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August 4, 2014

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

By Chris Boyle

Harbor Piazza / Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

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 Express unlimited ride access to skip regular lines* in both theme parks as well as early park admission* to The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter (*restrictions apply, valid theme park admission required). you won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind getaway where luxury meets adventure.

Top Suite: Presidente Suite

Universal Orlando

Number of rooms in suite: Five 

Number of entrances to suite: One

Number of baths: One and one half-bath

Number of suites in hotel: 45

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

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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. optional second, third, and fourth connecting deluxe rooms are available. don’t forget that hotel guests enjoy exclusive benefits in both Universal Orlando theme parks with valid admission.



  • Square footage: 2,715
  • Nightly rate: $2,056 to $2,581


Club Concierge & VIP Services Manager Taylor Mendoza

5601 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida

(407) 503-1009 or (888) 832-7154

Spa Services

Mandara Spa®: Nurture the mind, body, and spirit at our 13,000-square-foot sanctuary where exotic spa therapies rooted in Balinese tradition meld with European techniques and local influences. Spa facilities include 14 treatment rooms, a full service salon, a relaxation lounge, a hydrotherapy pool, separate men’s and women’s sauna and steam rooms, and the fitness center.

Signature treatments: Mandara hot stone Massage, elemis tri-enzyme resurfacing facial, and Mandara ritual for the hands and feet

Spa Director Bill Toth, 

(407) 503-1244;

Top Restaurants

Bice Ristorante: With 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. Five additional restaurants and lounges throughout the hotel.

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