Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

The hotel

Experience la dolce vita — the sweet life — at Loews Portofino Bay at Universal Orlando, and prepare to be transported to the charming, picturesque Italian seaside and cobblestoned streets. Sit and enjoy the views over the glistening harbour waters while sipping on a coffee. Taste traditional Italian food in one of the many restaurants. And when the sun’s shining, jump into one of the pools to cool off. The parks are only a water taxi or shuttle bus away, and you’ll benefit from amazing extras like early park admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay, and skip-the-regular-line ride access** (select attractions, valid theme park admission required).

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Families
  • Kids Club
  • Children's Pool
  • Close to Universal Orlando Resort
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Wheelchair access

Where is it

Within easy walking distance of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure plus Universal CityWalk and a quick shuttle bus ride to Universal's Volcano Bay. A water taxi or shuttle bus is also available to reach all 3 parks and Universal CityWalk. Transfer time from Orlando International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

750 rooms. All with air-conditioning, 42" flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, coffee maker, safe, iron and board, bathrobes, and hairdryer. Nightly turn-down service on-request. Garden View Rooms are 450 sq ft and have views of the lawns and gardens, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Bay View Rooms are 450 sq ft and overlook the piazza and scenic harbour, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Deluxe Rooms are 490 sq ft and have views of the villa pool or the beach pool, with a larger living space and 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Club Rooms are 490 sq ft and include exclusive club benefits (listed below), with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Despicable Me Kids Suites are large family suites, featuring two bedrooms and a separate kids room with a small table and chair set, wardrobe and TV. With 1 king-size bed in the master bedroom, and twin beds or bunk beds in the second bedroom, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. (Please note: the children's bedroom only opens into the adult's bedroom).

Club Level Rooms include access to the Portofino Club Lounge, offering the following benefits:

  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Evening beer and wine
  • Personal concierge service
  • Complimentary coffee, tea and soft drinks throughout the day
  • Evening hors d'oeuvres 
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Complimentary admission to the fitness centre

Please note: the Club Lounge is open daily 7:00am - 10:00pm.

Please note: all rooms can have an additional rollaway bed, sleeping a 3rd child. Rollaway beds are at an additional cost, payable locally. 

  • Booking bonus: Early park admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, and select attractions at Volcano Bay water park, one hour before the theme parks open (select attractions, valid theme park admission required). 

Complimentary water taxis or shuttle buses to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay and CityWalk™. Self-parking $28, , valet parking $37, both plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

Bice Ristorante (Italian cuisine, open for dinner). Mama Della's Ristorante (Italian food, open for dinner). Trattoria del Porto (Italian with a modern twist, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner). Sal's Market Deli (pizza, sandwiches and deli items, open for lunch and dinner). Splendido Bar and Grill^ (poolside dining). Gelateria (breakfast items, ice cream and milkshakes). Starbucks®. Bar American (lobby lounge). The Thirsty Fish (with evening entertainment on select nights). 24-hour room service*.

'Musica della Notte' (Music of the Night), an evening musical celebration at the Harbour Piazza.

Beach pool with water-slide, a sandy beach, adjacent children's pool, poolside games, 2 hot tubs and private cabanas*. Villa pool with private cabanas*. Hillside pool (quiet pool). Kids' camp* (reservations required), Mandara Spa®*. Fitness centre with hot tub, sauna and steam rooms*. Games room*.

Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card. Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to your hotel. Wake-up call from one of your favourite Universal Orlando characters*. Gift and retail shops. Concierge. Complimentary WiFi. Complimentary CityWalk Club access‡ to select venues. Universal Vacation Planning Centre.

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. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

2 nights at all times.

 

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)

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: one person must be 21 years or over in each room to check-in

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

**Requires theme park admission. Valid only at participating rides and attractions in Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Excludes separately ticketed events. Park-to-Park admission required to board the Hogwarts™ Express. Benefit valid only for guests of Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.  

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

‡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.

Portofino Bay Hotel TM & © 2020 UCF Hotel Venture. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2020 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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Apr 14, 2021 Safari526414

Definitely not what a five star hotel should look like. Paid $800 for club level and it was worth about $8.00. Loews seems to like blaming Covid for their cutting back on cleaning your room and on staff. The lifeguards at the pool are unacceptably rude to kids and their parents. Hot tubs are not allowed during Covid, either. Why??? No rhyme or… Read more
Definitely not what a five star hotel should look like. Paid $800 for club level and it was worth about $8.00. Loews seems to like blaming Covid for their cutting back on cleaning your room and on staff. The lifeguards at the pool are unacceptably rude to kids and their parents. Hot tubs are not allowed during Covid, either. Why??? No rhyme or reason to anything. Just excuses to scrimp and make more money. Not the value I expected for the almost $6,000 bill. The parks are overcrowded and their staff are complete jerks about Covid implementation. Not a happy experience. Stay home if you’re freaked out over Covid, people. Employees and patrons, alike. I hear Disney isn’t so bad, but I doubt we’ll be back anytime soon. Read less
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Apr 13, 2021 Robert A Augusta, Georgia

We took everyone (11) to Universal for the grandkids spring break and stayed at the Portofino. It’s a very nice hotel, proving nice guest rooms and a long list of amenities. The room was well equipped and maintained. The boat to City Walk was well run and timely. The pool was great as were two restaurants. All workers were very attentive and… Read more
We took everyone (11) to Universal for the grandkids spring break and stayed at the Portofino. It’s a very nice hotel, proving nice guest rooms and a long list of amenities. The room was well equipped and maintained. The boat to City Walk was well run and timely. The pool was great as were two restaurants. All workers were very attentive and helpful. Read less
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Apr 11, 2021 Rachel_marie_81

ALL of the staff was kind, the hotel was clean, the food was great. We took a family vacation with an 11 month old and 17 year old. No problems and a seamless stay from beginning to end. They are top notch and I highly recommend.
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Apr 11, 2021 caben900

Great hotel and close to parks. Great atmosphere! Beautiful setting. Can also see fireworks at night. Great walk to the parks as well as the boat. Will definately go back! Next time I will get the club level so we can eat anytime.
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Apr 11, 2021 925Mayo Miami, Florida

This Hotel was one of the best in Universal property but I have to say some of the employees that have been hired are not like the staff prior to Covid . I know its hard to come and start a new but the experience should always be the same .. this is a top dollar hotel.. I was treated better At Disneys Pop century and its a value resort..I hope… Read more
This Hotel was one of the best in Universal property but I have to say some of the employees that have been hired are not like the staff prior to Covid . I know its hard to come and start a new but the experience should always be the same .. this is a top dollar hotel.. I was treated better At Disneys Pop century and its a value resort..I hope this hotel gets its luster back soon Read less