Looking for a place to stay at Universal Orlando Resort? The five hotel properties located within the theme park complex are the most convenient options and offer choices at every budget level.
Besides the obvious upside of location, the benefits of staying at any the official Universal properties include that you will automatically get Universal Express Passes and early theme-park admission an hour before the public. All of the properties are within walking distance of the theme parks and the Universal CityWalk dining-and-entertainment area, and three of the properties are served by a free water taxi. (See a map of Universal Orlando Resort.)
Here's a closer look at Universal Orlando's on-site hotels:
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is themed on the beautiful Italian town of Portofino. The 750-room hotel features wonderful Italian architectural details, a lovely harbor, multiple restaurants and lounges, and three themed swimming pools. Key perk: Getting skip the regular lines in both theme parks with Universal Express Unlimited ride access.
Hard Rock Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel offers much for families, including kid suites and a sandy-bottom pool with a waterslide. Themed to look like the it's mansion of a rock star, this hotel displays a collection of rock memorabilia throughout its rooms. Key perk: Getting skip the regular lines in both theme parks with Universal Express Unlimited ride access.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Loews Royal Pacific Resort gives families the royal treatment at a commoner's price. There's a South Seas theme, four restaurants, and an enormous lagoon pool. Rates are among the lowest at Universal Orlando but this hotel sacrifices almost nothing in luxury or amenities. Key perk: Getting skip the regular lines in both theme parks with Universal Express Unlimited ride access.
Cabana Bay Beach Hotel
Cabana Bay Beach Resort offers value-priced rooms and moderate-priced family suites. Looking like a set right out of "Mad Men," the retro-themed resort evokes the style of the 1950s and 1960s. This is the most affordable on-site hotels at Universal Orlando.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort opened in 2016, offering 1,000 moderately priced rooms and suites. Inspired by the easy-going vibe of the Caribbean, the hotel is reminiscent of a historic island retreat. This is an affordably priced on-site property.
Coming Soon: Aventura Hotel
Universal's modern Aventura Hotel is set to open in summer 2018 with 600 sleek rooms, many of which will offer views overlooking the theme parks. The location is just steps from Universal CityWalk. Amenities include a resort-style pool and hot tub plush a splash pad for younger kids.