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Universal's Aventura Hotel Information: Rooms, Pools, Dining, and More

Universal’s Aventura Resort is a relatively small 600-room tower that is smack in between the two hotels that were built before it, Sapphire Falls and Cabana Bay. The 17-story, curvy, all glass tower is striking in a good way and the curves everywhere mean the light shines off of it in interesting ways without sending blinding Florida sunshine directly into your corneas.

Our Aventura Hotel Review

The Aventura is a great addition to Universal’s on site hotels. It is competitively priced, and in our opinion, a better value than Disney’s value resorts like Pop Century or the All-Star Resorts. The hotel is clean and sleek, with modern touches. Of the three Preferred (Sapphire Falls) and Prime Value (Cabana Bay and Aventura) Universal hotels, Aventura is probably the least appealing to children because of its smaller pool and more subtle theme. Our biggest complaint would be the lack of dining choices, but Sapphire Falls is an easy alternative to the Urban Pantry food court.

Aventura Hotel Prices

Pricing is similar to Cabana Bay with rooms starting at $116 for a standard and $216 for a suite. Obviously those prices go up depending on season and day of the week. Aventura is roughly half the price of one of Universal’s “Premier” hotels like the Loew’s Portofino Bay.

Aventura Hotel Rooms

There are three basic room options at Aventura: a 314 square foot standard room, a 395 square foot deluxe room, and a 575 kids’ suite with 2 twin beds and 1 king. Within any of those you can opt for the slightly more expensive “skyline view” which will guarantee a room on the upper floors.

In contrast to the lobby, the rooms represent a reasonably well-decorated, modern room. The room is uncluttered, but has a wide range of contrasting fabrics and textures. We could do with a little more color and maybe some art on the wall, but that’s nitpicking. The lighting, glass screen separating the bathroom, and the single papered wall in the entry are all both contemporary and comfortable. The standard room does feel small, but that is in line with the price. Technically the standard room is a little larger than a Disney Value Resort, but with the extended entry area it feels similar in size.

The bathroom is also small with only one sink. Rooms also come with only a walk-in shower, which could be an issue with smaller children. We appreciate a small ledge in the shower that makes it easier to shave your legs without worrying about being taken of out the hotel in an ambulance wearing only a towel. Like the rest of the room, the bathroom is nicely decorated although the translucent screen between the sink area and the sleeping area does not offer much in the way of light or noise deflection.

Aventura hotel rooms have both a single-serve coffee maker and a mini-fridge, but not microwave. Coffee is replenished by housekeeping daily. If you need more than one cup before your trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there is a Starbucks in the lobby.

Aventura positions itself as a technologically forward hotel, although that seems to be mostly tablet-related. In the room, for instance, there is a tablet on the nightstand that controls some of the lights as well as the television. You can also order room service through it and see details about the hotel and the Universal resort. We could not find a standard remote for the TV in our room, so we fear the day when the tablet inevitably breaks. One absolute bonus feature of the tablet and TV setup is that it allows guests to log into both Netflix and YouTube with their own account so they can watch either through the television. Guests can view their room balances and check out through the tablet.

Connecting / Adjoining Rooms at Aventura

Guests can request connecting or adjoining rooms at Aventura at the time of booking. Requests are not guaranteed.

Dining at Aventura

The Urban Pantry food court serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It features food made fresh to order including pizza, burgers, Mexican, Asian, and sushi stations for dinner. Made to order omelettes, pancakes, and waffles for breakfast. A gelato bar serves up dessert at Aventura’s food court.

There is a Starbucks in the Aventura hotel lobby. Be aware there will be long lines there in the morning.

The Bistro17 rooftop bar is a big selling point of the Aventura. There is nothing like it at any other Universal Orlando hotel. Bistro17 is a large open-air bar with sweeping 360 degree views of Universal Orlando Resort.

There are two other bars at Aventura. The Bar Sol is the pool bar. It is large and shaded with plenty of seating. The barVentura is the lobby bar. It has limited seating and depending on how busy the lobby is, you may find the area overtaken with families checking in or out of the hotel. When we stayed, the barVentura had a Happy Hour from 4 PM to 6 PM daily.

Room service at Aventura is ordered through the room tablet.

Pool and Recreation at Aventura

The relatively small pool curves around the focal point, the pool bar, with the curve ending in a decent-sized splash pad area for the little ones. There is a hot tub at the pool at Aventura, but no water slide like you get at its two neighbor hotels, one of which — Cabana Bay — is very visible from the pool area.

There is a large gym and fitness center at Aventura on the 2nd floor of the resort that looks out over the pools. Guests need room keys to access the gym.

Kids will enjoy the virtual reality arcade with modern games. Extra charge applies for gaming.

Getting to the Universal Orlando Theme Parks from Aventura Hotel

There are two main options and one slightly out-of-the-way one when getting to the parks. The main two are the bus and your feet. The bus picks you up at regular intervals right outside of the hotel and deposits guests near the security checkpoint for CityWalk. The walking path winds along Sapphire Falls and Royal Pacific before popping out near Margaritaville in CityWalk. The bus is only few minutes ride but you still have a several-minute walk through CityWalk to get to the park entrance. The walking path will take 15-20 minutes to Islands of Adventure with Universal Studios being 5-8 minutes further.

The alternate way is to walk into Sapphire Falls, which shares an entrance driveway with Aventura, and take the boat from there. It is likely slower than either way listed above, but will have the least amount of walking to get to the park entrance, especially Universal Studios Florida.

Guests at Aventura have a very short walk to Volcano Bay. A path behind the pool takes you directly to the the security screening. From there, the walk to the entrance of Volcano Bay from Aventura is less than five minutes. Guests may also use the free bus service to Volcano Bay, but this will take longer than walking.

Early Park Admission at Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Guests at Aventura do get Early Park Admission to Islands of Adventure, Universal Studios Florida, and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. Early park admission includes the World of Harry Potter and Fast & Furious.

Free Universal Unlimited Express at Aventura

Guests at Aventura do not get complimentary Universal Express with their stays. Universal Express is available for $129.99 plus tax per person per day to Aventura guests.

Arrival and Check-In

The parking garage for the hotel is directly adjacent to it and has an elevator that goes straight to the lobby. Aventura shares a drive with Loew’s Sapphire Falls and is directly across the street from Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The lobby itself is modern, but a little on the bland side with a large, open space full of nothing. The check-in area, lobby bar, Starbucks, and Urban Pantry food court are all located in the large open space separated by tinted glass dividers. The look of some of the furniture and the glass dividers are very good, but the larger areas are reminiscent of a decent airport: clean and functional but not particularly memorable.

Universal Orlando Trip Planning at Aventura Hotel

Tickets to Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay can be purchased at the Vacation Planning desk in the Aventura lobby. It is next to the check-in desk.

There is an Avis rental car desk in the Aventura hotel lobby.

Guests who booked through Virgin Holidays and are staying at any Universal hotel may rest in the v-hub on the 2nd floor of the resort. It is a lounge with snacks, wi-fi, and device charging exclusively for Virgin Holidays guests.

Hotel Video

Aventura Hotel Tour

Universal's Aventura Hotel Dining

Commuting Times to the Parks
Park Commuting Times
Resort Transportation Walking
Islands of Adventure 15 min 20 min
Universal Studios Florida 15 min 25 min
Volcano Bay n/a 10 min
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