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Top Ten Reasons to Stay at a Universal Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

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It truly pays to stay where you play. Here are the top ten reasons to stay at a Universal hotel during your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation, which will make you never want to leave.

1. Immerse Yourself into a Themed New World

Just because you’ve left the parks doesn’t mean you have to go back to reality. Keep living your best vacation because our hotels are themed to perfection:

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel – relax within an Italian seaside village.

Hard Rock Hotel – live like a rock star.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort – escape to a South Seas paradise.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – unwind in a Caribbean island retreat.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – revel in retro fun with a Florida twist.

COMING IN 2018: Universal’s Aventura Hotel – experience a new, modern lifestyle.

2. Earn that Unlimited Free Universal Express Access

Three of the five hotels on property—Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort—include Universal Express Unlimited access with their stay. They’re valid at all attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. That means you get to skip the regular lines and ride more rides during your time in park.

3. Quick and Easy Transportation

Whether you’re taking the famous water taxis, shuttle bus or walking, you’re never more than a few minutes away from all the action of Universal Orlando’s three theme parks. That extra hour of sleep in the morning will work wonders.

4. Three Words: Early Park Admission

…Or don’t sleep in and take advantage of Early Park Admission. Each day, one or more theme parks and their most popular attractions open an hour before the scheduled time for on-site hotel guests. Those parks and their attractions include:

Universal Studios Florida

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts

Universal’s Island of Adventure

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Flight of the Hippogriff

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay rides, slides, and attractions are available during Early Park Admission.

5. All the Amenities

It’s true – we’ve got all the things you didn’t know you needed. Looking to rejuvenate at the spa? Got it. Want to work off the big dinner you had last night? We have complimentary fitness facilities. Craving some friendly competition? Step into our game room, my friend.

6. Afternoons at the Pool

After a long morning of exploring the parks, it’s about time to grab a drink and pull up an inner tube. Our refreshing hotel pools will help you rest up before heading back out for the evening’s festivities.

Pro Tip: spend a day pool-hopping and see every resort’s oasis, from the sand-entry at Portofino Bay Hotel all the way to the lazy river at Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

7. Surprises only Universal Orlando can Provide

Name another hotel where you might be greeted by a Minion… We’ll wait…

8. Free Delivery of that Merch You’ve Been Eyeing

And don’t worry about carrying large, heavy bags. Have your souvenirs delivered directly to your hotel.

9. Dance the Night Away at Universal CityWalk with a Complimentary Party Pass

If you’re looking for a night out, your room key gets you club-to-club access at Rising Starthe groove, and Red Coconut Club in CityWalk throughout the duration of your stay. No cover charge!

10. Are You Not Entertained?!

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, staying on-site puts you right in the heart of the best entertainment Orlando has to offer.

Feast and hula at Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s Wantilan Luau, party island-style during the Caribbean Carnaval dinner show at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, watch a live show at Hard Rock Hotel’s Velvet Sessions, enjoy an evening out under the stars at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel’s  Harbor Nights, or head over to CityWalk and dance to the beat of the famous Blue Man Group.

There’s no question you’re going to be staying here during your next vacation. Which resort is the object of your affection?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Rock Out in Hard Rock Hotel Orlando’s New Future Rock Star Suites

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One of my favorite family-friendly destinations is Universal Orlando Resort. After all, it’s for people who seek thrills, adventure and entertainment. So, what makes the experience even better? Staying at a hotel where you can literally rock out and be entertained even after the parks close.

You can now experience Hard Rock Hotel’s new Future Rock Star Suites during your Universal Orlando Resort vacation. If you’re a family of music lovers, staying at Hard Rock Hotel is awesome, from the great hotel theme details to the world-class amenities.

Here’s why you should stay in a Hard Rock Hotel Future Rock Star Suite with your family during your next Universal Orlando Resort vacation.

The Luxury of Connecting Rooms

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A big part of vacationing is that everyone gets some relaxation. That means it’s time for a little privacy for the grown-ups. With the new Future Rock Star Suites you can have the luxury of connecting rooms.

You don’t have to try to create a little separation in one room any more; you have two rooms to spread out. Some of the suites sleep five with one king bed, two twin beds, and the option of a rollaway. There is plenty of space to hang out together and more than enough space to relax apart.

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One of the best parts of the suite is also having an expanded bathroom. While having a standard room with a separate washroom is amazing, you can’t beat the set-up in these suites. It makes getting ready for your day so much easier. Beyond the privacy, having this option really elevates the value in these suites in my books.

You’ll especially love the lounging area where you can all watch TV, have some snacks, and just unwind. You can even order late-night room service and set up right in the sitting area.

Themed for Kids

When traveling with kids, you want them to feel comfortable and have fun, right? Most hotels are focused on the adults, while others are focused on kids but do not hit every age range. With the Hard Rock Hotel’s new Future Rock Star Suites, the design is centered around kids who love music. Each suite has a piece of memorabilia from some of their favorite rock and pop stars.

You can be that much closer to your fave celebrities. This is such a unique aspect for kids who love music!

Plus, the starry sky above their beds that they can look up at is stellar. Pun intended! You can control the lights and dim them or put them into party mode.

Another fun detail was a mirror that listed the heights of different celebs. Your whole family will have a blast comparing your heights to theirs.

Be the Star and Rock Out with Fender

Your kids can step on a stage that changes colors beneath their feet. Then they can perform before a wall of enthusiastic fans with music synced to their TV or Bluetooth headset.

If you plan ahead of time, you can have a Fender guitar sent to your room as part of Hard Rock’s The Sound of Your Stay in-room music amenity program. You can choose from 20 different models, too! There is even a TV channel that gives you guitar lessons, right in your hotel room.

For a guitar enthusiast, this option is priceless. This is such a great option for any guitarist who can’t travel with their own instrument. You just never know when you’ll get the itch to play!

You can also have a Crosley turntable sent to your room through Hard Rock’s WAX in-room music amenity program with your choice of 10 iconic records to experience. How cool and retro is that?

Plenty of Amenities

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Hard Rock Hotel will certainly spoil you, especially with amenities. The restaurants make you feel like a rock n’ roll star, there is endless amounts of music memorabilia, and more. On-site restaurants and lounges include The KitchenThe PalmbeachclubEmack & Bolio’s Marketplace, and the Velvet Bar.

Future Rock Star Suites are located on the seventh floor Rock Royalty Level. This allows you to take advantage of the exclusive perks that come along with it. You have access to the Rock Royalty lounge where you can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast and evening horsd’oeuvres, beer and wine for anyone 21 and up, and desserts. This alone is worth it for us as a family. Plus, there are two separate TV viewing areas in the lounge.

You also get personal concierge service. If you want to vacation like a rock star, , this is the way to do it.

Perks of Being a Rock Star 

Of course, staying in any room at the Hard Rock Hotel comes with its own perks. Some of those perks include free Universal Express Unlimited access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, so you can skip the regular park lines. That’s a benefit worth up to $129 per person, per day. This helped us make the most of our time at the parks and we were able to go on all the rides we wanted especially the rides in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

On-site hotel guests also receive Early Park Admission. This lets you into the theme parks, including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before everyone else.

Another convenient thing about staying at Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is the complimentary water taxis and walking paths that lead to Universal Studios Floridaand Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It’s close enough to walk and take in the beauty of the grounds.

After you’ve sampled the restaurants at the Hard Rock Hotel, you can head over to Universal CityWalk and try some new restaurants and take in the entertainment they offer. Make sure to take advantage of the hotel dining shuttle too, with free transportation to and from any of Universal’s on-site hotel restaurants. Pick-up is available in the hotel lobby approximately every 30 minutes from 6–10 pm.

Incredible Customer Service

One of my favorite parts of the Hard Rock Hotel is the customer service. Not only do they offer 24-hour room service, they have top- notch customer service from the moment you walk in. Checking in is a breeze and checking out is just as simple. If you need anything in between, they are sure to accommodate.

The next time you’re headed to Universal Orlando, be sure you book one of the new Hard Rock Hotel Future Rock Star Suites. They have everything the family needs to have a rockin’ and rollin’ good time.

Even after the theme parks close, you’re sure to have a great time at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando —both you and the kids!

Which part of the Future Rock Star suites would you enjoy the most? Sound off in the comments below!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Four Ways to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel

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Four Ways to Choose the Best Universal Orlando Resort Hotel

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts of vacation planning is the “oohing” and “aahing” over hotel options. For me, the hotel is a big part of the escape. This is certainly true when I visit Universal Orlando Resort. It offers five spectacular on-site hotels—with a sixth on the way, Universal’s Aventura Hotel—that offer all the comforts of home, terrific theme park benefits and even a few thrills of their own!

With each of them so close to the theme parks and the fabulous dining, shopping and nightlife at Universal CityWalk, vacationers are just a hop, skip and a jump away from the fun. So no matter whether you enjoy the romance of Italy at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, unleash your inner rock star at Hard Rock Hotel, savor the South Seas at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, drink in the flavors of the Caribbean at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or dive into the ‘50s and ‘60s Florida beach town vibes at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, you’re going to have a fabulous time.

But which one is right for you? We’ve got a few tips to help you decide!

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1. Factor in the time of year you are visiting.

If you’re visiting during a busier time—such as summer or around holidays—we highly recommend you stay at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort. These hotels offer Universal Express access. Universal Express means you can skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions as many times as you want.

Each person staying at the hotel room receives free Universal Express access for Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure (valid theme park admission is required). After you’ve checked in at one of the participating hotels, head to the lobby where you’ll find the Universal Express kiosk and print your passes. They are valid every day of your hotel stay, including the days you check in and check out.

No matter when you visit, take advantage of Early Park Admission, which is available to guests of all the Universal Orlando on-site hotels.

Hotel guests get one-hour early admission to select attractions at either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure. It will also include one hour early access to Universal’s Volcano Bay, which opened May 25. Valid theme park admission is required.

All the on-site hotels at Universal offer additional benefits, including complimentary transportation to the parks—by bus or boat—resort-wide charging privileges, hotel or room delivery of merchandise purchased in the theme parks and more.

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2. Factor in your party size and how long you are staying.

If you’ve got a larger family or are planning a longer visit, you may want to consider the family suites at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. These affordable family suites come with mini kitchenettes, double vanity areas, and separate toilet and bath/shower areas. Best of all, they sleep up to six! Plus, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort just added brand new standard guest rooms and even 2-bedroom suites that sleep up to eight in an expansion consisting of two towers at the south end of the property – where some overlook Universal’s Volcano Bay. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort also has a dedicated walking path that leads to Universal’s Volcano Bay, so when you are planning water theme park days, it’s the perfect choice.

All of the other resort hotels offer standard rooms that typically sleep up to five with a rollaway bed, so they’re quite comfortable for most families. There are also larger suites available for those looking to stay with more than five people.

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3. Get ready to soak up that Florida sunshine!

When it comes to my family and picking a hotel, nothing is more important than the pool. We often plan pool time right after we check in, then do short “pool breaks” in between theme park time and maybe a little unwind, hot-tub time at the end of the night. If you’re also a family of water lovers, you won’t be disappointed by any of the Universal Orlando on-site hotels.

All of Universal’s hotel pools are perfectly family-friendly with various water features and poolside activities. Still each pool has a distinct vibe:

  • Hard Rock Hotel takes the show outdoors with its rockin’ pool scene. Enjoy the underwater speakers, live music, DJs, sand volleyball and the zippy 260-ft. pool slide.

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4. Decide what else is important to you.

One of the benefits of staying on-site at Universal Orlando’s hotels is that it’s super easy to hop from hotel to hotel via water taxi, shuttle bus or a short stroll. No matter where you stay, you can escape to the Mandara Spa at Portofino Bay or take the whole family bowling at Cabana Bay. Moms and Dads can leave the kids at one of the on-site kids camps and enjoy a date night out. May I suggest Emeril’s Tchoup Chop at Royal Pacific? Plus, there is a dining shuttle that will take you to any of the on-site hotel restaurants.

Here are a few of the major selling points for each hotel:

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  • Hard Rock Hotel Orlando – Music memorabilia throughout the hotel; Sound of Your Stay program which lets you rock out in your room; monthly cocktail concerts in the lobby for Velvet Sessions; it’s closest to Universal Studios.

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  • Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Tranquil orchid court; Emeril’s Tchoup Chop; weekly Wantilan Luau; wide selection of craft beer; Jake’s Beer Dinner offers a five-course meal paired with specialty brews; it’s closest to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

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  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Fabulous food court and on-site Starbucks; original Jack LaLanne memorabilia at the fitness center; bowling alley; closest to Universal’s Volcano Bay.

Now that you’re in the know, it’s time to plan your next escape!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Enjoy a Rockin’ Summer Escape at Hard Rock Hotel This Summer

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Are you ready for a rockin’ summer escape? You can receive up to $1,800 resort credit or unlimited golf plus kids stay free at Hard Rock Hotels this summer!

“Taking a cue from the modern mythos of rock and roll, and building on a culture of sophisticated style, unparalleled service, and the most awe-inspiringly beautiful tropical locations in the world, the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotels of Mexico and the Dominican Republic are more than a breath of fresh air within the all-inclusive vacation market – they’re the game changer.”

$1800 Limitless Resort Credit
When you book your vacation at one of the Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or the Caribbean, you will receive up to an $1,800 Limitless Resort Credit that can be used on all services and/or amenities such as spa and beauty salon treatments, upgraded wine selection, tours, romantic dinners, the Colin Cowie Wedding Collection and more! Plus, the best part is, there are no limits or caps for any one thing, no coupons, no restrictions!

Unlimited Golf
You can also choose unlimited golf instead of the $1800 Resort Credit. Forget your $1800 Limitless Resort Credit and you can receive unlimited rounds of golf for all guests in the room!

Kids Stay Free

  • Two kids aged 12 or under will stay for free when sharing applicable category rooms with one full paying adult

Check out the spectacular Hard Rock Hotels below:

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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Punta Cana

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Hard Rock Hotel Cancun

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Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya

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Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya- Heaven Section

Which Hard Rock Hotel would you like to spend your rockin’ summer escape at?
Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for your free, no obligation quote or more information. 

Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Grand Opening May 4-5, 2014


The All Inclusive Collection by Hard Rock Hotels is expanding next month with the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya grand opening! Formerly the Aventura Spa Palace, the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will make a grand debut on May 4 and 5, 2014 with guests, celebrities, and VIPs. The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya grand opening will even include a performance by Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia.

“As the fourth addition to the All Inclusive Collection of Hard Rock Hotels, we’re thrilled to host what is sure to be an event to remember with the upcoming Grand Opening celebration,” said Rafael Chapur, chief operating officer of All Inclusive Collection. “With Hard Rock’s signature vibe and All Inclusive Collection’s unmatched guest services, Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya offers a vacation experience unlike any other.”

The Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya Grand Opening celebration will kick off on May 4, 2014 with a “star-studded Red Carpet, Hard Rock’s signature Guitar Smash and a live concert performance by Jon Bon Jovi and his New Jersey side band. The Kings of Suburbia that will be exclusive to hotel and Grand Opening VIP guests.” After the show, there will be a VIP After Party, hosted by renowned DJ Connor Cruise, at the brand new Club Heaven. The next day, May 5, will include an exclusive press conference followed by a high-energy pool party hosted by DJ Jack Novak.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our collaboration with All Inclusive Collection and look forward to opening the newest property in Riviera Maya,” said John Galloway, chief marketing officer of Hard Rock International. “We’re certain Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will exceed expectations and All Inclusive Collection will continue to bring incredible value to our brand.”

Here are just a few of the highlights you can enjoy at the all new Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya:

  • Located just off the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea
  • Both the adults-only and family friendly resort experiences
  • 1,264 ultra-posh and lavishly appointed guestrooms boasting balcony, terrace views or new, expansive sky terrace options with picturesque views and hydro tubs in each room
  • World-class shopping
  • The largest celebrity-branded Rock Star Suite in the Hard Rock International collection designed by legendary singer Bret Michaels
  • Expansive outdoor pools and a private beach
  • Nine world-class restaurants
  • Eight bars and lounges
  • 88,915 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting and event space ideal for elegant banquets, themed parties, weddings, concerts and more
  • Youth-friendly components including HIT Entertainment’s Little Big Club, Teens Lounge & Club, snorkeling and kayaking for an unparalleled adventure
  • Adults-only section Heaven, includes the Hard Rock signature Rock Spa® with 75 treatment rooms, four restaurants and three sophisticated bars and lounges, including a premium service nightclub

Would you like to attend the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya grand opening?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your all inclusive getaway at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or to start planning your vacation! 

The Little Big Club at Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and Dominican Republic

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There’s lots of fun and activities in store for your kids when you plan a family vacation at one of the Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico or Dominican Republic. Your kids will love playing in the Little Big Club at your resort that’s included with your stay!

Your kids will get to see some of their favorite characters including Thomas & Friends™, Angelina Ballerina™, Bob the Builder™, and Barney™. Your kids will get to sing and dance with their favorite characters as well as participate in other exciting activities like building, dressing up, learning, and more. There are live stage shows, character breakfasts, crafts, and movie nights, complete with characters!

Your kids are in good hands at the Little Big Club with their friendly and well-trained, BLAST! qualified staff. BLAST stands for Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training. This is an exclusive babysitters certification that provides extensive training in pediatric first aid, household safety, and the fundamentals of childcare.

Your family can enjoy the Little Big Club at Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana, Hard Rock Hotel Cancun, or Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Plus, kids stay free all summer at the Hard Rock Hotels so it’s now more affordable than ever to enjoy an all-inclusive tropical vacation as a family!

Check out this video to learn more about the Little Big Club at Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico and Dominican Republic:

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She would love to help you plan your next vacation at no cost to you. Email siera@destinationstoexplore.com for more information or to request your free, no obligation quote.