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Our Stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando

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Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Cabana Bay Resort Exterior

On our family vacation to Orlando we enjoyed a phenomenal stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, one of several on-property hotels at Universal Orlando Resort. With its photogenic mid-century modern theming and convenient access to the Universal Theme Parks, Cabana Bay was a great option for our family and I wanted to share my review of the property for anyone who may be considering this hotel as an option for their next visit to Universal Orlando.

The Theme

You know I’m a sucker for good theming, especially when traveling. Cabana Bay is hands down the best-themed hotel on Universal Orlando Resort property.

Swizzle Lounge is the mid-century themed lobby bar inside Cabana Bay hotel
Swizzle Lounge inside Cabana Bay

The resort has a mid-century modern vibe and it commits to that decor through and through. From its vibrant retro-style rooms to the iconic architecture, every detail of Cabana Bay Beach Resort transported us back to Florida’s beach resorts of the 1950s and ’60s.

The Room

Because there were 5 of us on this family vacation, we opted to stay in a Family Suite. Cabana Bay Resort’s 430 square-foot Family Suites have 2 queen beds. There is also a separate “living room” area with a pull-out sofa and kitchenette with a sink, microwave, and mini-fridge. The two spaces are separated by a sliding privacy partition which I must say was incredibly useful at the end of the day when the kids were able to watch tv in their “room” and the adults could watch our own.

My favorite part about Cabana Bay’s family suite is that we were able to bring food and snacks with us. Cup noodles and instant oatmeal are staples for us when traveling and can be a time-saving alternative to eating out. When given the option, I will almost always choose a hotel room with a fridge and microwave.

The Food

Mini-fridge and microwave aside, Cabana Bay has several convenient dining options right inside the hotel.

The menu at Bayliner Diner inside Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Bayliner Diner

Bayliner Diner is a classic quick-service food court. They serve hot meals and a la carte food items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a grab ‘n go area for when you need a quick bite.

The Hideaway Bar and Grill is an outdoor quick-service restaurant in the pool area steps away from the lazy river.

Galaxy Bowl is a full-on bowling alley inside Cabana Bay Resort (more on that later) that also has a full-service restaurant.

Atomic Tonic Bar and Grill offers sandwiches, salads, and a variety of cocktails, located on the Cabana Courtyard pool deck.

Also… there’s a Starbucks! Yep! A freakin’ Starbucks right there in the lobby. Enough said. You can also have pizza delivered to your room from on-site at Delicioso Pizza.

The Amenities (there are too many to list – these are my favorites)

Both the blessing and the curse of this place is how much there is to do right on property at Cabana Bay. It’s wonderful that there’s never a shortage of things to do. The difficult part is choosing what to do and how to spend your time.

The hotel is a convenient shuttle ride away from City Walk and the Universal Theme Parks.
Universal’s water park Volcano Bay actually has a private entrance right from the hotel.

Cabana Bay’s Galaxy Bowl is a full-sized bowling alley with an attached arcade. It’s the perfect place for both the kids and adults to wind down at the end of a busy day. And as mentioned earlier, it’s also great for lunch or dinner.

The Benefits

There are certain benefits available to every guest who stays at a Universal Orlando Resort Hotel and they’re pretty awesome and worth mentioning.

  • Early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay.
    (You get in an hour earlier than everyone else.)
  • Free Transportation to City Walk, Universal Studios, and Universal Islands of Adventure.

The Verdict

I’m a big fan. In spite of being the least expensive of the Universal Orlando Resort hotels, Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the perfect home base for a family vacation.