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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

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  • Dimitris M.
    "also get fast pass access to Universal studios."(6 Tips)
    Legsi W.
    "just a water taxi ride to the Parks."(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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  • Adam M.
    Adam More2 days ago
    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.
    Upvoted 2 days 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
  • 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.
  • Nicole G.
    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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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 GannaloMarch 9, 2014
    Sit on the Piazza for breakfast, performances at 8pm- make your reservation for 730pm ahead of time!
  • Noelle M.
    Noelle MoellerSeptember 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
  • 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!)
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.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.
  • ... 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!
  • 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!!
  • Jack K.
    Jack KAugust 8, 2014
    Staff is incredible. Very attentive, courteous, friendly, 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!
  • 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!
  • Ronnelle B.
    Ronnelle BuchOctober 17, 2013
    Staying at the hotel gives you a free fast-pass for the park!
  • 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!!
  • Carla H.
    Carla HardenMay 26, 2011
    Eat at Bice! The risotto is decadent. All the food is heavenly and the wait staff is marvelous!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fredrik S.
    Fredrik SelarpAugust 14, 2014
    Room key gives you priority access to most attractions in the theme parks.
  • Eric P.
    Eric Pelbois2 weeks ago
    Take the club level room. It's definitely worth it.
  • 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.
  • Rachel M.
    Rachel MercerJanuary 30, 2011
    They have an excellent series of jogging trails, ask the concierge for a map!
  • Kristina M.
    Kristina MalagieroAugust 14, 2014
    Back at the hotel! I feel like I'm back in venice!
  • Jenna T.
    Jenna ThumenJuly 15, 2012
    Beautiful hotel and dog friendly what more can you want
  • Arturo D.
    Arturo De La MoraSeptember 8, 2012
    You can wait at the fountain while dad checks you in!
  • Lindsaye
    LindsayeMay 8, 2015
    Live Italian opera singing on the water every night at sunset
  • Kellie L.
    Kellie LMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful hotel and overall friendly staff but had a problem with Alexa at concierge, she was totally rude and nasty!
  • Patrick G.
    Patrick GarrettSeptember 20, 2011
    I've stayed at a lot of hotels and this one is easily in my top 3.
  • Hector M.
    Hector MirandaDecember 12, 2010
    At this hotel, you have the esteemed privilege of paying 15 dollars a night for self parking. Or if you really want to feel honored, pay 22 dollars a night for valet parking.
  • Ashley T.
    Ashley TDecember 27, 2015
    We were staying at the Hard Rock and were told that the Portofino had a full service "post office". They might have, but they had holiday hours that weren't posted on the website or the app...
  • Jason E.
    Jason EnglehardtOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    this hotel is amazing! best place to stay if you're going to universal!
  • Kassandra
    KassandraDecember 27, 2014
    This place is gorgeous! It really makes you feel like you in a different place!
  • Hector M.
    Hector MirandaDecember 12, 2010
    This is a great hotel. The staff at all the restaurants is SO friendly.
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerJuly 12, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    8 different restaurants and lounges, 3 themed pools, and Italian opera singing at night... perfect.
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerFebruary 14, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Snacks and soda a day long; complimentary beer and wine in the evening!
  • P D.
    P DiddyFebruary 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very clean lobby, restrooms and restaurants.
  • sam S.
    sam SternJune 11, 2011
    Beautiful place. The experience is diminished by nickel and dining me to death.
  • Orlando Informer
    Orlando InformerJanuary 29, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Beautiful resort! I've stayed here twice and I've had such a great time. Highly recommended by me.
  • Paula E.
    Paula EchevarriaJanuary 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love The hotel and The view from our room.
  • Mary Jeneverre S.
    The one-cup coffee is an awesome amenity.
  • Maiela A.
    Maiela AlvarezApril 10, 2012
    Definitely a place to get away and enjoy with your significant other =)
  • Anay K.
    Anay KatyalJanuary 24, 2010
    Getting the Club Level villa is completely worth the extra money. Free food the whole day is pretty deck.
  • Bridget R.
    Bridget RileyJanuary 27, 2012
    Comfortable beds and good breakfast
  • Claudia H.
    Claudia HollandNovember 17, 2012
    Use the water taxi to go to Universal Studios
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BartzFebruary 22, 2015
    The dream of actually being in Italy.
  • Leslie C.
    Leslie CaseFebruary 25, 2010
    Had a panini at Sal's Market deli- good. All staff are very friendly.
  • Rafael I.
    Rafael IvarsJanuary 3, 2015
    Amazing place
  • Matthew L.
    Matthew LigottiJune 10, 2011
    They dropped our room and forced us into a smaller room without a reason.
  • Kellie L.
    Kellie LMarch 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Be wary! They have a 100 dollar spending limit for charge cards, totally ridiculous considering the prices around here! It's a joke throughout universal. This isn't a super 8 motel!
  • Kimby J.
    Kimby JagnandanMarch 10, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The level of VIP services here is outstanding!!!!
  • Kristen W.
    Kristen WhitakerDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come and visit me working in the Portofino Club :)
    2012 Father of the Year - Orlando, Thursday, June 14, 2012, 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Sheldon P.
    Sheldon PackerAugust 9, 2013
    Mama was it was the best
  • Mike F.
    Mike FMay 19, 2011
    Turkey Club from room service is awesome!
  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
    Beat the summer heat at one of our three (3) pools!
  • becca g.
    becca goldJuly 28, 2011
    best room in the worldddd!
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HendersonNovember 10, 2012
    Beware! The bedtime tunes on the alarm clock will make you sleep like a baby.
  • Lindsey C.
    Lindsey CruzDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This hotel is amazing. So fancy!
  • Josh F.
    Josh FineNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a honeymoon
  • Eric D.
    Eric DavisAugust 30, 2010
    An amzing place to stroll in orlando.
  • Kelly
    KellyFebruary 21, 2011
    best chocolate chip cookies ever
  • Donna P.
    Donna PreziottiNovember 29, 2012
    Awesome hotel!
  • Kristina K.
    Kristina KJune 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I saw a celebrity here :)
  • BretD
    BretDApril 23, 2010
    The villas at this hotel are the best option.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AlonsoOctober 8, 2010
    try the tiramisu @ sal's deli
  • fatcatmomma f.
    fatcatmomma flendersonDecember 12, 2010
    Fancy and fun.
  • Marc G.
    Marc GalindoJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to pester the front desk about your newspaper or you will never get it.
  • Myles O.
    Myles O'ConnellJanuary 17, 2010
    Don't get the coffee at the cafe near the ice cream shop... $3.45 for a small..built for dumb
  • Chris D.
    Chris D'AlessandroApril 4, 2013
    Extremely expensive, not worth the money. $8 beer ?
  • Jeff O.
    Jeff OlsonMay 17, 2010
    Best hotel ever!!!
  • Minguz
    MinguzOctober 1, 2015
    Hotel suggestivo che ricrea gli ambienti della città di Portofino in Italia. Camere comode e pulite. Taxi acquatico gratuito per raggiungere gli Universal Studios
  • Mara
    MaraSeptember 2, 2014
    Um dos melhores hotéis para se hospedar! Comemorações especiais excelentes in room!
  • Carlos C.
    Buen hotel, muy bien ubicado
  • Candido M.
    Candido MejiaApril 12, 2014
    Excelente Hotel muy fino !!
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