Have you ever wanted to stay in a small seaside town in Italy, but don’t want the hassle of flying all the way over there? If you answered yes, the Loew’s Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando might be just what you’re looking for. Although it’s part of the Universal Studios portfolio in Orlando, it doesn’t have the feel of a theme park hotel.
From the moment you enter the lobby you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to Portofino, Italy. Inside and out, no detail was overlooked. Of the Universal affiliated hotels, Portofino Bay is the furthest from the park itself, but it’s not so far that you couldn’t walk there. In addition to the garden walkway, there are the convenient water taxis and shuttle buses.
The rooms are nicely appointed and are perfect for a romantic getaway, or…
If you’re bringing the kids along you could get them one of the Minions Suites!
If you feel like dining out without having to go to Universal CityWalk, you can choose from several excellent restaurants on property that cater to anything from noshing on a quick snack at the pool, to a grab and go hot sandwich at Sal’s Market Deli, or a high end dining experience at world renowned Bice Ristorante.
Another option while you’re there, if you like the nightlife, is Universal’s CityWalk. It’s a great place to shop the day away, soak up the sun and eat like you’re on vacation. At night a variety of bars and restaurants await those that don’t have an early bedtime. Even if you don’t crave the limelight, it’s very entertaining to see others strut their stuff on stage at the Rising Stars karaoke bar. (I’m not saying I took the stage, but I’m not saying I didn’t)
In summary, this is a hotel that has a bit of everything for everyone. I love that it’s walking distance to everything related, such as the theme park and CityWalk. Although it does have the Minions Suites, the Italian seaside theme gives it more of an adult resort feel. I stayed there for a week and I think it’s a perfect getaway for those that want to thrill seek at the theme park during the day and wind down at night with a glass of wine and relaxing stroll around a charming Italian village. I would happily stay there again.
Safe travels and have a great day! ~Phil