Universal says that the Aventura will hit the same price point as the Cabana Bay across the street, but this 17-story hotel features a sleek, modern look instead of the Cabana Bay's mid-century kitsch. With in-room tech that includes tablets that control everything from the TV and temp to your room service order, Universal and its long-time hotel partner Loews are going for an upscale vibe... but at a value price.
When you look around the hotel, you can discover where Universal made its trade-offs to hit that price point. There's no full-service dining, just a station-service food hall on the ground floor. The rooms feature gorgeous floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, but can seem a bit tight when you turn in and look away from the views. The look throughout is clean and modern... which is another way of saying "plain." And those fancy tablets? They can save on labor costs, if guests use them to take charge of their room experience.
But is that a bad thing? People come to the Universal Orlando Resort to hit the parks, not just to lounge in their rooms. And the views that guests will have at the Aventura certainly should entice them to get out there and enjoy the resort. (Just maybe consider one of the other five hotels at Universal Orlando if anyone in your family has a fear of heights.)
Come along for our sneak peek at the resort:
Curiously, while we invited reporters were escorted through the Aventura for three hours tonight, we were booked to stay next door at the Cabana Bay. So I can't speak to what it's like to actually stay at the new resort, though Universal and Loews have established an excellent track record over the years for service and value at the resort's hotels. The Aventura opens to the public on Thursday, August 16, so we should get our first reviews from paying customers shortly after then.Tweet
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