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Wendy
09-07-2012, 03:41 PM
Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts will build a new hotel development at Universal Orlando that will add high-quality, high-value options for families wanting an affordable on-site experience.


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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort will offer two distinct experiences within the development's multiple buildings: 900 family suites, capable of sleeping six, that include kitchen areas and 900 standard guest rooms - offering both moderate- and value-priced accommodations. It will be operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts and is scheduled to open in 2014.


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The hotel will be themed differently than anything else currently available at Universal Orlando. It will evoke the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families - spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway, where families relaxed and played after a long day's drive. The new hotel's hip, vintage look will be accented with bold design, dramatic, clean lines, bright, period colors and touches of neon. Inside areas including the lobby, dining areas and large, comfortable rooms will follow suit. The hotel will have two themed pool areas.


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"Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort," said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. "Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they've never had before."

The hotel will be built on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando Resort and adjacent to Universal's Islands of Adventure - just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road. Site work will begin soon. Pricing information, opening timeframes and room on-sale dates will be released over time.


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The new hotel will allow families to choose between value pricing or the higher level of benefits and service that come with staying at other on-site Universal Orlando hotels - Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. It will provide early park admission, proximity to Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios and resort-wide charging privileges - but will not offer complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Access.

"The Cabana Bay Beach Resort furthers our goal of operating special and distinct properties in important markets," said Paul Whetsell, Loews Hotels & Resorts president and CEO. "This is another important step in our plan to expand the Loews system in major markets across the United States."

robertcraig
09-07-2012, 10:13 PM
Looks exciting

Britchick
09-07-2012, 10:22 PM
I don't understand it :unsure: doesn't do it for me at all, I wanted a Harry Potter hotel! Lol

Johnie
10-07-2012, 12:14 AM
I don't understand it either. I get that they are trying to compete with Disney with the family suite option but they are NOT offering front of the line access. That is the reason I stay on-site at Universal.

Kate
10-07-2012, 08:37 AM
I dont really see the point of staying there if you dont get any benefits from it!
I doubt we will anyway - id imagine even their value resort is still out of our price range, just aswell we are happy to stay on international drive really!

foreverducky
10-07-2012, 09:50 AM
I'm not over the moon for this. Like Brit, where's the Harry Potter hotel?!

Sounds like they are trying to do something related to Route 66 without saying it. :unsure: I haven't been to Universal in probably 10 years or more. As much as I would like to go, I'd only go during the off season and I'd stay where I can get the unlimited access.