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Standard Four Person Rooms at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando



By Dave Shute

(For the first page of this review of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, see this.)

PHOTO TOUR OF A STANDARD TWO-QUEEN ROOM AT UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT

Standard Rooms at Cabana Bay Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.netNine hundred of the 1800 rooms at Cabana Bay Beach Resort are standard four person two queen bed rooms.

All are found in the Americana and Continental buildings in the Lazy River Courtyard at Cabana Bay.

There’s also family suites in this courtyard, but they don’t connect to the four person rooms.

Rather, there’s independent blocks of family suites and standard rooms.

See the Continental building fire escape map below (such fancy images on this site…).

At the far right you can see larger family suites; the building curves and narrows; the center has a block of standard rooms; the building curves and widens; and at the far left you can see another block of family suites.

Continental Building Cabana Bay Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

Standard four person two queen rooms at Cabana Bay have a traditional design, looking like almost any other interior-corridor accessed two bed rooms.

You enter from an interior corridor into a hall.

Closet Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

One side has a good-sized closet with sliding doors. Here’s half of it…

Closet part 2 Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

…and the other half.

Sink  Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

The other side of the hall has a divided bath, with a sink area open to the hall. Just one sink, but a couple of narrow but long storage drawers.

Bath Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

Next to it is a toilet and tub/shower in a separate space.

Bed Side Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

Deeper in the room you’ll find two queen beds on one side.

Bedside Table Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

Between them is a bedside table with storage for all your important stuff.

Bed Side from Back Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

The beds from the back.

Bed Close Up Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.netA close up.

Americana Building Cabana Bay Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

My room was deeper than most.  It was fitted into the curve of the Americana building, marked by the dot in the bottom center above, another fancy image you’ll find on no other site :), and based on eyeballing other standard rooms, I had 4 to 5 feet more room between the far bed and the window than most rooms.

“Standard” standard rooms at Cabana Bay are twelve feet wide and have bedrooms about 16-17 feet long (my non-standard one was 21 feet), making their bedroom areas about 40-50 square feet smaller than the Disney moderates, and tight between the far bed and the window.

View Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

No spaces at Cabana Bay have balconies.  Here’s the view from one of my atypical porthole windows–“Standard” standard rooms have rectangular windows.  Pool view rooms are nicer, but more expensive.

TV Side Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

On the other side of the rooms you’ll find a table and chairs, and a dresser/TV/mini-fridge thingy with a coffeemaker.

Table Chairs Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

There is to me a bit of charm to the Cabana Bay design outside the rooms, but overall I’m not keen on the colors, textures or materials of the rooms themselves.  The table and chair in particular look cheap to me.

More Outlets Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

But at least there’s plenty of outlets–including a four spot above the table…

Outlets Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

…and another nearby, between the coffeemaker and TV.

TV Thingy Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

Not keen on the dresser colors–though they are authentic to the old 60s motel theming.

Drawers Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

The four drawers are adequate for the four people this room sleeps.

I am Here Cabana Bay Beach Resort from yourfirstvisit.net

The TV knows more about me than I wish it did.

Mini Fridge Cabana Bay Beach Resort Standard Room from yourfirstvisit.net

On the other side of the dresser thingy is a standard mini-fridge.

Compared to Disney World resorts, these rooms land between values and moderates.

  • Unlike the Disney values, they have queen beds, extra space, and a coffeemaker.
  • They are a little smaller than the Disney moderates, have just the one sink, and are missing some minor amenities common in moderates like a coat rack and a bench seat with additional storage–and none sleep five, as some Disney moderate rooms at Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans Riverside do.

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But they are a great choice for people who want to take advantage of Universal’s early access program to see Harry Potter, but don’t want to shell out for the higher prices–but also better amenities and park privileges–of the Universal deluxes!

PHOTO TOUR OF A SIX PERSON FAMILY SUITE AT UNIVERSAL’S CABANA BAY BEACH RESORT

This review continues here!!

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