Best Universal Orlando Hotels
These hotels cater to Universal parkgoers by offering perks like free transportation and early park entry.
By Ramsey Qubein
Disney World often gets all the attention, but if your amusement park of choice in Orlando is Universal Studios, you might be wondering where to stay when you visit. Simply put, what is the best hotel at Universal Orlando?
Whether you want to stay near Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal's Volcano Bay or the CityWalk entertainment and dining complex, we have suggestions that will put you close to the action, making them the best hotels at Universal Orlando.
This rundown will bring you to some great options for your next trip, no matter what your budget or preferred amenities may be. Here are our picks for the best hotels for Universal in Orlando.
Benefits of Universal Orlando hotels
Why is it a good idea to look for the best hotels near Universal Studios Orlando? Certainly there’s a lot of lodging to choose from in the area. The answer is the best hotels at Universal Orlando offer a variety of perks that are only available to its guests, such as:
Ease of access. By staying close to Universal, you don’t lose time in transit — and the commute can even be fun. Many hotels offer complimentary water taxis to access the various parks, while others provide shuttle buses. And if you want to walk, paved paths are also available from many of the hotels on this list.
Early park entry. Another major benefit is that Universal hotel guests get early park admission, meaning they can enter before other ticket holders. Typically you’ll get a 30- to 60-minute head start before the park officially opens for the day. Note that the parks you receive early access to will vary based on where you stay.
Exclusive passes. If you book a Premier category hotel, you also get a complimentary Universal Express Unlimited pass. These are available with a qualifying reservation at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort properties and allow you to skip the line altogether.
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