$264 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 8, 2015 Check-out: Jan 11, 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)

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

4.4 / 5
5.01.0
39 out of 69
Amenities:
4.4
Room cleanliness:
4.6
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
4.5
Location:
4.9
Value:
4

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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Reviewer score

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
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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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
FrankGP
Business
Miami
Sep 1, 2014

Pricey for quality of room but overall good experience

We stayed at this hotel for Labor Day weekend 2014. The exterior of the building is very nice and closely resembles the small Italian town it was designed after. Main benefits of staying here are: 1) not having to pay for parking at park 2) getting early access to park 3) getting fast pass, which is really a must if you're going on a busy weekend, unless you plan on waiting average of 60min per ride. 4) quick ferry ride to park My only complaint and main reason for not giving it five stars was I felt that for the money we paid, the interior of the rooms should looks a little nicer or be updated. There was nothing particularly wrong, but it just appeared dated and not your typical Loews or Hilton quality. The mattress was very comfortable and the rooms were very clean.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Def must check out Emerils restaurant. It was delicious.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
AJ no FLA in SUMMER
Business
Massachusetts
Jul 31, 2014

Great Hotel & trip to Universal Studios

Really NICE hotel. COMFORTABLE and Quiet! Expensive

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

If you arrive and check in hotel later (4:00 check in) hang out at pool for a bit if check in early-you don't need to spend full price on a park pass for that day to ride- for 10.00 each person, they will let you ride from 6 pm to close(10pm) so that is usually good for about 2 rides but worth it bc lines are shorter and you save time! Also, staying in park gets you to Harry Potter (or all rides at park) one hr earlier than park opens. If you are going to see the New Harry Potter attraction-Gringots, you better be in line by 7 am or you will be waiting 3-4 hrs EASY to ride. WARNING- Three of the four days we were at the park the Gringots ride had "technical difficulties" and riding was delayed for hrs before the line actually moved. Hopefully these kinks will be worked out before you are in line!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Michelly
Business
New Jersey
Jul 17, 2014

Lovely atmosphere

The setting was quite beautiful for a theme park resort ! One would never know that universal studios was so close !!! Great shops and restaurants in the plaza , lovely to just relax and pretend we were in Portifino Italy !!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jeanine T
Business
Tewksbury
Jun 29, 2014

Wonderful Hotel

My family of three stayed comfortably at the Portifino . The staff was so nice and accommodating. We enjoyed eating at Sals and Mamas on site and the live music at the bar.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SENR
Business
Ireland
Jun 18, 2014

Great Family getaway

Great overall experience Great water taxi ride from hotel to parks

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

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Free Water taxi is every 15-20 mins to park -- it's only a 10 min walk if there's no taxi

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
9999999999
Business
Queens, New York
Mar 6, 2014

Excellent family getaway

We had a great time. The location to the Universal theme parks was fantastic and the boat service to the parks was outstanding. Our room key allowed us to get early access to the parks. In addition, the express passes we obtained at the hotel, gave us access to every attraction (except the Harry Potter castle) without having to wait on the long lines. It saved us hours of waiting. We had dinner on evening at "Mama" on the hotel grounds and loved the food. Our entire experience with the hotel and hotel staff was a "10".

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the shuttle boat.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jotemen
Business
Brazil
Dec 28, 2013

Relaxing getaway

Awesome experience and enjoyable stay. Highly recommended.

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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