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

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

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 '20.

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.

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.

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 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, the Blue Man Group show or 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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Mar 23, 2020 N4430WIstephenm

First off and of huge importance to me-I was able to sleep! I can never sleep in hotels due to the temperature or the loud AC unit. At Cabana Bay I was able to sleep comfortably through the night. In addition to this highlight, there were several others. The food was very good. Better than expected for a food court and we had several meals there.… Read more
First off and of huge importance to me-I was able to sleep! I can never sleep in hotels due to the temperature or the loud AC unit. At Cabana Bay I was able to sleep comfortably through the night. In addition to this highlight, there were several others. The food was very good. Better than expected for a food court and we had several meals there. The game room was cool and the prizes my son won were much better than the usual from a game room and he still uses them 2 weeks later. Next, I need to call out the staff. They made everything too easy! Even a request I had where I needed to get something to a co-worker who lives in the area, the front desk facilitated the entire exchange so I could spend the day at the park. Also super accommodating in exchanging a tube that I got that was too big and they even give you brand new deflated tubes for your flight home. Finally, the free WiFi was able to support the Amazon Fire Stick I brought without issue, a huge plus when traveling with a child. Everything at Cabana Bay was excellent and is now our hotel of choice in Orlando. Read less
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Mar 23, 2020 mekopp Middletown, Delaware

I enjoyed a 3 night stay here in February. I stayed in one of the family suites. The room was a decent size and the beds were comfy. My room was close to the parking lot, the pool, the lobby, and the walking path to Islands of Adventure. The room set up was good with a separate bathroom and shower and a sink separating the two. The sitting… Read more
I enjoyed a 3 night stay here in February. I stayed in one of the family suites. The room was a decent size and the beds were comfy. My room was close to the parking lot, the pool, the lobby, and the walking path to Islands of Adventure. The room set up was good with a separate bathroom and shower and a sink separating the two. The sitting room was nice. I do wish they had the choice of a regular coffee pot, but the single serving coffee they did have was of good quality. The proximity to Volcano Bay was great. The bus transportation was seamless. Thanks for a great stay. Read less
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Mar 20, 2020 honestskipper St. John's, Canada

Overall great stay. 50s themed. Pool area great for all, lazy river not huge but a great addition to any resort. Kids loved splash pad and artificial turf area for playing games. Outdoor movies was also hit with kids. Location really combines for universal parks and city walk. Free bus shuttles every 5min until 2am. Also free ferry service located… Read more
Overall great stay. 50s themed. Pool area great for all, lazy river not huge but a great addition to any resort. Kids loved splash pad and artificial turf area for playing games. Outdoor movies was also hit with kids. Location really combines for universal parks and city walk. Free bus shuttles every 5min until 2am. Also free ferry service located at hotel next door (approx 5min walk). Rooms are overall pretty nice, some minor issues with attention to detail, paint chips, dirt on bathroom wall, and brown rust like colour at bottom of bathroom door. Would have been nice to have a door to close sink area off from sleeping area. Family suite is decent size with living room area separated with sliding door to sleeping area. 2 tv included in suite. Also has small kitchenette with fridge sink and microwave. Diner has a ton of options for cafeteria style service with large dining room to eat. Prices are mid range. Starbucks just off lobby is convenient but the pricing seems to be marked up from sb outside hotel. Any kjnd if drink with alcohol your looking at around 13usd. A double turns into 26usd. Steep. But overall this is a great hotel with convenience. Read less
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Mar 19, 2020 kiwiyankee New York City, New York

On the positive side we had a great view of the volcano water park. I liked the fun overall 50s theming of the hotel. And the few staff we interacted with were all nice. But the room itself was very average for the price we paid. And service was barebones to non-existent. Apart from check-in we barely interacted with any hotel staff. Our room… Read more
On the positive side we had a great view of the volcano water park. I liked the fun overall 50s theming of the hotel. And the few staff we interacted with were all nice. But the room itself was very average for the price we paid. And service was barebones to non-existent. Apart from check-in we barely interacted with any hotel staff. Our room was never cleaned (we stayed two nights). The two ‘queen’ beds are not actually queen sized, they are smaller, so my husband and I, who share a queen bed at home, had to sleep in separate beds. I noticed a few other reviewers had the same issue. I would rather pay more to stay at a full service hotel, or pay less and stay at a regular non-universal hotel. It was too cold to use the regular pool or lazy river during our visit and the hot tub was overcrowded. Maybe if it was warmer weather and we could have utilized the pool complex more it would have felt like better value. Read less
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Mar 16, 2020 sabs2518 Dublin, Ireland

I love this resort. We arrived on the Saturday after thanksgiving at 11.00am and were given our room straight away. As we had previously stayed here we had requested a specific location and this was no problem. We were close to the lobby and the pool it was fantastic. The hotel is big and airy and has a lot of natural light. The rooms are… Read more
I love this resort. We arrived on the Saturday after thanksgiving at 11.00am and were given our room straight away. As we had previously stayed here we had requested a specific location and this was no problem. We were close to the lobby and the pool it was fantastic. The hotel is big and airy and has a lot of natural light. The rooms are comfortable and big, we’ve stayed in both the family suites and the standard rooms and have found both to be perfectly suitable for our needs. The lazy river is great and I do prefer the pool in cabana bay over heading to volcano bay but if you are interested in it there is an easy walk to the entrance of volcano bay. The food court is fine nothing fancy but definitely meets your needs. The staff has always been friendly in every capacity of the hotel. It’s overall been a great experience every time we’ve stayed here. Read less