We booked the Minion room and were quite disappointed with it for the price. Our nieces (age 11 and 14) loved the room and the rocket ship beds. The rocket ship beds were kind of cool, but otherwise it's really just wallpaper. We loved that they had their own room, and a separate temperature control for that room. Both rooms had ample space. Why we were disappointed: we didn't have a balcony, the rooms were tired looking, and the location (the east wing) was far away from the pool with the slides and the "beach" and far from the water taxi. This really was just your average hotel room, but the price was way above average. Still, the girls loved it and I guess that's what really counts.
Tip: take the water taxi rather than the shuttle. The shuttle stops at other hotels to pick people up, and there's a long walk after the drop off to get into Universal City, then through there to the park entrances; the water taxi takes you straight to Universal City, and the dock is located very close to the park entrances.
Early Park admission was the best! Never would have gotten into the Escape from Gringotts without this early admission.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a luxurious escape inspired by the famed seaside village of Portofino, Italy. Perfectly appointed rooms and suites, gorgeous vistas and incredible cuisine welcome you to celebrate la dolce vita-the sweet life. Located on-site at Universal Orlando Resort, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is in the heart of the excitement of Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk. Guests of this hotel enjoy exclusive theme park benefits. Skip the regular lines at most attractions with FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access - a benefit worth $89 per person, per day**. You can also take advantage of Early Park Admission one hour before the theme park opens, and more! (valid theme park admission required.) ... more less
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