Our family of 4 adults stayed again at the Portofino as usual when we are visiting Universal Studio.
Stayed for 3 nights in a room with 2 queen beds and a decent size bathroom. Room was clean with the usual amenities. However, the room and hallways could use some refreshing.
Check in was busy, but staff were friendly and helpful.
Positives about the property:
- upper scale property
- good selection of restaurants on the property
- able to have a buffet breakfast or a smaller breakfast with bakery goods
- several pools on site
- water shuttle to Universal
- biggest advantage - getting express pass for many of the Universal Studio rides and attractions; plus early entry to see the Harry Potter parks
- a bit of a walk to Universal Studio, especially in hot weather. The water taxi service comes every 15 minutes if you don't want to walk
- you have to get separate tickets / passes from different people to get entry into the park and to get the express pass - why can't they do everything electronically on a bracelet like Disney's Magic Band?
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Loews Portofino Bay Resort
- Portofino Orlando
- Portofino Bay Hotel Orlando
- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel At Universal Orlando Florida