In order to better understand all of the Loews Universal hotels, we hopped from one to the other to see what they looked like and learn a little about them. One of the first ones we went to was the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. This is the newest resort on Universal property and is in the value category or is similar to the Disney All Star hotels. Cabana Bay is themed to be like the 50’s and 60’s vacations families took together. The main dining area is a diner with big TV screens that play old TV commercials that I had never seen before, but which many people probably would recognize who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. The hotel was very clean and the lobby had a large amount of seating space. Although I did not get to see a sample room, what I saw of the hotel was very nice. The hotel reminded me of the Jetsons Cartoon with the theming a bit. The Cabana Bay sign below actually won an award and is neat to see when it is dark outside. We were there at 6:30am to see the sign in the dark and I think it was worth it.
The second Loews Universal property we saw was the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. This hotel is themed to be similar to an Italian village and is really nice. This hotel is more in the deluxe category of hotels compared to Cabana Bay. We got to hear two singers at night from the balcony and I was psyched when I recognized one of the songs the man sang, “O Sole Mio.” Families were sitting outside listening to the two singers sing even though it was a chilly night. We also saw the hotel during the day. Both hotels have shops, but the Portofino has fancier restaurants. The Portofino also has a Gelateria which is a major plus in my mind. The Portofino definitely did not seem like a traditional hotel, whereas, Cabana Bay did but that is because of the theming and it was made to be that way.