Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
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It was like being at Italy with a touch of America. Celebrated my birthday with a very special person along my side. Boat ride to the Universal parks was perfect. Getting the express passes to cut the lines were well worth it.
This is a quality hotel for the masses. I say 'for the masses' because it is a large property and they do pack it in. So there is nothing unique or personal about the rooms, the food, the hotel itself -- but all are above average. This is not a cozy / quiet experience -- but assuming you are here in order to go to Universal Studios (as I was), then you shouldn't expect it to be. Very family friendly, and essentially built around the idea that you are here for the park. Taking the boat back and forth simply cannot be beat for being hassle-free.
Let me begin by saying, the previous times I have visited Orlando, I have stayed on Disney property and visited Disney parks. This time, we booked at the Portofino Bay Resort at Universal and it was AWESOME! The resort was booked but there were not gobs and gobs (southern term for a LOT) of people everywhere!! The transportation over to City Walk was easy-breezy! We never had to wait longer than a minute or two...the resort was lovely... it was very much like Italy! Very relaxing environment...not at all like the chaos I have experienced when staying on property at Disney (Polynesian, Contemporary...where you always feel rushed and in the way!) Make sure you ask for Lawrence and Mama if you visit Mama Della's restaurant and be sure to look for the best valet in town when you check in - that would be Doug from Chicago! Great staff! Loved our stay!
This is definitely the BEST hotel to stay at in Universal! My husband and I went for our 25th anniversary. The bay view room was large and elegantly decorated and the view was outrageously beautiful. All three pools were great especially the beach pool where you were served food and drinks while you sunbathed. The property was maintained beautifully and always clean. The staff was the best I have ever encountered. Anything I needed from extra coffee,additional towels to room service was delivered with a smile. I was able to have a later check out and the staff even send us champagne, chocolate covered strawberry's and a chocolate framed photo of the hotel for our anniversary. The free fast pass and boat to and from City walk was even more icing on the cake. I looked at some of the other hotels and while they were nice and pretty, I personally feel they did not hold water to the Portofino. This hotel is not cheap but it is worth every penny and than some. If you do not stay at this hotel you are truly missing out on an amazing experience and even better great memories.
We are a family of four with two children aged 11 and 13. The Portofino Bay was an excellent choice for us. This was our first visit to Universal Studios. The express pass was absolutely critical to allow us to ride all the attractions in 2 days. There is also a boat transport that is very convenient and leaves every 10-15 minutes.We booked the Minion suite and it was very cute-the kids loved it.There is a pizzeria on site as well as a couple of other restaurants that have good food.I would very likely stay here again when visiting Universal Studios.
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 750 Rooms
- 3 pools
- 8 restaurants
- 24-hour room service
- Fitness centre (fee)
- Golf course nearby (fee)
- Spa (fee)
- Business centre (fee)
- Conference facilities (fee)
- Wedding services (fee)
- Parking (fee)
- Valet parking (fee)
- Art gallery
- One king or two queen beds
- Flat screen TV
- Full bathroom
- Desk and chair
- Iron/ironing board
- Three telephones
- Wi-Fi (fee)
- In-room safe
- Daily newspaper delivery (upon request)
- Maximum occupancy of 4, maximum of 3 children
Resort Location Map
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal OrlandoOrlando,United States
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando, FL 32819-7880
Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
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