Universal Orlando Resort features six (soon to be eight) on-site hotels, which are split up into four tiers: value, 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.
Universal Orlando’s value on-site hotels – general information
Announced but not yet open, Universal’s value hotels will offer the most inexpensive of room rates (starting at just $73 a night) but will also be located geographically the furthest from the main Universal Orlando campus (where the parks and CityWalk are located) – in fact, they will sit on their own 64-acre plot of land some five minutes down the road. Endless Summer Resort will be the name of the value hotel complex, with its two properties being called Surfside Inn and Suites (which opens in summer 2019) and Dockside Inn and Suites (sometime in 2020).
Value hotels offer select on-site benefits, including shuttle buses to the parks 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 Endless Summer Resort.
Universal Orlando’s prime value on-site hotels – general information
Universal offers two hotels in its prime value category: Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Aventura Hotel. As the “prime value” name suggests, these are some of the company’s most economically-friendly venues, with regular rates beginning at $144 and room sizes beginning at 300 square feet. Cabana opened in 2014 and features 2,200 rooms, including over 900 family suites; Aventura, meanwhile, bows on August 16, 2018, and will sport 600 rooms.
Prime value hotels offer all the benefits of the value resorts plus one extra perk: a private entranceway to Volcano Bay, Universal’s water theme park (the only venues, in fact, to do so). Once again, many of the privileges that the preferred and premiere hotels boast aren’t carried over here.
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 value and 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 many of their more-inexpensive counterparts: 24-hour room service, valet parking, and the allowance of pets.
Universal Orlando’s premier on-site hotels – general information
Topping off Universal’s hotel offerings is its premier echelon, which consists of Portofino Bay Hotel and Hard Rock 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.”
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 (well, save for the value hotels’, as Universal won’t have that information ready until closer to their summer 2019 opening). 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 six current venues: Aventura and Cabana Bay vary $100 based on the season; Sapphire Falls, $115; Royal Pacific, $205; Hard Rock, $235; 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.
|Aventura Hotel||Cabana Bay Beach Resort||Sapphire Falls Resort||Royal Pacific Resort||Hard Rock Hotel||Portofino Bay Hotel|
|Value Season 1|
Jan 7 – Jan 11, Jan 15 – Feb 15, Sep 3 – Sep 27, Nov 25 – Dec 20
|From $144||From $144||From $199||From $274||From $314||From $329|
|Value Season 2|
Aug 12 – Sep 2
|From $154||From $154||From $204||From $284||From $324||From $339|
Jan 12 – Jan 14, Apr 8 – May 24, May 28 – May 31, Nov 4 – Nov 20
|From $164||From $164||From $214||From $309||From $349||From $359|
|Regular Season 2|
Sep 28 – Nov 3
|From $169||From $169||From $214||From $309||From $349||From $359|
|Summer Season 1|
Jun 1 – Jun 16, Jul 29 – Aug 11
|From $189||From $189||From $239||From $364||From $439||From $424|
|Summer Season 2|
Jun 17 – Jul 28
|N/A||From $204||From $254||From $389||From $469||From $454|
|Peak Season 1|
Feb 25 – Mar 8, May 25 – May 27, Nov 21 – Nov 24
|From $204||From $204||From $259||From $374||From $449||From $444|
|Peak Season 2|
Feb 16 – Feb 24, Mar 9 – Mar 22
|N/A||From $214||From $269||From $394||From $479||From $469|
Mar 23 – Apr 7, Dec 21 – Jan 5
|From $244||From $244||From $314||From $479||From $549||From $544|
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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