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Old 07-02-2018, 09:20 AM   #1
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Default Opinions on Universal's Cabana Bay, Sapphire falls

Tentatively starting to plan a Universal trip later this year. If we do go at Thanksgiving, we'll have more time than if we just do Fall Break, so we're considering a value on-site for a couple of those nights. We already plan on doing at least 2 nights at Royal Pacific, (or Portofino) for 3 days of head of the line access, but if we have a couple more nights, I'd like to try one of the values. I"ve read and heard how great the pools are, so anyone have any opinions on Cabana Bay/ Sapphire Falls/ Adventura for their resort/pool offerings??
We've stayed at Royal Pacific 3 times and love it. Hard Rock twice and enjoyed it too, but never Portofino. Choosing from those 3 will depend on price.
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Old 07-02-2018, 11:20 AM   #2
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I'm interested in the feedback on this as well. Planning a 2019 trip and would love to stay on-property. Cabana Bay is my early favorite. The two new hotels they are building may be in the mix as wee, though one of them appears to be an extreme value hotel.
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Old 07-03-2018, 07:42 AM   #3
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I don't but there are many YouTube videos to look at
Really any pool there is nice. Don't know what kind of amenities your asking about. They all have about the same.
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Old 07-03-2018, 01:12 PM   #4
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Just chiming in to add that we truly loved the family suite at Cabana Bay. (I wish the DVC studios were set up like this....they are very well laid out! My super picky "DVC Snob" husband loved it there!) Over all we loved the atmosphere / decor, cleanliness, unique decor, great pools, bowling on site, dining on site, bars on site and bowling was somewhat expensive but fun. I was impressed with how quick and easy their transportation was. I buy points there if I could..... LOLOLOL!!
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Old 07-05-2018, 09:02 PM   #5
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Stayed in Cabana Bay last October. Never again. For a facility that was slightly over a year old, the wear and tear in our room looked more like ten years.

It is inconvenient to get to the parks. They have a long way to learn how to run bus service. No convenient crosswalk to Sapphire Falls. You have to play frogger in traffic to get to that resort from CB.

The only redeeming value of CB is the restaurant. Decent food for USO.

We will go back to Hard Rock when we return.
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Old 07-05-2018, 10:34 PM   #6
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Stayed at Portofino for a couple days last month. I really liked it! It's a little farther from the parks than the other resorts, but it's a pleasant walk and really not that far, and of course there is the boat as well. I'd rate it above Royal Pacific, but the truth is you just can't go wrong with Loew's hotels.
I just ate one meal there, at Mama Della's. Not their most elegant restaurant but I had an excellent dinner.
A couple very minor negatives:
(1) You have to go up & down stairs or elevators to go to/from the lobby to rooms or parking. If you have mobility issues I'd suggest a different hotel.
(2) It is a bit of a chore to get there in a rental car, but once you're there, you won't want to leave!

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