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Universal Orlando Resort Hotels

Updated: Aug 31, 2023



Universal Studios has their own resort hotels for people looking to stay close to the action. In addition to some fun family friendly theming, and great service, guests of Universal Resorts get early entry into the parks, which means early access to some of their most popular rides. Guests of Deluxe Hotels also receive free access to Express Pass Unlimited, which allows you to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Island of Adventure.


What are the different Universal Resort Hotels and their amenities?

There are seven different Universal Resort Hotels:



Loews Portofino Bay Resort



  • Deluxe Hotel

  • Italian Themed

  • Standard Rooms are 450-490 square feet and have 2 queen beds - sleep 5 with a roll away

  • Club Level Rooms - nightly turndown service, 3500 square foot Portofino Lounge serving continental breakfast and complimentary beverages and snacks throughout the day

  • Despicable Me kids suites - sleep up to 5 with a king bed, two twin beds, and a roll away

  • Portofino Suites offer a living space and sleep up to 7 with a pull-out sofa, 2 queen beds, and a roll away

  • Villa Suites offer a living area, dining area and a kitchenette. They sleep 7 with a pull-out sofa, 2 queen beds, and a roll away.

  • 1 Bedroom Hospitality Suites offer a living area, dining area and a full sized kitchen. They sleep up to 6 with a murphy bed, king bed, and two roll-aways.

  • Governatore and Presidente Suites are elegant suites with spacious kitchens, luxurious living areas, master bedrooms and bathrooms with a separate office. Sleep 3 guests with a roll-away.

  • Restaurants include Mama Della’s Italian Ristorante, Bice Ristorante, Trattoria del Porto, Sal’s Market Deli, the Thirsty Fish Bar, and Splendido Bar and Grill along with Gelateria Gelato, Starbucks, and Room Service.

  • Three themed resort pools, full-service spa, fitness center, and a game room are also available.

  • Express Pass Unlimited - skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.

  • Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park.

  • Walking Distance to Volcano Bay, walking paths to City Walk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida.

  • Free Shuttle Bus and Water Taxi

  • Priority Seating at Restaurants


Hard Rock Hotel



  • Deluxe Hotel

  • Standard Rooms range from 375-500 square feet and sleep 5 in 2 queen beds plus a roll away

  • Club level rooms feature complimentary continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine.

  • Future Rock-Star Suites sleep 5 with a king bed, 2 twin beds, plus a roll away.

  • 1 bedroom King Suites sleep 4 with a king bed plus a pull out sofa. Can connect with a standard room for a 2 bedroom suite that sleeps 9, or two standard rooms for a 3 bedroom suite that sleeps 14 with roll aways.

  • 1 bedroom Hospitality Suites feature a living space, dining space and kitchen. Sleep up to 4 with a king bed and a sofa bed. Can be connected with a standard room to sleep 9.

  • Graceland suite is filled with over the top luxury including a baby grand piano. Sleeps 2 in an opulent king sized bed and can connect with a standard room to sleep 7.

  • Award winning restaurants including The Kitchen, The Palm, The Velvet Bar plus the Emack and Bolio’s Marketplace food court featuring coffee, smoothies, and ice cream. Room Service is also offered.

  • Pool featuring Tunes Underwater, sand beach and live music, fitness center, and game room are also available.

  • Create playlists and rock out in your room with The Sounds of Your Stay program.

  • Express Pass Unlimited - skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure

  • Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park.

  • Walking Distance to Volcano Bay, walking paths to City Walk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida.

  • Free Shuttle Bus and Water Taxi

  • Priority Seating at Restaurants


Loews Royal Pacific Resort



  • Deluxe Hotel

  • Tropical Paradise Theming

  • Standard Rooms 335 square feet sleep up to 3 in a king bedroom with a rollaway or 5 in a room with 2 queen beds and a roll away.

  • Club level rooms feature complimentary continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine.

  • Jurassic World Kid’s suites - sleeps up to 5 in a king bed and 2 twin beds and a rollaway.

  • King Suites with separate living area - sleeps up to 4 with a king bed and pullout sofa.

  • Hospitality Suites feature a living space, dining space and kitchenette. Sleep up to 4 with a king bed and a sofa bed.

  • Presidential Suites feature a living space, dining space and a full kitchen. Sleep up to 4 with a king bed and a sofa bed. Can be connected with a standard room to sleep 10.

  • Dining options include Island Dining Room, Jake’s American Bar, Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar, Food Court, and Room Service.

  • Lagoon Style Swimming Pool, fitness center, game room, and a Wantilan Luau are also available.

  • Express Pass Unlimited - skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure

  • Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park.

  • Walking Distance to Volcano Bay, walking paths to City Walk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida.

  • Free Shuttle Bus and Water Taxi

  • Priority Seating at Restaurants


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort



  • Preferred Hotel

  • Island Themed

  • 321 square feet standard rooms - 1 queen sized beds, sleep up to 5 with a roll away. Lagoon view rooms have an option with a king bed and a pull-out couch, sleep 4.

  • Kids Suites are 529 square feet and sleep up to 5 with a king bed, two twins, and a roll away.

  • King Suites are 599 square feet and have a separate living area and sleep up to 5 with a king bed, pull out couch and a roll away.

  • Sapphire Suites are 800 square feet and have a wet bar, a dining area, a separate living area and sleep up to 5 with a king bed, pull out couch and a roll away.

  • Hospitality Suites also have a wet bar, a dining area, a separate living area and sleep up to 3 with a king bed and a roll away.

  • Presidential Suites are the ultimate in luxury with a wet bar, a dining area, a separate living area and sleep up to 3 with a king bed and a roll away.

  • Dining options include Strong Water Tavern, Amatista Cookhouse restaurant, and a food court.

  • Largest pool at Universal Orlando plus a fitness center are available for guest use.

  • Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park

  • No Express Pass

  • Walking distance to Volcano Bay, City Walk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida

  • Free Shuttle Bus and Water Taxis


Universal Aventura Resort



  • Prime Value Resort

  • Tower hotel with views of all three theme parks.

  • Standard room is 314 square feet and Deluxe room is 395 square feet. Both come with either 2 queen beds or a king bed plus a pull-out couch and sleep 4.

  • Kids Suite is 575 square feet and sleep 5 with a king bed, two twins and a fold out couch.

  • The restaurants include Bar 17 Bistro - rooftop lounge, Starbucks, and a food court.

  • Pool with a Splash Zone and fitness center are available.

  • Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park.

  • No Express Pass

  • 20 minute walk to Volcano Bay, City Walk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida

  • Free Shuttle Bus


Universal Cabana Bay Resort



  • Prime Value Resort

  • Retro rock and roll themed resort.

  • Near Volcano Bay

  • Standard Rooms have two queen beds, are 300 square feet and sleep 4 people.

  • Family Suites have two queen beds and a pullout sofa - sleeps up to 6 in 430 square feet.

  • Dining options include a Starbucks, lobby bar, food court, bowling alley restaurant, and in room Pizza delivery.

  • Two large pools with a lazy river, Galaxy Bowling Alley, fitness studio, game room are also available.

  • Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park.

  • No Express Pass

  • Walking Distance to Volcano Bay, walking paths to City Walk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida.

  • Free Shuttle Bus


Universal Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn & Suites and Dockside Inn & Suites



  • Value Resorts

  • Sister resorts that share amenities

  • Sea-side themed

  • Standard room is 313 square feet and has 2 queen beds, sleeps up to 4.

  • 2 bedroom suites are 400 square feet, have 3 queen beds and sleep 6. Also have a kitchenette and picnic table.

  • Themed pools, game room and fitness room are available for guest use.

  • Dining options include a Starbucks, and food court.

  • Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park.

  • No Express Pass

  • Not in Walking Distance of Volcano Bay, City Walk, Island of Adventure, or Universal Studios Florida,

  • Free Shuttle Bus


What are the perks of staying at a Universal Resort Hotel?

All guests staying at a Universal Resort Hotel are eligible for Early Park Admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay Water Park, free transportation between the hotel and Volcano Bay, City Walk, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Studios Florida. They also have resort-wide charging privileges with their room key.


Which Universal Resort Hotels have complimentary Express Pass Unlimited?

Guests of Loews Portofino Bay Resort, the Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort receive complimentary access to Express Pass Unlimited, allowing them to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. They also receive priority seating at Universal Studios restaurants.


Can other Resort Guests access Express Pass Unlimited?

Express Pass Unlimited can be purchased by any guest at Universal Orlando regardless of whether they are resort hotel guests. Read more about it at our post here.


Is staying at a Universal Resort Hotel worth it?

If you are planning to spend multiple days at Universal, absolutely. Plan to purchase the Unlimited Express Pass, it is especially worth it to look into staying at a Universal Deluxe hotel. If you are also planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort, you might consider a split stay, starting at one resort, visiting those theme parks, then switching hotels for the other theme parks.



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