Choosing an On-Site Hotel

Staying at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel allows you to stay in the heart of the excitement. Universal Orlando features five on-site hotels: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Each property consists of a different theme and offers slightly varying activities, benefits, and services. This guide is designed to help you select the right hotel for your budget and wants. To make this guide easier to navigate and comprehend, we have divided it into sections: hotel themes, offerings, pricing, and verdict, with the addition of a photo gallery.

Hotel Themes
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is based on the famed seaside village of Portofino, Italy. The hotel is complete with cobblestone streets, towering cypress trees, Vespa scooters, and docked fishing boats, giving the impression that you’re at the real village. This magnificent hotel even has enticing outdoor cafes located at the shimmering harbor.

Hard Rock Hotel
This dazzling hotel has a California mission design with showcases of incredible rock memorabilia, including displays of famous rock artists like Elvis Presley and Twisted Sister. The property creates a lifestyle of rock ‘n’ roll royalty with impeccable surroundings.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Loews Royal Pacific Resort creates a South Seas-inspired destination during a time when adventurous travelers first island-hopped the South Pacific. The hotel is filled with tropical wonders and amazing theming.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort transports you to a leisurely state in the heart of the tropics. This Caribbean-themed property features stunning details, including a cascading waterfall inspired by Jamaica’s iconic Dunn’s Riber Falls, stone turret, architectural ruins, and more.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a 1950s and 60s themed hotel inspired by classic Florida beach resorts. From the vintage cars and old-fashioned light fixtures to the oldies music and retro appliances, this nostalgic oasis property truly immerses you into the 1950s and 60s time period.


Offerings

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel has nine dining locations with options ranging from Italian cuisine, baked goods, gelato, and blended drinks. The hotel also has five shopping locations and activities, including three swimming pool locations. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel provides all guests with valid theme park admission with complimentary Universal Express Unlimited passes to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, complimentary transportation to all on-site destinations, priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort, and more. To view full activities, benefits, and services, click here and select the “Information” tab.

Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel has a 12,000-square foot pool, a game room, a fitness center, an on-site store, and five eateries ranging from quick service, full service, and fine dining. Additionally, the hotel provides all guests with valid theme park admission with complimentary Universal Express Unlimited passes to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, complimentary transportation to all on-site destinations, priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort, and more. To view full activities, benefits, and services, click here and select the “Information” tab.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Loews Royal Pacific Resort features a pool area, a fitness center, an arcade, two shopping locations, and six dining locations. The hotel provides all guests with valid theme park admission with complimentary Universal Express Unlimited passes to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, complimentary transportation to all on-site destinations, priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort, and more. To view full activities, benefits, and services, click here and select the “Information” tab.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort 
This Carribean-inspired resort features a 16,000-square foot pool, a fitness center, a game room, up to four dining locations, and an on-site store. This property provides all guests with early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, complimentary transportation to all on-site destinations, and more. To view full activities, benefits, and services, click here and select the “Information” tab.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort 
Cabana Bay Beach Resort has a variety of quick service dining locations with full-size meals, snacks, and beverages. Additionally, the resort has an on-site store and activities like two pool areas, a bowling alley, a game room, a fitness center, and more. All guests staying here receive early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, complimentary transportation to all on-site destinations, and more. To view full activities, benefits, and services, click here and select the “Information” tab.

Pricing
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a premier priced property. The hotel has rooms and suites ranging from regular guest rooms, club level rooms, and suites. Regular rooms start at around $250 per night based on a 4-night stay. Nightly rates may change depending on the room you select and the date(s) of your stay.

Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel is categorized as a premier on-site hotel. It consisting of regular guest rooms, club level rooms, and suites. Nightly rates start at $244 based on a 4-night stay. These rates may change depending on the room you select and the date(s) of your stay.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort
This is a preferred priced property that features regular guest rooms, club level rooms, and suites; prices start at $208 per night based on a 4-night stay. Nightly rates may change depending on the room you select and the date(s) of your stay.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is a preferred on-site hotel that consists of regular guest rooms and luxury suites. Rates start at $152 per night based on a 4-night stay. The rates per night may change depending on the room you select and when you’re visiting.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a prime value priced hotel consisting of regular guest rooms and family suites. Nightly rates start at $112 per night based on a 4-night stay; this may change depending on the room you select and the date(s) of your stay.

Verdict
All of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels are pretty much guaranteed to create a truly awesome and memorable vacation for you. While the hotel themes may catch your attention, you should be attentive of the nightly rates. If you’re on a tight budget, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is highly recommended for you because of its more affordable prices. If you’re on a slightly tight but flexible budget we suggest staying in a regular guest room at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or in a suite at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. If you are able to afford the rates of Universal’s upscale properties, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort are recommended for you because of its extra benefits. To decide which upscale property is best for you, we suggest taking a close look at each properties’ activities as well as their themes. Based on our experience at the hotels, Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a great option for all guests. Its affordable price, immersiveness, and many activities make it a fantastic property to stay at.

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