The Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando will be the new on-site hotel, making this four hotels for visitors to the Universal parks to consider.
Scheduled to open 2014, the Loews operated Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel will have a total of 1600 rooms with a mixture of different accommodation types, including 900 family suites with kitchen areas and 900 standard hotel rooms.
With its beautiful 50s styling, the hotel is said to “evoke the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families – spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway, where families relaxed and played after a long day’s drive.”
What will make the Cabana Bay Beach Resort Stand Out?
“Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort,” said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they’ve never had before.”
If you have a look at the map below, you’ll see the plan is to build the hotel on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of Universal’s Islands of Adventure – just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road. Pricing information, opening timeframes and room on-sale dates will be released over time.
A budget option for the Universal Resorts
We like the idea of having a budget option on-site at Universal, and reading through the info it does look like the Cabana Bay Beach Resort will come in considerably cheaper than the other Universal hotels. The flexibility of rooms that sleep up to six with kitchen facilities will certainly appeal to visitors with larger families or those wanting to have the option of being able to make something to eat in the room.
Although staying on-site at Cabana Bay Beach Resort gives visitors the option for early entry into the Universal parks, the budget option will not give visitors the free Express Plus passes that the other Universal Hotels offer. This is a big perk for staying at Universal and I’ll confess, one of the main reasons I stay on-site at Universal.