Are you looking at staying at Loews Sapphire Falls at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida? We had the pleasure of spending five nights here shortly after it’s opening in 2016 and I have to say it was incredible.
It was the first time we’d stayed on-site at Universal Studios Orlando.
Universal Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando is one of the many on-site hotels at Universal Studios Orlando.
It’s a 20-minute walk to City Walk (the entertainment complex, entrance to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Blue Man Group) via the garden walk.
Alternatively, take either the complimentary bus or the water taxi. We opted for the scenic water taxi which runs every 10 minutes from 7 am until 2 am daily.
One thing I was asked a lot on our daily videos was ‘how much did it cost to go to…’ during our time at Universal Loews Sapphire Falls resort we used an Uber to go off-site. Here are the places we visited and the cost (each way)
Magic Kingdom – $25
Disney Springs – $21.50
Premium Outlet – $10.92
Walmart Super Centre – $6.16
All prices are based on an Uber XL as there was 5 of us. So if you’re a party of 4 or less, it will be cheaper.
Ultimately, for a five-night break focusing on the two Universal Parks, the location of Universal Loews Sapphire Falls couldn’t have been better.
We didn’t have to walk and search for our car in a parking lot after a long day of walking. We could go back to the hotel during the middle of the day and then back to the park a little later on. Our group could split with some going back to the hotel and others staying in the park.
We had two rooms at the Universal Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Both of which were situated close together on floor four (the same as the reception).
The first room had wonderful views of the pool two floors below. The other backed onto the entrance of the hotel. Other than the views both rooms were exactly the same.
The room also has a 42 inch TV with a wide variety of channels in both English and Spanish. Two of the best queen size beds I’ve slept on in my life (seriously, I’ve stayed in five-star resorts that have had worse beds). As well as a super practical desk (ideal for that late-night vlog editing and catching up on work)
The bathroom was generous in size especially compared to bathrooms you see in the UK and europe. The tiles on the floor were beautiful, the theme of the room and bathroom were beautiful.
Everything was extremely clean and well organised with tissues on the work top, towels and small toiletries to use. I also like the extra pieces such as ear buds, cotton pads and a shower cap (not that I used it).
There was a door that slid across to separate the sink area from the rest of the bathroom. I found this helpful as one of us could be in the bathroom using the shower while the other had access to the sink.
Making our morning routine much quicker and easier. That also meant we could get out the door faster and go explore the parks.
The facilities of this hotel are endless, I mean honestly…
Let’s start with the basics. The wifi. It’s complimentary and despite serving conferences and up to 1,000 guests it’s still super fast. Both uploads and downloads could be done in minutes rather than hours.
The hotel is also home to a Universal Studios store allowing you to make those early or last-minute purchases. As well as this they have one ‘supermarket’ it’s the perfect place to grab a snack, a drink or breakfast – although it’s pricey.
Remember, this is an on-site hotel so you’re going to be paying a similar price for food and drink as you would inside the park itself.
There was also a booth in which you could purchase park tickets and express passes. Though we always recommend buying them in advance for a better rate.
With a complimentary fridge in each room save money by calling in Walmart and picking up some drinks, snacks and cereal (or another breakfast item) to eat in your room. It should save you the best part of $8 per person per day.
Moving to the swimming pool. Universal Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a wonderfully large swimming pool – although it’s not very deep. I could comfortably stand up in every part and I’m only 5ft 4″.
There’s also a slide, like an actual slide! Complimentary swimming vests for the young ones, as well as complimentary water (including lemon and lime flavour), towels and factor 50 sun cream.
The pool has two outdoor bars – the perfect place to grab a cocktail. As well as some great outdoor games including table tennis, speed stacks and sacks. Along with a complimentary gym (with a wide variety of equipment) and a games room.
Finally, the one ‘facility’ or feature if you like of the hotel that seems to fit nowhere else, and yet is probably one of the most major selling points of the hotel.
The ability to enter both of the Universal parks one hour before the general public. That’s almost an Express Pass in itself.
A chance to jump the queues on your favourite rides. Unfortunately, the hotel does not include Express pass with the hotel stay.
There’s one bar on-site. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink and watch the game or just sit out on the balcony and watch the sunset over the water.
As well as this there’s one ‘fine dining’ restaurant, perfect for a nice relaxing evening together.
There is a shop area that opens up and sells everything from snacks, breakfast, lunch and evening some quick and easy meals. These are perfect if you want enjoy a quiet evening in your room or looking to have something quick and easy.
We bought breakfast from the shop most mornings and you can get a number of cereals and breakfast options to start the day off right.
Alternatively, just a short boat ride away you can be in CityWalk. There you can find a number of restaurants, quick eats, cafes and bars that will satisfy any craving.
In conclusion, it’s certainly not my standard priced hotel. However, if we’re talking solely based on value for money I’d say that Universal Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando is absolutely fantastic!
Every second we spent at the hotel was magical and it made our entire time at the Universal parks ten times better when compared to staying either in a hotel on I-Drive or in a villa.
Universal Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal Orlando Resort
As always American hospitality is very much 5 stars. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left we were greeted kindly, shown around and any help was given. The facilities were great and the pool was fantastic. The room itself was very comfortable, clean and stylish. I would definitely recommend staying here.