Universal Partner Hotels

Universal Partner Hotels

When looking for offsite lodging, there are a few things to consider:  quality, price, location, and amenities.  Many people want to be as close to the action as possible, and Universal Orlando Resort has partnered with several different hotels that offer some options for everyone.  These hotels in the Orlando area are designated as “Universal Partner Hotels”.  This allows them to be booked as part of a Universal package.  The partner hotels are chosen based on a few different criteria including quality and closeness to the Universal Orlando theme parks.

General Information Benefits

Moderate Partner Hotels Value Partner Hotels Tips

General Information

The Universal Partner Hotels are, for the most part, divided into two categories based on amenities:  Value and Moderate.  Some of these hotels contain suites that will allow more room for larger groups or families.  A couple of the partner hotels even have a “water park”.  How cool is that?

Many of the Universal Partner Hotels provide scheduled transportation (fee may apply) to the Universal theme parks.  Also, many Universal Partner Hotels are less than 5 miles from the Universal theme parks with some as close as a mile away.  However, there are a few of the partner hotels that are 10 or more miles away.  If activities are planned throughout the Orlando area, a hotel that is further away from the Universal theme parks but closer to other planned destinations might work better, depending on the specific plans.

Universal Partner Hotel Benefits

Guests staying at select Universal Orlando’s Partner Hotels are eligible for a few bonus benefits including:

  • Merchandise discounts at select locations in the theme parks.
  • Food and beverage (non-alcoholic) discounts at select locations in the theme parks and CityWalk.
  • Scheduled transportation to and from Universal Orlando Resort.

Moderate Hotels

Avanti Palms Resort and Conference Center
Large pool with splash zone
Café & Marketplace
Starbucks
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Avanti Resort
Large pool with kids Playscape Area
Pool Bar & Grill
Resort-wide complimentary Wi-Fi
Within 3 miles of Universal Orlando Resort

Best Western Orlando Gateway
Basketball courts, heated pool, & whirlpools
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Full service restaurant, lounge & deli
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Coco Key Hotel and Water Resort
4 pools including 14 slides
3 restaurants, plus Key Quest Arcade
Within 2 miles of Universal Orlando Resort

Double Tree by Hilton
Heated pool and kids splash pad
Starbucks, 2 full service restaurants, & in-room dining
50″ flat screen TV in each room
Located at the entrance of Universal Orlando Resort

Drury Inn & Suites Orlando
Free 5:30 “kickback” with food and beverages
Indoor/outdoor connecting pool with whirlpool
Within 2 miles of Universal Orlando Resort

Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive
Pool with full service bar
Variety of nearby restaurants and shops
Game room and laundry facilities
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday Inn & Suites
On-site TGI Fridays
Heated pool with splash zone
Game room & Fitness Center
Located across from Universal Orlando Resort

Homewood Suites by Hilton
Complimentary Breakfast Buffet
In-room fully equipped kitchen
Evening receptions (Monday – Thursday) including light dinner, beer, wine, and assorted beverages
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Hyatt Place Orlando
Complimentary hot breakfast buffet
Scheduled shuttle service to the parks
Outdoor pool & fitness center
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Value Hotels

Clarion Inn & Suites Orlando
Zero entry pool & hot tub
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Free shuttle transportation to parks
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Comfort Inn & Suites
Complimentary breakfast buffet
In-room microwave and mini fridge
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Fairfield Inn & Suites International Drive/Convention Center
Outdoor pool and Jacuzzi
Free scheduled shuttle service to major parks
Within 2 miles of Universal Orlando Resort

Fairfield Inn & Suites
Free hot breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking
Outdoor pool and spa
Refrigerators in all rooms
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Hampton Inn Orlando
Free hot breakfast (including to-go options)
Pool with cabanas
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Breakfast buffet
Fitness center & business center
Mini fridge, microwave, and safe included in all rooms
Within 1 mile of Universal Orlando Resort

Rosen Inn International
Family buffet restaurant (9 and under eat free)
English style pub, market/deli, & gift shop
Within 2 miles of Universal Orlando Resort

Rosen Inn
3 dining options
Game room and outdoor pool
Within 2 miles of Universal Orlando Resort

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando
Buffet restaurant and sports bar
Game room plus free Wi-Fi
Within 3 miles of Universal Orlando Resort

The Mouse For Less Tips

  • Each Universal Partner Hotel has its own set of policies and charges, so it might be worth the time to research the charges for each hotel that is being considered.  Is there a parking fee or is it free to park?  Is there a resort fee?
  • There are so many things to consider when choosing a Universal Partner Hotel, but the great thing about it is that there is a wide variety of choices.  From standard rooms to suites and pools to water parks, there is a little bit of something for nearly everyone.
  • The hotels listed above (both moderate and value) are specifically those listed as Universal’s Partner Hotels, there are other hotels in the area that may suit your needs better. Be sure to explore all of your options.

Please remember that the hotels participating in the Universal Partner Hotel program may change at any time, and the benefits may change without notice, too.

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