Universal’s priciest and most romantic option faithfully re-creates the famous Italian fishing village, down to the angle of the boat docks and bolted-down Vespas. Beyond that spectacular gimmick (said to have been Steven Spielberg’s idea, like much at Universal), rooms are of a particularly high standard—standard ones are a generous 450 square feet, have top-end beds, and were fully renovated in 2013. But because the resort is the farthest of the four from the parks (about 20 min. by boat or foot), it tends to appeal to couples, but a few kids' rooms are decked out in a “Despicable Me” theme.
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Portofino Bay Hotel
5601 Universal Blvd., Orlando
Our Rating Phone 888/430-4999 or 407/503-1000 Prices Double queen or king rooms $279–$359. Parking $20/night, valet parking $27/night Amenities 3 restaurants, Mandara spa, 3 pools with activities and bar, nightly opera show, free Wi-Fi Units 750 units Web site Portofino Bay HotelBook a Room Now