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Visitors from throughout the United States and around the world have enjoyed Universal Studios since 1993. Early success led to the addition of the six “Islands of Adventure." In 2010, a seventh island arrived, dedicated to all things Harry Potter. The first onsite hotel, Portofino Bay, opened in 1999. The Hard Rock Hotel opened the following year.
Today, arriving guests can’t wait to experience the dozens of exhilarating, spine-tingling rides. Revenge of the Mummy, Harry Potter, and the Escape from Gringotts and Men in Black Alien Attack are popular examples.
The largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world is at Universal’s CityWalk. Visitors often ask, “Is Hard Rock Cafe Inside Universal Studios?” The answer is yes! When music lovers ask, “Is Hard Rock Live Orlando at Universal?" they learn that it is right at the Hard Rock Cafe.
When you plan a Universal Studios Florida vacation, you have two choices. You can stay at a hotel on the grounds. Or you can stay at one of many nearby hotels. Many are within a mile of Universal Studios.
Universal Studios Hotels Onsite
Guests staying at hotels on the grounds enjoy a variety of perks. Key theme park benefits include:
- Early Park admission (with valid theme park admission)
- Complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and CityWalk
- Resort-wide charging privileges with your key card
- Merchandise purchased anywhere in the resort delivered free to your hotel
Hard Rock Hotel
5800 Universal Boulevard
The Hard Rock Hotel has the distinction of being a AAA four-diamond resort. It is also a Universal premier property. This means the perks of Universal’s Express Pass are included with a stay. The 12,000 sq. ft. sand beach pool even includes an underwater sound system. Camp Lil’ Rock caters to children ages four to 14. They’ll delight in the childrens’ pool and arcade as well.
Loews Sapphire Falls
6601 Adventure Way
A stay at Loews Sapphire Falls puts you a water taxi ride away from theme park thrills. The hypnotic sounds of waterfalls and steel drums await your arrival. Leave worldly cares behind beneath the palm trees by the glistening 16,000 sq. ft. pool. There are two white-sand beaches, a zero-entry area, and a splash pad.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
6550 Adventure Way
The Cabana Bay Beach Resort delivers the easy, breezy vibe of Florida’s 1950s beach resorts. Retro-style rooms and suites add to family fun. In the Atomic Courtyard, you’ll find a 10,000 sq. ft. pool with a sand beach and 100-foot water slide. The Lazy River Courtyard includes a 6,000 sq. ft. pool and Universal’s first lazy river.
Endless Summer Resort - Dockside Inn & Suites
7125 Universal Boulevard
Dockside Inn & Suites is at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort. You’ll revel in a coastal-style escape that’s brand new for 2020. More than half the rooms are two-bedroom suites perfect for families. Each of the hotel’s towers has its pool.
There are hotels on the grounds at Universal Orlando. They are Loews Portofino Bay, Loews Royal Pacific, Surfside Inn & Suites, and the Aventura Hotel.
Hotels Near Universal Studios
You’ll also find many highly rated hotels within minutes of Universal Studios’ theme parks.
Homewood Suites by Hilton
5893 American Way
Enjoy the comforts of home at Homewood Suites by Hilton. The 122 suites include kitchens with stovetops and full-sized refrigerators. Complement your theme park thrills with a quick dip in the outdoor pool or a leisurely soak in the spa tub.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
5614 Vineland Road
The art deco theme at the 116-room Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott sets the tone for a relaxing stay. Guests enjoy theme park access via a free shuttle. All rooms include a refrigerator and microwave. After a great day at the theme parks, relax in the spa tub by the outdoor pool.
Doubletree By Hilton
5780 Major Boulevard
Doubletree By Hilton Doubletree By Hilton is near the entrance to Universal Orlando. Take a dip in the "Sweet Dreams" junior Olympic-sized pool and hot tub. Swim-up to the Pool Bar for a refreshing beverage.
Quality Inn Universal Studios
6101 Sand Lake Road
Quality Inn is just off Universal Blvd in the I-Drive area. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, arcade, and 24/7 fitness center. Each of the 344 rooms includes a refrigerator. A free shuttle whisks you off to a day of fun at Orlando’s theme parks.
Country Inn & Suites By Radisson
7701 Universal Boulevard
Guests at the Country Inn & Suites start their day off right with a complimentary hot/cold breakfast buffet. Unwind at the outdoor pool or get in a workout at the fitness center. Enjoy the convenience of free scheduled shuttle service to the theme parks.
7800 Universal Boulevard
The Crowne Plaza offers amenities like an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Its 400 rooms include welcoming pillowtop beds. The hotel also offers dedicated “Quiet Zone” rooms. A 24/7 fitness center overlooks the outdoor heated pool. Complimentary shuttles whisk guests to the theme parks.
7389 Universal Boulevard
The Point is an all-suite, boutique hotel. One and two-bedroom suites have full kitchens. You’ll find a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and dishwasher in each. Many suites include a balcony or patio. The Point is one mile from Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Wingate by Wyndham
5661 Windhover Drive
Wingate by Wyndham is only a half-mile from Universal Studios. Enjoy free shuttle service to the theme park. Partake of the complimentary breakfast. The fully renovated rooms are both spacious and modern.
5895 Caravan Court
Hyatt Place offers large rooms with sectional sleeper sofas and refrigerators. Start your day right with a complimentary hot buffet breakfast. Hyatt Place is within walking distance of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay, and CityWalk.
There are other highly rated hotels within a mile of Universal Studios Florida. They include Wyndham Garden, Four Points by Sheraton, Best Western Plus and LaQuinta Inn & Suites.
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