Is HRH or PRH better for families???

Discussion in 'Universal Orlando Resorts & Hotels' started by despina, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. despina

    despina Mouseketeer

    Jul 27, 2006
    I have a 16, 13 and 10 year old daughters and I'm sure they would love the slide I heard about. Is HRH a shorter walk to citywalk??? Opinions please... I don't want my girls to tell me their bored LOL!! thanks
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  3. macraven

    macraven Proud Redhead

    Apr 21, 2003
    i've stayed many times at both hotels.

    can't go wrong with either one of them.

    both have pool activities for children and adults.
    both have the dive in movies at the pool on select nights.
    hrh has a slide, rph does not.
    rph has the volleyball net, hrh has the pp table.

    you would be closer to city walk where the main section of restaurants are if you walked from rph.

    walking from hrh to city walk, HRC would be closer.

    rph has a couple of shops.
    one in the lobby the others on ground floor, outside entrance.

    hrh has the rock shop off from the lobby.

    if you stay at one of the hotels and need more entertainment, you can go to the other to visit/shop/eat.

    Orchid Court Lounge at rph has breakfast, snack items available from 6:00 to 11:00 am m-f, noon on weekends.

    in the late afternoon, the sushi counter is open to the public.

    you also have Tchop Chop, Jake's, Bula Bar, Islands restraurant onsite.

    hrh has E & B in the downstairs lobby, the Kitchen and the Palm restaurant onsite.

    both have 24 hour room service.

    conch ceremony is usually held on saturday nights in off season at rph.
    free to anyone.
    cute performance and a hula demonstration.
    about a 20 minute bit of entertainment.

    usually a pool is the biggest draw for tweens and teens so you can't go wrong either place.
  4. Celizd

    Celizd Earning My Ears

    Apr 8, 2012
    we usually pick our resort based on the pool. I have an only child (age 10) so I try to find a pool that has a slide rather then just a reg. pool. we stayed at PBH and walked over to HRH, I really liked HRH's pool....lots of fun things. the slide was awesome....they cant get bored lol.
    I have never been to RPH so I cant compare.
    HRH is a very short walk, especially to universal. I did like the feel at HRH, lots of music etc.
    but really either way you go, Im sure they will have a blast
  5. hpriamson

    hpriamson Mouseketeer

    Jan 8, 2013
    When we were at HRH 2 months ago, the 8 year old kept asking to leave the parks and go back to the hotel so she could go on the water slide.
  6. macraven

    macraven Proud Redhead

    Apr 21, 2003

    kids do love the pools!!
  7. goofyfigment

    goofyfigment DIS Veteran

    Dec 1, 2012
    My daughter always loved hrh pool the best. We never stayed at pbh but the one time we did stay at RPR we spent all our pool time at hrh
  8. bumbershoot

    bumbershoot DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2007
    And swim! They encourage pool hopping at Universal/Loews, so you don't have to have the pool be the decision-maker for the hotel.

    I'm sure that teens would appreciate the hotel's music theme, and the pool area seemed really really "cool". It's not for *swimming*, though. The only actually deep part of the pool was at the slide, and you have to swim away from that area immediately.

    But it all depends on what they want to do at the pool. If they aren't big into actually swimming, that won't be a problem at HRH's pool.

    I personally like PBH the best, and would foist my opinions on any travel partners I was paying for. :) (though we are checking out RPR again this trip because I barely remember what it was like there and want to give it another try) I'd visit HRH's pool, but I just didn't care for the hotel itself or the room.
  9. RMulieri

    RMulieri DIS Veteran

    Jul 5, 2001
    We have only stayed at PBH .It is a beautiful ( very large) resort.It is also the furthest from the parks ( and even that is not terribly far and totally walkable).It has a great pool and slide and they do pool acitivites..HRH is nice but the pool seemed very loud and very busy whenever we walked past it.RPH is also very nice, but no slide
  10. mjohnson96

    mjohnson96 DIS Veteran

    May 20, 2009
    Here at Portofino now, the front desk staff was excellent as usual. They were nice enough to make a call and get us into a patio room on the east wing looking at the bay. Very nice.

    The walk is not that bad and we take the long way. Have not been to the pool yet but it has been rainy today. Big at least it is cooler with the rain so no complaints there.

    My only issue this trip is Lowes new policy to not allow the acceptance of strollers. You have to make arrangements for pick up and drop off since they will not allow any company to leave them at the bell desk. This was a pretty huge issue since they said no problems until after we arrived jn Florida without a stroller and had to figure it out. But got it worked out, just had to make several calls and a couple cancelations before we got it set.
  11. heidijanesmith

    heidijanesmith DIS Veteran

    Mar 1, 2010
    We stayed at PBH and HRH and my teens and DH loved HRH. HRH's pool is busy, games, a good slide and had a DJ. My teens would not leave the pool area :rolleyes2

    I liked PBH for the quiet atmosphere, but my teens thought it was too adult and boring.

    I really liked HRH for it's proximity to US, it took me 3min to walk from the pool exit to US. We thought that PBH was too far of a walk for us in the July heat. We were just too tired after a long hot day in the park. We did use the rickshaws alot at PBH- they work for a tip.

    We also liked the dining options better at HRH, less formal and more our style.

    We asked for our garden view room to be close to the elevator and it was a great room. Very easy to take the elevator to the pool floor and head out to the parks. We got a bad room location at PBH and was quite a way from the food, pool and boat launch area.

    We will go back to HRH for the pool, atmosphere for the teens and location.

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