The world's best resource for Universal Orlando vacation planning
Comprehensive, obsessively updated, and completely free

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: Rooms

Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort
Portofino Bay Hotel rooms look out over the Harbor Piazza

What are the rooms like at Portofino Bay Hotel?

Are you thinking of taking an Italian-themed getaway to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel? At this premier hotel within Universal Orlando Resort, you’ll find top-notch amenities and highly themed rooms. Here we’ll walk you through our reviews of each room type, with plenty of information, including room sizes and relevant amenities.

Although Portofino was Universal’s first resort hotel property (having opened in 1999 when the rest of the resort was expanding beyond the initial theme park), the hotel has received a few facelifts: one in 2013, when every guest room had a renovation and the new Despicable Me-themed kids’ suites were added, and another recent one in 2020.

Portofino Bay Hotel – in-room amenities

Here is what you can expect to find in each of Portofino Bay’s 750 hotel rooms:

  • Three telephones (at bed the bedside, on the desk, and in the bathroom), each with dual voice lines, data port, and voicemail
  • Cotton signature bathrobes
  • On-demand in-room movies, video check-out, and remote-control television with cable channels
  • Smart room technology for automated heating and air conditioning
  • Coffee maker and coffee
  • Refreshment pantry
  • DVD players
  • CD clock radio
  • In-room safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hair dryer and make-up mirror
  • High-speed internet access

What are the room types at Portofino Bay Hotel?

Portofino Bay Hotel – garden-view rooms

A garden-view room at Portofino Bay Hotel with two queen beds
A garden-view room at Portofino Bay Hotel with two queen beds

Relax in comfort in one of the hotel’s standard garden-view rooms, each offering a lovely vista of the meticulously-manicured and landscaped grounds. Every guest room features marble accents and elegant furnishings from Italy. Garden view rooms come with either a king bed or two queen beds and offer plenty of room to luxuriate at a spacious 450 square feet.

  • Inventory of 198 rooms: 54 king, 144 double queen
  • Most rooms have sofa beds or the option to request a rollaway bed
  • Connecting rooms can be king to king, king to double queen, or double queen to double queen

Portofino Bay Hotel – bay-view rooms

King bed bay-view deluxe room at Portofino Bay Hotel
King bed bay-view room at Portofino Bay Hotel

Open your window shades and find yourself in the heart of the Italian Riviera. Bay-view rooms overlook the hotel’s scenic Portofino Bay and picturesque Harbor Piazza, where every morning you can look out and watch the sun glittering off the sparkling water and a fleet of colorful fishing boats. Like the standard garden-view rooms, the bay-view rooms are 450 square feet and offer a choice of a king or two queen beds.

  • Inventory of 242 rooms: 81 king, 161 double queen
  • Most rooms have sofa beds or the option to request a rollaway bed
  • Connecting rooms can be king to king, king to double queen, or double queen to double queen

Portofino Bay Hotel – deluxe rooms

The deluxe king room at Portofino bay
Portofino Bay Hotel deluxe king room with bay view

These elegantly-appointed accommodations offer an even larger living space at 490 square feet, plus a stylish and roomy bathroom featuring a separate tub and shower. In addition to the extra comfort, you’ll enjoy a view of the serene Villa Pool and surrounding gardens, or the dramatic Roman aqueduct-styled Beach Pool.

  • Features crown molding and a stylish bathroom with a separate tub and shower. There is an interior window-opening with shutters between the bathroom and bedroom area
  • Inventory of 171 rooms: 28 king, 143 double queen
  • Connecting rooms can be king to double queen or double queen to double queen
  • This is a great option for a family of five people who want more space and want the opportunity to request a room with a sofa bed

Portofino Bay Hotel – Despicable Me kids’ suites

Portofino Bay Hotel Despicable Me-themed kids' suites
Portofino Bay Hotel Despicable Me-themed kids’ suites

These suites bring to life the excitement and playfulness of Gru’s house, featuring missile beds with Minions-inspired bedding (so children can sleep like Gru’s adorable girls – Margo, Edith, and Agnes) and cutouts of Minions rappelling from the ceiling, surrounding guests with their unpredictable antics. A pale blue interior creates a soothing backdrop, while touches of Gru’s laboratory’s red accents remind guests that they are, indeed, in an unforgettable Minion adventure. The adults’ room features a king-sized bed in the hotel’s Italian luxury design. The kids’ suites let Mom and Dad have a little privacy and the kids can have some fun! With a standard king bedroom for the adults, plus a separate room for the kids, there’s plenty of space for the whole family (a combined total of 650 to 675 square feet). The children’s room connects only to the adults’ room (there is no entrance to the hallway) with a door that can be kept open or closed.

  • Inventory of 18 suites
  • All kids’ suites open only to the adult room, not the hallway
  • No sofa bed
  • No connecting rooms

Portofino Bay Hotel Portofino – suites

Portofino Bay Hotel Portofino suite
Portofino Bay Hotel Portofino suite

The Portofino suites are cozy and comfortable, with plenty of space to relax after a day at the theme parks. These suites have a 280-square-foot parlor, which adjoins to a 450-square-foot garden-view bedroom. A second adjoining garden-view room can also be reserved to create a two-bedroom suite.

  • Portofino suites include a Portofino parlor connected to one bedroom with a standard king or a standard double queen, or two bedrooms with a standard king and a standard double queen
  • Inventory of 12 Portofino parlors
  • The Portofino parlor is 280 square feet and includes an entertainment area and its own full bathroom
  • All Portofino suites have a garden or pool view (by request)

Portofino Bay Hotel – villa suites

Portofino Bay Hotel Villa suite
Portofino Bay Hotel Villa suite

Vacation in style in one of the property’s roomy Villa suites, where you’ll enjoy a casual seating area, a dining area, and a kitchenette. The 620-square-foot parlor features an adjoining 490-square-foot deluxe bedroom. A second adjoining room can also be reserved for a two-bedroom suite. It’s all the comforts of home, in the heart of Universal Orlando.

  • Inventory of six Villa parlors
  • The Villa parlor is very spacious at 620 square feet and includes an entertainment area, conference table, full bathroom with separate vanity area, and a kitchenette
  • All Villa suites have a bay view

Portofino Bay Hotel – club-level deluxe rooms

Upgrade your stay for access to the Portofino’s club lounge, and you’ll enjoy the utmost in European hospitality and service. You’ll receive special room amenities, access to the exclusive club-level lounge, conveniently located near the lobby, and other benefits and privileges.

  • Club level rooms are spread throughout the hotel
  • The club lounge is located next to the main lobby
  • The rooms themselves are deluxe rooms (490 square feet)
  • Inventory of 91 rooms: 36 king and 55 double queen
  • Connecting rooms can be king to double queen or double queen to double queen
  • Club level amenities:
    • Club-level rooms include access to the hotel’s private lounge, where guests enjoy personalized concierge service, a complimentary continental breakfast, snacks in the afternoon, hors d’oeuvres in the evening, and a sweet hour at night
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, and soft drinks available all day long, and beer and wine in the evenings
    • Club-level guests receive complimentary access to the on-site fitness center and discounts on pool cabanas

Balconies at Portofino Bay Hotel

Portofino Bay is the only resort hotel at Universal Orlando with rooms that feature balconies – however, these are few and far between. Rooms with balconies cannot be reserved in advance, but may be offered as an upgrade at check-in: $15 extra per night for a “Juliet” balcony, and $30 extra per night for a full balcony.

In this image, Juliette balconies can be seen at the bottom, and full balconies can be seen at the top:

Juliette and full balconies at Portofino Bay Hotel
Juliette and full balconies at Portofino Bay Hotel

Please note that there is no additional charge for a room with a patio or walkout area to a public space (these are by request, too – they cannot be specifically reserved).

Portofino Bay Hotel also offers Hospitality, Governatore, and Presidential suites. Please contact the hotel directly for information about these accommodations.

Do you have a question about the information on this page, would like to provide feedback, or did you spot an inaccuracy? Please let us know by posting in our Orlando Informer Community on Facebook.