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Favorite Universal Hotel

Discussion in 'Universal Orlando' started by captainkidd, Aug 30, 2017.

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What is your favorite on site Universal Hotel?

  1. Hard Rock Hotel

    2 vote(s)
    7.7%
  2. Portofino Bay

    8 vote(s)
    30.8%
  3. Royal Pacific

    8 vote(s)
    30.8%
  4. Cabana Bay

    5 vote(s)
    19.2%
  5. Sapphire Falls

    3 vote(s)
    11.5%
  1. captainkidd

    captainkidd Well-Known Member

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    Haven't seen one of these here in a while.

    My vote was for Hard Rock. In all fairness, I've only stayed at Hard Rock and Royal Pacific, but have spent time over at Portofino. I love the vibe at Royal Pacific. Very serene and relaxing. But Hard Rock takes the cake for me due to proximity, slightly larger rooms, more food choices I prefer, better pool area, and just the overall vibe of the hotel. It's elegant, but relaxing. Fun, exciting, and cool.
     
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  2. Derrit

    Derrit Well-Known Member

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    Portofino Bay is a really cozy and charming hotel, i've been staying here ever since I started going to WDW annually a few years ago.

    But i guess i'd be happy at Portofino Bay, Royal pacific, or Hard Rock. The park benefits for each are so nice. and all have boat transportation to Universal and Citywalk! :jawdrop:
     
  3. Disneyhead'71

    Disneyhead'71 Well-Known Member

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    I love Portofino Bay. It is very relaxing for a destination theme park resort. And BiCE is one of my favorite restaurants in town.
     
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  4. nerdboyrockstar

    nerdboyrockstar Well-Known Member

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    I've stayed at them all and this is an extremely difficult question. It used to be Royal Pacific, hands down, but Cabana Bay quickly became my fave. I just absolutely love the vibe and the amenities. And this was BEFORE you had views of a volcano from the pool area and a water park was walking distance.
     
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  5. TJ Vazquez

    TJ Vazquez Well-Known Member

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    For Price and Value, I voted Sapphire, but I know the other hotels are nicer and closer to the parks.
     
  6. sophie_the_pooh

    sophie_the_pooh Well-Known Member

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    Would you recommend Hard Rock or Royal Pacific for a family of 3 (me, my husband and my 6 years old son)? I'm hesitating between these 2 hotels for our August 2018 trip, currently leaning towards Royal Pacific which seems more family-oriented.
     
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  7. captainkidd

    captainkidd Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    You can't go wrong with either. I actually find Hard Rock to be better for families. The pool area is great for kids. Also has a water slide which the RP doesn't. Rooms are also about 40 square feet bigger. Emack and Bolios is great as well. I prefer RP for breakfast. It's really personal preference. Peaceful and serene or exciting and fun.
     
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  8. thomas998

    thomas998 Well-Known Member

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    Cabana Bay... not the flashiest but I'm not planning on staying in the hotel so all I need is a comfortable room and easy access to the parks.... Only complaint is after Volcano Bay opened the prices of the rooms seem to have gone up.
     
  9. ThemeParkJunkee

    ThemeParkJunkee Well-Known Member

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    I have stayed at all three of the Premier hotels but not Sapphire or Cabana. Of those three, Portofino is the only one I seem to to go back to. Royal Pacific is lovely. HRH has a great vibe but Portofino reminds me of my one and only trip to Italy.
     
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  10. Disneyhead'71

    Disneyhead'71 Well-Known Member

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    We're local APs and with the AP discount I go to Portofino at least once a year for 3 days all by myself. Get a Spa Treatment. Sit by the harbor eating a cheese board while drinking a bottle of wine ruminating over how much like Six Flags it is. Although, I have never actually tried a Six Flags Spa.
     
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    ThemeParkJunkee Well-Known Member

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    Giggling over this post. We very much enjoyed sharing a bottle of wine in the Piazza while the opera singer appeared on the balcony. So Six Flags....
     
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  12. JoeCamel

    JoeCamel Well-Known Member

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    Careful - with your tongue stuck that firmly in your cheek it may be a permanent condition
     
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  13. Corey P

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    The Six Flags Spa is great, heart shaped hot tubs, **** carpet, lots of crystals. It's great you wood love it.

    Portofino is over rated for sure. I went to the pizza place and it was just confusing. I wanted to sit outside and they didn't even put the pizza in a box and give me paper plates or anything. I later found out after complaining that they wanted me to bring out this wooden tray with plates, silverware, cloth napkins etc. The antipasto had some sort of veggies in it that I didn't even recognize.
     

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