Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Price Level: Value
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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened March 31, 2014 at Universal Orlando Resort, on a 37-acre site adjacent to Universal's Islands of Adventure - just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road. With a 1960s-vintage Googie look, the resort offers 1800 on-site rooms - including 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms.
Like Universal's other three on-site hotels, Loews Hotels & Resorts operates the Cabana Bay. However, the Universal Express front-of-the-line benefit in the parks is not included at no extra charge to guests of the Cabana Bay.
Enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The hotel is well themed and the rooms are comfortable. The pool areas are amazing, with the lazy river being a giant plus. This value hotel is my favorite in the category in the Orlando area. The walk to the Parks feels a bit long especially in the rain.
We were pleasantly surprised with Cabana Bay. It's value priced, but it has the amenities of a Disney moderate. The main pool & it's environs are spectacular in the evening light. The second pool and the Lazy River are lots of fun, and the fire pits are a nice touch. We were able to book a suite during the off season, using our out of state annual pass discount, for the amazing price of $89 a night. Transportation was excellent. We never waited more than 5 minutes for a bus to the resort or back from Citi Walk. And now they have a beautifully landscaped walking trail as an alternative. This is a great cost savings addition to the Universal resort.
My wife and I stayed at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort and really enjoyed ourselves. We stayed in Sept of 2014 and the price is definitely a deal. That said one should know that there are some compromises compared to the other three onsite hotels.