Portofino Bay Hotel

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  • Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: A Great Taste Of Italy In Orlando !

    Sep 12, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: A truly beautiful hotel with an Italian feel
    Cons: Expensive restaurants and parking

    Summary: When we were planning our vacation to the Gulf Coast of Florida my dear sweet hubby decided to treat ourselves to a “A taste of Europe”, so to speak, since we would not be sampling the real thing this year. He had read some very interesting and ... read more

  • Expensive hotels should tell you if they are broken down before ruining your vacation!

    Oct 29, 2009 by
    Not yet rated.
    Pros: Not a single Pro.
    Cons: Expensive hotels should tell you if they are broken down before ruining your vacation!

    Summary: My wife and I tried to spend our vacation at Portofino 10/25 to 10/31, but were very disappointed. We are both disabled and wanted to spend time in the pool. If the pool was going to be broken you should of told us this and gave us another room closer to ... read more

  • Portofino Bay @ Universal FL

    Mar 14, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful property close to Universal theme parks.
    Cons: Substandard service.  $15-$22 to park.

    Summary: Loew's Portofino Bay Resort is a beautiful property with lots of shops and restaurants. Wonderful food at the usual resort prices. Sal's Market Deli offers a great pizza for about $13. Enough for three or four. A very good deal! There is an upscale Spa ... read more

  • Poor Service at the Portofino

    Jan 2, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Nice Decor, good restaurants, boat ride to universal
    Cons: Poor Service, long lines, slow shuttle

    Summary: I was not that impressed with the Portofino. While in Orlando we stayed in multiple hotels and this was easily the most expensive we stayed at. I had pretty high expectations. The rooms were nice and having the Universal Express Pass(which allows for ... read more

  • Portofino is POORtofino

    Dec 29, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Close to Universal
    Cons: Lots of them!

    Summary: While in Florida we stayed at several hotels so that we could experience the different atmospheres and pools, etc. We stayed at the Portofino Bay Hotel our first day in Florida so we could go to Universal Studios. At check-in the line was very long and ... read more

  • You'll never want to go home!

    Mar 28, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Elegant, relaxed and a treat for all the senses.
    Cons: Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

    Summary: After we arrived at Portofino Bay in 2002, my husband and I suffered a bad case of "Anal Glaucoma" -- in other words, we couldn't "see our asses ever going home"! Needless to say, this year when we returned to Universal for a Spring Break vacation ... read more

  • Family Vacation at the Portofino Bay Hotel

    Feb 22, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Beautiful hotel. park proximity, Express pass with room.
    Cons: High beds, expensive, expansive (didn't get to see much of the hotel in two days)

    Summary: Last year, our family stayed at Universal's Hard Rock Hotel (ht tp://www.epinions.com/content_ 84198198916) but due to late planning, we were only able to get a room at Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel. We were not ... read more

  • Earns its 4-star rating

    Oct 20, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Service, Fast Pass, water taxi to park
    Cons: Only complaint was the door slamming by hotel guests.

    Summary: My husband and I just returned from a lovely long weekend at the Portofino Bay Hotel. We arrived early Friday morning (2:30 AM) due to a flight delay. There was a mix-up with our room so we were told that we would have to stay in a different room than w ... read more

  • The very best!! You get what you pay for and then some!

    Oct 15, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Quality in service, as well as closeness to Universal Studios
    Cons: None that I can honestly think of other than the price.

    Summary: If you desire to visit Universal Studios Orlando you should definitely consider staying here. There are a number of reasons that that justify the rate you will be paying!! THE HOTEL: Talk about a perfect lay out. The courtyards with their water founta ... read more

  • Portofino - A little luxury at a large price

    Oct 2, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: The cost!
    Cons: Just beautiful! Great scenery and architecture!

    Summary: Thought i would put in something about the Portofino as i guess many of you (like me) wondered what it was all about and whether it was worth it. The Lowdown I stayed there for a week (myself and boyf) from 19/09/03 to 26/09/03 we got a reduced ro ... read more

  • This Hotel is Spectacular.

    Jul 3, 2003 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Awesome views, and spectacular rooms.
    Cons: You have to pay for separate breakfast instead of having a continental breakfast.

    Summary: Let's start off with the service. The service I have to say is an all time best. They have valet par ... read more

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  • Inconsistent luxury

    Dec 17, 2009 by
    Not rated yet
    Pros: Sometimes very nice
    Cons: Sometimes very poor. You have to pay additional $15 for parking!

    Summary: Last visit totally different than first. Bedroom not nearly as luxurious as previous visit and was a bit disheveled.  Toilet burped loudly all night and they never sent anyone to fix it. Waited half hour in line to check out. ... read more

  • Lack of Security

    Mar 5, 2008 by
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    Pros: Room decorated nicely
    Cons: Major safety issue at this hotel

    Summary: This is hotel has a major lack of security. During my recent stay in March 2008 I was accosted by an aggressive male at the Villa pool on the way back to my room. I brought this to the attention of the front desk and security which they treated very ... read more

  • Amiamo questo posto!!!!

    Apr 9, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Water Taxi takes you right to Universal Studios
    Cons: None!

    Summary: We love this place! My husband and I found this place to be a little piece of historic Italy! We love going there and we don't live that far away, but we feel like we are in another part of the world when we are there. There are 3 different pools to ... read more

  • Very unique

    Apr 18, 2004 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great view, convenient to Universal Studios
    Cons: Small room, expensive

    Summary: Having been to Italy, I can say this hotel captures the feel of Italy perfectly. We had a room on the first floor by the water and it was a lovely view. The furniture is high quality and the bathroom is huge. They have a heated pool that has a huge ... read more

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