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10 Reasons to Stay at a Universal Orlando Hotel

September 27, 2017

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It truly pays to stay where you play. Here are 10 reasons staying at a Universal Orlando Hotel during your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation will make you never want to leave.

1. Immerse Yourself into a Themed New World

GIF Theme of Universal Orlando

Just because you’ve left the parks doesn’t mean you have to go back to reality. Keep living your best vacation life because our hotels are themed to perfection:

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – relax within an Italian seaside village.

Hard Rock Hotel – live like a rock star.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort – escape to a South Seas paradise.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – unwind in a Caribbean island retreat.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – revel in retro fun with a Florida twist.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel – experience a new, modern lifestyle.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites – extra affordable surf lifestyle.

2. Earn that Unlimited Free Universal Express Access

GIF Express lanes at Universal Orlando

Three of Universal Orlando’s hotels —Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort—include Universal Express Unlimited access with their stay. They’re valid at most attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. That means you get to skip the regular lines and ride more rides during your time in park.

3. Quick and Easy Transportation

GIF Transportation at Universal Orlando Resort

Whether you’re taking the famous water taxis, shuttle bus or walking, you’re never more than a few minutes away from all the action of Universal Orlando’s three theme parks. That extra hour of sleep in the morning will work wonders.

4. Three Words: Early Park Admission

GIF Family at Universal Orlando Resort

…Or don’t sleep in and take advantage of Early Park Admission. Each day, one or more theme parks and their most popular attractions open an hour before the scheduled time for Universal Orlando Hotel guests. Those parks and their attractions include:

Universal Studios Florida

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Universal’s Island of Adventure

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Flight of the Hippogriff

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay rides, slides, and attractions are all available during Early Park Admission.

5. All the Amenities

GIF Family bonding at Spa

It’s true – we’ve got all the things you didn’t know you needed. Looking to rejuvenate at the spa? Got it. Want to work off the big dinner you had last night? We have complimentary fitness facilities. Craving some friendly competition? Step into our game room, my friend.

6. Paradise Poolside

GIF Pools at Universal Orlando Resort

After a long morning of exploring the parks, it’s about time to grab a drink and pull up an inner tube. Our refreshing hotel pools will help you rest up before heading back out for the evening’s festivities.

Pro Tip: spend a day pool-hopping and see every resort’s oasis, from the sand-entry at Portofino Bay Hotel to the lazy river at Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

7. Surprises only Universal Orlando can Provide


Name another hotel where you might be greeted by a Minion. We’ll wait…

8. Free Delivery of that Merch You’ve Been Eyeing

GIF E.T. at Universal Orlando Resort

And don’t worry about carrying large, heavy bags. Have your souvenirs delivered directly to your hotel.

9. Dance the Night Away at Universal CityWalk with a Complimentary Party Pass

GIF Clubs at City Walk Orlando

If you’re looking for a night out, your room key gets you club-to-club access at Rising Star, the groove, and Red Coconut Club in CityWalk throughout the duration of your stay. No cover charge!

10. Are You Not Entertained?!

GIF Experiences at Universal Orlando Resort

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, staying at a Universal Orlando Hotel puts you right in the heart of the best entertainment Orlando has to offer.

Feast and hula at Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s Wantilan Luau, party island-style during the Caribbean Carnaval dinner show at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, watch a live show at Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions, enjoy an evening out under the stars at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s Harbor Nights, or head over to CityWalk and enjoy the dueling pianos at Pat O’Brien’s.

There’s no question that there’s no better way to experience Universal Orlando than by staying at one of our amazing themed hotels. Which resort would you want to stay at? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • Reply Gary October 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    “They’re valid at all attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.” Except that at Universal Studios Florida, you cannot use the Express Pass to ride Fievel’s Water Slide and at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal Express Pass is not available at Pteranodon Flyers.

  • Reply Nicole Kruise November 27, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    We’re staying at the Portifino hotel at Universal Studios. The rooms are very nice and the Minion theme room complete with bomb beds is well……the bomb! We bought a package deal and then they want money on top of that for everything. No microwaves in the rooms….you have to pay and additional $15 to get one. But there are irons and ironing boards that no one uses in every room. We put a do not disturb sign on our door while we were in the park because we didn’t want housekeeping to clean our room. We had things out that we didn’t want disturbed. But they came in and “cleaned” our room anyway. Even going so far as to put the do not disturb sign back in our room. Still no trash bags in the trashcans though.

    Love being able to charge our purchases to our rooms and even have things delivered to our rooms so they won’t break or because we can’t lug everything around the park.

  • Reply Sharon December 11, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    We have stayed at all 5 hotels an have never had any thing go wrong with our stay. We have enjoyed our time at the parks and at the resorts, there’s nothing like them, they treat you like royalty. We do like the Hard Rock best.

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