Aventura Hotel offers budget accommodation within walking distance of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. This review shares photos of the rooms, information on amenities, pros and cons, and how it can be accumulated in other Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World resorts.
As this is a theme park block, we usually start these hotel reviews with a discussion on the topic. Universal’s Adventure Hotel doesn’t really have one. Officially, it is a “modern and elegant place to stay.” The hotel offers magnificent views that “stand out for a vibrant design, free movement and tranquility. It is your relaxation area, your party, your meeting place, your refuge. And it’s simple. “
Some of this may be a bit stretched, but that is the nature of marketing. Despite Walt Disney World’s repeated claims that things were magical, I’ve never seen a rabbit materialize out of the air. However. However, some of these descriptions of Universal’s Aventura Hotel are quite accurate.
I would describe Adventure as a clean and tidy convention hotel. Not a fantastic one, more like the mid-level one. It’s not where Goldman Sachs (or even Comcast) hosts its executives, but it could look at Buc-ee. (No lack of respect for Buc-ee rules).
In other words, the Hotel Aventura de l’Universal is simpler and noisier, while having some of the characteristics of a convention hotel. This is evident in a wide variety of offerings, such as TVs in the living room, bars, rooftop viewing terrace and just the overall composition of the tower.
In terms of specific amenities, the Universal Adventure Hotel has a swimming pool and a children’s leisure area, a gym and the Universal Studios store. None of these require much comment, so we’ll be spreading photos of each one throughout this review.
It also has some dining options: Starbucks in the lobby, Bar Sol in the pool, BarVentura in the lobby, the Urban Pantry dining area and Bar 17 Bistro on the rooftop. Aside from the last on the list, all of these are inferior to their counterparts in other Universal Orlando hotels. (I guess Starbucks is pretty consistent everywhere, too.)
It’s probably such a good place to compare it to Walt Disney World hotels and the obvious is the Great Destiny Tower. Another would be the Swan Reserve, the new Swan and Dolphin wing.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel is definitely not that nice. The rooms are smaller and humbler, the design is more minimal, and overall it’s just a more cheeky hotel. Apart from some key features and amenities, Aventura is mostly a modern utility hotel, and is not meant to be anything else.
In addition, Adventure is also quite a bit cheaper, less than half the price of Gran Destino or the Swan Reserve during most dates. In terms of price comparisons, Universal’s Aventura Hotel is cheaper than Disney’s All Star Resorts for the vast majority of dates, and makes them come out of the water.
Adventure is also closer and more comfortable to the parks than all previous Walt Disney World hotels. These are significant factors that further obscure the already imperfect comparison.
Speaking of location, there’s a walking path that connects Universal’s Adventure Hotel with Sapphire Falls, Royal Pacific, and then the Garden Walk to Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida via CityWalk.
Personally, I find the walk through the gardens to the parks to be beautiful and a hidden gem, but it’s about a 20 minute walk and the route can be a bit confusing. In our experience, buses have it always it has been faster than walking from Adventure or Cabana Bay. The catwalk only gets benefits if you stay in Sapphire Falls (or closer), but controlling your destination or just strolling can be enjoyable.
As suggested above, the Universal Adventure Hotel has shuttle buses that provide access to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk. They are usually shared with Cabana Bay Beach Resort, which is right in front of Adventure.
Buses can get crowded during the early days, but they are also incredibly frequent. During our stays at Universal Orlando, we usually found that there was a bus almost every 5-10 minutes or so. During rush hour, there were buses stacked one after the other, which kept the waiting time to a minimum.
Before turning to other amenities, let’s take a look at the rooms at Universal’s Aventura Hotel.
At the top is a spacious look that shows almost everything, including the curvature of the building on the outside. If you take a look, it almost looks like the Tom Cruise building has gone up Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. (You may have to dodge the view a lot, but that’s what reminded me of some weird reason.)
These rooms are small and not descriptive, so there’s really not much to say about them. They have floor-to-ceiling views, which would have been a highlight if ours looked something fun. (We were able to see Endless Summer and I-4, my most hated road).
The rooms offer coffee makers, TVs, cool lighting and a speaker system that I didn’t know how to use (hashtag problems for old people). Plus, tablet-based controls for just about anything in the room. For those who keep the score at home, I could easily do that.
This is the standard room, which is 314 square feet. There is also a deluxe room (395 square feet) or a 575 square foot suite that sleeps 5 and has a special interior area for children with two single beds.
I can’t imagine a scenario where this suite is especially appealing to families given the wealth of alternatives to Universal Orlando, but your mileage may vary.
Here you have a look at the bathroom, which is separated from the beds by three panels.
There are no complaints here. Like the room in general, it’s utilitarian, but it does the job.
The “smart” features are the highlight of the room and the ability to control everything from the bed via the tablet makes me feel incredibly powerful. (My superpower is clearly TV control).
There’s really not much more to say about the rooms, so here’s a video recorded by Sarah:
The biggest advantage for Universal Aventura Hotel guests is the early admission to the magical world of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park.
The downside is that, as with other lower priced hotels, Adventure guests do not receive an unlimited Express Pass. If this is something you would buy otherwise, you will probably want to advance in resort levels as its value / cost is huge.
The Bar 17 Bistro is excellent and is without a doubt the largest and best selling point of the Hotel Aventura de l’Universal.
This rooftop lounge offers the best views of Universal Orlando, the two theme parks, the water park, almost every hotel in the hotel and more. Here is also an extensive viewing platform that has the same views. Of course, you don’t have to be a hotel guest to dine and drink at Bar 17 Bistro, so staying close by and having a night out can be your best bet.
Going back to our hotel comparisons, the “best” comparison with Universal’s Aventura Hotel is probably Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Both are classified as Prime Value Hotels by Universal, are located across the street, offer direct access to Volcano Bay, and have identical rate charts (although actual prices may vary depending on availability and discounts) .
Since budgets often dictate accommodations, the comparison makes sense. Literally, it doesn’t. Cabana Bay Beach Resort is far superior in weight, offering fantastic pools, great themed depth, a wide range of other amenities and more.
Cabana Bay is one of our favorite themed hotels anywhere, while Universal’s Aventura Hotel isn’t much. (I could go on and on about the first one: read our full document Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Review allowed.)
However, this does not mean that the Hotel Aventura de l’Universal is objectively worse and that everyone should stay in Cabana Bay. While we personally far away we prefer it, we can objectively assess both.
Adventure is a great choice (in fact, a better one) for those who primarily consider the hotel as a place to shower and sleep, prefer a condensed design, and want quieter or less crowded accommodations. For solo travelers in particular (and maybe even for some couples), it’s easy to see attraction with Adventure.
Ultimately, though, it’s hard to recommend the Universal Adventure Hotel to just about anyone else. Even then, we are reluctant, as visitors on a budget could certainly be best suited for one of the endless summer resorts. The existence of these hotels was really reduced to the target audience that will best suit Aventura, to the point that it is quite minimal.
The Universal Orlando hotel game is incredibly strong. Although we have not yet completed the reviews of these resorts, we have finished the stays. Almost all offer a compelling point of sale or a different feature that makes them an easy “strong recommendation” for someone. Without a doubt, Adventure is the main exception. It’s an excellent hotel and there’s nothing necessarily “wrong”, but in a stacked formation, Universal’s Adventure Hotel does little to impress or win anything more than a temperate saying for a very small group of guests.
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