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9 Unexpected Resort Hotel Experiences

June 8, 2018
Volcano Bay Views from Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

There are so many unique things to experience when you stay at Universal Orlando Resort. After spending all day plunging down water rides at Universal’s Volcano Bay, experiencing unique themed lands at Universal’s Islands of Adventure or riding out the movies at Universal Studios Florida, you can keep the excitement going, right at your hotel!

Here are 9 experiences you won’t want to miss when you stay at one of our resort hotels.

1. Waking Up to a Volcano

GIF Volcano View from Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

There are no words to describe how truly epic the view of Volcano Bay is in the “hottest” room at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the Volcano Side Rooms. Imagine waking up RIGHT next to Krakatau!

2. Rocking Out with a Guitar

GIF Guitar from Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

 You can become a rock star for a day and learn to play guitar RIGHT inside your hotel room by choosing from 20 different guitars at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando (A refundable deposit and loan agreement is required). If guitar isn’t quite your style, you can even rent a turntable and jam to 10 iconic records.

3. Epic Fire Dancers

GIF Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Could you imagine throwing around fire as easy as this guy?! He’s one of the many performers in our Wantilan Luau show at Loews Royal Pacific Resort. The Wantilan Luau takes place every Saturday evening.

4. Bowling Inside Your Hotel

GIF Galaxy Bowl at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Did you know you can bowl at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort? We have a ten lane bowling alley right inside the hotel, complete with food and drink service.

5. This Delicious Gelato

GIF Gelato from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

You’ve made your way to the seaside village of Portofino, Italy at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Now that you’re here, the gelato is truly a must-have and it’s made with a secret Italian recipe

6. More Than 100 Rums at Strong Water Tavern

GIF Strongwater Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Take a cruise with one of our rum captains at Strong Water Tavern at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Want more than a rum experience? Strong Water Tavern offers a tapas-style menu and all types of drinks to quench your thirst.

7. A Lazy River at Your Hotel

GIF Lazy River at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Looking for a little relaxation after a day in the parks? Grab an inner tube and float around our lazy river at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. But if you’re looking for a more thrilling adventure, you can head over to Volcano Bay on a special walking path. . Tip: Even if you aren’t staying at Cabana Bay, pool hopping is allowed!

8. This Sound System…Underwater

GIF Cool off with a dip in one of Universal Orlando's on-site hotel pools.

At Hard Rock Hotel Orlando you can literally rock out to your favorite songs underwater. It’s awesome to hear a song playing as you go down the slide and plunge into the pool as the beats keep going.

9. The Best Kind of Taxi

GIF Water Taxi at Universal Orlando Resort

 One of my favorite benefits of staying at Loews Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific or Loews Sapphire Falls is being able to hop onto a water taxi to get from your hotel to Universal CityWalk. It’s basically a ride before you get into the parks!

No matter which hotel you decide to choose for your next vacation to Universal Orlando Resort, be sure to look out for the all the little details that make these hotels truly spectacular.

Have you had a chance to experience any of these 9 things? In the comments, tell us your favorite reasons to stay with us and learn more about all of our resort hotels here.

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  • Reply Paul Tyson July 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I have experienced #6, 8 & 9. I really enjoyed my stay at Loews sapphire falls resort, they gave me a low floor room near the elevator for my disabled wife, beautiful room near the water taxi.
    However, I really think the underwater sound system was the best thing about staying at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando, I was given really bad service, asked for a low floor room near the elevator for my disabled wife, was given a room on the fifth floor , apparently it was an upgrade, but wasn’t told until I returned home to the UK, which was pointless. Also there was supposed to be an amenity in the room, which I had to go out of my way to chase up, shouldn’t be doing that at such an expensive hotel.

  • Reply Rosie July 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    My family & I stayed at Hard Rock as my eldest daughter got married in Hard Rock Cafe. We had an absolutely amazing time & we’re very well looked after by ALL staff, in fact they were AMAZING!!! We vacation in Orlando every year-and have been doing this for the past 30 years, we love it! It’s our 2nd home as we live in UK. My daughter chose to get married at Universal as its our FAVORITE place to visit every time we are in Orlando. We go to the Universal theme parks for 7-10 days as it is so AMAZING.

    Would love to stay again at HARD ROCK-(just wish we had the money) it is expensive to stay there but it is worth every penny!! We have absolutely no complaint about the Hotel or the very friendly, helpful & informative staff who work there.

    Hard Rock staff made my daughters dream come true & treated us all like the Royal Family! The entire Wedding & our stay before & after wedding was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, A DREAM COME TRUE, SUPERB. WELL DONE HARD ROCK STAFF!!

  • Reply Alison December 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    My family and I stayed at Hard Rock Hotel in November. It was awesome. We loved how close our hotel was to everything, a 10 minute walk to the parks and city walk. And we enjoyed using the water taxis too when our feet were too tired. The pool was great, it was so cool to listen to music underwater! We loved it and can’t wait to stay at Universal Orlando resort again!

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