A Guide to Hotel Levels at Universal Orlando Resort

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Universal Orlando Resort is currently in a state of major expansion. Within the past few years, they have added new hotels, rides and recently announced plans for an entirely new theme park. Currently, there are 7 Universal Orlando resorts under 4 categories. Each category offers guests different levels of accommodations and amenities to fit any family’s budget. Let’s take a look at each resort level category at Universal Orlando, and what each level offers to guests.

Value Resorts

Universal Orlando’s first resort category contains the most affordable accommodations but also offers the least amount of amenities and perks. Currently, there is only one hotel in the Value category, Universal’s Endless Summer Surfside Inn and Suites, with an addition of the Dockside Inn and Suites coming in March 2020.

Universal’s Value resort offers guests rooms and suites with standard amenities like televisions, safes, mini-refrigerators, hairdryers, irons and complimentary WiFi. Family Suites at Endless Summer sleep up to 5 and come with coffee makers and microwaves. Value resorts also come with access to a pool, lounge, fitness center, game room, and counter service food court. Guests may self-park their car for an additional fee.

Theme park amenities include complimentary bus transportation to all parks and Universal CityWalk as well as resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest room keys and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. The most valuable theme park perk in this and most other levels is the ability to enjoy one of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands and Universal’s Volcano Bay waterpark one hour earlier than the posted opening.

Prime Value Resorts

Universal’s next resort category features affordable accommodations with added location convenience. The Prime Value category consists of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Both of these hotels are located on the main campus of Universal Orlando Resort allowing ease of access to all of Universal’s offerings by bus or by foot on a walking path.

Cabana Bay and Aventura both offer the same standard room amenities you’ll find at their Value resorts like televisions, safes, mini-refrigerators, hairdryers, irons and complimentary WiFi. All rooms in this category come with a coffee maker as well. Cabana Bay also offers a number of suites and family suites with kitchenettes. Suites can sleep up to 5, while family suites can sleep up to 6 people. The family suites also come with a microwave. As with the Value category, Prime Value guests have access to a pool, lounge, fitness center, game room, and counter service food court. These resorts both contain small “full service” restaurants with limited menus of items and drinks for lunch and dinner. Cabana Bay has the added features of a bowling alley, second pool, lazy river, and rental cabanas. Guests may self-park their car for an additional fee.

Prime Value theme park amenities include resort-wide complimentary bus transportation as well as resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest room keys and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. As with all Universal Orlando onsite resorts, guest in Prime Value can also enjoy early entry to one of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands and Volcano Bay one hour before posted opening.

Preferred Resorts

The Preferred resort level is Universal’s more moderately priced category featuring slightly more upscale accommodations, amenities, and location. There is currently only one hotel under this category, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This South Pacific themed hotel is located along Universal’s waterway allowing for quick access to theme parks and CityWalk by complimentary boat transportation or by foot along a walking path.

Sapphire Falls offers standard rooms as well as suites that sleep up to 5 people. Room amenities include televisions, safes, mini-refrigerators, hairdryers, irons and complimentary WiFi. Guests may request a microwave for an added fee. Preferred resort guests get access to a pool, cabana rentals, pool bar, lounge, fitness center, game room, a quick-service dining location, and full-service restaurant. Another upgrade at this level is the addition of a concierge desk to help with planning and reservations as well as 24-hour room service with a limited menu. Guests may self-park their cars or use valet parking. Both options require an additional charge. This level also offers rooms that are pet-friendly and welcome to guests with pets.

Preferred theme park amenities include complimentary resort transportation by boat and bus as well as access to CityWalk and theme parks by a walkway. Guests can also enjoy resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest room keys and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. As with all Universal Orlando onsite resorts, guest in Preferred can also enjoy early entry to one of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands and Volcano Bay one hour before posted opening.

Premier Resorts

Universal Orlando’s Premier resorts offer the highest level of comfort and amenities on-property. There are currently three hotels under this category, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Hotel. While each hotel features different theming and style, they all share common perks available to guests including Club Level upgrades and free Express Pass at the parks.

Premier resorts at Universal Orlando offer standard rooms as well as suites that sleep up to 5 people. Room amenities include televisions, safes, mini-refrigerators, hairdryers, irons 24-hour room service, and complimentary WiFi. Guests may request a microwave for an added fee. These resorts are the only on-property hotels offering upgraded Club Level rooms that come with access to a Club Concierge, added in-room amenities and a Club Lounge serving continental breakfast, snacks, and drinks during the day.

All three Premier resorts have themed lounges perfect for an evening drink as well as top-notch full-service dining locations. Guests wanting to grab a bite on the go can take advantage of small quick-service locations as well. Guests in Premier also get priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort during their stay.

Theme park amenities include complimentary resort transportation by boat and bus as well as access to CityWalk and theme parks by a short walk. Guests can also enjoy resort-wide charging privileges linked to guest room keys and complimentary merchandise delivery from the parks to the hotel. As with all Universal Orlando onsite resorts, guest in Preferred can enjoy early entry to one of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter lands and Volcano Bay one hour before posted opening. The most popular perk of the Premier hotels is the addition of free Unlimited Express Pass for use at the theme parks. Express Pass helps guests to skip long lines and enjoy a selection of headliner attractions with shorter waits. Depending on the time of year, this added advantage can save a lot of time and allow for better park touring.

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