Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

5601 Universal Blvd. | Orlando, FL 32819-7880  [SEE MAP]Orlando, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Guests love property's proximity to Universal Orlando Resort theme parks
Prior visitors lamented high fees attached to hotel's rooms and on-site parking

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort enthralls its visitors. Its Mediterranean-inspired setting is a treat for the eyes, but the most compelling reason guests rave about this Loews branch is its high-end amenities. Examples of perks travelers love include the full-service Mandara Spa and the elegant atmosphere found in Mama Della's Ristorante (just one of this Loews hotel's four restaurants). The guest rooms also earn high praise for their style and creature comforts, such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and Keurig coffee makers. On the other hand, the ritzy features come with a price tag that guests say can take a toll on your pocketbook. Plus, there are extra fees for valet and self-parking. (However, you can earn perks by becoming a member of the Loews YouFirst rewards program.) As its full name suggests, the Loews Portofino Bay sits on the grounds of Universal Orlando Resort, giving you easy access to the Universal theme parks, like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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Location
Orlando, FL
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Resort, 750 rooms
Primary View
River
Style
Traditional
Best For
Business travelers, Families, Couples, Groups

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  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating
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Critic Reviews

Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

AAA

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Built to scale after the small town on the Italian Riviera, this property includes a miniature bay, gardens, piazzas and multiple pools. The guest rooms and bathrooms feature an upscale design with custom furnishings and modern amenities of today.

AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2019

Fodor's

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The charm and romance of Portofino, Italy – destination of Europe's rich and famous – are conjured up at this lovely luxury resort, where part of the fun is exploring the waterfront 'village' from end to end and not knowing what you'll find around a corner or down some steps. The illusion is maintained by the details: cobblestone streets, variegated row houses lining the boat-dotted 'bay,' and inviting archways that lead to narrow, shop-lined alleyways, stairways, and piazzas, but made slightly surreal by the sounds of screams from Universal roller-coaster riders.

Fodor's Choice

Travel + Leisure

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A re-creation of the exclusive Italian fishing village, right down to the jut of its ferry dock and the rusty hue of the buildings, Portofino Bay has some of Orlando's largest rooms (at least 450 square feet apiece), with terrifically soft beds. The 750 rooms, decorated in a combination of Italian-villa and southern-plantation style, have curvaceous, carved- and inlaid-wood headboards and armoires, and elegant fabrics.

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Modeled after the real Portofino Bay on the Italian Riviera, this 750-room Loews hotel has nightly singers in the piazza, great Italian restaurants, and a waterslide that resembles a Roman aqueduct. It's the most expensive of Universal's four resorts, but that's because of its bigger, more beautiful rooms, gorgeous spa, and three pools, including two quieter ones for couples.

Other Awards

  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2018
  • Frommer's Very Highly Recommended

Guest Reviews

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 5780 have reviewed the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 5780 reviews 4.5 (based on 5780 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest Rooms

As with the rest of the property, accommodations at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort aim to transport guests to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, with teal and cream hues making up most of the decor. All rooms boast high-tech amenities, such as Keurig coffee makers, iPod docking stations and flat-screen HD TVs. For travelers with kids, the resort offers "Despicable Me"-inspired suites with Minion accent walls and window treatments.
  • Showers and tubs may be combined or separate, depending on the chosen room type
  • Some upgraded suites have balconies

Standard room size450 square feet

  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Location & Parking

The Loews Portofino Bay is located by Universal Orlando Resort, which can be reached via the resort's free water taxi service. Travelers also have access to complimentary shuttle transfers to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica. At Universal CityWalk, located about a mile away, guests will find a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and entertainment venues. Several boutiques and eateries are also situated within walking distance of the property.
  • Free shuttle service to select golf courses
  • Orlando International Airport sits 16 miles southeast
  • 24-hour valet parking ($29)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($22)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Dining

The Loews Portofino Bay offers four restaurants, three of which serve various Italian dishes. Bice Ristorante offers dinner in a fine dining environment, while Mama Della's Ristorante and Trattoria del Porto are more casual. Trattoria del Porto also features a children's play area and hosts character dinners on Friday evenings. The hotel's fourth eatery, Splendido Bar & Grill, dishes up casual American fare poolside.
  • On-site Starbucks and gelato shop
  • Resort has a market with grab-and-go pizzas and deli sandwiches
  • Room service available 24 hours a day

Number of restaurants4

Cuisine TypesItalian, American

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Pool

Pool

The Loews Portofino Bay has three main pool areas, each with a unique atmosphere. The Beach Pool features a sand beach and waterslide, as well as a kids pool and two hot tubs. The Villa Pool offers higher-quality lounge chairs and cabanas, and the adults-only Hillside Pool aims to provide a more tranquil atmosphere for those looking to relax by the water.
  • Private cabana rentals
  • Poolside activities like dive-in film screenings and pingpong tournaments hosted select nights each week
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo
  • Pool bar
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas

Spa

Spa

The Loews Portofino Bay is home to Mandara Spa, a full-service spa featuring Balinese-inspired treatments. Mandara Spa is generously sized, with 16 treatment rooms in which to enjoy a variety of facials, massages and body treatments. A salon is also located on-site. Guests desiring an outdoor spa experience can request to receive a massage in a poolside cabana.
  • Spa open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; salon open every day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Kids and teens spa treatments
  • All spa treatments incur a 20 percent service charge

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Kids

The Loews Portofino Bay's close proximity to theme parks attract many families with children. In fact, all guests staying at the hotel receive free Universal Express Unlimited ride access at Universal Orlando Resort's theme parks. At the property, kids younger than 10 are greeted with a welcome amenity at check-in, and guests can take advantage of the hotel's "Kids Closet," which offers a variety of toys, books and supplies for kids of all ages. When parents need to get away, kids can go to the Resort Kids' Camp, which hosts supervised activities daily for children ages 4 to 14.
  • Babysitting services can be arranged through concierge
  • Loaner board games in library
  • Poolside film screenings occasionally hosted on-site
  • "Despicable Me"-inspired accommodations
  • Kids club ($15 per hour)
  • Cribs
  • High chairs

Fitness

Fitness

The Loews Portofino Bay features an on-site fitness center with 30 cardiovascular and weight-training machines, in addition to a free weight and stretching area. The fitness center is free to access and is open every day from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Fitness center located within resort's spa
  • Jogging and walking paths
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats

Business

Business

The Loews Portofino Bay's three ballrooms can be used to host large business gatherings or divided to accommodate smaller events and breakout sessions. Several outdoor event spaces are also available, and group spa discounts provide an opportunity for event attendees to be pampered during their stay. A business center with copy machines and printers is available as well.
  • Audiovisual equipment through on-site provider
  • Custom reservation websites for business functions hosted at the resort

Number of meeting rooms16

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Pets

Pets

Guests staying at the Loews Portofino Bay are welcome to bring up to two pets during their stay. Pet owners will be expected to show proof of current vaccinations, and a cleaning fee of $50 per night (with a maximum charge of $150 per stay) will apply. Pets receive a variety of amenities, including a pet room service menu, toys and pet beds.
  • Weight limit of 75 pounds applies
  • Pet-sitting and dog walking services can be arranged through resort's concierge
  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting

Wedding

Wedding

The Italian Riviera theme found throughout the Loews Portofino Bay provides a unique backdrop for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Villa and Citrus piazzas feature picturesque spaces for outdoor ceremonies and receptions, while the three flexible ballrooms can accommodate indoor weddings with up to 1,000 people. Intimate weddings with less than 50 guests can also be hosted here.
  • Wedding planning and audiovisual services
  • Wedding day salon services available at Mandara Spa
  • Resort's wedding packages offer details like use of a changing room for the bride, three hours of reception bar services, votive candles for reception tables and custom wedding cakes

Maximum wedding guest capacity1,000

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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