Reader poll: Your favorite on-site hotel at Universal Orlando


Universal Orlando on-site hotels.

One thing I love about Orlando is the variety of beautiful hotels that are in the area. At Universal Orlando specifically, guests will find three AAA Four Diamond award-winning luxury resorts: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Not only are these properties visually stunning, but they offer a lot of extra perks when you stay on-site. For starters, you’re only footsteps (or a water taxi ride) away from CityWalk and both theme parks. You also get unlimited Express Passes and priority seating at restaurants, just to name a few benefits!

Let’s take a closer look at each on-site property:

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

At Royal Pacific you’re transported to a tropical paradise, surrounded by lush landscaping and an island theme. Dine on-site at one of Royal Pacific’s several restaurants and lounges, including Emeril’s Tchoup Chop. On Saturday nights you can participate in an authentic luau at the Wantilan Luau, complete with Polynesian food, live entertainment, and complimentary mai tais. You can also kick back and relax at the lagoon-style pool, one of the largest of its kind in Central Florida.

Hard Rock Hotel

At Hard Rock guests are treated like rock stars! There is an on-site Rock Shop featuring authentic Hard Rock merchandise and apparel, a body rock fitness center, and live concerts in their lobby on the last Thursday of every month (on August 29 Modern English is performing). But the most popular amenity at this hotel is the 12,000 square foot beach pool, complimented with a water slide and an underwater music system. This hotel is classy yet casual, and for the music fan it features over one million dollars worth of rock ‘n roll memorabilia on display in its public spaces.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

At Portofino Bay you’re surrounded by luxurious accommodations and beautiful, romantic scenery that replicates the Italian seaside village that is Portofino Bay Hotel’s namesake. As Universal Orlando’s flagship property, the hotel features three pools, several shops, many dining venues and lounges, the full-service Mandara Spa, and every evening at dusk guests can experience Musica Della Notte — a live opera set performed on a balcony overlooking the hotel’s signature harbor (see a video).

Now the moment of truth…


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Learn more about Universal’s on-site hotels

See our in-depth comparison of the three properties

Where’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort? It doesn’t open until next spring, so Universal’s newest property isn’t part of this poll. But we do have a lots of information about the hotel if you’d like to learn more — click here.

Our previous poll: What’s the best water park in Orlando, Aquatica, Wet ‘n Wild, Typhoon Lagoon, or Blizzard Beach? With 57 out of 160 votes (36%), Typhoon Lagoon wins! But Aquatica was a close second with 51 out of 160 votes (32%). View all of our reader polls