The Best Hotels Near Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Our team of Orlando Gurus have put together a list of the very best Universal Orlando hotels including a few of our favourite off-site hotels near Universal Orlando too.

While staying on-site at Universal’s themed resorts is a fantastic experience, there’s a whole world of off-site accommodations waiting to be explored. This carefully curated list unveils the most exceptional off-site hotels and villas, each offering a unique blend of comfort, convenience, and affordability.

If you’re thinking of going to one of Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, we’d recommend staying onsite so it’s easier to get back to your hotel at the end of the night.

Whether you’re seeking a relaxing retreat or a family-friendly base for your theme park escapades, join us as we unveil the top off-site options that will make your Orlando holiday truly magical.

Find out more about the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando

Portofino Bay Hotel

The best of the universal hotels with express pass

Our top-pick if you want to be really close to the parks and skip the lines too.

Relax in beautiful, timeless surroundings inspired by the seaside village of Portofino.

And there’s another treat—guests also enjoy exclusive theme park benefits by staying in Universal Orlando. Skip the regular lines with free Universal Express Unlimited ride access at participating attractions in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Breeze into one of the Universal parks an hour earlier than other guests with Early Park Admission too.

Element Orlando Universal Blvd.

With Free Breakfast

One of the newer off-site hotels near Universal Orlando, the Element Orlando has full-kitchen suites and comfy delights such as the outdoor patio with fire pit which is perfect for ending the day with complimentary sips from the evening Relax reception. Move in Motion, the 24-hour fitness centre, offers Peloton bikes and everything you need to stay fit on the all those churros.

The downside is there aren’t free shuttle buses to Universal Studios, but it’s a very quick Uber or taxi ride away.

And, unlike most hotel, breakfast is included each morning too so you can get ready for your big day at Universal Orlando

Element Orlando Universal Blvd
Enjoying the view at the Aventura Hotel Orlando

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Cool Universal hotel with rooftop bar

Take in spectacular views of Universal’s three amazing theme parks from this stunning rooftop bar and grill

The path from Aventura takes you straight to Universal’s Volcano Bay. Plus, you’ll get the exclusive theme park benefits that come with being a Universal Orlando hotel guest, including Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ up to one hour before the parks open.

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

One of the best-value hotels near universal orlando

It’s not the flashiest of hotels, but the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando is one of the best value off site hotels near Universal Orlando.

You’re right in the heart of International Drive with plenty of restaurants, shops and bars to choose from.

Plus, they have a free shuttle bus to the parks and is one of the best Universal Studios Orlando Off Site Hotels.

In fact, it was the first hotel Martin stayed at all the way back in 2003.

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando with free shuttle bus to Universal Orlando
2 bedroom suite at Endless Summer Resort Dockside hotel

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort

best budget hotel at universal orlando

Endless Summer Dockside Inn and Suites and Surfside are 2 the latest hotels near Universal.

For larger families or if you just want a bit more privacy, we’d recommend upgrading to the 2 bedroom suite.

You’re right next to International Drive with plenty of restaurants, shops and bars to choose from.

Exclusive benefits: Free shuttle bus to the parks & early theme park entry

Orlando Villas

Perfect for large groups visiting universal studios

It’s not just hotels near Universal Studios Florida. Whether you just want a bit more space and privacy compared to a hotel or travelling as a large group, it’s easy to see why a villa is so popular.

Most have their own private pools and some are on complexes with shared facilities such as a club house or water park.

A car is recommend, but not essential to get around.

Stay in an Orlando Villa on your trip to Universal Studios and Walt Disney World

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