The newest hotel at Universal Orlando aims to restore some of the now-faded glory of Florida's heyday. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report.
Channeling the 50’s at Universal’s newest resort in Orlando, Diagon Alley isn’t the only big reveal taking place at Universal Orlando this summer.
The fourth Universal hotel operating under the Loews brand is now open for business, and you might just think you’re stepping back in time.
"Our family actually started in the hotel business right here in Florida, with the Americana of Bal Harbor, which opened in 1957," says Loews Hotel Chairman Jonathan Tisch.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort has 1,800 rooms and suites so large, Jon Tisch says, it’s the biggest hotel project recently built outside China. Unlike her three sister properties, CBBR falls into the value category, with starting rates in the $150 range.
It captures the era of the 1950’s in many ways, but with up-to-date amenities.
"We have a swizzle bar right here in the lobby, something that you would see in a hotel in a resort destination in Florida. We have a bowling alley, which is really terrific and has been hugely popular. We have a food court that has any kind of food a family would want," Tisch says.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is considered an on-grounds hotel, even though it’s about a 15 minute walk to the theme park gates. Candy-colored shuttle buses regularly travel the route.
If you’re wondering, where’s the beach? There are two expansive pools with sand along the fringes.
Depending on the property, the benefits of staying at one of the Loews hotels can include perks such as free Universal Express access to skip the regular lines, as well as early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.