Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

The hotel

Enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for family-sized fun and affordability. Relax and play, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s. Two towers offer the best views of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. You’ll enjoy endless family fun with two massive pools including a water slide and a lazy river, 10-lane bowling alley*, and Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the theme parks open (select attractions, valid theme park admission required). The whole family can stay comfortably in family suites that sleep up to six, complete with a kitchenette, or relax in one of the hotel’s standard rooms that sleep up to four. You're just a short walk to Universal's Volcano Bay and a quick, free shuttle ride to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, as well as Universal CityWalk entertainment complex.

Amenities

  • Wheelchair access
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Close to Universal Orlando Resort

Where is it

Just a short walk to Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park, and a quick shuttle ride to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

2,200 total rooms. All with air-conditioning, HDTV, mini-fridge, hairdryer, coffee machine, safe and iron and board. Standard Rooms are 300 sq ft and have views of the courtyard and pool, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Volcano Bay View Standard Rooms have amazing views of Universal's Volcano Bay, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Poolside Standard Rooms have views of the courtyard and pool, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Family Suite - Exterior Entry are 430 sq ft and have a living area separated by sliding partition, a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and sink, outdoor access with your own exterior entry, and 2 queen-size beds plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

Family Suite - Interior Entry are as above, but with access from the interior hallway only.

Poolside Family Suite - Exterior Entry are 430 sq ft and have an exterior entrance, pool views, living area separated by sliding partition, a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and sink, and 2 queen-size beds plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 2 adults and 4 children.

Poolside Family Suite - Interior Entry are as above, but with an interior entrance only.

Volcano Bay View 2-Bedroom Suites are 772 sq ft and have amazing views of Universal's Volcano Bay, living area separated by sliding partition, a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and sink, 2 bedrooms; one with 1 queen-size bed and one with 2 double beds, plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 8 adults or 2 adults and 6 children.

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Complimentary self-parking for all Virgin Holidays' customers, saving $18 per day
  • Guaranteed late check-out available exclusively until 1.00pm
  • Float Away with two complimentary inflatable rubber rings per room, for use on the lazy river
  • Complimentary welcome drink (for guests aged 21 or older. Valid photo ID may be requested). Guests under 21 years will receive a non-alcoholic drink voucher
  • The above offers are available for stays completed until 31 Dec '22.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Fantastic family hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

Family Suites available offering additional space for larger families

Complimentary transportation by shuttle buses or you can walk along guided paths to all 3 theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

Food Court with 4 unique food stations including Grab ‘n Go items. Galaxy Bowl Restaurant (casual table service in an old-school bowling alley). 2 pool bars^. Lobby Lounge. Starbucks®. Limited pizza delivery*.

2 swimming pools. The Cabana Pool features a fun, interactive water play area for the kids. Lazy river. Cabanas* and waterslide. 10-lane bowling alley*. Complimentary fitness centre. Game room*. Poolside games and activities.

Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key. Complimentary merchandise delivery to your hotel from shops across Universal. Complimentary CityWalk club access‡ to select venues. Universal Studios Store. Universal Vacation Planning Centre. Complimentary WiFi. Wake-up calls from one of your favourite Universal Orlando characters. Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal's Volcano Bay (select attractions, ticket required).

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

2 nights at all times.

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Disclaimer: In connection with your purchase of Universal Orlando products and your visit to Universal Orlando, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal CityWalk, and the Universal Orlando Resort hotels, please be advised that you must follow Universal Orlando’s policies, CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials. Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and Universal Orlando cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. By visiting Universal Orlando, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance. When you enter Universal Orlando, you understand that you are subject to the Universal Orlando terms of service (including arbitration, class action waiver, assumption of risk, and infectious disease release of liability) located at https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/terms-of-service/reopening-safety-info

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HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s20)

Special assistance

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: One person must be 21 years or over in the room to check in.

^ Must be 21+ with a valid photo ID to consume alcoholic beverages.

‡Valid for registered hotel guests for the length of stay. Not valid for separately ticketed concerts and special events. Some venues require ages 21 or older and a cover charge for admission. Valid Photo ID required. Does not include admission to Universal Cinemark and Hollywood Drive-in Golf™. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.

†Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regularly scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando and at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

©2020 Starbucks Coffee Company. All rights reserved. Cabana Bay Beach Resort TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture II. All rights reserved.  Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2020 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Better than expected! 10/10

Nov 28, 2021 JennDrenn

Our most recent stay at the Cabana Bay Beach resort exceeded our expectations! We traveled with a total of 9 guests to Universal for Thanksgiving. We loved the super-easy shuttle back and forth to the parks (Cabana Bay was always the first stop to drop off), the amenities that the resort offered, and the way the staff immediately accommodated us… Read more
Our most recent stay at the Cabana Bay Beach resort exceeded our expectations! We traveled with a total of 9 guests to Universal for Thanksgiving. We loved the super-easy shuttle back and forth to the parks (Cabana Bay was always the first stop to drop off), the amenities that the resort offered, and the way the staff immediately accommodated us with adjoining family suite rooms. We have stayed in a regular queen size room previously, and also a family suite that was indoor access in the main building. We had to switch to different rooms at those times due to noise and a strong smell of marijuana in the room. I was leery about trying the outdoor access suite this time but was pleasantly surprised. We found it to be safe and quiet. I was also nervous due to previous reviews I had read about the cleanliness of the housekeeping not being up to par. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. Even with the “light cleanings” in place of full cleaning service, we were never without clean towels and they emptied our garbage and tidied the room daily. The housekeeping staff and front desk were never more than a text away and they were very attentive to our needs. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. We will absolutely be back for another visit! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Always a pleasure staying here!

Nov 28, 2021 998sdi

We usually spend our first night in Orlando at Cabana Bay, then switch over to one of the premier hotels to get express passes. This last time, November 18 - 21 2021, we went to Universal for the Orlando Informer Meetup, so we did not go to the parks during the day. Instead, for the first time, we were able to use the pool and eatery there for a… Read more
We usually spend our first night in Orlando at Cabana Bay, then switch over to one of the premier hotels to get express passes. This last time, November 18 - 21 2021, we went to Universal for the Orlando Informer Meetup, so we did not go to the parks during the day. Instead, for the first time, we were able to use the pool and eatery there for a few days in a row. Being diabetic, I have to watch what I eat and their cafeteria gave me enough choices to eat healthy, while the rest of the family enjoyed their food. Read less
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Nov 28, 2021 CathyJ1744 San Antonio, Texas

We truly enjoyed our stay at Cabana Bay. Ease of access to the parks is phenomenal and where our room was (tower 7), the entrance to the water park was mere steps away. Loved the pools at the hotel and food was great.
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Nov 27, 2021 debig20212021 Thorntown, Indiana

I was very surprised that we did not have a microwave in our room. There was one to use in the food court but it was a 7 minute walk back to the room to have cold food. When I asked about no microwave I was told “you booked a standard room” I never stayed any places that did not offer a microwave in the room. I had no clue that a standard room… Read more
I was very surprised that we did not have a microwave in our room. There was one to use in the food court but it was a 7 minute walk back to the room to have cold food. When I asked about no microwave I was told “you booked a standard room” I never stayed any places that did not offer a microwave in the room. I had no clue that a standard room means no microwave. They could at least put one on every floor by the ice machine so you didn’t have to walk to the food court. The pool and lazy river was great, the kids did not want to get out. Read less
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Nov 27, 2021 chrystalhammond

We enjoyed our stay at Cabana Bay Resort. Very convenient to Universal, with clean and quick shuttles to CityWalk. Staff was friendly and helpful. Our family enjoyed the food options, the pools, and all the amenities. Most of our days were spent at the parks, and I wish I had planned more time to spend at the hotel.