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Universal Studios in Orlando has spent the past decade expanding its on-site hotels. Today, there are more than eight hotels to choose from including everything from budget-friendly options to five-star luxury.
Staying on-site at Universal Studios provides you with a number of additional extras including close proximity to the parks, complimentary transport, early park admission and with select hotels complimentary Express Passes allowing you to skip to the front of the line.
For this reason, we always look to stay on-site during our visit to Universal Studios, Orlando. That being said, as a couple finding the right hotel can sometimes be difficult since the majority of the on-site hotels are designed to cater to families.
Luckily a vast number of the on-site hotels at Universal Studios do have an appeal for couples looking for a romantic and fun getaway and we’ve listed them all in order based on our own first-hand experience.
1. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
In our opinion Loews Sapphire Falls is the best on-site hotel for couples visiting Universal Studios Orlando.
This is a beachy and beautiful resort, opened in 2018 it’s relaxing and amazing for so many reasons. Getting to and from the centre of the park couldn’t be easier with a dedicated boat service from outside the hotel.
This hotel isn’t a premier hotel and therefore doesn’t come with complimentary Express Passes. However, it’s still incredible value for money and provides affordable luxury for couples.
There are two on-site restaurants at this hotel serving a range of delicious dishes throughout the day. Meanwhile, the large pool area is perfect for relaxing after a long day at the parks.
2. Loews Royal Pacific Resort
If you have the budget to do so, then consider upgrading your stay from Loews Sapphire Falls to the four-star Loews Royal Pacific Resort.
This hotel overlooks an incredible manmade lagoon and is surrounded by gardens leaving you feeling as though you’ve been whisked away into an oriental paradise.
Inside each of the 1,000 guest rooms here you’ll find complimentary Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV with selected rooms also including views out over the pool or the lagoon.
Given that this hotel is a premier hotel, guests staying here are able to benefit from complimentary Express Passes which allow you to skip the standby wait lines on the vast majority of rides inside the park.
If you have the budget available then consider upgrading further to one of the 51 club-level suites. These spacious rooms offer an additional level of luxury with a living room, a kitchenette and even a dining area.
3. Aventura Hotel
Aventure is Universal’s latest resort hotel situated just opposite Loews Sapphire Falls resort.
This high-rise hotel complex is one of Universal’s budget options being only a three-star. However, given the theming and how new this hotel is, it’s incredibly modern and packed with all of the resort’s latest technology.
All rooms here include a 43-inch flat-screen TV, a small refrigerator and a coffee maker with larger deluxe rooms also featuring a small seating area.
While complimentary transport is available to CityWalk, guests can also benefit from being able to walk from this hotel directly to Universal’s premier water park, Volcano Bay.
4. Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel is situated just footsteps from the entrance of Universal Studios Florida making it the ideal choice for those who want to be right next to the action.
This luxury hotel is the perfect choice for adults who have an interest in music with highly regarded music memorabilia situated throughout the hotel.
All rooms have complimentary Wi-Fi, speaker set, flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. Meanwhile, the Club-Level rooms also have a private access lounge, complimentary breakfast, wine, beer and snacks.
Much like Loews Royal Pacific Resort, this hotel also offers complimentary Express Passes allowing you to skip the lines on major rides at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Outside the hotel, you’ll find the large swimming pool with a manmade beach, waterslide and state-of-the-art underwater Soundsystem. There’s also a volleyball court, hot tubs, a fitness centre and a spa.
5. Loews Portofino Bay
Inspired by the city of Portofino in Italy, is the incredibly sophisticated Loews Portofino Bay Resort.
If you’re looking for something a little different during your adult trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida then this very well may be the hotel for you.
The relaxing surroundings include shops and outdoor cafés which line the piazza.
All of this is situated just next to the harbour from which boats run taking you to CityWalk from where you can also access both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in just five minutes.
The hotel also boasts three incredible pools, a day spa, a fitness centre and six remarkable restaurants on-site which makes it the perfect relaxing retreat for adults.
6. Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Certainly one of the more affordable on-site hotels for adults visiting Universal Studios Orlando is the Cabana Bay Beach Resort which opened in 2014.
The hotel may be inspired by the 1950s. However, this doesn’t take away from the little luxuries of today’s modern-day living such as complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and a minibar as standard.
Consider upgrading to a suite if you’re looking for additional space or to save money by cooking in the room. Suites come with a small kitchenette, a living area with a pull-out sofa and also feature a pool view.
This hotel is perfect for adults visiting Universal Studios because of the old-fashioned drive-in movie clips during dinner, as well as the poolside grotto and lazy river.
Cabana Bay is complete with a whole host of different facilities including a bowling alley, Starbucks coffee shop and the affordability which made the convenience of staying on-site a possibility.
Sadly, however, I’m still a sucker for the boat offered by the Loews Hotels as a way of getting to and from the parks and being a budget hotel this is something that’s replaced with a shuttle bus when staying here at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
7. Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites
The Endless Summer Resort opened in March 2020 and is the latest in a lineup of budget on-site resorts being built by Universal Studios in Orlando.
This area is made up of two separate hotels, Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites. Both of which are similar in design and offerings.
These hotels are the furthest away from the action at Universal Studios and tend to be more popular with families and schools travelling to Orlando to take part in different sporting events given the format of the rooms and affordability.
As such I recommend making a stay here your last option when it comes to an adults-only getaway.
8. Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites
Just across the road from Surfside Inn and Suites, you’ll find Dockside. The format of this hotel is incredibly similar with two towers of more than 1,000 rooms designed for budget travellers looking to stay on-site at Universal Studios.
Complimentary buses leave from the front of the hotel to both CityWalk and Volcano Bay, while inside you’ll find a Starbucks, a large cafeteria and a store.
There are two large swimming pools here, one outside each of the hotel’s towers. Both pool areas have their own bar and provide guests with complimentary towels.
However, given the size and affordability of this hotel, it’s once again popular with families and large school groups rather than adults which can ruin the atmosphere.
As such this Dockside Inn and Suites is our last resort when it comes to an on-site hotel for an adults-only getaway at Universal Studios.