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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Resort and Hotel
  • Legsi W.
    "just a water taxi ride to the Parks."(7 Tips)
    Dimitris M.
    "also get fast pass access to Universal studios."(6 Tips)
    Audrey C.
    "your room key is an express pass!"(5 Tips)
    Ashley E.
    "drink at Thirsty Fish"(4 Tips)
99 Tips and reviews
  • universal studios
  • water taxi
  • thirsty fish
  • sunsets
  • comfy beds
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  • Nicole G.
    Nicole GantApril 6, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The kids love the pool with a beachy feel. The older kids play by the slide area, the younger ones playing in the sand, parents relax close by with the adult beverages
    Upvoted Jul 31
  • Adam M.
    Adam MoreOctober 14, 2017
    Best of the 3 hotels I stayed at in Orlando. Rooms are a little dated, but everything was comfortable. Hotel is beautiful if not a little pricey. Could use a better coffee shop than Starbucks though.
  • Dimitris M.
    Dimitris MelexopoulosSeptember 20, 2014
    Such a beautiful hotel. Near everything and you also get fast pass access to Universal studios. The rooms are good (but not as clean as other Loews hotels), but the breakfast needs improvement.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Bridget W.
    Bridget WoodburyMay 7, 2013
    We stayed in suites with lagoon view. One suite was 1/2 grown up room, 1/2 Seuss themed kids room. Savings & comfortably slept 4 adults w/ sense of humor. Major complaint: No free wifi on the premises
  • Jonathan L.
    Jonathan LyonsAugust 1, 2013
    It's a short run from the hotel to the parks and it's easy to beat the water taxis on foot if you're motivated. My son and I had a great time racing back and forth.
  • Ellen DeGeneres
    Ellen DeGeneresApril 5, 2011
    A lot of my friends stayed here while we were in town and they all loved it! Don’t forget to swing by The Thirsty Fish for a great view of the lagoon and some adult beverages. Ciao!
  • Audrey C.
    Audrey CsaszarJune 1, 2012
    This place is beautiful! amazing views, a water taxi to take you to and from Universal Studios AND your room key is an express pass! https://foursquare.com/view_photo?id=4fc109bee4b0c5923452b008
  • pam k.
    pam kJune 26, 2011
    The lil shops are great and have cute clothes One Thing! If u paid for a room with a BAY VIEW! make sure they give u a room not all the way at the end by the lobby b/c then u can't see the Bay!
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
    Don't miss Musica Della Notte every night at sunset (weather permitting). A unique blend of classic opera, romantic and festive music, along with 'popera' favorites.
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
    Going to Universal Orlando during your visit? Take your room key to a lobby kiosk, have your photo taken (cheese!), and grab your Universal Express Pass to skip the regular lines.
  • Debi W.
    Debi WalterMay 26, 2012
    Beautiful setting with many outdoor eating options. Try their Harbor Nights events several times throughout the year. Take the boat over to Universal's CityWalk--very romantic.
  • Andre B.
    Andre BohrerDecember 10, 2015
    If you're a Florida resident, park in the Universal parking lot for free after 6pm, walk to City Walk and get a free boat to the Portofino. Enjoy the restaurants & italian ice place there!
  • Wendy K.
    Wendy KFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful hotel, nice staff, very clean rooms. Enjoy a drink at the Thirsty Fish and take the water taxi to Universal Studios or City Walk. Great place to stay!
  • Phil J.
    Phil JonesJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you have 3+ in your group spring for the 'Club Access' free wifi, use of computers and lots of great food all day long. Really great food!
  • David G.
    David GhMarch 9, 2014
    Sit on the Piazza for breakfast, performances at 8pm- make your reservation for 730pm ahead of time!
  • Noelle
    NoelleSeptember 29, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Favorite of the on-site hotels-great scenery and service-don't forget your fast passes!
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
    Beat the Florida heat or treat yourself after a long day at the Universal Orlando parks with some tasty homemade gelato from Gelateria. You'll thank us! Read more
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
    You just can't beat Christmas the Italian way! Spend yours here at our delicious all-day buffet in Trattoria del Porto. Read more
  • Dante S.
    Dante SrilapaMarch 28, 2013
    This place is very nice. The scenery and interior decorations are fun as well. Make sure to visit Tratorria De Porto for breakfast!
  • Laurie A.
    Laurie AlfaroJune 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Hillside Pool (on the east side of the property) is more quiet and secluded than the other pools--fewer screaming children!
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
    Tried the Caesar Salad at Sal's? We seriously think it's one of the most delicious around.
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerOctober 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    It is about a 15 minute walk along the waterway to get from Thirsty Fish (bay-side bar & cafe at Portofino Bay) to the turnstiles at Universal Studios Florida. Or take the watertaxi every 15 minutes!
  • David F.
    David FernandezAugust 5, 2011
    If you're going over for early admission to Harry Potter and you miss the 6:30 ferry ... WALK! You'll definitely beat the next ferry! (or ride the pedicab if you're willing to tip!)
  • Jen W.
    Jen WeberMarch 21, 2012
    If you miss the water taxi, the rickshaws are a nice alternative. Some of them have some great info about the parks.
  • David S.
    David SchwartzFebruary 23, 2014
    Nice property right next to Universal Studios. Clean and friendly. Convenience to Universal and River Walk is key.
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Stay at one on-site hotel, enjoy complimentary access to the pools and amenities at the other two on-site hotels (just be sure to carry your room key with you).
  • Whiskey S.
    Whiskey ShartsMarch 26, 2012
    Great areas for dog walking, looks like everyone is being great about cleaning up after their dogs. Wish there was a Quiet Pool!
  • Otel.com
    Otel.comJune 7, 2012
    Check out the spacious, themed swimming pools which are the ideal places to relax with the whole family.
  • Noah B.
    Noah BalistraJuly 10, 2012
    Use the kiosk to create an express pass when you first arrive at the hotel. Lines at universal will go by in a snap.
  • Taylor M.
    Taylor MJanuary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent hotel!! Had some trouble with our reservation, but once we got our room the staff made extra sure we were comfortable!!
  • ... T.
    ... Tibbs...May 16, 2011
    Plan on spending lots of time @ the pool. The waterslide is legit & the waitstaff is friendly. Try the riviera cooler. Paradise!
  • Jack K.
    Jack KAugust 8, 2014
    Staff is incredible. Very attentive, courteous, friendly, helpful...to name a few.
  • Ashley E.
    Ashley EdwardsApril 26, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    A drink at Thirsty Fish, watching the sunset over the Harbor Piazza is the perfect way to end the day!
  • Eric P.
    Eric PelboisSeptember 29, 2017
    Take the club level room. It's definitely worth it.
  • Ronnelle B.
    Ronnelle BuchOctober 17, 2013
    Staying at the hotel gives you a free fast-pass for the park!
  • Elena T.
    Elena TubbJune 22
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best Loews properties. Great service, staff and amenities.
  • Jenna B.
    Jenna Becker-ClementsSeptember 25, 2010
    Get a room on the bay... Totally worth it! You get the 7:30 opera show. Bring your dog... It is pet friendly!
  • Carla H.
    Carla HardenMay 26, 2011
    Eat at Bice! The risotto is decadent. All the food is heavenly and the wait staff is marvelous!
  • Casablanca T.
    Try Harbor Nights at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel for some tasty gourmet food, wine tasting and great music.Check the Loews hotels events calendar.
  • Shane S.
    Shane SommersOctober 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is awesome. Single cup coffee machines in your room, your room key is an UNLIMITED use Express pass, AWESOME!!
  • Tracie J.
    Tracie JulesMay 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great hotel, excellent service and comfy beds with lovely linens. Get your room with the club room...snacks are wonderful. Again service here is amazing.
  • Fredrik S.
    Fredrik SelarpAugust 14, 2014
    Room key gives you priority access to most attractions in the theme parks.
  • April D.
    April DickersonJanuary 1, 2012
    Hey Hector M. I understand you think the $15/night parking is steep but I'm from San Fran where people pay $60-$65/night! So on the bright side... It could be worse!
  • Didi F.
    Didi FranciqueAugust 31, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If you see Didi the Bellman come say hi at Luggage Services also request him to take your bags up because he is just THAT rad.
  • Room 77
    Room 77July 25, 2012
    Don't forget: you have an early access pass to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Quite fitting for this spellbound resort. Read more
  • Andy P.
    Andy PFebruary 12, 2011
    Hot chocolate samplers with marshmallows in the lobby - super rich and creamy! Try it.
  • Legsi W.
    Legsi WasabiOctober 2, 2010
    This place is first class! Beautiful suites, amazing restaurants, and just a water taxi ride to the Parks.
  • Jenna T.
    Jenna ThumenJuly 15, 2012
    Beautiful hotel and dog friendly what more can you want
  • Kristina M.
    Kristina MalagieroAugust 14, 2014
    Back at the hotel! I feel like I'm back in venice!
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJanuary 30, 2011
    They have an excellent series of jogging trails, ask the concierge for a map!
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