The 8 BEST hotels in Orlando for every budget

From Family fun to 5-star luxury! The 8 BEST hotels in Orlando for every budget

  • Whether you want to feel like a rock star or enjoy a Caribbean vibe, Universal’s hotels have something for everyone and offer a whole variety of exclusive extras too. 

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Whether you want to discover the magic of Hogwarts or the terrifying dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, make mischief with the Minions or meet The Simpsons, Universal Orlando Resort has it all.

But why does the fun have to end when the parks close? With these eight amazing accommodation options, you can continue the excitement while enjoying a whole host of exclusive benefits, like early park admission.

Plus, at select Universal Hotels (Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort), Express Passes, which allow you to skip the lines of the most popular rides, are also included.

Even better? There’s a hotel for every type of holidaymaker and every budget, whether you want to splash out on five-star elegance, keep the whole family entertained or enjoy a stylish retreat offering fantastic value.

Plus, whichever hotel you choose, you’ll receive early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and free transport to and from the parks and Universal’s CityWalk.

Book your Orlando holiday with Travelbag and let the travel specialists create the ultimate experience for your trip. With its Covid pledge, flexible booking, no amendment fees and low deposits – as little £100 per person – you can book your dream stay with complete confidence. Plus, if your holiday requires Covid testing, they’ll cover half the cost of your PCR test. So you can travel with peace of mind for just £60.

All that’s left is to choose which hotel is right for you. 

So are you a rock star, a surfer or looking for a little Caribbean luxury?

For rock stars

Holiday like a rock star at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel

If you like your hotel stays to come with a dash of glamour and a sprinkling of stardust, you need to book into Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel.

Expect a vast, lagoon-like pool complete with underwater speakers, rock memorabilia from Elvis, Paul McCartney and Lady Gaga, as well as live Velvet Sessions – where you can even see some famous names perform. 

Catch a live performance at a Velvet Sessions event!

This is where you go to feel like a rock star!

But the Hard Rock Hotel is family-friendly too. Enjoy a fantastic range of dining options, great poolside games and benefits like free Universal Express Unlimited passes that allow you to skip regular lines at top rides and attractions. 

For Italian elegance

 Loews Portofino Bay Hotel brings Italian elegance to Orlando

Bringing Portofino chic to the lakeshores of Orlando, the sumptuous Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is all pretty pastel buildings, cobblestone streets, outdoor cafés, piazzas and soaring Italian cypress trees. 

The Harbor Piazza is the perfect spot to relax with a gelato and listen to live classical music favourites at sundown, after a delicious Italian supper at Mama Della’s Ristorante.

Find all your favourite Italian dishes at Mama Della’s Ristorante

Take your pick from a variety of pools – ranging from family-friendly to ultra-exclusive – and why not indulge in a luxurious treatment at the Mandara Spa? You’ve earned it! 

Plus, Universal Express Unlimited passes to skip the lines at certain rides and attractions are included in your stay when you buy theme park tickets, so you’ll really feel like a VIP!

For Polynesian luxe

The Loews Royal Pacific Resort will transport you to a Polynesian paradise

Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort with its tropical landscapes, lagoon-style swimming pool and Polynesian essence. 

You’ll have a whole choice of dining experiences, from the Tuk Tuk Market to a sushi bar and the pan-Asian Islands Dining Room.

Every member of the family is sure to find something to tempt them on the menu at the pan-Asian Islands Dining Room

Little ones can make new friends at the kids’ camps, and you’ll create wonderful family memories at the oli aloha torch lighting ceremony. After all, isn’t that what holidays are all about?

For an island escape

The stunning Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

At this stylish sanctuary, set on the water, your expansive pool comes with its own slide and sandy beach, lush vegetation complemented by the soothing sound of waterfalls and there’s even a tavern serving rare vintage rums. 

The Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is located just a short walk from Universal’s Volcano Bay where you can make a splash on the park’s thrilling waterslides or take it easy in a stylish cabana.

Try rare vintage rums at the on-site Strongwater Tavern

Back at base, little ones will love the variety of poolside fun on offer at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort; think ping pong and hula hoop contests! 

Adults, meanwhile, will enjoy the ‘island time’ ambience and choice of scenic bars and restaurants.

For contemporary design

Dine at the top of the modern Aventura Hotel at the rooftop Bar 17 Bistro

Modern, stylish and a stone’s throw from Universal’s Volcano Bay, the Aventura Hotel has a large pool surrounded by sun loungers perfect for soaking up the atmosphere (and sun) in peace.

There’s also a kids’ splash zone, as well as a fantastic fire pit where you can relax and exchange stories after a thrill-filled day at the Orlando Universal Resort parks.  

Kids will love playing at the hotel’s Splash Zone while you relax on a sun lounger!

Children will love making friends at the kids’ camps before you bring the whole family together to enjoy the amazing views of Universal’s three Orlando parks from the ultra chic rooftop Bar 17 Bistro. With a large menu of tempting international flavours, there’s something for everyone.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all available at the Urban Pantry and treat yourselves to an aperitif in the stylish setting of Barventure, located in the hotel lobby.

For retro romance

The colourful Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a vintage delight

Imagine stepping back in time to discover the Florida resorts of the Fifties and Sixties. 

The colourful Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a vintage delight with its own classic diner, bowling alley and arcade. The Cabana Courtyard and pool comes with a water slide, while the Lazy River Courtyard has its own winding river and sandy beach.

Take a trip down the Lazy River at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal’s Volcano Bay is just steps away and don’t forget, when you buy theme park tickets, early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is included in your stay.  

You may even spot some of your favourite characters arriving in the hotel lobby on Friday evenings to meet the guests…

For affordable surfer style

The very cool surfboard shaped pool at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

The name says it all. 

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites is perfect for enjoying sunny Florida days and comes with a laid back surfer vibe. 

This hotel launched just two years ago as the first of Universal’s new ‘value’ offering and comes with a pool shaped like a surfboard, not to mention the chance to have freshly made pizza delivered to your room!

Why not have a fresh pizza delivered to your family-friendly two-bedroom suite?

Children will love the poolside activities and the arcade video games in the Game Room, while adults can relax with a cocktail at the poolside Sand Bar. 

And with two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six, it’s perfect for families and friends.

For affordable coastal charm

Take it easy at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites after a day hitting the Universal Orlando Resort parks

The second of Universal’s ‘value’ options and larger than Surfside, the Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites comes with two huge pools, a children’s play area and sandy beaches for days of endless fun. 

Accommodation is family-friendly with large, comfortable two-bedroom suites and you’ll find a relaxed, coastal theme throughout the resort. 

As well as plenty of fun filled activities to enjoy around the pools and in the kids’ play area, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drinks.

Sip your favourite cocktail at the Sunset Lounge

Head to Pier 8 Market anytime for a sit-down meal or a quick grab-and-go snack. If you can’t bear to leave the pool (we don’t blame you), treat yourself to a beer, smoothie or glass of wine at the Oasis Beach Bar, or why not enjoy your favourite cocktail at the Sunset Lounge? 

And as well as that early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’ll also be able to take advantage of complimentary shuttles to and from Universal’s theme parks and CityWalk. 

The perfect hotel for you

Have you decided which Universal Orlando Resort hotel is ideal for your summer holiday? 

If you’re not sure, why not speak to the Travelbag travel specialists? With 40 years of experience planning unforgettable holidays, they pride themselves on knowing exactly what makes every trip extra special.

And with the Travelbag Covid Pledge, you can book with complete peace of mind. If you or anyone in your party is unable to travel due to Covid-19, both your trip – and your money – are protected with everything taken care of for you.

You can also enjoy flexible bookings and no amendment fees up to 45 days before your trip, if travel restrictions change. Plus, if your holiday requires Covid testing, they’ll cover half the cost of your PCR test. So you can travel with peace of mind for just £60. 

With low deposits of as little as £100 per person, why no start planning that Orlando adventure now?


Travelbag (, 0204 502 7265) offers 7 nights including hotel stay, flights and Universal Orlando three park explorer ticket from £1319 per person.

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