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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Great time at Cabana Bay. While the standard room is on the smallish side everything else was awesome. Staff was top notch, loved the food court and pools especially the lazy river. Being right next door to Volcano Bay and being allowed to enter one hour early give us time in the park to ride almost everything with no wait times. The bus service to Universal Studios/island of Adventures was always very quick. We never waited on a bus either going or coming from the parks. This was in comparison to just coming from staying onsite at Disney where we endured Long waits for buses going and coming to their parks. I will definitely stay again and again at Cabana Bay. P. S. If you have kids, don't forget to bring a floaty for the lazy river or you can buy one at the hotel.

Everything was great. Congratulatines all the staff

Fun theme and economical way to get in early to the park or spend a day lying by the pool. The cafeteria style food options was perfect for a quick breakfast but expect to pay hotel inflated prices.

The hotel is bright and airy and made for a relaxing stay. The pools were great and volcano bay was very close by. The bus arrived about every 5 minutes to the parks. If discounted fast pass was offered i would stay here over the deluxe hotels.

Wonderful time. Hotel has everything available, no need to go out. Theme was very interesting and exciting. Already planning next years stay. Fun for all ages. Universal parks just 5 minutes away.

Very convenient to the parks (even walking). Nice pools. We had the volcano bay view which was fun.

Very convenient location if you're planning to visit Universal Studios. Basic but very nice rooms, quiet. Great discounts on Universal Studios' tickets. Very friendly stuff.

My daughter and I enjoyed the late 50's early 60's resort hotel theme. It reminded me of some of the places I stayed as a kid. It was cute that they added sand to the pool area, hence, Beach Resort even though there's no real beach for 50 miles or so. The shuttle from the hotel to City Walk was extremely convenient and ran pretty consistently. Overall, it was quite a positive experience. The issues we had were as follows: They had what appeared to be old fashioned bellman to greet you when you pulled up. Unfortunately, they didn't take our luggage and he pointed to an area full of cars and said try to park there. It was so congested with cars that we just went driving the area when we couldn't find anywhere to park. When we came back, we were fortunate to find a place near the front so we could check in. What the bellman failed to tell us was there were other areas to park, not just where he pointed. Once inside, it took about 45 minutes of being on line to check in. Once we got to the representative, he was extremely helpful and got us checked in in under 5 minutes. We still had to go find a luggage carrier to get our belongings to the room. The room was adequate, 2 queen beds, a mini fridge and excellent water pressure in the shower. We went to the pool/lazy river to unwind. It took 50 minutes to purchase a float for the lazy river. They had 1 man taking the money and blowing up the floats. This was unacceptable. They should have had more people to help out.

Great resort so close to the Universal parks. Beds were comfy. Pool was clean and big enough for lots of guests and the lazy river delightful.

We liked everything about our hotel. It was kid friendly. Only thing was one of my children's souvenir dinosaurs went missing from our room. We reported it to hotel staff 3 times, they said they would put it in their lost and found system 3 times. We never got a call back, assuming they never found it. Not a good experience for our children

Staff are all nice and helpful . Several types food are available with most entrees around $10 or more. After eating on site four times, we concluded we were satisfied, but some food offerings were much better than others. The hotel grounds are big with more than 1,000 guest rooms. Our standard double room was comfortable and clean. Parking is about $12 a day. Free express passes for the parks are not included as they are at the more costly Universal hotels. However, guests can take the free shuttle from the hotel to the parks and get in at 8 am, an hour earlier than those not staying at a Universal hotel.

We stayed for 7 days and had a great experience. The quality/price of the room and hotel food were excellent.

Food too expensive and confusing to order and pay. Everything else was good

Great hotel. Would go their again. It definitely remined me of the 60's

Loved the retro theme Lots of old cars in immaculate condition. Wish I had one of them The only compliant is the prices of the food in the Bayliner Diner were a little steep. Especially when feeding 5 and it is $100 dollars for lunch and just average food Loved the pools The staff was very helpful and friendly Loved the shuttle to the parks I would definitely stay there again and again

Overall we had a great experience at this hotel. It has a fun, retro them that was really cool. Pro's: Great pool areas Bowling/Arcade was great. Starbucks in the lobby Lazy river Food was good and the prices were reasonable Clean rooms Cabanas were great - had TV & fridge. Nice to be able to take a break from the sun and to not have to go back to the room. Shuttle to Univesal Con's: Small Rooms Tubes for lazy river not provided, had to pay Cabanas were at the main pool, not at lazy river pool so had to go back and forth which was a pain. Our room was super far away from the lobby If we come back to Orlando, I would definitely stay here again.

I love this resort, I took my daughter and her friend both teenagers,, Shuttle took us to. Universal Studios and the City Walk , I enjoyed the pool side movies at night. Great resort for the family .

Stayed here twice and the hotel was still in great condition. Love the 50s decor and there's a ton to do. Will be back for a third visit in the future.

Very convenient to Universal Parks. Good value for price.

We liked our hotel. It was clean and convenient to the parks. The shuttle service was great, we never waited for a bus to take us from or to the hotel. The beds and pillows were fairly uncomfortable to me, but that's always personal preference. Overall a great place to stay.

Room options

Family Suite, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Poolside (Courtyard)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Family Suite, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking (Courtyard)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Standard Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking (Poolside)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Family Suite, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking, Poolside (Tower)

Queen 2 | Sleeps 6

Guest reviews for Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Everyone (63) Couples (45) Business (5) Family (117) Friends (16) Other (5)
5
Everyone
Volcano Bay from  Cabana Bay pool area

Great time at Cabana Bay. While the standard room is on the smallish side everything else was awesome. Staff was top notch, loved the food court and pools especially the lazy river. Being right next door to Volcano Bay and being allowed to enter one hour early give us time in the park to ride almost everything with no wait times. The bus service to Universal Studios/island of Adventures was always very quick. We never waited on a bus either going or coming from the parks. This was in comparison to just coming from staying onsite at Disney where we endured Long waits for buses going and coming to their parks. I will definitely stay again and again at Cabana Bay. P. S. If you have kids, don't forget to bring a floaty for the lazy river or you can buy one at the hotel.

By on Sep 1, 2017

4
Everyone

Everything was great. Congratulatines all the staff

By , from mexico on Aug 23, 2017

5

economical for on site

Everyone

Fun theme and economical way to get in early to the park or spend a day lying by the pool. The cafeteria style food options was perfect for a quick breakfast but expect to pay hotel inflated prices.

By , from Texas on Aug 23, 2017

5

quick transportation

Everyone

The hotel is bright and airy and made for a relaxing stay. The pools were great and volcano bay was very close by. The bus arrived about every 5 minutes to the parks. If discounted fast pass was offered i would stay here over the deluxe hotels.

By , from Ohio on Aug 22, 2017

5

family vacation

Everyone

Wonderful time. Hotel has everything available, no need to go out. Theme was very interesting and exciting. Already planning next years stay. Fun for all ages. Universal parks just 5 minutes away.

By , from New York, NY on Aug 22, 2017

5

retro fun

Everyone

Very convenient to the parks (even walking). Nice pools. We had the volcano bay view which was fun.

By , from Sacramento, CA on Aug 20, 2017

5

cabana bay

Everyone

Very convenient location if you're planning to visit Universal Studios. Basic but very nice rooms, quiet. Great discounts on Universal Studios' tickets. Very friendly stuff.

By , from Pittsburgh, PA on Aug 19, 2017

4

an interesting and fun place to stay

Everyone

My daughter and I enjoyed the late 50's early 60's resort hotel theme. It reminded me of some of the places I stayed as a kid. It was cute that they added sand to the pool area, hence, Beach Resort even though there's no real beach for 50 miles or so. The shuttle from the hotel to City Walk was extremely convenient and ran pretty consistently. Overall, it was quite a positive experience. The issues we had were as follows: They had what appeared to be old fashioned bellman to greet you when you pulled up. Unfortunately, they didn't take our luggage and he pointed to an area full of cars and said try to park there. It was so congested with cars that we just went driving the area when we couldn't find anywhere to park. When we came back, we were fortunate to find a place near the front so we could check in. What the bellman failed to tell us was there were other areas to park, not just where he pointed. Once inside, it took about 45 minutes of being on line to check in. Once we got to the representative, he was extremely helpful and got us checked in in under 5 minutes. We still had to go find a luggage carrier to get our belongings to the room. The room was adequate, 2 queen beds, a mini fridge and excellent water pressure in the shower. We went to the pool/lazy river to unwind. It took 50 minutes to purchase a float for the lazy river. They had 1 man taking the money and blowing up the floats. This was unacceptable. They should have had more people to help out.

By , from Pompano Beach, FL on Aug 17, 2017

5
Everyone

Great resort so close to the Universal parks. Beds were comfy. Pool was clean and big enough for lots of guests and the lazy river delightful.

By on Aug 12, 2017

3

nice hotel walking distance to volcano bay!

Everyone

We liked everything about our hotel. It was kid friendly. Only thing was one of my children's souvenir dinosaurs went missing from our room. We reported it to hotel staff 3 times, they said they would put it in their lost and found system 3 times. We never got a call back, assuming they never found it. Not a good experience for our children

By , from Yuba City, CA on Aug 5, 2017