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Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel

Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel is a four-star deluxe hotel at Universal Orlando.

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An authentic re-creation of the Italian village, the Portofino Bay is a seven-time winner of the Theme Park Insider Award for world's best on-site theme park hotel. It is connected to the Universal Orlando theme parks via either a pedestrian walkway or a short motorboat ride.

For reservations: Check rates and availability online or by calling +1-800-680-1272.


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An absolutely amazing hotel! Absolutely worth it. The walk to the park is a bit longer, but still doable, or taking the boat is a good option. The food is some of the best you can get at the resort. Most importantly it comes with express pass and early park admission!

A wonderful hotel, with excellent service, though not as close to the parks as the Hard Rock and Royal Pacific. But the delightful boat ride makes that not at all an issue.

What an amazing hotel!!! It reminded me of a mash up of the Venetian and Belagio on a slightly smaller scale. We had a 2-queen deluxe room with a patio facing one of the smaller pools. The room was about 50 yards from the main pool (with a really good water slide) and about 100 yards from the Harbor dock. The overall design is rustic Italy to perfection, and you could wander some of the corridors and grounds for an hour or more. The boat service to CityWalk was efficient and more frequent than I had expected, and the walk was just a little further than Royal Pacific (probably same distance to USF from both resorts).

I probably wouldn't pay the inflated rates to stay here over Hard Rock or Royal Pacific (usually $50 more than HRH and $100 more than RPR), but if this is supposed to be on par with Disney's Grand Floridian, it's neck and neck with the most prestigious resort at WDW.

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