Two hotels at the Universal Orlando Resort will be closing again next week, as the resort adjusts to meet guest demand during the pandemic.
The Sapphire Falls and Aventura hotels will close for the time being starting August 21, Universal's partner Loews Hotels said this evening. Guests with reservations at those hotels will be accommodated at one of the Universal Orlando Resort hotels that will remain open: Endless Summer - Surfside, Cabana Bay, Royal Pacific, or the Hard Rock.
Two of Universal's hotels, Portofino Pay and Endless Summer - Dockside, have not reopened (or, in Dockside's case, opened, since it was set to debut in late March) since the resort's theme parks began welcoming back guests in June. These new closures mean that half of Universal's eight hotel properties will be closed to guests temporarily. All of Universal Orlando's hotels are operated by Loews Hotels.
Universal Orlando is offering deep discounts to Florida residents as it looks to attract guests to the resort during the ongoing pandemic, which has reduced interstate and all but eliminated international travel. But locals don't need hotels like out-of-towners do, and Universal isn't filling its rooms with professional sports leagues, either.Tweet
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