Groups can meet and stay in the middle of the action at Universal Orlando Resort’s official hotel properties, including Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando (pictured).
Updated April 21, 2021
Meeting professionals and attendees already know that Universal Orlando Resort features some of the world’s most exciting theme parks — but did you know that they offer several ways to host the ideal meeting or event in the middle of the action, courtesy of its official resort hotels?
Universal Orlando Resort is the perfect setting for your attendees with incredible event options, entertainment, dining, and thrilling state of the art theme parks nearby; including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and Universal CityWalk. Here’s a look at places to meet and stay at Universal Orlando!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy business travel and safety information in Orlando, and check with your favorite businesses for their current status.
Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Featured in this blog’s cover image, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel pays homage to the gorgeous seaside village of Portofino, Italy. It offers attendees warmth and elegance, from the beautiful meeting rooms to the ambience of the impressive pre-function areas.
For meetings and group events, Loews Portofino Bay offers more than 42,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. Universal Orlando Resort can accommodate any kind of event. Options include custom décor, attendee transportation, themed events and much more, as well as the latest A/V technology. You'll also find a variety of beautiful outdoor venues, including the scenic Harbor Piazza and dazzling Villa Pool, where your events can be enhanced by the hotel's lush landscaping and distinctive Italian architecture.
Suites at Loews Portofino Bay range from 650 to 2,725 square feet, and the property also has standard and club-level rooms. Your attendees are also sure to enjoy this hotel’s acclaimed dining, including Mama Della's Ristorante, BiCE Ristorante and Trattoria del Porto.
Opera aficionados will adore Loews Portofino Bay, which hosts the quarterly Harbor Nights series. Here, your guests can sip wine and sample gourmet fare while being serenaded with live music and classic opera. For more of the latter, check out the hotel’s Musica Della Notta, aka Music of the Night, which presents a blend of opera, festive melodies, and a mix of opera and pop music called “popera” every night of the week.
Hard Rock Hotel® at Universal Orlando
This venue has more than 6,000 square feet of indoor function space, including the 2,964-square-foot Avalon Ballroom, plus the 9,000-square-foot, outdoor Woodstock Lawn. In addition to standard and club-level rooms, Hard Rock Hotel’s guestrooms include suites sized from 650 to 2,000 square feet.
Hard Rock Hotel is also packed with amenities. For instance, guests can stream celebrity-curated playlists during their visit with The Sound of Your Stay program. If they prefer to make their own music, they can choose from a menu of 20 Fender® guitars that can be delivered straight to their rooms. (The program is complimentary, but a down payment and loan agreement are required.)
Your attendees can take a self-guided Music Memorabilia tour packed with artifacts from rock history. And when it’s time to eat, guests can dig into gourmet fare at The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel® and four additional onsite restaurants and lounges. The resort’s lively yet relaxed rock ‘n’ roll-themed hotel offers an intimate atmosphere fit for an A-List celebrity.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
Featuring standard and club-level rooms, plus suites, Loews Royal Pacific Resort creates a South Seas paradise right here in Orlando. Loews Royal Pacific Resort is also one of the best when it comes to hosting meetings at Universal Orlando. It features more than 132,000 square feet of flexible meeting and function space that includes the 41,503-square-foot Pacific Ballroom, which is divisible into 12 sections. You can also choose from the resort’s Wantilan Luau Pavilion and Functions Lawn, with all options being backed up by state-of-the-art A/V services and award-winning catering.
Dining choices here include Islands Dining Room and Jake’s American Bar, with the latter serving imaginative, island-themed cocktails. What’s more, the whole group can look forward to the Wantilan Luau. Held every Saturday, it’s a dinner show like no other with authentic Polynesian food and entertainment your attendees won’t soon forget.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort also connects to Loews Sapphire Falls Resort creating The Loews Meeting Complex at Universal Orlando with a total of 2,000 guest rooms and more than 247,000 square feet of meeting space between both properties.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers much for meeting planners and attendees, with 115,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The layout includes two large ballrooms, 16 meeting rooms, three meeting-planner offices and 36,000-square-feet of pre-function space, all complemented with catering options and A/V equipment.
Every Friday night, you can wow your group at the Caribbean Carnaval Dinner Show, a ticketed event that celebrates the food, music and dancing of island nations. Onsite dining includes Amatista Cookhouse and Strong Water Tavern, among other choices. Last but not least, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort boasts a 16,000-square-foot pool complete with a sandy beach, hot tub, water slide and more.
Universal's Aventura Hotel
Opened in 2018, and featuring 600 guestrooms, Universal’s Aventura Hotel is a great choice for accommodations if your group wants to stay close to all the action at Universal Orlando. Steps away from the destination’s other meeting and event venues, including Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, it’s an ideal hotel for rooms-only programs.
It’s also the first Universal Orlando property to feature a rooftop lounge, Bar 17 Bistro. In addition to offering breathtaking views of all three Universal Orlando theme parks, Bar 17 is an unforgettable place for group get-togethers once the day is done.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel has plenty of overflow capability. The property also has a fitness center, a pool with a kids’ splash zone, and its own Universal Studios Store. Plus, fans of gourmet dining are sure to love Urban Pantry, where a chef will cook up a custom wok dish right before your eyes.
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Similar to Universal’s Aventura Hotel, this property is an exceptional option for rooms-only programs. Inspired by mid-century modern architecture and classic Florida beach resorts from the 1950s and ‘60s, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a vibrant, retro-cool property with 2,200 guestrooms. In keeping with the beach theme, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort features two enormous pools and a relaxing lazy river, and private cabana rentals are available. Dining options follow the same theme, including Bayliner Diner, The Hideaway Bar & Grill and Atomic Tonic.
This resort offers indoor fun, too, such as the Game-o-Rama arcade and Galaxy Bowl, while the Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio brings the property’s vintage touch to your attendees’ daily exercise regimen. Guests can also stock up on cool collectibles at the onsite Universal Studios Store, and even get the chance to meet Universal Orlando’s beloved theme park characters on select days.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites
Universal Orlando Resort’s newest hotels are positioned as their most affordable yet. Offering an ideal location for attendees at city-wide conventions, they include:
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Surfside Inn and Suites
Showcasing a fun surf theme, Surfside Inn and Suites features standard rooms and two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six guests. Attendees can play in the resort’s surfboard-shaped pool and refuel between meetings at the on-property food court.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort — Dockside Inn and Suites
Offering a coastal, calm vibe and sunset theming, Dockside Inn and Suites has two large pools with a sandy beach. It also has standard rooms and two-bedroom suites, as well as a food court.
†Paid theme park admission required. Only valid at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks. Not valid at select attractions and for separately ticketed special events. Benefit not valid for guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites or for Universal’s Volcano Bay; available for purchase only. Valid for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay as indicated on the Universal Express Unlimited pass. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Not valid for separately ticketed special events. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.
* Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando, and Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.