Check out that view! Wouldn’t you swear you were sitting in Portofino, Italy enjoying a day by the water? Think again! Located in the heart of bustling Universal Orlando, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a picturesque resort where you can unwind and relax.
Portofino Bay is a premier, onsite Universal resort. This means that you have Unlimited Express Passes included for each person in your party during your stay! This is an incredible perk and such a timesaver, especially during busy times in the parks. Guests also receive early park admission, resort-wide charging privileges, and priority seating at restaurants. Portofino Bay is very convenient to all three parks and CityWalk, which are accessible via complimentary water taxi. There is also a walking path from the hotel over to CityWalk making it very easy to access.
This resort has approximately 750 guestrooms, ranging from standard options to suites. All accommodations have Italian style furniture with marble accents, consistent with Portofino Bay’s theme. Standard rooms are available with two queen beds or one king. Rooms with two queens can accommodate up to 5 with a rollaway bed! There are garden views available, or for an extra cost you can reserve a room overlooking the gorgeous bay. These rooms also feature large bathrooms, complete with marble countertops, dual sinks, and a large tub/shower combination. Deluxe rooms are another option for families that want some more square footage with their accommodations (490-square-feet as opposed to a standard room’s 450).
Looking to indulge even further with your accommodations? I highly recommend booking one of Portofino Bay’s Club Level rooms or suites. These accommodations include personalized concierge service and nightly turndown service. As a Club Level guest, you also have access to the exclusive Portofino Club Lounge. Here you can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres, along with drinks and snacks throughout the day.
Loews Portofino Bay is home to a variety of suites, including Despicable Me Kids’ Suites! In these suites, parents have their own master bedroom with a king sized bed and bathroom. Meanwhile, the kids have their own Minion themed oasis, with two twin beds (with the option for an additional rollaway). These are the ultimate family accommodations!
Keeping with the Italian theme, this hotel has no shortage of wonderful dining options. Mama Della’s Ristorante serves quintessential Italian fare, and everyone is treated like family. It is important to note that as of this blog post, Mama Della’s Ristorante is currently closed but expected to reopen soon. Looking for a more elegant meal? Bice Ristorante serves Northern Italian cuisine, including fresh pasta made daily. Trattoria del Porto is a casual, family-friendly option for breakfast or dinner, where indoor and outdoor dining is available. I love dining here and looking out over the harbor! Sal’s Market Deli is an excellent quick service option that serves homemade pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more. I recommend ordering your food to go and eating out by the water! The Thirsty Fish and Bar American are two spots for adults to unwind and grab a beverage. No Portofino Bay vacation is complete without a stop at the Gelateria where you can get delicious gelato, yummy milkshakes, and more. Want to dine from the comfort of your room or suite? Room service is available.
There is no shortage of swimming options at Portofino Bay. You have not one, not two, but THREE swimming pools to choose from! The Beach Pool is perfect for the entire family. There is a Roman aqueduct themed slide, sandy beach to play on, as well as a smaller pool for younger kiddos. At the Villa Pool, you can experience elevated amenities, including upgraded chairs and cabanas for rent. The Hillside Pool is the quietest option, where you can relax and enjoy the serene surroundings. To really indulge, definitely visit the Mandara Spa. The spa features 16 treatment rooms, a hydro-therapy pool, steam rooms, a full-service hair salon, and a full-service fitness center!
One of my favorite things to do at this resort is to take a stroll around the Harbor Piazza. It has beautiful cobblestone walkways and views of the water. The area truly transports you to Italy! The resort also has some great shopping options, including Alta Moda, Le Memories de Portofino, L’ancora, and the Universal Studios Store.
Are you ready to experience the beauty that is Loews Portofino Bay and all of the amenities that come along with staying here? Contact me today for a free quote!
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