Hotel Review: Cabana Bay Beach Resort At Universal Studios Orlando


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The Cabana Bay Beach Resort At Universal Studios Orlando opened in the Spring of 2014.  It was meant to attract families and be a more moderately priced hotel at the Universal Studio’s complex of hotels, restaurants/marketplaces, and theme parks. The hotel itself was huge, with 1,800 rooms but the rooms are divided in three distinct groupings: rooms clustered around the lobby area, and then rooms sectioned in multiple buildings around one of two large pools, and the lazy river. As big as it was, it never really felt overwhelming tho. There were two basic room options:

    • a 300 square-foot standard room for up to 4 guests, with prices ranging between $119 and $149 per night
    • a 432 square-foot family suite for up to 6 guests, with prices range between $174 and $209 per night. Our family suite was $179 per night, but we were able to qualify for the Florida Resident Discount, bringing the room cost down to an ultra-reasonable $109 per night.

Screen Shot 2014-11-28 at 3.38.08 PMThe lobby area was spacious, and check in was quick, as there were at least five agents working the check in.  The lobby also got you ready for theme of the property. IMG_0359

The rooms were 100 percent retro: think the Jetsons meet the Flintstones. The room was simple, but absolutely bathed in royal, orange and white, with a touch of brown to complete the vintage vibe.IMG_0345IMG_0342Our family suite had a kitchenette with a mini-refrigerator which was nice for breakfast, and snacks.IMG_0350The bathroom was nice in that it was separated into three sections: a separate toilet, a vanity area in the middle, and then a second sink with in the shower/tub combination.IMG_0341There were also two flat screen TVs – one in the living room, and one in the bedroom, and a sliding door which sectioned off the two rooms. There was free wi-fi in the room for up to 5 devices per room.

The property itself was fun, with heated pool areas, bars, a 600 seat cafeteria style dining room and even a Starbucks on the property.  There was also complimentary bus transportation to Universal Studio’s park entrance called CityWalk were there was more dining, shops, and entertainment.  It was nice to be able to park the car – self parking was $10 a night – and then not have to use the car for the three days we were there. IMG_0354IMG_0355IMG_0363IMG_0362IMG_0361Bottom Line:

The Cabana Bay Beach Resort was actually a pretty fun experience.  The fact that the pools were heated (but not “hot hot”) was a bonus, as we were able to swim at night during the 4th week in November. Although the property was gigantic, we never felt like we were too far away from the pool, or the lobby and dinging area. If you have kids, this hotel is a smash hit.  If you don’t have kids, I would strongly recommend one of the other three properties at Universal Studios Orlando – the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, the Lowes Portofino Bay Hotel or the Hard Rock Hotel.

 

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the timely review. I was looking into this property the other day because there was a AAA travel deal on this hotel + park tickets included at a pretty competitive rate. At the end, I did not book it as I could not get the dates to work for the folks that would go on this trip. I like the fact that this hotel accommodate up to 6 in suites, but given that we do want to visit disney parks (have been there before and stayed on property on the monorail) but also universal studios (the new harry potter attraction), I haven’t made up my mind nor conclude that this is the best choice for us. It was good to read another perspective on it, and I enjoyed looking at the pictures!

  2. @ BOS happyflyer – There is definitely a lot of value in the family suite, and we stayed in it as a family of four (my sister, BIL and 2 nephews) plus me and my mom so a family of six definitely maxes out the family suite, but there was enough to do on the property during the day and the evening that the suite never felt ridiculously cramped. When I was there last week, I had no idea the property was six months old, as it already seemed to have fit into its groove, so that was cool! As for Universal Studios, I feel like it’s kinda like Walt Disney World – I could take it or leave it, HOWEVER, the Harry Potter attractions were AMAZING. But in terms of roller coasters, I will be at Busch Gardens Tampa. Cheers!

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