The Royal Pacific is one of the three onsite hotels at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. I've stayed here twice and I decided I had to write a review about this amazing resort.
The themeing of the hotel gives you kind of a South Pacific feel with it's decor. From the moment you walk from the parking area towards the lobby you feel like you've stepped out of Florida and into a tropical paradise. From the valet area you walk across a bridge lined with whymiscal wooden frogs playing various musical instruments. As you walk into the lobby the first thing to greet your eyes is the lovely Orchid Court (see picture above), with it's fountain of statues and playful elephants and beautiful orchids this is a bright spot in the otherwise dark but cozy lobby area.
Check-In has always been fast and friendly for me here at this resort. Check-in time is 4pm but they are happy to let you check-in early and go enjoy the Universal theme parks while waiting for your room to become available. Check-out is also a breeze, they will leave you an envelope early in the morning on your last day, just sign it and drop it in the box in the lobby, quick, easy and you are out the door.
I might as well get the most uncomfortable part of this review overwith...price! This resort as well as it's sister resorts on the Universal property can give you sticker shock at certain times. The Royal Pacific is the least expensive of the three but I have to say that even though they can be quite expensive they are well worth the money to me. They aren't always so unreasonable though, I was able to find a really great FL resident rate for my last stay. They also participate in the Lowe's First loyalty program and offer other types of discounts as well. Even if you are paying full price though, it's kind of hard to complain and the rest of my review will tell you why.
Location, location, location! This resort as well as the other two are within walking distance of the two Universal theme parks as well as the City Walk entertainment complex. The Royal Pacific has a beautiful walkway that comes out closest to Islands of Adventure, it will take seriously like 5 minutes to walk from your hotel to the park, 10 if you walk really slow. If you want to go to Universal just add a couple of minutes to your walk since it's just right next door to IOA. Don't feel like walking? Want to conserve your energy for the parks? The hotel also has a water taxi that will take you to a dock between the two parks and you can walk to either one or to City Walk (which is actually where the boat docks).
Once inside the parks make sure you utilize the best feature of staying onsite. Front of the line access! That's right, when you stay at one of Universal's onsite resorts your room key will allow you to utilize front of the line privelages on rides. Resort guests (as well as those who purchase express passes) have their own entrance to rides so you will be able to get on the ride sooner than those just visiting the park for the day. This is well worth the price of staying onsite for me. You can get so much done in such a shorter amount of time that you can really enjoy everything the Universal resort has to offer without rushing through it all. Not to mention riding your favorite rides over, and over, and over, and over...LOL
The hotel also has several great restaurants and bars, room service and a continental breakfast spot. If that isn't enough you have access to all of the restaurants at the two theme parks, the other two resorts and City Walk! For someone who loves food like I do that's a great feature! Another perk of staying onsite is that at most of the sit-down type restaurants you have priority over guests who aren't staying onsite. If there is a long wait, show them your room key and you will receive the next available table.
There is a large pool and two jacuzzis. I really like the pool because I can't swim and since the pool is no more than 4ft. deep throughout I feel pretty safe in it. The jacuzzi areas are nice and secluded too, we had the privelage of having one all to ourselves one evening and it was very nice to just relax after a fun filled day.
The resort also has a fitness center, a children's club, a small arcade and a couple of shops. Not to mention the Luau you can attend (for a seperate fee) on select nights during the week.
The rooms are spacious, nicely furnished and you can get a great view of the parks from certain ones. The theme park view in the picture above is the view we had on our last stay. I love the details in the rooms like the dragonfly cut outs on the lamps above the beds and the luggage straps that adorn the valance above the curtains.
I know I'm probably leaving tons of stuff out but this review is pretty long as it is. If anyone has any questions you can feel free to send me a message. I think it's an awesome resort that can't be beat with everything you have access to when you stay there.