Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel - Review

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Studios Resort

★ 5/5 Top Notch

My personal new favourite vacation spot in the Orlando area, relax when you want to relax, party when you want to party. This is the hotel to experience Universal Studios Resort in.

Somewhere you can park the whole time during a vacation is what truly feels like a vacation to me. Never get in the car again when staying at Portofino Bay.

Portofino Outside the Hotel
Where you catch the boat for Universal City Walk + Theme Parks.

I'm unsure where to start with this great hotel. You can spend a whole day here relaxing, and if you wish to experience City Walk, it is a short boat ride or walk away. This is where to vacation! Plenty of restaurants to choose from, 3 pools, each more private and secluded than the last. (Usually, 2 pools are open unless you're visiting during a busy season).

Atmosphere: ★ 5/5
The class run through this hotel everywhere, but being at a theme park resort, you can relax in your swim shorts and sandals as you experience the place.
Relaxed and quiet throughout, with one pool area full of energy and kids. If you're looking for another pool area, Universal also allows pool hopping, so if you want a louder pool area with more action, head over to Royal Pacific or Hard Rock Hotel for the day instead! You'll experience different food and events at all the hotels. 

Universal Orlando Resort, Portofino bay.
Harbour Nights at Portofino add some live shows on certain dates with a striking setting.

Pool/Recreation Areas: ☆ 4/5
Great blend of Private Pools with Party Pools. The third pool is unthemed and usually closed, but it is not needed. There is a couple hot tubs and also a waterslide! What more could you need? Bocce ball courts are available and there are activities for kids scheduled throughout the day. 

the Villa Pool at Universal Studios
The Villa Pool, deeper pool, and more secluded. Pool service available, but you may have to get up to go get someone.
Service: ★ 5/5
Universal-service. While I was there they were able to make another room key for a guest that was coming for one day but not staying over, how great! Pool side service can be slow, but is quick once they know you want some food.

Rooms:  3/5
Rooms, who cares about rooms, you'll rarely ever be in it, because the hotel has so much space to offer and different areas that you can relax elsewhere. You are at Universal Studios... 
Overall, they are your general hotel rooms unless you fork over another 100+ dollars a night. Nothing more to say, it's a hotel, they are not all suites.

A deluxe queen room.

Cleanliness:  4/5
Some beach chairs and tables might be dirty from a previous guest, and they could be quicker on that front, but overall this place is very clean unless they get too busy. Rooms are great and common areas are too.

Overall: ★ 5/5
Quite possibly the best theme park hotel in the USA. Its small downfalls are heavily outweighed by everything else.