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Expert Guide to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 01 May 2024
  • Revised 03 May 2024
Expert Guide to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 01 May 2024
  • Revised 03 May 2024
Expert Guide to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
  • By Christopher da Costa
  • Published 01 May 2024
  • Revised 03 May 2024
Live La Dolce Vita in the heart of Florida. “The sweet life” awaits with live music, colourful houses, Italian cuisine, pristine pools, and water taxis to theme parks available to guests of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.  

This slice of paradise is inspired by the beautiful fishing village of Portofino – a picturesque Italian village known for its beauty worldwide – and is regarded as a Premier Universal Orlando Resort. Find any other details, check out our expert guide… 

Check-in details at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 

You can check in at 4 pm each day at the spacious lobby, surrounded by parquet and marble floors, delightful fountains, and floor-to-ceiling windows that deliver Italian flair from the off. When it's time to leave, our checkout will be at 11 am.  

Room Options at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 

Find the charm of the Mediterranean Italian Riviera in every one of the newly renovated 750 lovely guestrooms and 45 spacious suites. The creamy white- and teal-coloured rooms featuring marble and velvet are filled with Bella Italia details. Overall, there are five different room types to choose from. Four of them include romantic Italianate décor, and the key difference lies in the views and space available.

Garden View Room at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

The Garden View Room and the Bay View Room are popular options and are sized at 450ft². Alternatively, you can go all out in and book a spacious Deluxe King or the Portofino Club Level Room, sized at 490ft².
Despicable Me Kids Suite

If you are travelling with kids, the little minions might love the Despicable Me-themed rooms. Here, they can sleep in dreamy bedding inspired by Gru and Co. in a separate room with a connecting door. And of course, you will find Loews Signature Amenities in every room. Including 100 percent cotton bed lines, skin body care, and hair products from Julien Farel, a Coffeemaker with gourmet coffee and teas, Flat screen TV, and In-room dining service. 

What’s Near Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida

Portofino is located right in the heart of the action! Take a complimentary shuttle or enjoy your ride in a water taxi from the Resort to Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Island of Adventure, Universal's Volcano Bay, and Universal CityWalk. If you want to visit Disney, SeaWorld, or International Drive, you can book a complimentary taxi or ride-share service. If you want to shake up your restaurant and bar options, look no further than the 10-minute boat ride to Universal CityWalk.  

Dining and Entertainment at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 

Three themed pools, a beautiful spa, a well-equipped gym, and regular live music - prepare for entertainment abound.
The Beach Pool is ideal for families with a fun children’s Pool next to it, whilst the Hillside Pool is adults-only for extra serenity. Take part in exciting poolside activities like hula hoop contests, basketball and table tennis. Come sunset, there's even blockbuster outdoor movie nights.

Throughout your stay, you can experience ultimate relaxation at the Mandara Spa. Imagine yourself relaxing in the hydrotherapy pool resembling a Roman bath. With 14 private treatment rooms and two couple rooms, separate and co-ed relaxation rooms, saunas, and steam rooms, holiday bliss awaits.

The various dining options at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel include handmade Pasta in Bice Restaurant, brick oven pizza in Sal’s Market Deli, or Mama Dellas Restaurante for an array of traditional Italian cuisine. We also love breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Trattoria del Porto, where you can choose between indoor or outdoor dining while overlooking the romantic Piazza.
After dark, the Harbor Piazza truly comes alive with Musical Della Notte featuring talented opera singers from a balcony. If you're in the mood for a snack or cocktail, visit the Splendido Bar and Grill next to the Pool. For Italian wine, take a seat in the friendly harbourside bar, The Thirsty Fish before treating yourself to a delicious Italian ice cream in the Gelateria! 

Transport & Extras at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel 

The water taxis to Universal CityWalk leave every 15 to 20 minutes, but you can also choose a shuttle to CityWalk or Universal’s Volcano Bay every 30 minutes. If wanderlust can't wait, there's a walking path to Universal CityWalk which takes approximately 20 minutes. If you arrive with your vehicle, please be aware of additional parking fees per night. 

Enjoy a range of exciting benefits during your stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel! Such as Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal's Volcano Bay - a whole our before the general public. All you need is a valid theme park ticket. Another thrilling benefit is the free Universal Express Unlimited Pass exclusively available to Portofino Bay guests.

There is also a wide range of extra services to find, such as dry cleaning or same-day laundry service, rental car service, as well as airport and local transportation - just to name a few universally loved benefits!


What is the dress code for Loews Portofino Bay Hotel? 

The Dress Code is casual, in general, although you will find some restaurants asking for a smart dress code.  

How can I get a balcony room at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel? 

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is the only hotel featuring balconies at Universal Orlando. They cannot be reserved but can be upgraded during your check-in for an additional fee. Choose between a Juliet balcony and a full balcony.  

How many pools are at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel? 

There are three pools at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is located close to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel featuring one stunning pool area, which is worth checking out if you have an extra day.  

Can you get a water taxi from Loews Portofino Bay Hotel? 

Yes. Take the complimentary water taxi, which takes you frequently to Universal CityWalk.  

Does the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel have complimentary breakfast? 

The Club Rooms are the only rooms including complimentary continental breakfast.  

Does Loews Portofino Bay Hotel give guests extra park hours? 

Yes! One of the incredible benefits lets you breeze into The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Volcano Bay one hour before other guests with Early Park Admission. 

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