As Orlando holiday’s are often two-weeks long, it’s important that the hotel you stay in is up to scratch. Sure, they don’t have to be super expensive, but they do need to be comfortable and convenient. Which is why we love bringing you hotel reviews here at Walk in the Parks.
Although I’d love to do a full review like the one we did for Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, we don’t really have enough pics to hold such a post. However, this was the best hotel we’ve ever stayed in together so it’s very easy to pick out the things we really, really like about it.
Have you ever considered staying at Loews Royal Pacific Resort? Read on to find out five awesome reasons why you should book a trip here.
A bit about Universal’s Royal Pacific?
With a beautiful Polynesian theme Royal Pacific is one of six on-property hotels at Universal Orlando, and one of the three ‘premier’ graded properties. If you’re used to holidaying at Disney World, see this as a deluxe resort.
How much does Universal’s Royal Pacific cost?
This is one of the only negatives of Universal’s Royal Pacific. It’s not the hotel for you if you’re after a budget Orlando holiday. As it’s one of Universal’s premier hotels, this place is pricey. But we’ll be honest and say it’s totally worth that price.
Right now (Feb 2020) a week-long stay for two adults at Universal’s Royal Pacific in Sept 2020 is £1,304 on booking.com. We stayed here on our honeymoon, and wouldn’t think twice about paying the price again if it was a special occasion or we had the money.
Awesome reasons to stay at Universal’s Royal Pacific
1. Royal Pacific has amazing benefits
The first thing you need to know about Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort is that there’s some serious benefits that come with staying at this resort.
Along with Hard Rock Hotel and Portofino Bay, Royal Pacific is one of the hotels that offers free Universal Express Unlimited passes. This allows all hotel residents to skip the regular lines at almost every attraction in the park (sadly, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure is not included at the moment).
We LOVED this perk. It’s such a great reason to upgrade your hotel stay at Universal if you can afford to. Many people actually book Royal Pacific for a night just to benefit from two days of express passes.
Some of the other fantastic benefits include:
- Early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay – an hour before the park opens to the public (this benefit is actually something you get at every onsite Universal Orlando Resort hotel)
- Free transportation to Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios and City walk
- Priority seating at select Universal restaurants
- Resort-wide charging privileges using your room key
- Shop purchases delivered directly to your room
2. There’s a chilled vibe and atmosphere
There is such a nice atmosphere at Royal Pacific. From the minute you arrive it just feels so serene. We arrived after a hardcore week at Disney where everything was ‘go, go, go’ and the moment we entered the impressive lobby, everything just felt calm.
We found ourselves having a much more relaxed week here than we’d had at Disney. With the addition of early park hours (often from 7am) and FastPasses in our arsenal, we were able to get in the parks early, get loads of rides done and head back to the hotel for an afternoon by the pool.
The whole hotel is absolutely gorgeous, and the pool area is no different so it was great to spend every afternoon relaxing there with a cocktail.
3. There’s easy access to the parks
We mentioned above that free transportation is one of the perks of Royal Pacific, and man is it good.
There are a few ways you can get to the central area of Universal. We often walked, especially to Islands of Adventure. It’s a lovely chilled 10-minute walk at a maximum and is probably the quickest way to get to the parks.
Alternatively if your feet are killing (like mine often were) you can hop on the water taxi. This is such a fab transportation system and again, adds to the incredibly chilled vibe of staying on-site at Universal Orlando. This drops you off by the NBC Sports Grill and Brew.
If you’re heading to Volcano Bay, there’s also a bus you can hop on to get there.
Transport is just so easy here. We never found it over crowded and if it was, the walk was just as quick.
4. The food and drink is delicious
We cant’s stress enough just how good the food and drink is at Royal Pacific. We spent rather a lot of time at the Bula Pool Bar drinking plenty of alcohol and eating lots of yummy food and we couldn’t have been happier.
There’s four restaurants in this hotel; Islands Dining Room, Jake’s American Bar, Orchid Court Lounge and Bula Bar and Grill. Each serves slightly different food which makes the options fantastic, and the prices are pretty well matched to the rest of the resort.
Of course, the food here is going to cost more than it would down International Drive, but for on-site options it isn’t too bad.
Our tip would be to get the Shipwrecked Loaded Nachos at Bula Bar and Grill. (Black Beans, Cheddar Cheese Fondue, Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole, Shredded Lettuce, Scallions, and choice of Grilled Chicken or Seasoned Beef). These are classed as a starter so are only $15 but they’re massive and easily feed two adults. With that in mind, they’re a bit of a bargain really.
In terms of drinks, these are pricey. But my god, the cocktails at Universal hotels so are delicious. I’d suggest the frozen Maui Sunset Colada (Bacardi Pineapple Fusion Rum, Passion Fruit puree Piña Colada with a Strawberry Swirl) which is $14.50 including a souvenir glass, then $10 for each refill. A round of drinks is easily $20 + tip, so make sure you take plenty of spending money if you’re staying here.
5. It has the most comfy bedrooms around
Having also stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel we can attest that the beds at Universal resort hotels are divine.
The beds themselves are massive and incredibly comfy, making for the best place to rest after a long park day. The rooms are also bright and spacious with plenty of storage, lots of natural light and beautiful muted decor that feels super calm and chill.
In relation to a value or moderate hotel at Disney, these rooms are way superior. This is helped by them being in a proper hotel, rather than motel-style rooms so you can open the curtains to let the light in through the massive windows.
We loved how comfy our stay here was, and think this makes it more than worth the money if you can spring for a stay.
So that’s it, five awesome reasons to stay at Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort. Have you stayed here before? What did you like most about this amazing resort?