Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Review

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6550 Adventure Way, Orlando FL 32819
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Editor’s Review of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Remember when you were a kid and family vacations meant piling into dad's station wagon for a road trip? So does Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, which joined Universal Orlando Resort in 2014. In fact, dad's station wagon probably looked like the one that's permanently parked outside the hotel, along with three other vintage cars.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort celebrates the family vacations of yesteryear, essentially taking guests back to the 1960's and 70's. You'll watch black-and-white TV shows while you eat at Bayliner Diner, and classic, dive-in films by Cabana Courtyard Pool, which also touts a nostalgic dive tower. In your room, which might be a Family Suite, you'll do a double-take at the soaps -- Zest and VO5 products appear
... more exactly as they did in the 1970's. Even the onsite gift shop has a retro touch -- it's modeled after Universal Orlando Resort' first-ever store.

One of the resort's most enticing features for families, however, is its affordability. Universal Orlando Resort's only value hotel, it offers the cheapest rates; even Family Suites, which sleep up to six guests, start around $175 per night, an extremely reasonable rate in comparison to the numbers you'll find -- and for smaller rooms -- at other hotels across the way.

No matter when you visit, however, nostalgic excitement at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, paired with modern-day entertainment at Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay, set the scene for a perfect family vacation. Bonus: Guests of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort enjoy a private entrance to Volcano Bay!
Our Editor Loves
  • Affordable hotel with retro theme
  • Family Suites that sleep up to six
  • Private entrance to Volcano Bay
Family Interests
  • Theme Parks
Family Amenities
  • Babysitting
  • Children's Program
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Cribs
  • DVD Player
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kids'/Theme Meals
  • Kitchenettes
  • Laundry Service
  • Meal Plan
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
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Reviewed on 01/16/2017
The hotel was nice but the hidden costs were very misleading and aggravating. Nothing directly against Cabana Bay I am sure they are only following policy, but I wouldn\'t stay at any Universal Resorts again, after staying ...
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John Newton
Reviewed on 07/18/2016
I visited this hotel no less than 3 days ago and had the worst experience I could have possibly imagined. The staff were rude, the manager was worse, and cleanliness and housekeeping was even worse. When we opened up the pull-out ...
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The hotel offers Standard Guestrooms, along with Family Suites, to offer a total of 1,800 accommodations.

Family Suites
Each Family Suite provides a colorful, spacious living area with a sofa (which pulls out to sleep two), two lounge chairs and a flat-screen TV. Adjacent to the sitting area is the kitchen (which is also where you enter and exit the unit), which has a mini-refrigerator, sink, microwave, plastic plates and utensils, plenty of shelving, and a small bar with two stools. Between the living area and kitchen bar, there's plenty of space for a family to spread out and enjoy a meal.

The Family Suite bedroom features two queen beds, which can be separated by the living area and pullout sofa with the use of a rolling door. There's also another flat-screen TV in this area, as well as the bathroom, which is quite big and perfect for families. It has two sinks, separated by two doors, so it almost feels like two separate bathrooms. There's also a shower-in-tub combination.

Standard Guestrooms
Standard Guestrooms sleep up to four, and are a great option if you have a family of that size, especially considering they offer mini refrigerators and small tables to eat a meal. Standard Rooms are offered as Tower Rooms and Poolside Rooms -- the latter will offer the best views, obviously.


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