Opened in July 2016, the Modern Caribbean-inspired Sapphire Falls is clean and understated. It’s also my favorite of Universal’s most affordable options because the service is strong, parking is sheltered, and you can take ferries to the parks (the more crowded Cabana Bay only has buses). Most rooms have either a king or two queens (321 sq. ft.), but for $100 more you can have a King Suite with a separate sitting area (595 sq. ft.), and for $200 more there are Kids Suites with a separate double-twin bedroom for children. Quick-service food options are short, but the 16,000-square-foot pool area, which catches sun until sunset, is a world unto itself. A stay comes with early entry to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but not Express entry.
Loews Sapphire Falls Hotel
6601 Adventure Way, Orlando, Florida
Our Rating Phone 888/430-4999, 407/503-5000 Prices Double queen or king rooms $179–$250. Parking $22/night (self parking), $29 (valet parking) Units 1,000 units Amenities 2 restaurants; 2 bars; fitness center; pool with activities and bar; free standard-speed Wi-Fi (full-speed $15/day) Web site Loews Sapphire Falls HotelBook a Room Now