Staying @ Hard Rock Hotel, Portofino Bay Resort, or Royal Pacific Resort? Start here!
On-site resort FAQs
Looking for HRH information? Click here for any and all information on the HRH:
Q: "I just booked at HRH. What room should I request?"
Q: "I've heard that the HRH plays loud music everywhere. Will this be overwhelming? Is the music everywhere and deafening?"
A: No. There is music played throughout the resort. But it is not loud and not overwhelming. You cannot hear the music in your room. You can have a conversation at the pool and in the restaurants without any problems.
Looking for PBH information? Click here for any and all information on the PBH:
Q: "I just booked at PBH. What room should I request?"
Looking for RPR information? Click here for any and all information on the RPR:
Q: "I just booked at RPR. What room should I request?"
Q: "Do the Universal hotels offer a Magical Express service like Disney?
Q: "Are the Universal hotels smoke-free like at Disney?"
Q: "What hotels qualify for FOTL?"
A: Only RPR, PBH, and HRH qualify for FOTL privileges.
Q: "If I stay at RPR, HRH, or PBH for one night, how many days do I get FOTL?"
A: You get FOTL on the day you check in until the day you check out. So, a one night stay gets you 2 full days of FOTL.
Q: "So wait, I can check out, leave my stuff at the hotel, go to the parks, and still have FOTL all day?"
A: Yes, as long as you haven't handed in your room key at check out.
Q: "Hey, what's FOTL anyway?"
A: FOTL is the acronym for "Front of the Line." Is it really Front of the Line? No, but it does mean that you can flash your hotel key and gain access to the Express Lane for all rides that offer Express.
Q:"If I check in early, can I still get my hotel key for FOTL even if my room isn't ready?"
Q: "Does every member of my party need a hotel key for access to the Express Line? Even my kids?"
A: Yes, every member of your party is required to have his/her own hotel key for access to the Express Line. Adult keys are marked with an "A." Child keys are marked with a "C."
Q: "I need a good rate, where can I find one?"
A: Start here: http://disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1322866
Q: "Tell me about Club Level. How is it different than Disney?"
A: Club Level is offered at all 3 on-site hotels. Club level offers continental breakfast, light snacks, sodas and bottled water throughout the day, evening beer and wine, hot and cold appetizers from 5 - 7 pm, and desserts from usually 8-9, sometimes 10 pm. Club level is different from Disney in that you shouldn't expect the concierge to contact you prior to visit to help you with reservations and your itinerary. The club lounge will be staffed with a concierge team who will be happy to help you make any arrangements you need once you're there. And, there is no cordial hour or free cocktails other than beer and wine. Mixed drinks are available during evening service (5-7 pm) for a $5 pour.
Q: "Do the RPR, HRH, and PBH offer a frequent guest program?"
A: Yes, it's called Loews First. http://www.loews-first.com/Loewsfirst.asp
Q: "What kind of upgrades are available with the Loews First program?"
Q: "Ok, so what are the perks for being a Loews First member?"
Q: "Do any of the hotels have balconies or patios?"
A: The RPR and HRH do NOT have rooms with balconies or patios. Only about 9% of the rooms at the PBH have a patio, and many balconies are quite small and may not be able to accommodate chairs.
Q: "How far are the walks from each hotel to the park?"
RPR - IOA. ~ 7 minutes
PBH - HRH: ~ 5 minutes
HRH - USF: ~ 5 minutes
PBH- USF: ~ 12 minutes
IOA-USF: ~ 5 minutes
There also needs to be a FAQ on parking, but I can't help there because we never bring a car. Anyone?
You sure have been a busy bee!
Parking is $12 per night for self park and $15 for valet.
haha yeah very busy huh?? ..I ve been told is a very nice place to be huh??
Sorry new to this ... is it true that you get preferred ride access if you book at the Hard Rock Hotel?
Yes, its called front of the line access "FOTL". You get this if you stay at any one of the three Universal hotels.
Marking this page.....:wizard:
Thanks a ton!
Some changes since the start of Jodie's very helpful thread.
HRH is totally non smoking for all rooms.
HRH is not a participant of the Loews You First program.
HRH is affiliated with the All Access program.
The Loews You First Program membership level is now based on the number of different stays at the RPH and PBH, not the number of nights at the hotel.
Which resort Royal pacific or Portifino Bay
We are visiting Easter week. We have two children ages 6 & 9. I am looking for the resort with the best amenties. We have never stayed at Universal resorts before. Any reccomendations would be appreciated.
Does anyone know what is the least expensive (cheapest) way to get from HRH to the airport (MCO) for 6 people?? Would we be better off renting a car for the night??
Ok, guess not....:rotfl:
that will take you to the first week of june.
there is one car service that does not have an increase for carrying 6 people.
most, if not all others, have an additional charge for 6 as a van is needed.
if you are only going to be at universal hotels for one night, you might check and see which would be best for you financially.
there is a $15 parking charge at the hotels each night you stay there.
be sure to add that amount to your budget you are planning if you go with a car rental.
i have been watching some sites for car rentals and some places using a code are showing up with a $14 per day fee, plus taxes.
if you are traveling to other places after leaving universal, it might be to your advantage to go with a car rental.
Thanks for the info!:goodvibes We are going to be staying at HRH for 5 nights, but we will not nee a car for there so we were looking for some way to get back to the airport when we check out.... The prices that I found so far were kind of high (Mears, etc) so I started looking into renting a car the evening before and loading it up that night (our flight home is at 7:30am :scared1:)
i would definitely go with car service.
there are some reliable companies where the rt cost would be as low as $92.
another option but it would/could be time consuming is to rent a car from the airport and drop it at the off site returns near UO.
drop off the party in your group at the hotel, return the car at that point.
do the same for returning to the airport.
rent it from the offsite places and use it for going to the aiport.
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