When booking hotels near Universal Studios you have a couple of options, you can stay on site at one of the Universal Studios hotels, you can stay at a hotel near Universal Studios (many are within walking distance) or you could stay at one of the many hotels on I- Drive.

If you are planning to go Universal Studios Theme Park guest typically visit Universal Studios for at least two full days and the average guests spends just over 10 hours each day in the park. This is important information for you to have when choosing the perfect Universal Studios hotel, because most guest typically are not spending that much time in their room other than to sleep.

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Orlando Hotels near Universal Studios Rates

There are fewer hotels near Universal Studios than hotels near Disney World. With this being said, the nightly rates are typically a little higher for Universal hotels since they do not really have the competition to bring the prices down. The average nightly rate varies greatly depending upon the time of year you are traveling, how many days you are planning on staying, and what type amenities you are looking for the hotel to provide. A few tips to make sure you are getting the best deal:

  • Universal Studios hotels have a higher nightly rate on Friday and Saturday nights. Typically, the rates are 12% to 16% cheaper if you book a room Sunday through Thursday nights.
  • If you come during high season, you will be paying a premium rate for your hotel stay. It is easy to figure out high and low season here in Orlando, if kids are in school typically this is low season and if kids are out of school this is typically high season.
  • Combine your Universal Studios theme park tickets with your hotel room, by combining your tickets and lodging we can offer you the biggest discounts. To save the most money go to our Universal Studios Orlando packages builder.

We promise to always have the lowest rates on the properties we represent. If you find a better deal on a hotel near Universal Studios than the one shown on our website for the same dates and same type of room we will cheerfully refund you the difference. How are we so confident that we have the lowest rates? Simple, twice a week we price shop our competition to make sure we always have the lowest rates. We have been helping guest plan their Universal Studios vacations and book a Universal hotel room since 1993. Over the past 30 years we have learned if we give our guests the best deals they reward us with their business!

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Universal Studios Florida Hotels Resort Fees

Nearly every hotel near Universal Studios charges a nightly resort fee. This typically covers the following: pool towels, land line phone, wifi, and parking may or may not be covered.

The resort fees for Universal Studios Florida hotels range from $10 per night to as much as $50 per night. Typically, if a resort fee is over $25 a night the property probably has a water park attached to the pool area. Orlando hotels with waterparks or lazy rivers tend to have much higher insurance cost associated with having the waterpark so they typically charge a much higher resort fee to offset the cost.

If a hotel charges a resort fees we always will disclaim this fee on the hotels detail page. We do not like hidden fees or shady marketing practices. On a few of our hotels, we charge the resort fee at the time of checkout. By doing this we have negotiated and even lower price for our guests. By charging the resort fee before you arrive to the hotel the check-in process is 68% faster and this efficiency means even more savings for you and your travel partners.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Airbnb’s a better choice than a hotel near Universal Studios?

Studios is located in Orange County which bans short term nightly stays in homes or condos. There are people who rent them out but they are not supposed to be doing this. Check out our Orlando vacation homes section for great properties to rent.

What is the best Universal Studios kid friendly hotel?

There are a few really good hotels near Universal for kids: Cabana Bay Resort, The brand new Surfside Inn and Suites, and The Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios are great options if you want to stay on property. The Grand Hotel near Universal Studios has a nice pool area, and the DoubleTree Hotel Universal is within walking distance.

How do I get a cheaper rate on a hotel room near Universal Studios?

Book your stay between Sunday and Thursday night, travel in the offseason, and book early in advance.

How many days should I book my stay for in Orlando to visit Universal Studios?

Our most popular ticket is the Universal Studios 2-day ticket. We recommend guests get the three-day ticket if they want to see everything Universal Studios Florida has to offer but you can see majority of parks in two days. So you will want to book your hotel stay for 3 or 4 nights.

What is the booking process to book a Universal Studios hotel?

Our booking policy at Orlandovacation.com: We require a partially refundable deposit of $50 to book a hotel room near Universal Studios or a package deal complete with theme park tickets and lodging. Fifteen (15) days prior to your arrival the remaining balance is due. If you need to cancel and you let us know prior to 15 days before your arrival, we will refund you $35 of your $50 deposit.

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