Universal Orlando Resort is currently in the middle of a major expansion to its hotel offerings. In the past five years, 4 new hotels have opened their doors to guests visiting the resort. The most addition, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort, is also the first in their new Value category. Offering extremely affordable rooms and suites, this hotel brings a new option for families looking to stay within a budget. We recently stopped by for a stay at the new resort, so let’s take a look at what the first section to open, Endless Summer – Surfside Inn and Suites has to offer.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites is the first section to be completed in a planned two-part development of the resort. The second part, Dockside Inn and Suites is slated to open in March 2020. This new hotel sits on the former site of the Wet and Wild waterpark that closed in 2016. Both sides of the resort are themed around the beach, with Surfside focusing on a fun surfing vibe and Dockside more to the relaxing nature of a coastal vacation.
The colors are bright and lively in Surfside Inn and Suites and the hotel features clean and relatively sparse decor. The lobby is large and open with ample seating areas framed by wooden waves. Lighting above gives the illusion of bubbles rising in the water with pebble-shaped seats below to add to the ocean theme.
Guests will be happy to find many charging ports scattered throughout the lobby as well as long desk stations for guests needing to get some work done. The opposite end of the lobby leads guests to the large and impressive pool area.
The lobby also contains a Starbucks to help prepare for those early mornings at the parks.
The rooms at Surfside Inn and Suites are sunny and fresh with the usual Universal Resort offerings like a mini-fridge, coffee maker and plenty of outlets. The mix of blue, orange and wood accents give the room a beach-house feel. Standard room bathrooms feature a walk-in shower with curved glass door.
Guests can dine at the Beach Break Cafe, a casual food court serving relatively standard theme offerings like pizza, burgers, and salads. The Sand Bar is the resort’s lounge located adjacent to the pool. The menu features specialty cocktails as well as wine, beer, and even smoothies.
The fun theming mixed with a new level of affordability for a Universal Orlando Resort hotel makes Endless Summer Resort a great new option for families. With new hotels and a rumored new theme park on the horizon, it’s clear to see that Universal is focused on becoming a major vacation destination in the next few years.
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