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Universal's Sleek, Sultry Aventura Hotel Is Value at Its Best

by Mommy Frog on April 3, 2022 874 Orlando

Aventura - PinterestUniversal Orlando Resort has had impressive growth over the last few years with the addition of the Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park and two brand new roller coasters in Universal's Islands of Adventure. There have also been new hotels! There was Loews Sapphire Falls which opened in 2016 and the newest hotels, Universal's Endless Summer Resorts, which opened their doors in June 2019 and December 2020. In August 2018, however, Universal Orlando opened its second Prime Value resort, the sophisticated Aventura. We hopped to Universal's Aventura Hotel for an exclusive sneak peek during its grand opening, and then we stayed at the hotel during our visit for Halloween Horror Nights. The hotel lived up to the hype! While it's priced in the Prime Value category along with Cabana Bay and therefore toadally affordable, it feels more refined and luxurious. A lot of it comes down to the thoughtful details that Universal and Loews are known for.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Overview

This tower hotel, rising up next to Loews Sapphire Falls, is just a hop, skip and a jump from Cabana Bay and Volcano Bay. In fact, like Cabana Bay, it's within walking distance to the water park, which makes it an excellent choice for families who are planning to spend time there!

Aventura - Lobby

Taking its inspiration from the flavors of Brazil and Latin America, Aventura was meant to be an extension of the modern-retro, Miami feel of Cabana Bay. But whereas Cabana is bright and funky, Aventura is sleek, and dare we say it, sexy. It's almost rock 'n' roll. It's plenty family-friendly, too. The dining hall is open and airy, and tadpoles will love being able to go around to each food station and check out the yummy offerings.

With 17 floors, easily towering above all other hotels around it, Aventura offers spectacular views. In fact, every room features wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows, but more on that later. Aventura is tucked into the larger Sapphire Falls property, and the two share a parking garage. (Keep in mind there is a daily fee for self-parking.) They are both across the street from Cabana Bay. Aventura's address is 6725 Adventure Way, Orlando, Fl 32819 for those of you who want to check it out by map!

Universal's Aventura Hotel Benefits

Universal's Aventura Hotel Near Universal's Volcano Bay

All of Universal Orlando's on-site hotels offer exclusive theme park benefits that make them a terrific value for guests, including free transportation to the parks and CityWalk, resort-wide charging privileges and Early Park Admission to the Universal Studios Florida AND/OR Universal's Islands of Adventure one hour before the theme parks open and Universal's Volcano Bay 30 minutes before the water park opens.

While Universal's Aventura Hotel offers free shuttle transportation to the parks, it's close enough to Sapphire that Aventura guests could easily walk to Sapphire to catch the boat (although shuttle and boat transportation times are about the same). As mentioned earlier, it's also just a few minutes' walk to Volcano Bay. Head out the gate by the pool, and you'll be on your way.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Rooms

Universal's Aventura Hotel Room

Aventura offers four room types — standard, deluxe, kids suites and skyline kids suite. Standard and deluxe rooms offer the option of one king or two queen beds. The king standard and deluxe rooms have pullout sofas. The rooms are open and airy, with warm-hued, wood-flooring and a muted palette — the prime focus is on the views! There are sleek, modern fixtures in each of the 600 rooms and suites.

Universal's Aventura Hotel - Aventura Room Tablet

Every room comes with a tablet device that controls the temp, turns lights on and off, controls the television, and allows in-room dining, access to housekeeping and the ability to chat with the front desk. Fun fact: There is no remote! I was a little dubious about this tablet, but found that even requesting a late checkout was so easy.

Universal's Aventura Hotel ShowerThere are ample outlets, so none of the tadpoles will be fighting over whose turn it is to charge first. There are built-in desks that can also serve as eating space.

Most of the standard rooms offer walk-in showers, so if you would like a room with a tub, this will need to be a request. Standard and deluxe rooms offer single vanities. Families with teens or planning longer stays should consider upgrading to suites, which offer bath tubs, separate walk-in showers and a double vanity (though shared in one bathroom). The suites also offer partitioned rooms, so that parents and kids get their own space. There is an additional "rec" room with a small pull-out sofa and TV. The only difference between the kids suite and the skyline kids suite is the floor its on — it's up to you whether the view is worth the upgrade!

Universal's Aventura Hotel Amenities

Universal's Aventura Hotel Pool

Aventura's zero-entry pool is on the ground floor and wraps around the pool bar. There is a fire pit, ample lounging space, a hot tub and a kids splash pad. While there is no pool slide, as an on-site hotel guest, you have the option of hopping to any Universal hotel pool. Sapphire is the closest and easiest to get to, but Cabana Bay is also close — and it offers two pools, a slide, a splash pad and a lazy river.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Pool

There is also a virtual reality game room and fitness center. Momma and Poppa frogs looking for a night out can use the kids' clubs at other on-site hotels. Those seeking a little extra pampering can take free transportation to the Mandara Spa at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Food & Drinks

Aventura - Starbucks

Aventura ventures out of the typical theme park fare with its on-site dining. While there is no full-service restaurant — you'll have to hop to a premier or preferred hotel or Universal CityWalk for that — you won't go hungry either. The first-floor Urban Pantry offers a mix of options, from sushi to pizza and burgers and fries. The wood-fired pepperoni pizza was one of the best we'd ever had! There are a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. There is also an on-site Starbucks for your caffeine fix!

Universal's Aventura Lobby Bar

There is a lobby bar for a quick drink upon arrival, but just a few more steps will have you outside at the Bar Sol, where you can try signature cocktails like the Arnold Palmer's Day Off or the Unconventional Coconut, Frozen favorites like the Piña Solada, non-alcoholic concoctions like the Thyme Out! They also have an impressive selection of wines and beers.

Aventura - Bar 17 Bistro views

Aventura's modern, sleek vibe is the perfect backdrop for a cocktail or a glass of wine, and no place is this more appropriate than the rooftop, aptly named Bar 17 Bistro (on the 17th floor). This vibrant space offers ample, lounge seating, spectacular views, custom cocktails and a variety of internationally inspired bites like signature bao buns and more homegrown options like the Rooftop Burger. There's even a kids menu for Tad and Lily. We were especially taken with pork belly bao!

Universal's Aventura Hotel Bao Buns Bistro 17

Who Is Universal's Aventura Hotel Best For?

The creative minds at Universal and Loews have created a spectacular hotel that offers an elevated yet affordable stay. It feels more high end, even with the prime value price tag. Tad and Lily love modern and unique hotel experiences, so it's right up their alley. The sleek theming lends Aventura an air of sophistication that won't appeal to all families, but those wanting a more urban escape will feel right at home.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Room

The proximity to Universal's Volcano Bay is perfect for those who plan to spend time at the water park. Those wanting a more relaxed, traditional beach vibe on their vacation will likely appreciate Cabana Bay or Sapphire Falls more. Aventura is perfect for couples and adults, weekend trips or solo getaways. Families should consider upgrading to the deluxe suites or kids suites for the extra space. For just a little more money, there is more space and a cooler layout! As Tad would say, it's toadally worth it!

Overall, we loved Universal's Aventura Hotel, and we're looking forward to staying there again. Sounds pretty amazing, right? We'd love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you have about this on-site hotel. If you're ready to stay, hop over and book your room or suite with us for a discount! 

Related: Why Universal's Cabana Bay Is Perfect for Families

Related: Understanding Universal Orlando's Early Park Admission

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:35 p.m. shari leidner Says...

We are Disney people and have never been!!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:34 p.m. cheryl stephens Says...

This is awesome!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:34 p.m. Akhil Says...

awesome, hoping to win

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:32 p.m. Two Ones Says...

very excited!!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:32 p.m. Alexander Pliscofsky Says...

Looks very upscale! Nice attention to detail!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:31 p.m. Alex Says...

Gorgeous looking place! I'd love to visit.

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. PurpleSuze Says...

I can't wait to go!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:29 p.m. Kirsten Collins Says...

This place looks amazing! Might have to check it out on my next visit!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:26 p.m. Kathryn F Says...

Amazing!!! Looking forward to visiting soon!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:25 p.m. T Scott Says...

Great service!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:25 p.m. Kaitlyn Says...

Can't wait to check out this new hotel, glad Universal is adding more on-site hotel options :)

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Nov 29, 2018 at 5:02 p.m. Susan Says...

Can't wait to take my girls in a few years when we've budgeted for it!! (unless we win!!)

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Nov 29, 2018 at 4:39 p.m. Rachel Gonzalez Says...

Thanks for the Awesome giveaway! Would love to win!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 4:24 p.m. Caitlyn Says...

I think I like Cabana Bay better but this hotel does look nice and it would be fun to compare the two. The tablet and shower look like good additions!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 2:49 p.m. Alicia Rose Says...

It looks really nice. But I think our family would do better in Cabana Bay.

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Nov 29, 2018 at 2:47 a.m. Monique Maines Says...

Amazing!!! Would love a chance to stay!

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Nov 29, 2018 at 1:36 a.m. AtlantaMom3 Says...

Wow, this place rocks!!!❤

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Nov 29, 2018 at 12:50 a.m. Sea princess Says...

Looks like this will be our out if the box place to stay. Looks amazing!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 10:57 p.m. Janice Brady Says...

I would love to stay here. It looks wonderful!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 2:29 p.m. Tracy H. Says...

Looks amazing for a great price!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 1:32 p.m. Melissa Downing Says...

Never been to Universal studios, but love looking at all the options and excited to make vacation plans

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Nov 28, 2018 at 1:06 p.m. JenC Says...

Everything looks amazing!! I've never been to Florida, but when I do - I'll be going through your website!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 12:06 p.m. Kristi Rumsey Says...

My family has been wanting to go to Universal for years!! We look forward to a great family trip!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 11:43 a.m. Katie Says...

This hotel looks Awesome!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 5:19 a.m. Richelle Says...

I could see myself staying here alone with the hubby or bringing our 4 kids. It looks awesome!!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 3:57 a.m. Rachelle K. Says...

Beautiful hotel!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 3:05 a.m. Autumn Partack Says...

Can't wait to go back!

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Nov 28, 2018 at 2:39 a.m. Debbie Dietz Says...

Looks pretty swanky.

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Nov 27, 2018 at 11:55 p.m. Vivian Says...

Can’t wait!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 11:43 p.m. Amy E Says...

Looks like a fun family vacation spot.

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Nov 27, 2018 at 11:07 p.m. Pamela Rehm Says...

Wow it all looks amazing and very family friendly. I know my kids would enjoy a stay there too!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 10:59 p.m. Pamela Postma Says...

Would completely be a Christmas gift from heaven

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Nov 27, 2018 at 10:57 p.m. Pamela Postma Says...

This would be a dream come true for my granddaughters love to have this trip

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Nov 27, 2018 at 10:50 p.m. Pamela postma Says...

Would love to come with my granddaughters it would be a dream come true

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Nov 27, 2018 at 7:48 p.m. twyla burton Says...

Truly this hotel HAS EVERYONE covered. The suite

would be my preference because I like some privacy and I prefer a bath tub to a shower. But EVERYTHING sounds inviting!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 7:20 p.m. Vicki Fischer Says...

Awesome! Where I want to be!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 6:20 p.m. Ann Amar Says...

Whoa, how great this would be!!??!!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 6:07 p.m. Mandarin Walton Says...

Would love to visit soon.

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Nov 27, 2018 at 5:01 p.m. Em Says...

They really need to include express pass for all their hotels including the values

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Nov 27, 2018 at 4:42 p.m. George Says...

I just loveeeee Universal and would be so amazing to go back and visit

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Nov 27, 2018 at 4:20 p.m. Ann Fulto Says...

I love this park and staying on property!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 3:07 p.m. Doris Taylor Says...

What an awesome vacation, this would be. Would love to visit!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 2:37 p.m. Taryn Says...

I can't wait to see this resort in person! We have really enjoyed all of the Universal Orlando resorts and this one is still on our list!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 2:23 p.m. DANIELA RACCA Says...

WE WENT 2 SPRING BREAKS AGO...KIDS LOVED IT SO MUCH THEY ARE PUSHING FOR ANOTHER VISIT.

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Nov 27, 2018 at 2:22 p.m. SherCat Says...

Amazing opportunity!!! <3

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Nov 27, 2018 at 2:07 p.m. Stacy Goyette Says...

Looks awesome, hoping to win for my family!!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 10:33 a.m. Ulysses Conner Says...

Sweet waterslide

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Nov 27, 2018 at 3:42 a.m. Kelly Kriefall Says...

Oh my gosh, Aventura looks amazing. I would love to visit during Christmas!!

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Nov 27, 2018 at 3:29 a.m. Linda S Says...

The new resort looks amazing....would love to visit

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Nov 27, 2018 at 2:58 a.m. SusanML Says...

Swanky looking hotel. Seems convenient to Universal. Will check it out if I’m booking soon

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