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You can pack a lot of fun into a day at Universal Orlando Resort in sunny Orlando, Fla., but where you rest your head at the end of the day can make your visit even more memorable. There are plenty of hotels near Universal Orlando, eight of which are right on Universal property.
All of Universal Orlando Resort’s onsite hotels have perks like early theme park entry and complimentary transportation to the parks, but they all have their own unique offerings, as well. We’re breaking down each of the onsite hotels, along with three that are close by, so you can choose a hotel that’s just as much fun as Universal’s theme parks.
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From the surfboard-shaped pool to the beachy blue hues used throughout the resort, surf style abounds at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites. Despite being one of Universal Orlando’s most budget-friendly hotels, Surfside Inn & Suites offers a full-service experience. There’s a food court, poolside lounge, fitness center, game room, and Starbucks in the lobby. The affordable two-bedroom suites at this resort are a great choice for large groups and families.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel is one of the resort’s Prime Value properties, which means major theme park benefits without a major price tag. Room décor is sleek and stylish in a way that’s surprising for a theme park hotel. As Universal’s only high-rise hotel, you can upgrade to a “skyline view” room that looks out over the theme parks or visit the family-friendly rooftop lounge. If you plan on visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay, Aventura is one of the closest and has a walking path that leads straight to the water park.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel has all the beauty of a quaint Mediterranean seaside village because it just so happens to be modeled after one. The lavish décor, outdoor shops and cafes, and boats calmly bobbing in the harbor are modeled after the town of Portofino, Italy. This hotel has three pools (one with a water slide), a full-service spa, and multiple Italian restaurants. It also has a surprising feature that kids will love – Despicable Me Kids’ Suites. As one of Universal’s Premier hotels, when you stay at Portofino Bay you’ll enjoy complimentary Universal Express skip-the-line access and you can get to the parks via water taxi, shuttle bus, or a short garden-lined walking path.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn & Suites is very similar to its sister property Surfside Inn & Suites, which sits right next door. You’ll find the same roomy two-bedroom suites and hotel amenities, but the toned-down color scheme and reclaimed driftwood accents in the lobby give it more of an “après-surf bonfire on the beach” feel. Other distinctions include a second pool with kids’ splash pad and a lively lounge in the lobby.
The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is another of Universal’s Premier hotels and it is pure rock ‘n’ roll luxury. Think chic furnishings, pops of color, and music memorabilia as far as the eye can see. You can even borrow a guitar or turntable for the length of your stay and rock out to tunes while you swim thanks to underwater speakers. Standard rooms with one king or two queen size beds are available, but if you want to live large, go for one of Hard Rock’s posh suites. You’ll get extra space, flashier décor, and, in the case of the Future Rock Star Suites, your own stage on which to perform.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a throwback to Florida’s charming beach resorts of the 1950s and ’60s. If you’re into retro vibes and the mid-century modern design aesthetic, you’ll feel right at home at Cabana Bay. There’s even a bowling alley and vintage cars parked in the parking lot. Standard rooms are playful and bright, and family suites are just as colorful, but with the added benefit of a pull-out sofa and kitchenette.
When you’re ready to get away from the hustle and bustle of Universal Orlando’s theme parks, consider Loews Sapphire Falls Resort — your tropical island escape. The lush landscaping, Caribbean-inspired fare, and mellow rhythm of steel drums will revive you for your next adventure inside the parks. Rooms have a coastal flair and you can upgrade to a lagoon or pool view for an extra splash of serenity.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort is the third of Universal’s Premier hotels, so you’ll enjoy the same close proximity, convenient transportation options and elevated experience as the other Premier resorts. Royal Pacific has a few features that make it unique, as well. Themed to a peaceful South Seas paradise, you’ll enjoy a tropical ambience, Pan Asian cuisine, and a lagoon-style swimming pool. If you’re traveling with kids, consider splurging on the Jurassic Park Kids’ Suites for a hotel stay they’ll never forget.
Hotels Near Universal Orlando
CoCoKey Hotel and Water Resort is less than 3 miles from Universal Orlando Resort and it’s a great offsite choice for families who don’t want the fun to end when they leave the parks at the end of the day. CoCoKey has its own water park with slides, pools, and a large water play structure. Guest rooms are understated and clean, and you’ll also find a restaurant, food court, poolside bar, and complimentary Universal Orlando shuttle service on property.
Westgate Palace Resort is more home-away-from-home than hotel. Accommodations consist of two-bedroom villas with all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, dining area, and lots of living space. The resort is only a couple miles from Universal Orlando, but there are plenty of onsite activities to keep you busy, as well. Choose from swimming, paddle boating, outdoor games and sports, and a playground. A variety of onsite dining options mean you can pick up a coffee on the way to the parks and have a pizza delivered to your villa when you return home.
Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek is centrally located to all of Orlando’s world-class theme parks, making it a smart choice for travelers planning to visit more than one park during their trip. The resort’s home-style suites are large, comfortable, and have anywhere from one to four bedrooms. Outside your room, you can cool off in one of five swimming pools or two lazy rivers and kids can play inside a giant pirate ship.