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What You Need to Know About Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Last month, Universal Orlando opened their sixth resort hotel. The Aventura Hotel features awesome views of the Universal Orlando property including the Volcano Bay Water Park. Clocking in at 17 stories and 600 hotel rooms, the Aventura is a high tech marvel that won’t break the bank. Here’s what you need to know about the newest addition to Universal.

It’s Sleek but Affordable

Universal, much like Disney, has different categories of hotels based upon price point. Their more luxurious hotels, known as the Premier Category, include the Loews Royal Pacific, Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino Bay. The middle category and slightly less expensive, known as the Preferred Hotel, only includes the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Aventura Hotels are in the Prime Value Resort category. (2019 will introduce a new category, Value, when the first phase of the Endless Summer Resort opens with Surfside Inn and Suites.)

While the hotel is sleek, grand and cutting edge, the price point is more affordable than you might think. Rooms at Aventura start at $116 a night. Factor in proximity to the parks and the ability to enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (at Universal Studios Park and Islands of Adventure Park) and Universal’s Volcano Bay Park an hour before other guests and you have a pretty good deal when it comes down to it. That price point in a new hotel is a great deal as well.

“Siri Turn My Lights On”

Technology is at the forefront of this new hotel. Everything in your room from air conditioning, to lights and even room service orders, is done through tablets found in each room. A cool feature at first might become a burden later in your stay but the emphasis on tech might be a signal for future hotels and resorts down the line.

To reduce paper, receipts at the hotel’s bars and restaurants will all be sent to the email the hotel guest has on file rather than being printed. While you might have seen this at other places before this feature is unique as paper is not an option.

Like Views? This Place Has Got Them.

All the way at the tippy top of the 17 story hotel lies the Bar 17 Bistro. With views encompassing the Universal Resort and the greater Orlando area, this noshery is a can’t miss place for hotel guests. Being the tallest resort at Universal, it will offer a unique perspective unachievable at other hotels on property.

The hotel also features a lobby bar, pool bar, Starbucks and quick service food location called Urban Pantry.

Aventura signals just another step in Universal Orlando’s plan to continuously add more hotel rooms with each passing year. Currently sitting at 6,200 rooms, Universal will continue to add to their arsenal and by 2020 will clock in at 9,000 hotel rooms when the Endless Summer Resort’s Surfside Inn and Suites and Dockside Inn and Suites open. Still nowhere close to Disney World’s 30,000 hotels rooms, Universal is still trying to make an impact. One thing is for sure, the more new things mean the more places for us the theme park fan to explore.

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