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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Want to visit other places but keep finding yourself back in Orlando? We completely understand the struggle. As luck would have it, Universal Studios Orlando has a resort that will transport you to another country!

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is a charming oasis reminiscent of the beautiful fishing village of Portofino, Italy. The resort is absolutely stunning, with incredible views of a very authentic boat harbor. Guests may even see some of these breathtaking sights from the comfort of their own room. Rooms are very clean and spacious with classic European elegance. Standard rooms usually start at $324 per night and sleep up to five guests. Suite options are also available beginning at $600 per night.

Portofino Bay features three pools catering to different group wants and needs. The Beach Pool is the spot for a family searching for fun in the sun. This pool comes equipped with a Roman aqueduct-themed waterslide, a sandy beach, two Jacuzzis, three beach cabanas, and an adjacent children’s pool. For a more exclusive feeling, guests can head to The Villa Pool. Here there are private cabana rentals available that include a ceiling fan, TV and refrigerator. Upgraded lounge chairs add to the luxury of this pool. Guests searching for a private area to relax by the water will find it at The Hillside Pool. This quiet spot was designed for a peaceful experience.

Italy is known for delicious food, and Portofino Bay resort excels in this aspect with authentic Italian flavors around every corner. Splendido Bar and Grill is a poolside eatery for when that overwhelming swimmers’ hunger strikes. Sal's Market Deli is a go-to for a quick fix of pizza, sandwiches, salads and other Italian staples. Guests hoping for more of a dining experience can have one in the comfort of the resort as well. Mama Della's Ristorante serves up authentic dishes with a side of live music. Trattoria del Porto offers a family-friendly atmosphere with outdoor seating that overlooks the beautiful bay. On the more lavish side of dining, Bice Restaurant delivers appetizing meals along with exceptional service in an elegant setting. As you can see, there are more than enough places to find a quality meal here. Whichever option you choose, be sure to save room for dessert. The resort's dining adventure is capped by Gelateria; a creamery serving smiles in the form of artisan gelato, milkshakes, specialty coffee and more.

Portofino Bay comes with extras that may not be found at other resorts on property. For instance, guests can find personalized spa care at Mandara Spa. Take some time to be pampered with massages, wraps, hair and nail care, and much more! This offering is not included in room pricing, so be sure to ask for pricing options. Then, each evening at sunset, the Harbor Piazza comes alive with live opera performers. The entertainers belt out "popera" favorites for guests to enjoy while sipping and snacking through the night.

Since Portofino Bay is listed as a premier resort, guests receive a few great perks along with their booking. Universal Express Unlimited in included in room prices and allows guests to skip regular lines at most attractions in the parks. This is a cost-saving value starting at $129 per person, per day. Portofino Bay guests are also offered early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at both Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure theme parks. Enter the parks a full hour before they open to find smaller crowds and shorter lines! Getting to those fun thrills is also a breeze when staying at Portofino Bay. Guests are offered complimentary buses and boats to travel to their next destination. Walking paths to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay are available as well. Taking the walking paths is a good way to eliminate the need to wait for transportation. Finally, guests of the hotel receive priority seating at select restaurants throughout Universal Orlando resort. All these benefits make it official: it pays to stay at Portofino Bay!

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is a beautiful place to get away and experience both luxury and fun. Contact a TTC travel advisor for more information and a free no-obligation quote today!

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