Universal Studios in Orlando has spent the past five years expanding the on-site resort hotels. Today, there’s more than 8 hotels to choose from including three-star ‘budget’ options and five-star luxury options.
But, which one is right for you?
While we’ve visited Universal Studios Orlando on a number of occasions we’ve actually only stayed on-site once during a trip to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in 2018. So, I spoke to a handful of other travel bloggers to see which on-site hotels and resorts they recommended for adults looking to stay at Universal Studios, Orlando.
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Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the only on-site hotel we’ve stayed at personally when visiting Universal Studios, Orlando and it’s one which Carrie, from A Princess And Her Pirates believes is the best for adults looking to stay on-site when visiting the resort.
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.
There are two on-site restaurants which serve a range of high-quality dishes (if you don’t fancy taking the boat over to CityWalk that is) as well as a bar which serves an expansive range of drinks and bar food throughout the day and into the early hours of the morning.
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 (enabling the room to sleep 4) and some also feature a pool view.
Kim and Carrie believe that Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the best on-site hotel 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.
Meanwhile, Katie from Magnoliadays loved it for the 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 too 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.
The Aventura Hotel is the latest addition to the on-site hotel line up at Universal Studios Orlando and benefits from being within walking distance of the incredible Volcano Bay water park.
The three-star hotel is one that Bella fell in love with during her trip to Orlando as a result of the modern facilities including a high-end gym, games room, fire pit and a roof top bar and grill.
With so many rooms in this high-rise hotel offering theme park views I love the floor-to-ceiling windows. Being a newly opened hotel, the rooms also come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, minifridges and coffee makers as standard.
If you’re travelling as part of a family you can look to take advantage of one of the family suites which include a sofa bed and therefore accommodate up to five.
Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites
While the ‘suites’ may make you think of family vacations, the Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites is perfect for an adult-only trip to Universal Studios, Orlando Seely from MouseEarMemories recently explained to me.
The resort opened in March 2020 and is the latest in a line up of budget on-site resorts being built by Universal Studios in Orlando.
However, don’t let the “budget” side of things put you off. This three-star hotel is still incredibly luxurious and relaxing featuring beach-inspired rooms, with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and mini-fridges as standard.
Again, much like some of the other on-site hotels, you can upgrade to pool view rooms or two-bedroom suites which also include a kitchenette and a seating area.
The resort also benefits from a range of on-site amenities and facilities including an incredible surfboard-shaped outdoor pool, a fitness centre, a games room, a cafe and bar and an informal restaurant. A complimentary shuttle runs frequently from outside the hotel entrance and takes you directly to the park.
Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites
Alongside the Endless Summer Resort’s Surfside Inn and Suites, you’ll also find the Dockside Inn and Suites. English Mum explains that the difference between the two resorts mainly comes down to the theme and style.
“Surfside Inn and Suites has an incredibly laid back surfing theme, meanwhile Dockside Inn and Suites is calm and relaxed, with cooler colours, and a natural feel inspired by driftwood and sunsets on the beach”
There’s no real price difference between the two (at least not that I could see when looking to book) so it’s really down to you as to which style you think better suits your personality when looking to stay at this resort.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Loews Royal Pacific Resort is the second of three Loews hotels on-site at Universal Studios in Orlando. As a four-star hotel, you can expect a high price tag, as well as an increased level of luxury from this hotel.
Overlooking an incredible manmade lagoon and surrounded by gardens you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked away into an oriental paradise if you stay here.
“Crossing the bamboo bridge you’ll head into the lobby before heading out into the pool area which is complete with waterfalls” ThriftyJinxy who stayed here a couple of years tells me.
In the rooms, you’ll find complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Some rooms also come with a pool or lagoon view.
Consider upgrading to a club-level room for an additional level of luxury including complimentary breakfast, evening wine, large suites with a living room, and even a kitchenette and dining area.
Rooms at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort are ideal for adults who were looking at purchasing the Express Pass to skip the queue at the park as this comes as standard.
Hard Rock Hotel
The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios Resort in Orlando gives a whole new meaning to the word on-site. Situated next door to the Universal Studios park there is a boat available but it’s often not required as it’s little more than a five-minute walk between the hotel and the entrance to the park.
This makes it the perfect hotel choice for those who are looking to dance the night away in CityWalk or be the first in line at the park the next day. An of course, being a Hard Rock Hotel it’s the perfect choice for adults who have an interest in music with highly regarded 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.
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 adults trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida then this very well maybe the hotel for you.
The relaxing surroundings including shops and outdoor cafés which line the piazza which 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 within 5 minutes.
The hotel also boasts three incredible pools, a day spa, fitness centre and six remarkable restaurants on-site which makes it the perfect relaxing retreat for adults.
Alongside the boat, to CityWalk, there’s also the complimentary shuttle which leaves from the front of the hotel and again, drops you off at CityWalk (near the garages) as well as Volcano Bay.