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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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 off staying at motel 6

Oct 22, 2021 mikifiki148

The only positive of our stay was the pool. Even then I watched a lifeguard sit on her phone while we were down there. Room was full of long black hairs everywhere. We’re all blonde. Bedding smelled like feet. And we had an hour and a half delay checking in. According to the guy at the front desk “I don’t know”. No compensation for the… Read more
The only positive of our stay was the pool. Even then I watched a lifeguard sit on her phone while we were down there. Room was full of long black hairs everywhere. We’re all blonde. Bedding smelled like feet. And we had an hour and a half delay checking in. According to the guy at the front desk “I don’t know”. No compensation for the inconvenience. Food was over priced cafeteria food and being able to see temps for the fridge in the deli at 47 degrees certainly did not help the situation. Appreciate you trying but all things being equal, I’d have rather saved $500 and stayed at the motel 6 by the airport. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great for Adults and Children!

Oct 22, 2021 corinsanchez Tampa, Florida

The perks at Cabana Bay I didn’t expect. I was very impressed with everything from printing my tickets to all of the activities especially the Halloween walk through. I am so excited to go back in January to celebrate my grandsons birthday I know he will love it. A lot to do from bowling to lazy river to arcades shopping and movies by the pool!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Cabana Bay is great for any occasion

Oct 22, 2021 167dallasc

Had a great stay here with my wife while we took a break from life. The location to the parks was great. And the bus service runs almost non stop during park hours so you can take a break back in your room or in the pool anytime. Good selection of food at the cafeteria. Pretty much something for everyone. And you can have something different… Read more
Had a great stay here with my wife while we took a break from life. The location to the parks was great. And the bus service runs almost non stop during park hours so you can take a break back in your room or in the pool anytime. Good selection of food at the cafeteria. Pretty much something for everyone. And you can have something different every night at one of their 3 food stations. Having a lounge right in the lobby was great as well to just grab a drink whenever. All prices are resort prices for sure, but when your on vacation, it is what it is. Haha Lastly, having an actual Starbucks on the main floor was awesome. Just be early if you want to grab a coffee before you catch the bus. Cause everyone else has these idea. All in all, great hotel and I would definitely stay here again. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Not a good value for the money. It’s all smoke and mirrors

Oct 22, 2021 Tara D Glendale, Arizona, United States

We stayed at Cabana bay from 10/9-10/18. When we got to the room, we found a whole bunch of dead red millipedes in the carpet. The shower was spraying every way but on you and the tub drain was clogged so you basically stood in dirty water the entire time you showered. We had a family suite and the pull out bed was hard with springs poking though.… Read more
We stayed at Cabana bay from 10/9-10/18. When we got to the room, we found a whole bunch of dead red millipedes in the carpet. The shower was spraying every way but on you and the tub drain was clogged so you basically stood in dirty water the entire time you showered. We had a family suite and the pull out bed was hard with springs poking though. Additionally, no housekeeping came until a week after we arrived. My family was taking out our own trash and our bedding was only changed once. We had to ask 3x to have our room cleaned. We stayed in room 1101 and they were remodeling the rooms above us which meant every morning we were woken up at approx 6 am by the sound of hammering and power tools right above our heads. The pool with the slide was closed due to not enough guests at the resort. We stayed at this resort to have access to all amenities so hearing the pool was closed due to not enough guests was disappointing. The spa was broken and the jets did not work. The diner was ok but definitely not worth the price. We actually ended up DoorDashing our food to the resort and saved a ton of money with better quality of food. We could have went to Disney and had a much better experience. I will never stay at a universal resort again based off my experience at the cabana bay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Off season rip off

Oct 22, 2021 Kennyk1313

Well what can I say I was here in June and loved it but now as I sit here I get more irritated by the day. First off we are in the furthest room away which we wanted from June but I was not told the pool would not be opened. They only open it Friday thru Sunday that is such a let down WE PAID good money to stay here and have all the amenities and… Read more
Well what can I say I was here in June and loved it but now as I sit here I get more irritated by the day. First off we are in the furthest room away which we wanted from June but I was not told the pool would not be opened. They only open it Friday thru Sunday that is such a let down WE PAID good money to stay here and have all the amenities and we don’t. Don’t say it’s a staff shortage cause there is a ton of employees. The only pool that’s open is at the other end of the resort. Had I known this I would not have paid extra for a family suite. I know there will be nay sayers saying how I’m just complaining but when your 15ft from the pool and can’t use it it’s horrible. Try and lug 3 kids and all the pool stuff across the resort. What gets me so mad is what I paid to use it. I know this won’t change there beliefs but I hope it keeps some people away. Like I said in June it was fabulous not so much now half the place is closed till the weekends. Also they can’t say because there not packed you can’t get a room here now neither there booked so what’s there excuse. They just rake the money in here and they don’t let you use half the stuff. So mismanaged PLEASE STAY AWAY DURING OFF SEASON. As you can see the pool has a slide for the kids but it’s closed open this one close the other on Read less