$270 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 7, 2015 Check-out: Jan 10, 2015

Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

5 stars
5601 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
69 reviews
Perfect location!

Great location to the parks! Well worth the extra money to get in the parks early and a the express... See full review

  • High standard traveler
  • Nov 28, 2014
weekend getaway

Great experience. Club level so worth it - daily continental breakfast, mid day snack, evening... See full review

  • Susan Carr
  • Nov 17, 2014
Modern Italian feel in vibrant Orlando

Featuring stylish and contemporary accommodations housed in an Italian-themed structure, Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel makes for an ideal base for discerning travelers on an Orlando holiday. This lavish hotel is situated on Universal Boulevard in Orlando, a stone's throw to both Universal Orlando Resort and Wet 'n Wild Orlando. On site, holidaymakers can work out at the fitness center (at cost), stroll around the jogging and walking paths, take a swim in any of the three themed outdoor pools, enjoy pampering treatments at Mandara Spa, and shop at the upscale shops. Kids program are also available.

For dining options, visitors can indulge in Italian specialties at in-house Bice Ristorante, Mama Della's Ristorante and Trattoria del Porto. Patrons can also have snacks and treats at one of the seven bars and cafes on site. Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel provides more than 42,000 square feet of top-notch events facilities for corporate and banquet functions. Valet and self parking (fees apply), dry cleaning, shoe shine and babysitting services, and hotel-wide Wi-Fi access are also available.

3 Reasons To Stay

  • Near Universal Orlando Resort and Wet 'n Wild Orlando
  • Deluxe hotel with exclusive theme-park freebies
  • Pet-friendly hotel (fees apply) with spa and themed pools

Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Rooms

The 750 luxurious and elegant rooms and suites at Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel come appointed with top-notch comforts such as iPod docking station, flat-screen TV with HD channels, air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, work desk with ergonomic chair, safe deposit box, iron/iron board, and en suite bathroom. Some units have sofa bed, kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave oven, and garden or bay view.

Things To Do
  • Universal Orlando Resort (0.6 mi/1 km)
  • Wet 'n Wild Orlando (1.3 mi/2.1 km)
  • The Mall at Millenia (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Titanic The Experience (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Bill Frederick Park (2.2 mi/3.5 km)
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not! (2.4 mi/3.9 km)
  • Aquatica (4.5 mi/7.2 km)
  • SeaWorld Orlando (4.8 mi/7.7 km)
  • Magic Kingdom Park (8.5 mi/13.7 km)
Policies and Fees

  • Exclusive Theme Park Benefits include early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before theme park opens (valid at select attractions at each park), and free Universal Express Unlimited ride access (paid theme park admissions required, not valid for guests staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort). Ride access is not valid at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hogwarts Express and other select attractions.

  • Benefits are valid only for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay as indicated on the Universal Express Unlimited pass and available during normal operating hours only. Not valid for separately ticketed special events. Restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change. 

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel Rooms

Deluxe
DELUXE ROOM category- rollaway required for 5th guest (fee applies) (Kings Available)
Luxury
KIDS SUITE category - rollaway required for 5th guest (fee applies) Despicable Me Kids Suites Experience the fun starting August 1st! Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando invites you to experience the world of Despicable Me in its newly-renova
Standard
GARDEN VIEW category - rollaway required for 5th guest (fee applies)(Kings Available)

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Heated pool
General
Air conditioned
Pet friendly
Executive level
24 hour security
Activities
Heated pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Exercise gym
Jacuzzi
Sauna
Children's activities
Golf
Game room
Jogging track
Play ground
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Continental breakfast
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Coffee shop
24 hour room service
Room service
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Maid service
Laundry service
Express checkout
Childcare Service
Concierge desk
Laundry/Valet services
ATM/Cash machine
Nursery for children
Security
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Tour desk
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Car rental desk
Barber shop
Barber/Beauty shop
Porters
Video checkout
Gift shop
Copy service
Currency exchange
News stand
Audio visual equipment
Conference suite
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Indoor parking
Valet parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Accessible rooms
Accessible parking
Room
Television with cable
Radio
Safe
Phone with speaker
Telephone
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Mini bar
Free newspaper
Heated guest rooms
Hairdryer in room
Outlet adapters
Turndown service
Bathroom telephone
Cribs available
In room movies
Temperature control
Electronic door locks
Iron
Ironing board
Smoke detectors
Sprinklers in rooms
Bath tub

Nearby points of interest

  • Universal Studios Escape: 0.4 mi
  • Universal Islands of Adventure: 0.6 mi
  • Universal Studios Florida: 0.8 mi
  • Malibu Grand Prix: 0.9 mi
  • Millenia Mall Complex: 1.7 mi
  • Guinness World of Records: 2.4 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not: 2.4 mi
  • Trainland: 3.3 mi
  • Wonderworks: 3.3 mi
  • Pointe Orlando Dining, Shopping & Entertainment Complex: 3.4 mi
  • Shingle Creek Golf Club: 3.8 mi
  • Orange County Convention Center: 3.8 mi
  • Aquatica Park: 4.5 mi
  • The Florida Mall: 4.6 mi
  • Seaworld Orlando: 4.8 mi
  • Universal Studios Escape: 0.4 mi
  • Universal Islands of Adventure: 0.6 mi
  • Universal Studios Florida: 0.8 mi
  • Malibu Grand Prix: 0.9 mi
  • Millenia Mall Complex: 1.7 mi
  • Guinness World of Records: 2.4 mi
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not: 2.4 mi
  • Trainland: 3.3 mi
  • Wonderworks: 3.3 mi
  • Pointe Orlando Dining, Shopping & Entertainment Complex: 3.4 mi
  • Shingle Creek Golf Club: 3.8 mi
  • Orange County Convention Center: 3.8 mi
  • Aquatica Park: 4.5 mi
  • The Florida Mall: 4.6 mi
  • Seaworld Orlando: 4.8 mi
  • Sea World Adventure Park: 5 mi
  • Discovery Cove: 5.2 mi
  • The Florida Citrus Bowl: 5.3 mi
  • Downtown Orlando: 6.3 mi
  • Amway Arena: 6.5 mi
  • TD Waterhouse Centre: 6.5 mi
  • Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre: 6.5 mi
  • Lake Eola Swan Boat & Gondola Rentals: 6.8 mi
  • John Young Planetarium: 7.9 mi
  • Loch Haven Park: 8.2 mi
  • Orange County Historical Museum: 8.4 mi
  • Orlando Museum of Art: 8.6 mi
  • Gatorland: 9.2 mi
  • Lake Whippoorwill Speedway: 14.6 mi
  • CFE Arena: 18.2 mi
  • Bright House Networks Stadium: 18.5 mi

Dining

Trattoria Del Porto
The colorful festivals celebrated in the Italian countryside are the background for Trattoria del Porto®. Enjoy diverse regional cuisine, delicious antipasti and tempting desserts, plus a delightful breakfast buffet to start off your morning. Seating is a
Mama Della s Ristorante
At Mama Della’s Ristorante everyone is family! Mama has turned her house into a delightful restaurant, with every room a different dining area where you'll enjoy abundant portions of authentic Old World favorites from the Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regi
Bice Ristorante
Take part in an Italian tradition in fine dining, since 1926. Bice’s reputation throughout the world for exquisite food and service precedes itself. An exquisite culinary voyage right to the heart of Italy awaits you amid a decor which combines Old World
Sal s Market Deli
Sal’s Market Deli is an authentic Italian delicatessen and retail cafe overlooking the harborside piazza. Sal's offers brick oven pizzas; an assortment of imported Italian meats and cheeses; fresh fruit; antipasti; salads; and a broad assortment of biscot
Splendido Pizzeria
What would Loews Portofino Bay Hotel be without an authentic pizzeria -Located poolside, Splendido Pizzeria serves delicious pizza pies cooked in a wood burning brick oven. You can also enjoy burgers, salads, and all your favorite beverages. It’s the perf
Bar American
The epitome of elegance. At Bar American, a swank lobby lounge, you can sample a wide variety of specialty drinks from classic-style martinis and European cocktails to fine cognacs, espresso and Italy’s treasured Grappas. Enjoy exquisite caviar, smoked sa
Thirsty Fish Bar
The Thirsty Fish is a friendly Italian wine bar serving savory cicchetti - small plates of food. Its harborside location on the piazza is perfect for viewing the sunset while you sip Peroni or a glass of wine, smoke a cigar, or enjoy a cordial with family
Gelateria Cafe Espresso
There’s nothing quite like an Italian bakery featuring tempting biscotti, cool and creamy homemade gelato in a rainbow of flavors, plus specialty coffee, espresso and more. Enjoy Italy’s finest deserts at Gelateria—caffe espresso.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (69)

Ratings and reviews for Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
69 out of 69
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous 999
Business
Chapel Hill, NC
Nov 30, 2014

Stay on resort, great way to see the parks

This is your standard 4 star hotel. Great spaces, nice pools, conference space etc. the staff was OK, no one seemed particularly vested. The only time housekeeping came by at a decent hour was on the day of check out. Nonetheless things mostly went smoothly. Room was spacious, beds were really comfortable. Bathroom was huge, but fixtures were old (bathtub was not a good soaking tub). Room was in a quiet location, however we could hear the people above us and beside us, and they weren't particularly loud. Would stay again, but will try other onsite properties next time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Long walk from hotel

The rickshaw peddlers work for tips and will save lots of time if lines are long to ride the boat to the parks.

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5
5.01.0
High standard traveler
Business
Tennessee
Nov 28, 2014

Perfect location!

Great location to the parks! Well worth the extra money to get in the parks early and a the express passes! Food and pool were top notch!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Take a trip Publix and buy sandwich stuff and snacks for the park...saves a lot of money...also buy a refillable drink and popcorn tub first thing...ends up being a great deal!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Susan Carr
Business
Massachusetts
Nov 17, 2014

weekend getaway

Great experience. Club level so worth it - daily continental breakfast, mid day snack, evening wine, cheese and appetizers and dessert plus express passes to Universal. Can't be beat. Stayed at the Portofino 4 years ago and it is only better this time. Accomodating, gracious staff members. Looking forward to going back

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: In Hotel

take the club level

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Scotty Ten
Business
Denver, CO
Nov 4, 2014

Great hotel at Universal Orlando

This is a great 5-star hotel right next to Universal Orlando. The extra perks, such as a free water taxi to the park and free unlimited express passes help offset the higher price of many hotels in the area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Eat at Sal's. It is themed as an Italian street corner shop with good food (breakfast and dinner) and is probably the more reasonably priced dining at Universal.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Getaway weeknd
Business
Florida
Oct 23, 2014

Amenities are great

The hotel amenities were great. The room however was noisy, can hear water running/echo in bathroom and hallway noise.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Halloween People
Business
McHenry, IL
Oct 9, 2014

Elegant and relaxing getaway

This is a beautifully designed hotel with all the amenities and then some! Stunning rooms, beautiful and fun pools, a great selection of restaurants -we were even serenaded at our dinner at Mama's! What an amazing singer and an outstanding meal!. There is plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy yourself at this hotel. The staff is extraordinarily friendly, welcoming & helpful in every aspect. There is even a few adorable shops for that last minute item you forgot or a fabulous new outfit! Oh Yes, I picked up a great one! The water taxi service was a wonderful benefit and we easily traveled between the Universal theme parks and the hotel numerous times. We never felt the need to get in our car to drive anywhere. We have stayed at other hotels and this was without a doubt my favorite! I only wish we had stayed longer. Thank you for a wonderful time!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
KJustice
Business
Charlotte, NC
Oct 3, 2014

Nice stay

While this property is beautiful, it is expansive and our room, which was on the 4th floor in the East wing, was about as far away from the hotel's amenities as one could get. I would recommend to anyone assigned a room in the East wing to stay on either the 1st or 2nd floor if you're not near the elevators. The staff was courteous, but no more so than any other property I've stayed at. We did have one staff member that was kind enough to give us direction when he saw that we were a bit lost after check-in on the way to our room. Housekeeping was very good and serviced our room each day of our stay. Being a YouFirst member didn't seem to make up for the fact that I had only booked a garden view room; I felt invisible to the staff and while the property is beautiful, the rooms very comfortable and the location ideal, I will most likely not return because the money spent there was just not worth it for me.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
universal fun trip
Business
orlando
Sep 30, 2014

getting away

location is why you stay here, and the benefits of the fast pass. this hotel is the quietest of the 3, so it is the best one for adults.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Tony the Traveller
Business
Ocala, FL
Sep 22, 2014

Beautiful Hotel & Room

The Portofino is a beautiful resort. The room was absolutely gorgeous and the beds were fantastically comfortable. The only issue was the air conditioning did not seem to put out as much as we were hoping. Overall we would definitely stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Clabby
Business
Parkland, FL
Sep 15, 2014

Great weekend get away

This hotel is in a great location and offers a complete package. You even get fast pass for the parks as a guest. Rooms were comfortable. Only complaint was air conditioning which did not seem to work in the room. Seemed to be operated centrally no matter what temp you put it at. Overall great weekend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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