United States Florida Where to Stay at Universal Orlando Resort By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher Suzanne Rowan Kelleher Instagram LinkedIn Suzanne Rowan Kelleher is a nationally recognized family travel expert and an award-winning travel writer and editor. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 07/14/19 Fact checked by Erin Medlicott Fact checked by Erin Medlicott LinkedIn Twitter New York University Rutgers University Erin Medlicott is a fact checker and researcher with a background in lifestyle and finance. Prior to her work at TripSavvy, she did financial research for the American Express Departures Magazine as well as the Wall Street Journal. She earned a TripSavvy's fact-checking Share Pin Email We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. 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 Hotels & Resort Buy on Tripadvisor.com 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 Loews Hotels & Resorts Buy on Tripadvisor.com 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 Hotels & Resorts Buy on Tripadvisor.com 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 Loews Hotels & Resorts Buy on Tripadvisor.com 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 artist rendering. Universal Orlando Resort Buy on Tripadvisor.com 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. Aventura Hotel Universal Orlando Resort Buy on Tripadvisor.com Universal's modern Aventura Hotel has 600 sleek rooms, many of which offer views overlooking the theme parks. The location is just steps from Universal CityWalk. Amenities include a resort-style pool and hot tub plus a splash pad for younger kids. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Continue to 5 of 6 below.