on a Florida vacation. There really is no comparison in Orlando when you look at the price value and pair it with amenities designed with families in mind and theme park perks exclusive to Universal hotel guests.

If you’re hooked and want to know more, enjoy some calming vibes during your vacation planning with this playlist for Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, while highlighting five things about Dockside Inn and Suites that have me booking my family’s next stay here.

1. Exclusive Food and Drinks (Most Under $12!)

Dockside Inn and Suites Bar

By far my favorite thing about Dockside Inn and Suites is the food and drinks. There are a plethora of unique options for the whole family like the Pier 8 Egg Muffin, Dockworker Wrap, or the Chicken and Waffles bucket. Don’t miss the fun Wet n’ Wild inspired cocktails you can get poolside (Wet n’ Wild was the longtime water park that was previously located where Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is now). And for craft beer drinkers, there is the Sunset Blonde, which is a Mango Blonde Ale brewed exclusively for the resort.

2. More Than Half of the Hotel is 2-Bedroom Suites

Dockside Inn and Suites - 2-bedroom suite

During vacation, your hotel is your home away from home. You want to be able to relax when you get back to your room after a day in the theme parks. Having a 2-bedroom suite gives you much-needed space to recharge for tomorrow. The kids can spread out and have their space, while mom and dad can get some privacy, too. You don’t even need to spend the extra cash for connecting rooms. Also, talk about spacious — these suites sleep up to six and have a kitchenette, picnic table for meals, double vanity, and plenty of suitcase storage. 

3. A Huge Hotel Calls for Two HUGE Pools

Dockside Inn and Suites Pool

When I’m looking at hotels for an upcoming vacation, one of the deciding factors is the pool because I know we’re going to spend a full day relaxing poolside. Dockside Inn and Suites makes it an easy choice for the sole fact that it has not one, but two massive pools. Plus, there’s a fun splash pad area for kids to run around in, and for mom and dad, two large pool bars to grab an umbrella drink.

4. There are More Than 2,000 Longboards Around the Hotel

Longboard at Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort was designed by the same creative teams who bring the theme parks to life, so you know it’s going to be incredible with every detail. It’s inspired by surf culture and you see it come to life through every aspect of your stay, especially the design elements. Dockside Inn and Suites hooks into the chill and relaxing side of shore life with driftwood details, photorealistic artwork, overall color palette, and longboards. Each room has a custom-made longboard made by Quiet Flight just for Dockside, resulting in 2,050 longboards in total around the hotel!

5. It’s a Short Ride to the Theme Parks and an Even Shorter Walk to Surfside Inn and Suites

Dockside Inn and Suites Transportation

Any chance you can save time on commuting during vacation is a plus. Staying at Dockside Inn and Suites gives you a direct ride to Universal CityWalk and the theme parks with just a short 5-10 minute ride on the shuttles that come every 15 minutes. Plus, after your short shuttle ride, you can get into the theme parks before regular day guests because of Early Park Admission. The extra bonus is you can take a short walk over to Surfside Inn and Suites right next door if you want to check out the surfboard-shaped pool or a different dining option.

These are just a few of my favorite things about Dockside Inn and Suites. Get all the details here and share below what you’re looking forward to doing during your next vacation with us.

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  • Reply Darlene Townsend April 20, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    I am a Florida resident and I’m thinking about purchasing a season pass this year. Is there any discounts available if you are a season pass holder?

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    Reply Social Media Team April 20, 2021 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Darlene! We hope you choose to join our Passholder family! You can look at all of the Seasonal Passholder benefits online here:

  • Reply Eugene A Lucherini April 27, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    Is there a resort fee at your hotels?

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      Reply Social Media Team April 27, 2021 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Eugene! We recommend calling our Hotel Team at 877-819-7884 for assistance with pricing!

  • Reply Valerie April 27, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    Do you’re over a fast pass with the resort stay

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      Reply Social Media Team April 28, 2021 at 8:04 am

      Hi Valerie! Universal Express Passes are included with stays at our Premier Hotels, which are Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

  • Reply Amy Madison May 17, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    We are Florida residents family of five & annual pass holder’s we love the Dockside Inn resort.

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    Reply Social Media Team May 17, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Amy! We LOVE to see this! Thanks so much for your positive feedback.

  • Reply France Turcotte May 17, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Hi I have reservations for Surf Side for June 2nd Will it be open

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      Reply Social Media Team May 18, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Hi France! Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites will be reopening on May 26, 2021! We look forward to seeing you!

  • Reply Jesus Rivera May 18, 2021 at 10:22 am

    Is there an additional discount for Florida residents with a retired military ID cards?

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      Reply Social Media Team May 18, 2021 at 10:51 am

      Hi Jesus! At this time, discounts are not able to be combined!

  • Reply Deb Frank May 19, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Do any of these resorts allow pets or have accommodations ? We always have our pups with us whenever we can.

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    Reply Social Media Team May 19, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Hey Deb! Be sure to check out our hotels on our website for the most updated information!

  • Reply Katie Pobst June 4, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    We are staying in a standard room at Dockside and I was wondering if there is a coffee maker in the room?

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    Reply Social Media Team June 4, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Katie! You can find all the amenities included in a standard room online here:

  • Reply Matthew Alexander October 25, 2021 at 7:12 am

    Me and my wife are annual passholders and are planning on staying at Endless Summer and we’re wondering do we get free parking at the hotel like we do at the parks?

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      Reply Social Media Team November 5, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Matthew! At this time, complimentary parking for Annual Passholders is not valid at our hotels.

  • Reply Megan November 1, 2021 at 8:45 am

    Can’t wait to stay here!

  • Reply Shanti November 25, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Are the pools open year round and heated in the winter months?

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      Reply Social Media Team November 25, 2021 at 11:58 am

      Hey Shanti! They are anticipated to be open all year, but this can change day-to-day with the colder temps!

  • Reply Sandra January 29, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    I am looking at staying at universal aventura hotel is it possible to use tha bus transport to check out the endless summer hotels

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    Reply Social Media Team January 29, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Hi Sandra! Yes, Universal Hotel Shuttles can be used to transport between the hotels and Theme Parks.

  • Reply vincent April 29, 2023 at 5:47 pm

    Stayed at dockside last September and had a wonderful time. Can’t wait to come back real soon. Lots do do and the bus takes you to all the parks.

    • Reply Digital Guest Communications April 29, 2023 at 5:51 pm

      We’re delighted to hear that you had a wonderful time on your visit, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

  • Reply John November 21, 2023 at 3:27 pm


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