by Dave Parfitt
Opened in June, 2019, Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites is the first of a new value level resort, with standard rates often starting at less than $100 per night for a two-bedroom family suite that sleeps six. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort is located on the other side of Interstate 4, across from Universal Orlando; water taxi options aren’t available from this resort. However, a shuttle bus can take families to the hub at Universal CityWalk for access to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. An additional dedicated bus route connects the hotel to Universal’s Volcano Bay water park.
The resort features three pools, poolside bars, two food courts, coffee bars and fitness centers.
Our Editor Loves
- Budget-friendly hotel
- Shuttles to theme parks
- Three swimming pools
- Theme Park
- Water Parks
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
by Maxine N
We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children (14 & 11)) just finished an amazing two week holiday @ the Surfside Inn. This hotel has everything you could possibly need; great location for International Drive, regular hotel transport to Universal parks, beautiful pool which is open until 11pm offering fresh towels, lots of available sun beds, even providing free sunscreen and also swimming goggles which my youngest was very impressed with! There are always 2 lifeguards on duty who are extremely professional. Room was great which was regularly cleaned. We ate in the canteen quite a few times offering delicious food with lots of choices - coffee & donuts highly recommended as an afternoon snack! Staff are extremely welcoming and helpful. There’s a great gift shop, Starbucks, gym, dining area, lots of comfortable seating (inside & out) ... an all round excellent hotel!
This hotel has the potential to be great but they just aren’t there yet. Check in was disappointing. We had booked two rooms back in April and requested connecting rooms as we were traveling with our 11 year old grandson. The desk clerk gave us our keys assuring us we were all set. When we reached the fifth floor we found the rooms to be connecting but NOT to each other. When we returned downstairs we were told there were no available cone ting rooms for that night but they could move us the next day. Since our family expected to be at the Universal park all the next day we did not want to have to return to the hotel to pack and move our stuff to another room. We opted to stay as assigned.
The lobby and grounds are beautifully done, everything is fresh and new with a beach decor. The rooms however are small and strangely designed. Very limited storage for three people. Unlike other reviewers we found the walls to be thin and we had at least one night where the noise in the halls and adjoining rooms disturbed our sleep. (Until 3:00 am)
Be mindful that they do not clean your room each day if you are there 7 days or less. They make the bed, give you fresh towels, and empty the trash. This is stated clearly on a sign in the lobby and in the room.
The food court is mediocre. Menu never changed in the week we were there. Staff is friendly and responsive.
Location is great but as others noted getting out of the grounds is a struggle. To get to International Drive you need to walk thru the parking garage which isn’t exactly a safe option with children.
Bus transportation to the park was great! We never waited more than 10 minutes for a bus and we visited all three parks on four different days.
We have been to Universal several times and the last two trips we stayed at Cabana Bay. We wanted to try this new hotel but if your budget allows I would choose Cabana Bay.