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Universal's Royal Pacific Resort reviews

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Posted: June 27, 2008

This Universal hotel, with a tropical theme, is priced more moderately than the neighboring Portofino Bay and Hard Rock hotels.

Guests enjoy front-of-the-line access to almost all attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, which stand just a short walk, or water-taxi ride, away.

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46 votes, so far

Another amazing resort by Lowe's. Beautiful theming, amazing pool and beach area. friendly staff, and great restaurants. Have to make mention of the wonderful team member who checked us in on our December trip.... he was very knowledgeable, friendly. and even upgraded us from a standard view to a lovely water view. We felt very special. We loved going to Jake's for cocktails after a long day in the parks, and if you go to the pool bar, they have happy hour specials in the evenings and a very good bar staff. The mixed drinks are really expensive, at $15 each.. so happy hour is a good deal! - Michelle Morgan

I stayed at this resort in May of 2012, and had a marvelous time. The comments others have made about a relaxing vacation are an understatement. From the moment you enter the resort, you literally never have to think of the outside world again, what with the water taxis which run right to CityWalk, or the convenient walking paths, this resort has it all. We opted to stay on the concierge level, and while it has an added expense, my family felt it was worth it because of the meals provided all day. From continental breakfast in the morning to a hot entree and free spirits each night, we found a variety of options to keep our palates happy (e.g. the Caribbean Jerk Tilapia the first night was wonderful!). This also allowed free access to the fitness center, which has a hidden treasure: a whirlpool closed off only to fitness center guests. Express pass and WWOHP early access were just an icing on the cake. It was overall a wonderful experience, and I would highly recommend not only a stay here, but on the concierge level as well. If you want a hectic free, relaxing vacation which you plan your way, then Universal might be the place for you. - Evan Lucas

We have stayed at all three on site resorts at Universal Studios. The Royal Pacific was great, you could walk the path the CitWalk and end up right at the Lone Palm Bar & Grill, turn left and you are right at the front gate of Islands of Adventure. Not too bad if the water taxis aren't running. Super clean room, excellent pool and restaurants. Also the least expensive of the three hotels. - N B

This is just a ridiculously good deal. Yes, the rooms here run more than similarly sized and appointed facilities in the area. But you get super-close access to the parks, plus, unlimited front of the line at the Universal parks. That makes a stay here a true vacation, where you can come and go from your hotel to the parks at will, riding whatever you want with no wait. Ditch the car; you won't need it. Between the parks, CityWalk, the great pool and the impressive grounds, this is an outstanding place to spend a vacation. - Robert Niles

Stayed here this summer and loved it. It was the cheapest orlando hotel for on-site. Had a great spread out pool with games for kids and many ping pong tables for anyone willing to have a game. Rooms could have been a tad bigger with the 5 of us but still not that bad. We also got the fast pass amazing!!! And in walking distance to resort and city walk for great food and entertainment!!! - chris cona

We stayed at this property June 15-18, 2011. Location is excellent for walking to either Universal them park. We upgraded to a room with a pool view. Room was fine but seemed a bit run down. No dedicated fridge to use (only one stocked with overpriced minibar items). Bathroom was also very small for family to share. I also found it disturbing that I was required to pay for parking ($15/night plus tax). Pool area was fine but very crowded. Staying on property and receiving the benefit of the Express Pass is well worth it--it can mean the difference between waiting 2-5 minutes vs. waiting 90 minutes. - Marty Ketelaar