Universal Orlando has always had fantastic resorts with beautiful properties like the Royal Pacific and Portifino Bay Hotel. But the luxurious amenities and proximity to the parks came with a hefty price tag. With the opening of Universal Orlando’s newest resort, Cabana Bay, guests now have an affordable option with all of the pizazz you would expect from a Universal resort. When you drive up to the Cabana Bay Beach Resort you are immediately transported back in time to the 1960s. When what is now retro was totally in vogue. Life was swell and Americana was a way of life.
While Cabana Bay is classified as a “budget resort,” nothing about this place feels “budget” – except the bill at check out! Every detail of Cabana Bay was considered, and for a family visiting Universal Studios this should be your choice of places to stay. Heck, for the price it makes a fantastic staycation for us locals too – even if you never leave the Cabana Bay property.
7 Reasons to stay at Cabana Bay
It’s Groovy Baby! Neon lights, pops of color and everything mod – from the lobby to the guest rooms every piece looks like it could have been taken straight out of the sixties. Fun and funky everywhere you look, sans the looks that should stay in the sixties like shag carpets. (Thank goodness.)
Make a Splash. Need a day to unwind after hitting the parks? Spend the day poolside in the most happening pool are around. Flanked by private cabanas, the center piece of the 10,000 square foot zero-entry pool is a far-out water slide. And for the little ones, there is a splash pad that is sure to keep tots happy. And as an added bonus, it is heated!
Grab a Cup o’ Joe. In addition to the restaurants on property, Cabana Bay hosts its very own Starbucks. Not just any Starbucks, this outta sight retreat has larger-than life mermaid murals and is just plain cool. Even if you aren’t jonesing for some caffeine, you have to stop by to look around.
Strrrrike! After a day of fun in the sun, tap into the family’s competitive side with a game of bowling. The 10 lanes at Galaxy Bowl are just right for some family fun. Next door you’ll find more fun at Game-O-Rama, which is stocked with latest high-tech arcade games and a few old school classics like Skee-Ball.
Lots of Good Eats. In addition to four restaurants and three lounges (plus a Starbucks) at Cabana Bay, don’t miss the food trucks and ice cream trucks that make regular stops by the pool. There is no shortage of good eats at Cabana Bay. Tip – grab a Sonic Fill cup and enjoy the first drink refill program at Universal Orlando.
Sleep in Style. Want to hear something sweet? Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort features 1,800 rooms – 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms. Family suites sleep six with a kitchenette and pull-out couch on the other side of a room divider. And even the toiletries have sixties style, on the bathroom counter you will find VO5 and Zest. Oh, and another perk in the family suites — a split bathroom with a toilet room separate from the shower.
Let’s Talk Budget. So how much does a room at Cabana Bay cost? Rates for the family suites begin at $160 per-night depending on the length of stay. Rates for the standard guest rooms begin at $120 per night depending on the length of stay. Yes, as low as $120 per night!
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open with the second half of the resort set to open in June 2014. The second phase of Cabana Bay will include even more incredible amenities, including a second 8,000-square-foot zero entry pool, Universal Orlando’s first lazy river at an on-site hotel, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, and additional moderately-priced family suites and value-priced standard guest rooms. When complete, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will feature a total of 1,800 rooms – 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms. If you are visiting Universal Orlando, book a stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort