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  • [Review] Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Pic Heavy)

    We went to Universal Orlando August 7 through August 9. We decided to stay at the Royal Pacific resort for 2 reasons. You get free Express Passes for the length for your stay for the parks and I got a great Florida resident rate. Considering the Express Passes can run up to $50 per person per day depending on season and crowds, this was a really good deal.

    We arrived about 11AM.


    Parking at the resort is $15 per day for self parking and $22 for valet. We decided to have them valet our car and got bell service to check our bags since we were going straight to one of the parks after checking in.



    We proceeded to the lobby down the covered walkway which was lined with frogs playing musical instruments.







    Check-in


    Murals on the wall behind the desk.



    We were pleased to find our room ready and the girls received gifts. They each got their own travel size Doodle Pro drawing board.


    The bellmen are very attentive. Instead of them all just hanging around the bell service desk, they stand across from the check-in desk waiting to be summoned by the check-in staff unlike other resorts where they just give you a ticket and tell you to go to the bell stand, here the bellmen come to you. We proceeded to our room on the 6th floor.

    Standard room with 2 queen size beds.







    Ipod compatible alarm clock.










    Nice assortment of Emeril coffees and tea with condiments and carry-out cups.


    Our view....this room was considered a non-view room but I preferred it to a water view room. I liked being able to see the coasters and hearing the Hulk start up in the morning. At night we could see the fireworks from the night-time show at Universal Studios over the tops of the trees.


    The hotel has an Asian islands Balinese theme and feel. There were lots of these umbrella stands through out the resort. They added a bit of color.


    Staircase in the lobby


    Light fixture above the stairs



    In the center of the lobby is the Orchid Court, a beautiful fountain and garden.










    On the other side of the Orchid Court is the Orchid Court lounge which has a sushi bar nightly starting at 5PM.




    On the ground level there is a walkway around the entire hotel with lots of little and big decorative touches.








    One of the 2 gift shops.




    The hallway leading to Emeril's Tchoup Chop and the Pacifica ballroom.


    Walkway leading to the water taxi that goes to City Walk.







    Main entrance to the pool.




    You can play billiards, ping pong and volleyball out by the pool.



    Chilled water with lemon is available poolside.






    Zero entry side of the pool.



    If I had any complaints at all about the resort it would be this area. After being in the pool and you're wet, you have to walk back through all this sand to get to your stuff and then walk back to your room with your feet and the back of your legs covered in sand. I know it's all part of the island themeing but I would prefer more chairs on the pavement but this is the largest concentration of chairs. Hate the sand.

    The walkway to the parks is nicely manicured with tropical plants that offer some shade on the walk and they're just pretty to look at. It takes about 10 minutes to get to IOA and 15minutes to US.





    All in all I really enjoyed staying at this hotel. I am looking forward to planning a longer stay in the future to take advantage of the resort further. We ate at one of the restaurants at the hotel as well and the review for that is here.



    Originally posted by larasound
    am I the burrito man?

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    Re: Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Pic Heavy)

    Great review! If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay per night for that resort?

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      Originally posted by SummerInFL View Post
      Great review! If you don't mind me asking, what did you pay per night for that resort?
      Florida resident rate of $169 per night.
      Originally posted by larasound
      am I the burrito man?

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        Originally posted by EvilQueenRocks View Post
        Florida resident rate of $169 per night.
        Amazing! Huh, I expected it to be much more expensive. That's awesome EQR.

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          Re: Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Pic Heavy)

          Originally posted by SummerInFL View Post
          Amazing! Huh, I expected it to be much more expensive. That's awesome EQR.
          Yep! Great rate for a great hotel!
          Originally posted by larasound
          am I the burrito man?

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            Re: Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Pic Heavy)

            Originally posted by EvilQueenRocks View Post
            Florida resident rate of $169 per night.
            That's my sweetheart. The little bargain hunter.

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              Re: Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Pic Heavy)

              My god...that hotel looks amazing! Such incredible theming everywhere you look. I would like to see what little details are in the other Loews hotels at Universal!

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                Re: Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Pic Heavy)

                Fabulous review! Looks very nice.

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                  Re: Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando (Pic Heavy)

                  That hotel is simply gorgeous! I especially like the orchid pool, and the elephants in the water.
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                    Glad you had an awesome stay! My family almost always picks the Royal Pacific when we're doing a Universal trip (though sometimes we mix it up and do Hard Rock). The little details Universal/Lowes includes is amazing and really makes the resort that much better. And with the free unlimited express and walking distance to the parks, the $169 is really a steal!

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                      We stayed there on our first anniversary 3 years ago. It was absolutely fantastic. My only complaint was that we had a room facing I-Drive. I'd have loved to had a garden view room. Looking out your window and seeing the tackiness of I-Drive knocked down the experience a bit, but not much. Its absolutely perfect if you have a better view from your room.

                      That said, I find it as perfect of a resort as anything Disney has and somewhere just beneath a Deluxe resort at Disney but at a price far beneath Deluxe prices.

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                        Very nice place indeed. You guys would probably kill me if you saw the rate I get when we stay there, though
                        See more of my horrible photos (and a few good ones) at my Flickr photostream

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                          I've been waiting for this review, I don't know how I missed it until now! The hotel looks fantastic! Much better than I had imagined. Maybe I'll stay there and let my son stay at the Hard Rock! lol
                          Thanks so much for posting this review!
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                            Holy cow that place is gorgeous! I love the theming and the way the way the room is decorated.
                            Good morning, son
                            In twenty years from now
                            Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                            And I can tell you 'bout today
                            And how I picked you up and everything changed
                            It was pain
                            Sunny days and rain
                            I knew you'd feel the same things...


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