Universal Orlando just opened the first of two new value hotels. If you’ve wanted to stay on Universal property in the past to get early park admission, but have found it pricey, Universal’s Surfside Inn and Suites may be for you.
During a recent trip to Orlando, Florida to try the new “Harry Potter”-themed coaster, I had the chance to check out the resort’s new hotel, opening Thursday. Universal said it’s the most affordable hotel with standard rooms starting at $73 per night and two-bedroom suites starting at $111 per night as long as you stay for seven nights.
“When we originally started building hotels, our plan was to always have an offering in every price category,” Russ Dagon, senior vice president of resorts development at Universal Orlando creative, told INSIDER of why it was so important to have a hotel at a lower price point.
“For years, it was Portofino, Hard Rock, and Loews Royal Pacific, which are all four-diamond properties,” said Dagon of the original hotel offerings at Universal Orlando. “If you walk through the park, you can see that all of our guests are not of the same socio-economic groups. So the idea was to have an offering that we could offer to everyone who’s attending our parks.”
Most impressive are the hotel’s two-bedroom suites, which sleep six people and have a mini kitchen. Keep reading to see what it’s like to visit Surfside Inn and Suites.