Looking at the Details of Universal Orlando's New Sapphire Falls Resort
We've gotten some additional detail about Universal Orlando's new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
, which will open next summer.
Concept art courtesy Universal Orlando
Here is the breakdown of the hotel's 1,000 guest rooms:
- 884 Standard Double Queen rooms, with 364 square feet, for up to five people
- 33 Standard King rooms, with 364 square feet, for up to four people
- 36 Kids' Suites, with 529 square feet, for up to five people
- 10 King Suites, with 595 square feet, for up to five people
- 20 Sapphire Suites, with 880 square feet, for up to five people
- 2 Presidential Suites, with 1,315 square feet, for up to three people
- 15 Hospitality Suites, with 1,358 square feet, for up to three people
Room prices have not been released. Rooms will include a 49-inch flat-panel HD TV, a mini-fridge, coffee maker, and in-room Internet access. Rollaways are $25 per day, plus tax. Parking rates will be the same as for the other Universal Orlando deluxe resorts: $20 a night for guests, but $22 a day for people not staying at the hotel. There will be water taxi, shuttle and walking access from the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort to the theme parks and CityWalk. However, complimentary Universal Express access is not listed as a guest amenity in the information we received.
The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort's restaurants will be:
- Amatista Cookhouse: Table service Caribbean dining, with an open kitchen and overlooking the hotel's lagoon
- Club Katine: Tapas-style small plates, with a walk-up bar and fire pit, located near the hotel's pool
- New Dutch Trading Co: "Caribbean-style grab-and-go," serving coffee, ice cream and pre-packaged food
- Strong Water Tavern: "The perfect destination for the rum curious," with table-side ceviche and rum tastings
The pool with be 15,600 square feet, with two sand areas totalling 3,500 square feet, though the sand will not touch the pool. The pool will have a large hot tub, a water slide, a children's play area, and a zero entry feature.
The Loews Sapphire Falls Resort opens in summer 2016.
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Any details on the convention space?
I know this is just an illustration, but does anyone know if it is rotated versus the actual layout? I assumed the lagoon would be north of the property. I'm also assuming that parking structure in the background is the new hotel/water park lot which I though was going to be south of the property.
I'm very excited about the restaurants. The hotel must include express passes otherwise that would be a big turn off..
No Express for Sapphire. The guys from Parkscope have said that the Lowes contract with Universal limits the Express pass to the original three deluxe hotels. I'm strongly in favor of not diluting the number of "hotel express passes" (can be used without limit on attractions with express pass). It's a great benefit since the number is fairly small & finite, & the lines are extremely short, unlike fast pass type lines. If they started using it for all the onsite hotels, it's value would be greatly diminished.
The image is looking south, with the Royal Pacific at the bottom and the Cabana Bay at the top.
At Sapphire Falls I am guessing you will still get early entry to HP world (if you like to wake up at the crack of dawn on vacation) and since Express Pass is negligible in the Harry Potter lands, this hotel would be fine for those folks who just care about Potter.
For me the only reason to stay on property at Universal is the Express Pass. Otherwise there is no real reason to stay there. That is one of the reasons I refuse to stay at Cabanna Bay, and truth is I would like to stay there, but without the Express pass, the value just isn't there.
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