Universal Orlando adding 1,800-room hotel

Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts are partnering to build a new 1,800-room hotel at Universal Orlando Resort.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort will include 900 family suites, capable of sleeping six, that include kitchen areas and 900 standard guestrooms, offering both moderate- and value-priced accommodations. It will be operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts and is scheduled to open in 2014.

The resort’s theme will evoke the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families — spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway, where families relaxed and played after a long day’s drive. The hotel will feature themed pool areas and a vintage look throughout.

“Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort,” said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they’ve never had before.”

An artistic rendering of the exterior of Cabana Bay Beach Resort
An artistic rendering of the exterior of Cabana Bay Beach Resort

The resort will be built on a 37-acre (14-hectare) site within Universal Orlando Resort and adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

“The Cabana Bay Beach Resort furthers our goal of operating special and distinct properties in important markets,” said Paul Whetsell, president and CEO of Loews Hotels & Resorts, New York City.