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Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

5 stars
5601 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
59 reviews
Universal resort

Very comfortable rooms and great location for our trip to Universal. However, a $10 charge to print... See full review

  • Jacob1234
  • Aug 22, 2014
Lovely atmosphere

The setting was quite beautiful for a theme park resort ! One would never know that universal... See full review

  • Michelly
  • Jul 17, 2014
Stay On-site at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel and Experience la dolce vita – the sweet life at this AAA Four Diamond Award winning hotel located within easy walking distance of both Universal Studios and Universals Islands of Adventure theme parks. On-site hotel guests SKIP THE REGULAR LINES in both Universal Orlando theme parks - A FREE BENEFIT WORTH UP TO 89 DOLLARS PER PERSON, PER DAY Plus enjoy EARLY PARK ADMISSION to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, one hour before the park opens. Valid theme park admission required. Restrictions Apply. Guests will also enjoy Complimentary resort-wide transportation, including water taxis connecting the hotels and theme parks, priority seating at select restaurants throughout the resort, complimentary package delivery to guest rooms and resort-wide charging privileges with your hotel room key card. Hotel rooms can accommodate up to five people per room - roll away required for the 5th person (fees apply). Pet Friendly rooms are available (fees apply).

Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Rooms

Deluxe
DELUXE ROOM category- rollaway required for 5th guest (fee applies) (Kings Available)
Luxury
KIDS SUITE category - rollaway required for 5th guest (fee applies) Despicable Me Kids Suites Experience the fun starting August 1st! Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renova
Standard
GARDEN VIEW category - rollaway required for 5th guest (fee applies)(Kings Available)

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
General
Air conditioned
Pet friendly
Executive level
24 hour security
Activities
Heated pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Exercise gym
Jacuzzi
Sauna
Children's activities
Golf
Game room
Jogging track
Play ground
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Continental breakfast
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Coffee shop
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Maid service
Laundry service
Express checkout
Childcare Service
Concierge desk
Laundry/Valet services
ATM/Cash machine
Nursery for children
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Car rental desk
Barber shop
Barber/Beauty shop
Porters
Video checkout
Gift shop
Copy service
Currency exchange
News stand
Audio visual equipment
Conference suite
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Indoor parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Accessible rooms
Accessible parking
Room
Television with cable
Radio
Safe
Phone with speaker
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Mini bar
Free newspaper
Heated guest rooms
Hairdryer in room
Outlet adapters
Turndown service
Bathroom telephone
Cribs available
In room movies
Temperature control
Electronic door locks
Iron
Ironing board
Smoke detectors
Sprinklers in rooms
Bath tub

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Hotel Map

28.4805 -81.4597
Nearby airports
Orlando Intl Airport, (MCO), 12.00, MI, W; Orlando/Sanford Airport, (SFB), 35.00, MI, NW;
Area description
Resort

Nearby points of interest

  • Universal Studios Escape: 0.4 mi
  • Universal Islands of Adventure: 0.6 mi
  • Universal Studios Florida: 0.8 mi
  • Malibu Grand Prix: 0.9 mi
  • Skyventure: 1.2 mi
  • Millenia Mall Complex: 1.7 mi
  • Guinness World of Records: 2.4 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not: 2.4 mi
  • Trainland: 3.3 mi
  • Wonderworks: 3.3 mi
  • Pointe Orlando Dining, Shopping & Entertainment Complex: 3.4 mi
  • Shingle Creek Gold Club: 3.8 mi
  • Orlando Convention Center: 3.8 mi
  • Aquatica Park: 4.5 mi
  • The Florida Mall: 4.6 mi
  • Universal Studios Escape: 0.4 mi
  • Universal Islands of Adventure: 0.6 mi
  • Universal Studios Florida: 0.8 mi
  • Malibu Grand Prix: 0.9 mi
  • Skyventure: 1.2 mi
  • Millenia Mall Complex: 1.7 mi
  • Guinness World of Records: 2.4 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not: 2.4 mi
  • Trainland: 3.3 mi
  • Wonderworks: 3.3 mi
  • Pointe Orlando Dining, Shopping & Entertainment Complex: 3.4 mi
  • Shingle Creek Gold Club: 3.8 mi
  • Orlando Convention Center: 3.8 mi
  • Aquatica Park: 4.5 mi
  • The Florida Mall: 4.6 mi
  • Seaworld Orlando: 4.8 mi
  • Sea World Adventure Park: 5 mi
  • Discovery Cove: 5.2 mi
  • The Florida Citrus Bowl: 5.3 mi
  • Downtown Orlando: 6.3 mi
  • Amway Arena: 6.5 mi
  • TD Waterhouse Centre: 6.5 mi
  • Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre: 6.5 mi
  • Lake Eola Swan Boat & Gondola Rentals: 6.8 mi
  • John Young Planetarium: 7.9 mi
  • Loch Haven Park: 8.2 mi
  • Orange County Historical Museum: 8.4 mi
  • Orlando Museum of Art: 8.6 mi
  • Gatorland: 9.2 mi
  • Lake Whippoorwill Speedway: 14.6 mi
  • CFE Arena: 18.2 mi
  • Bright House Networks Stadium: 18.5 mi

Dining

Trattoria Del Porto
The colorful festivals celebrated in the Italian countryside are the background for Trattoria del Porto®. Enjoy diverse regional cuisine, delicious antipasti and tempting desserts, plus a delightful breakfast buffet to start off your morning. Seating is a
Mama Della s Ristorante
At Mama Della’s Ristorante everyone is family! Mama has turned her house into a delightful restaurant, with every room a different dining area where you'll enjoy abundant portions of authentic Old World favorites from the Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regi
Bice Ristorante
Take part in an Italian tradition in fine dining, since 1926. Bice’s reputation throughout the world for exquisite food and service precedes itself. An exquisite culinary voyage right to the heart of Italy awaits you amid a decor which combines Old World
Sal s Market Deli
Sal’s Market Deli is an authentic Italian delicatessen and retail cafe overlooking the harborside piazza. Sal's offers brick oven pizzas; an assortment of imported Italian meats and cheeses; fresh fruit; antipasti; salads; and a broad assortment of biscot
Splendido Pizzeria
What would Loews Portofino Bay Hotel be without an authentic pizzeria -Located poolside, Splendido Pizzeria serves delicious pizza pies cooked in a wood burning brick oven. You can also enjoy burgers, salads, and all your favorite beverages. It’s the perf
Bar American
The epitome of elegance. At Bar American, a swank lobby lounge, you can sample a wide variety of specialty drinks from classic-style martinis and European cocktails to fine cognacs, espresso and Italy’s treasured Grappas. Enjoy exquisite caviar, smoked sa
Thirsty Fish Bar
The Thirsty Fish is a friendly Italian wine bar serving savory cicchetti - small plates of food. Its harborside location on the piazza is perfect for viewing the sunset while you sip Peroni or a glass of wine, smoke a cigar, or enjoy a cordial with family
Gelateria Cafe Espresso
There’s nothing quite like an Italian bakery featuring tempting biscotti, cool and creamy homemade gelato in a rainbow of flavors, plus specialty coffee, espresso and more. Enjoy Italy’s finest deserts at Gelateria—caffe espresso.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

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Guest Reviews (59)

Ratings and reviews for Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
59 out of 59
Amenities:
4.3
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.8

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jacob1234
Mason, Ohio
Aug 22, 2014

Universal resort

Very comfortable rooms and great location for our trip to Universal. However, a $10 charge to print a couple pages was a bit much.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: In Hotel

Mama Della's is fantastic. Definitely check it out.

Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
AJ no FLA in SUMMER
Massachusetts
Jul 31, 2014

Great Hotel & trip to Universal Studios

Really NICE hotel. COMFORTABLE and Quiet! Expensive

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

If you arrive and check in hotel later (4:00 check in) hang out at pool for a bit if check in early-you don't need to spend full price on a park pass for that day to ride- for 10.00 each person, they will let you ride from 6 pm to close(10pm) so that is usually good for about 2 rides but worth it bc lines are shorter and you save time! Also, staying in park gets you to Harry Potter (or all rides at park) one hr earlier than park opens. If you are going to see the New Harry Potter attraction-Gringots, you better be in line by 7 am or you will be waiting 3-4 hrs EASY to ride. WARNING- Three of the four days we were at the park the Gringots ride had "technical difficulties" and riding was delayed for hrs before the line actually moved. Hopefully these kinks will be worked out before you are in line!

Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Michelly
New Jersey
Jul 17, 2014

Lovely atmosphere

The setting was quite beautiful for a theme park resort ! One would never know that universal studios was so close !!! Great shops and restaurants in the plaza , lovely to just relax and pretend we were in Portifino Italy !!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jeanine T
Tewksbury
Jun 29, 2014

Wonderful Hotel

My family of three stayed comfortably at the Portifino . The staff was so nice and accommodating. We enjoyed eating at Sals and Mamas on site and the live music at the bar.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SENR
Ireland
Jun 18, 2014

Great Family getaway

Great overall experience Great water taxi ride from hotel to parks

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Free Water taxi is every 15-20 mins to park -- it's only a 10 min walk if there's no taxi

Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
9999999999
Queens, New York
Mar 6, 2014

Excellent family getaway

We had a great time. The location to the Universal theme parks was fantastic and the boat service to the parks was outstanding. Our room key allowed us to get early access to the parks. In addition, the express passes we obtained at the hotel, gave us access to every attraction (except the Harry Potter castle) without having to wait on the long lines. It saved us hours of waiting. We had dinner on evening at "Mama" on the hotel grounds and loved the food. Our entire experience with the hotel and hotel staff was a "10".

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the shuttle boat.

Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
4tingall
International
Jan 4, 2014

Waste of money

Room not available until 30 minutes after check in time and was not the room that was paid for. Desk staff completely indifferent and unhelpful. I considered cancelling the stay, but as the room was not available until after check in time, I would have forfeited the entire amount for the 7 day stay. Woken up at 4.30am on the first night by loud noises in the plumbing system, and suffered interrupted sleeping for another two nights before it was eventually rectified on day 4. I will not be returning and will certainly not recommend this hotel to friends and colleagues. During my extensive international travels, this has been the worst, hotel I have had the misfortune to stay in.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
1
Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jotemen
Brazil
Dec 28, 2013

Relaxing getaway

Awesome experience and enjoyable stay. Highly recommended.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Single Rider 1
Las Vegas
Dec 23, 2013

Great for Universal Parks

This was the most comfortable stay we have had in a long time. Great friendly staff that is very accommodating. Good food. Great entertainment. Awesome club level benefits. The only thing we were not told was that we could use our room key for cover charges at City Walk. We would definitely return.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Use the early admission every day. It helps with Harry Potter especially. Also, use the express pass for being a hotel guest. BIG plus!!

Review of Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Aussie Family Traveller
Sydney
Dec 12, 2013

Fantastic family getaway

My family greatly enjoyed our staying in this beautiful Hotel, spacious and luxurious room. Perfect location for relaxing after spending the day in the Universal Studios. Let's not forget, it is only a short distance to the City Walk where you can find fine dining restaurants, cinema, shops, bars and entertainments. We will have no hesitation to come back and stay in this Hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
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