Review: Standard Rooms at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
By Dave Shute
LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is one of three deluxe hotels in the Universal Orlando resort. (The other two are the Royal Pacific, reviewed here, and the Hard Rock Hotel.)
This site’s Instructions for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter suggest that families wishing to visit Harry Potter that can afford it book a room at at one of the Universal hotels.
This is because the Universal hotels give terrific perks at Universal Orlando to hotel guests.
Most relevant to Harry Potter is that the Wizarding World opens to guests of these hotels one hour before it opens to the general public.
(If you are staying just one night, this is true both your day of check-in and your day of check-out.)
Another great perk is that Universal hotel guests can use their room key as the equivalent of a FASTPASS for many rides at any time. This does not apply to the Forbidden Journey or Ollivanders--the only perk that applies to them is the early entry.
All three hotels are nice, convenient to both parks at Universal Orlando, and expensive. Loews Portofino Bay is the most gorgeous (and expensive) of them, but its village theme will go over the head of most kids.
We had the chance to stay at Portofino Bay in early March. Our stay wasn’t long enough for a full review of the hotel and all its services, so this is really just a review of our room (though as you’ll note there’s photos of the rest of the place above).
REVIEW: STANDARD ROOMS AT LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO
The website for this hotel claims that standard rooms have 450 square feet. I got almost 10% less square feet than that…but have chosen not to contest the 450 square feet claim…
These rooms overall are spacious and well-appointed. But they have no real distinctiveness for either kids or adults, and could be anywhere, at any convention hotel.
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