Located in close proximity to Universal Studios are the Resorts/Hotels famous for the landscape and eye appealing architecture. Selecting the best Universal Studios Hotel will not be an easy task. Let’a take a look at them and see if you agree. They all offer shuttle service to the Universal Parks. Each Resort/Hotel has a wide selection of rooms with different price ranges and styles to accommodate all vacationers.

Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando


Hard Rock Hotel has a very laid back style with California’s mission look. When making reservations here, there is a wide variety from which to choose. Some rooms have Garden View rooms with scenery of the grounds just outside the window. Other rooms have a view of the pool lined with palm trees and featuring underwater music. At times you can find live music with some of the famous names in the industry.

The Club Level rooms offer access to the Rock Royalty Lounge so you can enjoy and relax after a long day walking around the parks.

Portofino Bay Hotel


Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando

Have you ever been to Italy? If not, but would like to go, Portofino Bay Hotel might be the next best thing to being there. You can experience a little bit of Italy with all the beauty, romance, and charm of this Italian village right here state side in sunny Florida.

Outdoor cafes and restaurants are located around the harbor where the flavors of Italy are inviting to the palate. If you are a real foody, Portofino has culinary tours you can take.

Glancing at the harbor you will see many boats drifting along waiting for you to hop on and ride to cool off from the summer heat. Staying at Portofino Hotel is truly La Dolce Vita, The Sweet Life. Live it up and enjoy. No need to speak Italian here.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Sapphire Falls Resort in Orlando


Sapphire Falls Resort is the newest on site hotel with a look of the tropics and the sound of steel drums in the back ground. It won’t take long for you to feel like you’re on an island retreat.

The pool area is adorned with a white sandy beach, a slide at the pool and there is a blue cascading waterfall, all inviting you to take the plunge. Continuing on with the theme of the tropics, Sapphire Falls has a Caribbean option for your dining pleasure.

Making reservations here may be a challenge for you. There are so many types of room options from which to choose. Sapphire Falls has hotel style rooms, apartments, villas, hostels, resorts, and B&Bs. Have fun with your selection.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort


Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando


Are we in Hawaii? No…we’re in Orlando at the Royal Pacific Resort. A feeling of being in a Polynesian paradise overcomes us. On select nights the Royal Pacific features a Hawaiian dinner show at the Wantilan luau.

Something for the young or not so young ones to delight in would be to dine at the Tahitian room on a Saturday morning where you can take a photo with a Despicable Me character.

Several other dining venues are available on premises to suit everyone’s taste buds.

The lagoon style pool shows itself off with white sandy beach, two hot tubs, and a volleyball court. Love competition? Join the ping-pong tournament carried on at poolside. Naturally, there are no limitations to the site of palm trees everywhere.

As if walking around the parks all day long doesn’t provide you with enough exercise, you can check out the Fitness Facility with all the customary equipment and it includes a steam/sauna room.

Not much lacking here at the beautiful Royal Pacific.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Cabana Beach Resort in Orlando


Turning the corner onto Adventure Way you will see a very colorful facade. It must be Cabana Bay Beach Resort, one of the Best Universal Studios Hotels. It has a retro style depicting the 50s and 60s.

Entering the main lobby will bring you to the Galaxy Bowl. There are ten lanes to this bowling alley equipped with a restaurant just in case you acquire an appetite after such strenuous activity. Impressive lobby, don’t you think!

Wanting to take a dip in the pool, there are two sand beach pools and one has a water slide. Included at poolside are two bars and also the Hideaway Bar and Grille.

Looking for a place to exercise you can work out at Jack LaLanne’s Physical Fitness Studio.

Brought along a large family? Cabana Bay has family suites with bathrooms large enough to accommodate three people getting ready at the same time.

The best part of staying at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is that it allows you to enjoy early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter or Universal’s Water Park, Volcano Bay before it opens to the public.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel


Universal's Aventura Hotel in Orlando


Universal’s Aventura Hotel is the most modern and stylish of all of Universal’s Resort/Hotels. The architecture is very different and eye catching. Staying here enables you to walk to the new Volcano Bay Water Park, unless you want to save your energy for playing in the water or for the exhilaration going down the water tubes. If you decide to walk to Volcano Bay from the hotel, there is a private entrance just for Aventura guests.

In the lobby there is a Contemporary Bar which is elegant, but the Bar 17 Bistro is a bar and grille on the roof top where you can observe the park sites.

The pool area doesn’t have any water slides, but you can find a hot tub, fire pit, life guards, and plenty of life jackets if you are like me and love the water, but don’t know how to swim. Boy I need to use one of those life jackets!

Aventura Hotel provides an Urban Pantry food hall with several choices of cuisine to satisfy every palate. The Pantry also has an Asian and European inspired motif and food.

Volcano Bay Water Park


Volcano Bay Water Park in Orlando


Now that we visited Universal Studios Resorts/Hotels we come to the last amazing site, Volcano Bay Water Park. If you like water activities this is by far the best place to be to cool off in the summer heat. There is immeasurable fun to be had. Going to the top of the volcano and then the DROP is not for the faint of heart.

Water temperature is 85 degrees during the cooler months so you can enjoy the water tubes and all the pools here at Volcano Bay. There are many amenities throughout the water park for your enjoyment so you can experience fun in the sun.

The End of Our Vacation 

Spending two weeks visiting Universal Studios is such a short time to visit the parks. Universal offers its guests a delightful time here. There is so much to do and you are given the royal treatment no matter which hotel you choose. Between the rides and entertainment offered you will not go home disappointed. Wishing it was not the end, you will start making plans for the next vacation when you can return for more fun and adventure.

Bye For Now

I hope you enjoyed reading this and that it gave you some insight on the availability of hotels at Universal Studios. If you would like to comment on anything or have a suggestion, please let me know by leaving a message below. Questions will be answered usually within a day. Thank you for taking the time.



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