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On-site hotels at Universal Orlando: Overview and rates

Universal Orlando Resort features five on-site hotels, which are split up into three tiers: prime value, preferred, and premier. This page includes a quick summary of each category, along with each hotel. To learn more about each specific property, click on any of their names. To compare each of their offerings and find out which is right for you, click here.

Beach Pool at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel
Beach Pool at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel

Universal Orlando’s prime value on-site hotel – general information

Universal offers one hotel (for the time being, at any rate) in its prime value category: Cabana Bay Beach Resort. As the “prime value” name suggests, this is the company’s most economically-friendly venue. Regular rates begin at $144 and room sizes begin at 300 square feet. Cabana opened in 2014 and features 2,200 rooms, including over 900 family suites.

Prime value hotels (which will include Aventura Hotel starting in August 2018) offer select on-site benefits, including shuttle buses to the park and Early Park Admission. However, they do not feature some of the perks that the preferred and premier properties boast: complimentary Express Passes, priority seating at restaurants, pets being allowed, valet parking, 24-hour room service, and water-taxi transportation to the parks.

Learn more about Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s prime value hotel

Universal Orlando’s preferred on-site hotels – general information

There are two venues in the preferred tier: Royal Pacific Resort and Sapphire Falls Resort. This is Universal’s middle category, offering some benefits above the prime value entries. Regular rates for Sapphire Falls begin at $199 and room sizes begin at 321 square feet; Royal Pacific, meanwhile, comes in at $269 and 335 square feet, respectively. These two resorts offer 1,000 rooms each.

The “preferred” label can be confusing, as the two on-site hotels don’t feature the same perks; basically, Royal Pacific – the more expensive of the two – has more to offer guests, namely in the form of complimentary Express Pass access and priority seating at select restaurants. Still, both properties do share a few features that you won’t find at Cabana Bay Beach Resort: 24-hour room service, valet parking, and the allowance of pets.

Learn more about Sapphire Falls Resort and Royal Pacific Resort.

Outdoor sitting area at Royal Pacific Resort
Outdoor sitting area at Royal Pacific Resort, one of Universal’s preferred hotels
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Waterfalls at Universal Orlando
Sapphire Falls Resort, the other of Universal’s preferred hotels

Universal Orlando’s premier on-site hotels – general information

Topping off Universal’s hotel offerings is its premier echelon, which consists of Hard Rock Hotel and Portofino Bay Hotel. This level is home to the resort’s highest-priced hotels, which come with matching accommodations and perks. Regular rates for Hard Rock begin at $314 with room sizes beginning at 375 square feet; Portofino Bay, meanwhile, comes in at $329 and 450 square feet, respectively.

The major difference between the premier and preferred categories is that both of the premier hotels offer complimentary Express Passes and priority seating at select restaurants, whereas only one of the preferred venues does. There are also some subtle differences between the two classifications, including some extra theming and slightly larger room sizes.

With the differences between the preferred and premier properties being a common question, we reached out to Universal for clarification. “Our goal for the premier guest experience is that it is at the one-of-a-kind level,” a representative said. “Our goal for the preferred guest experience is that it provides a perfect blend of resort-level convenience and amenities.”

Learn more about Hard Rock Hotel and Portofino Bay Hotel.

Velvet Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel
Velvet Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel, one of Universal’s premier hotels
Portofino Bay Hotel
Portofino Bay Hotel, the other of Universal’s premier hotels

Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels – rates

For your convenience, we have collected all of the on-site hotels’ rates together into one tidy spot. Compare these numbers with our crowd level predictions to find the best time to stay at Universal Orlando. As you’ll see, these rates can fluctuate greatly across all five venues: Cabana Bay varies $95 based on the season; Sapphire Falls, $115; Royal Pacific, $205; Hard Rock, $240; and Portofino Bay, $215.

If you’d like to compare 2018’s rates with the past few previous years’, we have all that info catalogued for you. You can see 2013’s rates here, 2014’s here, 2015’s here, 2016’s here, and 2017’s here.

2018 rates:

Universal Orlando Resort on-site hotels 2018 rack rates

To compare each of the hotel’s offerings and find out which hotel is right for you, click here.

Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels – map

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