"Portofino Bay Hotel: Italian Old World Charm Wonderfully Reproduced"

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Orland, Florida, USA

"Portofino Bay Hotel: Italian Old World Charm Wonderfully Reproduced"

If you've ever sailed into the harbor at Portofino, Italy, or seen a photo of that charming Italian town, you will be awestruck by the detailed precision with which this European destination has been recreated at Universal Orlando Resorts' Portofino Bay Hotel, a Loews-managed luxury hotel. If you stand at the Portofino Bay dock area, where water-taxis transport guests from the hotel to the Universal Orlando theme park and Universal's City Walk amusement areas, and look at the panorama of the buildings and waterfront area created at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, you will find an exact reproduction with the only missing elements being the tree-covered hills that are part of the background scenery in Italy! The inspiration for this unique themed resort was Steven Spielberg who, when he was consulting with Universal Orlando on their Jurassic Park attraction, was asked what theme he would choose if he were building a themed hotel. Clearly, his suggestion was taken seriously which has resulted in an incredible experience for visitors to Orlando.

For the guest at Portofino Bay Hotel Resort, nothing is too much for the staff to provide. The entry area reminds the traveler of arriving at an Italian villa. The accommodations are sumptuous; the bathrooms reflect Italian emphasis on spacious and glamorous design. The various wings of the hotel are created behind the façade that authentically replicates Portofino, Italy in every aspect which is one of the reasons you will often find guests from Italy enjoy there stay in surrounds that make them feel very much at home.

In addition to its special concierge lounge where you'll find free computer services available along with your continental breakfast, midday snacks and evening hors d'oeuvres for executive level accommodations, a swimming pool area and spa, you'll have the convenience of a choice of multiple bars and restaurants to choose from representing everything from fine Italian cuisine at Bice's overlooking the picturesque bay created as part of this idyllic setting, to casual meals to fit every mood at their deli!

But my very favorite dining spot at the Universal Orlando Resorts Portofino Bay Hotel is at Mama Della's Italian Restaurant. Mama Della's is not just a meal. . . it's an experience! There is always a feeling of celebration in the air at Mama Della's, centrally located in the row of shops along the bay. While the restaurant is of substantial size to accommodate the ever-turning-over crowds, the restaurant design creates the sense of intimate dining rooms. From the moment you enter, you are convinced that Mama Della has invited you “home” for dinner which is projected in the warm hospitality that is typically associated with dinner in an Italian home. While the menu is designed to provide you with choices of all of your favorites, the unique element is “Mama” herself who makes it a point to come by, give you a hug, make sure you have everything you need and want, and checking to see that you have enough to eat and are doing a good job eating your meal!

As a special benefit for guests of Portofino Bay, there is complimentary transportation by water taxi from the bay to Universal Orlando themed attractions, Islands of Adventure and City Walk, where you'll find the Blue Man Group performing at its super-modern new theater. Guest room key cards also have a magical component in that, upon presentation at the entry to Universal Orlando attractions, guests are directed to a special VIP entrance, by-passing lines of people waiting to enter. And one of my favorite services for hotel guests is that of free delivery of purchases made in shops at Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure and City Walk to the hotel which eliminates carrying bundles and bags with you as you enjoy the vast entertainment, shopping and dining experiences at Universal Orlando. Just show your key card and your packages go from shops to your room in a wink with a smile!

And if all of the above weren't enough to make me fall in love with this gem, factor in that Portofino Bay is pet-welcoming. As a member of the Loews Hotels group, Portofino Bay offers a full variety of pet services for travelers visiting with their four-legged furry family members.

For those who enjoy luxury and service and have a taste for the finer things in life, a stay at Universal Orlando Portofino Bay Hotel adds a special level to a visit to Orlando, Florida. www.Loewshotels.com


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