Based on how Universal Orlando Resort property appears now, many guests do not remember that less than 8 years ago there were only 3 hotels on site. Now, Universal Orlando offers 8 hotel properties with an entire new theme park area being built. Cabana Bay Beach Resort reigns supreme as largest individual on-site hotel with about 2200 rooms. Many guests express that Cabana Bay Beach Resort is their favorite one. Why do people love this resort hotel?
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is classified as value plus.
Value plus means lower cost/features but more than value hotels like The Endless Summer Resorts. This means rooms there will not cost you an excessive amount though. Now, I visit mostly during off-season. However, I tend to pay less than $100/night on average when I stay at Cabana Bay. Considering cost of comparable room value plus style room at Walt Disney World, Cabana Bay serves as a great value.
Cabana Bay resides literally next door to Volcano Bay waterpark.
If you have any plans to visit the Volcano Bay waterpark, you must consider staying here. There even exist Volcano Bay view rooms at Cabana Bay. Since you get early park admission to Volcano Bay, you will want to get up early. Staying at Cabana Bay makes that simple. The edge of Cabana Bay Beach Resort property is within a few steps of the property of Volcano Bay. You have a state of art waterpark literally right next door to your resort hotel.
Cabana Bay offers excellent pools and poolside amenities.
Cabana Bay offers two large pool areas. One pool gives people a small waterslide to enjoy. The other pool area features an actual lazy river. Both pools have pool side bars area offering quality drinks and food. Especially if you have teens/older children, the pool area will entertain them for hours. During one trip when my son was a younger teen, he asked to just spend a day enjoying the pools instead of roller coasters.
Cabana Bay offers far more amenities than you would expect at a value plus level resort hotel.
For example, on second floor resides an actual bowling alley. The arcade area there will entertain family members for some time. Cabana Bay also offers guests a gigantic fitness center. Usually on Friday late afternoon/early evening, character meet and greets happen in the lobby.
Cabana Bay serves many varieties of dining options.
As mentioned, both pools offer food options. An excellent Starbucks serves guests from 6am to 10pm daily. The Galaxy Bowl bowling alley sells quality grill style food. The main food court, Bayliner Diner, presents a large variety of food options at higher quality than expected at a value plus. Some of those items previously reviewed at Pirates and Princesses are Cabana Bay Burger and Cuban Sandwich if you are interested. Some theme park media visit this food court often just for the burger itself.
Now, Cabana Bay possesses traits we dislike. No hotel shines perfectly. However, if you are looking for a vacation that will not destroy your budget, Cabana Bay should be considered.
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