Conveniently situated at 6550 Adventure Way, Orlando, Florida, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is within walking distance of two Universal Studios theme parks as well as the Universal Citywalk.
The retro-themed resort is compiled of five different buildings is the most budget friendly hotel in the Universal Studios Loews group offering a complimentary shuttle to the Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, and Polynesian Hotels nearby as well as free wi-fi for guests.
The predominant colors of blue, orange, avocado combined with the bold geometric shapes everywhere help install a laid back atmosphere and succeed in reminding guests of what vacationing in Las Vegas or the Caribbean felt like back in the 60’s.
Our spacious room on the 5th floor was not only functional but clean and welcoming with two comfortable queen-sized beds.
The room sported mood lighting and reading lights along with a 40-inch flat-screen TV and a small seating area which proved useful when we wanted to enjoy a quick bite without leaving our room.
There were multiple electric sockets throughout the room so that all of four of us were able to charge our gadgets at the same time.
The room safe was well placed and was large enough to a fit a small laptop.The closet had ample hanging space and shelving apart from providing an adequate place for our suitcases.
There was an empty mini-fridge in the room which was very convenient for keeping drinks and snacks cold. An analog alarm clock completed the room’s charming touches.
The practically designed bathroom was divided by a door into two separate areas: a vanity with a sink with a white countertop along with the second section where the commode and tub/shower combination were located.
The tub separated by a colorful shower curtain had no hand-held shower attachment (which would have been helpful for families with younger kids ) but boasted excellent water pressure and complimentary V05 shampoos and conditioners , which were popular back in the day.
The hotel’s main dining venue is the Bayliner Diner.
The restaurant with 1960’s tv commercials broadcast on giant screens looked like an old-fashioned cafeteria.
The self-service restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offers a have a choice of snacks, sandwiches, salads, cereals and pastries.
There is also a frozen yogurt bar that is quite popular with the youngsters and in the drink section, one can choose sodas, bottled water, beer and wines.
In the Deli section, diners can find a very generous selection of made to order sandwiches.Not to be outdone; the pizza counter serves pizzas with diverse crusts while its neighbor bar, the Grill section offers chicken and other barbecued meat dishes.
The hotel also features a small sit-down restaurant next to its bowling alley that serves American grub (mainly burgers and sandwiches), a small poolside bar, and a Starbuck’s coffee shop.
The two pools and a Lazy River with family-themed activities keep the visiting kids busy and their parents relaxed and happy.
Guests can purchase an inflatable tube and float along in the water, taking in all the sights and sounds.
Two other crowd pleasers are the old fashioned bowling alley and the large room off the Bayliner restaurant where guests can lounge on overstuffed sofas and watch black and white cartoons.
The hotel also features a unique Jack Lalanne gym; that guests should check out even if they don’t exercise.The room serves as a mini shrine of sorts, filled with different awards and framed newspaper clippings introducing the younger generation with a rare opportunity to watch some of Lalanne’s TV broadcasts.
The artifacts and decorative details spread throughout the resort are a fun way to educate kids of what life was like in the 1960’s.
Look out for the giant neon name sign upfront, the lobby sign and the three vintage cars parked right outside the Bayliner that reminds the older generations of the family stay at the Howard Johnson chain.
Autism Travel Tips
- Parents need to be aware of the resort’s layout with five separate buildings and should make sure to request a room away from the pool areas that tend to be noisy.
- If your kid tires quickly or hates walking around, you need to ask for a room in the building next to the lobby.
Our room was in the Americana building located at the very end of the resort, so we had to walk quite a bit to get from the restaurant and pool back to our room.
If your child wishes to participate in the free family activities offered to by the resort, then make sure you arrive early to ensure adequate accommodations.
Like all the other Loews properties, here too, your room keys have theme park characters printed on them so ask which ones are available when you arrive.
- This hotel has the most extensive Universal Studios merchandise store outside out the parks and CityWalk so you can call and order some of the souvenirs including those Harry Potter robes ahead of time so you can surprise your kid with the gifts waiting for him or her in the room upon arrival.