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Old 07-20-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Best onsite resort for family of 5

I'm planning our first trip to Universal. My hubby and 3 kids, 17, 10, and 5, will be staying onsite at Universal 12/8 thru 12/10. We use our room mainly for a place to sleep. Which resort will best accommodate us in one room? Thanks!
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if you are only using the room to sleep and shower, all 3 of the hotels would work for you.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:20 AM   #3
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If you don't care about the resort, I would go with the cheapest- more souveniers! Price out the resorts for your dates and go from there.

HRH is closest to US.
RPR is closest to IoA.

None of them are really far from anything, max 15 min walking at a slow pace. All the resorts have a boat to take if you don't want to walk, and there are also rickshaws for hire (ride for tips).

But the resorts are close enough to take swim breaks in the afternoons, very convenient to get to if you want to take soome down time, so you never know- you might actually want to use them for more than sleeping. They are very deluxe and beautiful. Look at pictures online, you might be swayed in a direction.

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Here is a great site for photos http://www.oyster.com/search/?qa=+lo...do-orlando-295 remember...the Double Tree is not onsite even though it is grouped in there Just click on each individual hotel for the photo links
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Old 07-21-2012, 02:41 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I was leaning toward the Royal Pacific, but wasn't sure if it would be a tight fit for 5. I really appreciate the photo links. The ones on the Universal website didn't help me much. What is the norm for accommodating the fifth person? Do most pay the extra $25 per night for the roll away?
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Thanks for the info. I was leaning toward the Royal Pacific, but wasn't sure if it would be a tight fit for 5. I really appreciate the photo links. The ones on the Universal website didn't help me much. What is the norm for accommodating the fifth person? Do most pay the extra $25 per night for the roll away?
if you are not spending time in the room (sleeping/showers) rph would be fine.
save the money instead of spending it on a higher cost room onsite.

roll away beds are $25 a night.

many regulars take an air mattress for the 5th person.
use the star service button on the in room phone and request extra blankets, pillows, linens, etc for making a pallet on the floor for sleeping purposes.

star service, at your request, will also bring extras so you can pad the floor under the air mattress. or skip bringing the air mattress and use extra padding for comfort.
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We took an air mattress for our group of 5 and a twin fits perfectly by the window...we may have done some table rearranging...I can't remember lol
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We are a family of five and always book the 'deluxe queen" at the HRH. THis is 2 queens and a sleeper sofa (I believe queen)
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We'll be 5 in one room at RPR in the end of August. We are staying 3 nights, 2 adults, 2 teens, and an 8 yr old.
Since it's only 3 nights and the cost really adds up over an 11 night vacation we opted to go for what was cheapest. We've stayed at RPR before and it's doable.
Instead of the cot, we pack a twin air mattress with an electric pump to fill it for my 8 yr old. We could get the cot, but he doesn't mind so we don't. I wouldn't suggest it for the entire vacation, but for two nights it would be fine.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:41 PM   #10
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The deluxe queen at HRH is about $100 higher per night than if I stay at RPR. I'm sure the 10 year old could make do with an air mattress. We're driving so it won't be a problem to pack. Thanks for the info!
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:01 PM   #11
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I was just about to post a very similar question, but thought I would try to search the answer first.

Sounds like my family of five will be okay at RPR and we can spend the extra money elsewhere on our trip. (Perhaps we'll book those Blue Man Group tickets I've been thinking of ...)

Thanks for the great advice everyone -- even if I wasn't the one to ask the question. Maybe bumping this thread back up will be helpful to someone else, too.
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