9 Hotels Within Walking Distance Of Universal Studios Orlando

We have visited Universal Studios Orlando a number of times and have not driven once around Orlando. It’s something we eventually will do but for now we will just stay at a nearby resort.

If like us you, not a fan of driving in a new country or want to save on parking you can simply find a hotel nearby and walk to the parks each day.

Hotel NameDistance From Universal StudiosWalk time (m)PriceBook Here
Universal Studio’s Hard Rock Hotel0.9 miles17$$$Book Here
Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort1.0 miles19$$$Book Here
Universal’s Loews Sapphire Falls Resort1.2 miles24$$Book Here
Universal’s Aventura Hotel1.2 miles24$$Book Here
Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel1.2 miles24$$$Book Here
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort1.5 miles30$$Book Here
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel1.5 miles31$Book Here
Hyatt House1.6 miles34$Book Here
Holiday Inn & Suites 1.7 miles34$Book Here

Staying nearby can save you money on gas, parking and also car hire if you are flying into Orlando. We decided to put together a guide of the nearest hotels to Universal Studios Orlando including star rating, distance from the parks, how long it takes to walk and a price point so you can stay within your budget.

Here are 9 hotels within walking distance of Universal Studios Orlando.

1. Universal Studio’s Hard Rock Hotel

The easiest hotels to stay in for a quick walk to Universal Studios Orlando are those that are on Universal Studios property and you can’t get closer to the action than at Hard Rock Hotel.

Located further round on from Universal Studios park entrance over from City Walk it is a perfect place for anyone looking to get into the parks early and take advantage of the earlier hours.

The Hard Rock Hotel is the place to stay and has everything you could need during your stay at Universal Studios. With a swimming pool, restaurants and bars to choose from and cool decor to wow even the biggest rock nerds.

You would also be close to CityWalk for a spot of shopping, seeing more attractions or even try out some of the other restaurants and bars.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 0.9 miles
  • Walking time: 17 minutes
  • Star Rating: 4/5
  • Price: $$$

To Book Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel Click Here.

2. Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Loews Royal Pacific Resort is another hotel which is located on the Universal Studio’s property and is a great place to stay if you are looking at walking to the parks at least one or two times during your stay.

There are a number of benefits to staying at the Loews Royal Pacific including early admission to the Wizarding World OF Harry Potter and selected attractions, the use of the water taxi to and back from City Walk and the easy access to the surrounding amenities.

Loews Royal Pacific is easy to access by foot from the parks and also has a shuttle service to and from the parks including Volcano Bay. There is also the added bonus of free delivery from the parks to your hotel of anything you buy and don’t wish to carry around with you in the day.

You can also get free Universal Studios express passes included in your stay getting you to the front of every ride line.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.0 mile
  • Walking time: 19 minutes
  • Star Rating: 4/5
  • Price: $$$

To Book Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort click Here.

3. Universal’s Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

We were lucky enough to stay at Loews Sapphite Falls Resort just as it had opened. It was a stunning stay and we loved our 5 days there.

What we really loved was the water taxi to and from the parks that dropped you at CityWalk so you only had a short walk to the park entrances.

Loews Sapphire Falls is located to the far side of Universal Studios near Cabana Bay and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. The walk from the hotel to Universal Studios is very achievable and passes some lovely sites and waterways which attract wildlife to spot along your route.

The resort also has a free shuttle service which can take you to the 3 parks and back again. This is perfect for those days you are too tired to walk back to the hotel or if you are transporting children and pushchairs.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.2 miles
  • Walking time: 24 minutes
  • Star Rating: 4/5
  • Price: $$

To Book Universal’s Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Click Here.

4. Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Known as the prime value hotel Universal’s Aventura Hotel is situated 24 minutes walk from Universal Studios. The hotel is situated in a cluster along with Cabana Bay and Loews Sapphire Falls and is the furthest of the Universal resort hotels.

The hotel has a simple style and soft decor which is both calming and relaxing. The biggest benefit to this hotel is that like the other Universal hotels it has the one-hour early admission to the parks so you can get a head start on the magic and fun.

The hotel offers up a free shuttle to and from the parks along with water taxis to CityWalk and walking paths for those looking to walk to Universal Studios Orlando. There are also other benefits such as the free delivery of merchandise bought in the park to the hotel for you.

This hotel is great as it gives you everything you would want from a Universal hotel but at a more reasonable rate.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.2 miles
  • Walking time: 24 minutes
  • Star Rating: 3.5/5
  • Price: $$

To Book Universal’s Aventura Hotel Click Here.

5. Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Loews Portofino Bay hotel has a luxury Italian twist to the decor and atmosphere compared to the tropical theme of Sapphire Falls. Portofino Bay like the other Loews hotels offers the water taxi to and from CityWalk where you can then do the short stroll to the park entrance.

There is also the option to take the complimentary shuttle service to each of the parks including Volcano Bay. Though if you are looking to enjoy the surrounding area of Universal Studios, the walk is pleasant with plenty of waterways to pass.

All Universal Studio’s hotel guests can benefit from the exclusive deals and opportunities such as early entrance to the parts and selected attractions, complimentary access to CityWalk venues and bars and resort wide charges to your room with your room key.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.2 miles
  • Walking time: 24 minutes
  • Star Rating: 4/5
  • Price: $$$

To Book Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Click Here.

6. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened in 2014 and has been a continued fan favourite among the hotels nearby to Universal Studios Orlando.

With the exclusive extras, you get from staying at one of the Universal Studios hotels such as complimentary shuttle service to all 3 parks, priority seating at shows and venues along with free delivery of purchases made in the parks.

The wonder of Cabana Bay Resort is that you can step back into the 1950s and 1960s with unique decor, classic cars and a warm welcome atmosphere.

Cabana Bay is the furthest hotel away from Universal Studios but is still worth looking at staying there for the additional amenities.

You might find that the on-site hotels are a little more expensive compared to the other nearby hotels such at the Hyatt or Holiday Inn but you also have to take into account the extras you get from staying on site.

If you don’t mind paying a little more to be closer to the action, get early entry and take advantage of some of the other benefits this is the place for you.

  • Age Requirement: 18
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.5 miles
  • Walking time: 30 minutes
  • Star Rating: 4/5
  • Price: $$

To Book Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Click Here.

7. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando

DoubleTree by Hilton is a popular hotel for those looking to explore Universal Studios along with many of the other attractions in the area such as Millenia Mall and Orlando Outlets. The hotel itself is located just opposite the main entrance and driveway to Universal Studios Orlando.

The placement of the hotel is perfect if you are looking to stay off-site and walk to the parks. There is no shuttle service specifically that runs between the hotel and parks at Universal Studios.

Though you can use the free shuttle from the theme park bus stop to get to Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay.

The hotel has everything you could need during your stay and has a variety of different sized rooms suitable for the whole family. There is a breakfast buffet within the hotel so you can make sure you are starting the day off right before heading to the parks.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.5 miles
  • Walking time: 31 minutes
  • Star Rating: 4/5
  • Price: $

To Book DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando Click Here.

8. Hyatt House Across From Universal Orlando Resort

The Hyatt House is another hotel that is in a convenient spot with Universal Studios opposite. Located a short walk from DoubleTree Hilton it is a great place to stay if you are looking to staying within walking distance of Universal Studios Orlando.

Though the walk may seem far, it has taken into account the walkthrough CityWalk and to the very entrance of Universal Studios rather than the security point.

The walk from the hotel and to the security gates of the park is roughly 15 – 20 minutes (depending on how excited you are to get there).

The Hyatt has a wide variety of rooms to fit a number of family sizes and swimming pool for those days you need to relax. There is also a complimentary shuttle to and from Universal Studios if you have any small children or wheelchairs that need transporting.

If you are driving to Universal Studios and wanting to leave your car at the hotel, this will cost you $15 a day which is much more reasonable compared to the on-site hotels which charge $28 per day.

Though if you are driving to Orlando I would suggest staying further out at a cheaper rate per night and driving in and paying for parking.

That way you will save money on parking charges, hotel costs and you can then use the money towards more fun stuff in the parks.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.6 miles
  • Walking time: 34 minutes
  • Star Rating: 3/4
  • Price: $

To Book Hyatt House Across From Universal Orlando Resort Click Here.

9. Holiday Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando

The furthest away from Universal Studios on this list (there are further but realistically you wouldn’t want to walk for longer than 30 minutes to and from the park each along with going around the parks too). Holiday Inn Suites is actually only a 5-minute drive from Universal Studios and a 35-minute walk.

The hotel is closely located to the Hyatt and DoubleTree by Hilton so compare the prices between the 3 hotels before booking so you make sure you have the best rate.

There is a TGI’s connected to the hotel which makes perfect for those looking to have a quick and tasty meal after a long day at the parks. There is a free shuttle running at specified times from the hotel to Universal Studios should any guest require it.

There are also a number of large rooms and suites available for those families who need added space or want to bundle in together to save money. There is also the option for a breakfast buffet to give you the best start to the day.

  • Age Requirement: 21
  • Distance from Universal Studios Orlando: 1.7 miles
  • Walking time: 34 minutes
  • Star Rating: 3/4
  • Price: $

To Book Holiday Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando Click Here.

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