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By Chris Boyle

Celebrate la dolce vita—the sweet life—at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Located on-site at Universal Orlando® Resort, this luxurious hotel recreates the charm and romance of the famed seaside village of Portofino, Italy, right down to the cobblestone streets and outdoor cafés. This AAA Four Diamond Award®-winning hotel features 750 guest rooms, including 45 spacious suites with authentic Italian furnishings. Hotel guests are within walking distance—or a short complimentary water taxi ride—from Universal Studios®, Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme parks and the CityWalk® entertainment complex.Guests will enjoy an exclusive package of theme park benefits including free Universal ExpressSM Unlimited ride access to skip regular lines*in both theme parks as well as early park admission* to The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM (*restrictions apply,valid theme park admission required).


  • Square footage: 2,715
  • Nightly rate: From $1,975 to $2,535
  • Number of rooms in suite: Five
  • Number of entrances to suite: One
  • Number of baths: One and one half-bath


Suite style: The Presidente Suite was designed by Janel Craige and inspired by Tuscan elegance.

Key selling points: For those who demand the very best, experience the splendor of this grand signature suite. Features include an immense bedroom with king bed, walk-in closet, separate study area with TV, whirlpool tub, butler’s kitchen with service pantry, dining and conference area, entertainment space,fireplace and outdoor terrace with seating for six. A 3,215-square-foot two-bedroom configuration is also available,as well as third and fourth connecting DeluxeRooms. Don’t forget that hotel guests enjoy exclusive benefits in both Universal theme parks with valid admission.

Number of suites in hotel: 45


Mandara Spa®: Mandara Spa at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a sanctuary where you can relax and discover the elixir of youth in a moment of blissful reverie.

With roots in Bali and Indonesia (and influences from North America),exotic spa treatments reflect the beauty,spirit and traditions of both Eastern and Western cultures.

Spa Director Rich Johnson

(407) 503-1244


Signature treatments: Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial and Mandara Hot Stone Therapy


Bice Ristorante: With 19 locations in major cities such as Milan, Tokyo, Paris and New York, Bice Ristorante offers sophisticated Northern Italian cuisine in casually elegant surroundings.

Mama Della’s Ristorante: Everyone is family here.You’ll enjoy abundant portions of authentic Old World favorites from Tuscany, Naples and Piemonte regions.

Bar American: Offerings include a wide variety of specialty drinks from classic-style martinis and European cocktails to fine cognacs,espresso and Italy’s treasured grappas.

• Plus five additional restaurants and lounges


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