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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Universal Studios channels the cobble-stoned streets, cafés, and gelaterie of Italy. Family suites come with bunk-bedded kids’ quarters that connect to Mama and Papa’s domain. Best of all, your key card works as a skip-the-line pass to Universal’s rides—speedily reached from the hotel not by gondola, alas, but free water taxi.

Photo: Courtesy of Portofino Bay Hotel

5601 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL, 32819, United States
TEL: (407) 503-1000
TEL: (866) 563-9792

A re-creation of the exclusive Italian fishing village, right down to the jut of its ferry dock and the rusty hue of the buildings, Portofino Bay has some of Orlando’s largest rooms (at least 450 square feet apiece), with terrifically soft beds. The 750 rooms, decorated in a combination of Italian-villa and southern-plantation style, have curvaceous, carved- and inlaid-wood headboards and armoires, and elegant fabrics. It’s no more than a 10-minute remove from the theme parks; however, the hotel is less suited to families than to romance, also evidenced by the Mandara Spa and the nightly opera performances on the quay. Guests here can skip the lines at both Universal parks’ attractions.

Room to Book:

The elaborate 2,725-square-foot Presidente Suite has a prime vista of the harbor, plus a study, a fireplace, and an outdoor terrace.  For something more affordable, though, Bay View Nos. 1502, 1504, 1508, 1510, and 1512 afford an excellent view of the hotel’s nightly opera show on an outside balcony.

Insider Tip:

Rooms that face the Riviera-like port cost only about $25 more than those facing the parking lot.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Business Center
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge
  • Childcare
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Laundry Service
  • Meeting Room
  • Pet Friendly
  • Parking Available
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • WiFi

Number of Rooms: 750

Number of Suites: 45

Number of Restaurants: 4

Number of Bars: 3

Number of Pools: 3

Year Opened: 1999

Other:

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