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Universal's Endless Summer Resort Information: Rooms, Pools, Dining, and More

Universal’s latest hotel complex contains two Value resorts: the Surfside Inn and Suites, opened in June 2019; and the Dockside Inn and Suites, which opens in May, 2020. We’re big fans of Universal’s Cabana Bay Resort – we think it’s the best Value property in Orlando – so Endless Summer has a lot to live up to.

Surfside Inn has 360 standard guest rooms and 390 2-bedroom suites. Dockside Inn will have 577 standard guest rooms and 723 2-bedroom suites. Standard rooms sleep four, while 2-bedroom suites sleep 6. When done, Universal will almost double its number of on-site Value rooms, and make a strong play for budget-conscious guests headed to Orlando’s theme parks.

Both resorts’ color schemes include pale blues and greens, with lots of white. Bright ocean and surf art hangs on the walls. The rooms’ wood-tone furniture is modular, and has plenty of storage. There's additional storage under each bed, and under-shelf hooks for handbags and backpacks.

Rooms

Standard guest rooms are around 313 square feet and include vinyl “hardwood” floors, two queen beds, a chair, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, iron, and ironing board. The important thing to know is that about the size of a Disney Moderate resort, at Disney Value resort prices (about $100 to $145 per night cheaper than a Disney Moderate.) That’s a lot of money to save.

Two-bedroom suites are 440 square feet and include a kitchenette with picnic-style table and microwave, and one bathroom. “Two bedroom” is a misnomer, though: it’s one main room with two beds, and a separate bedroom with another. That’s about 65 to 80 square feet smaller – and one less bathroom – than Disney’s family suites. However, Universal’s suites are roughly $150 to $240 cheaper per night, which pays for a lot of park admission.

Pros and Cons

Our stay at a Surfside Inn two-bedroom suite had a lot of positives: the room design makes the space feel bigger than it is. The beds are comfortable, there's lots of light, and plenty of USB outlets. The shower is basic and functional, with good water pressure. Room soundproofing is excellent, which is a surprise at this price. Our two complaints about the room are with the soft goods: the bed pillows are firm foam, which is like sleeping on a log; and the bath towels are an 86/14 cotton/poly blend best used to strip paint from stubborn woodwork. But these can be fixed relatively easily.

One potential, major downside to Endless Summer is its location across I-4 from the rest of the Universal resort, on the corner of Universal Boulevard and International Drive. Similar to how Disney serves its more distant hotels, Universal runs private shuttle buses between the resort and theme parks (and CityWalk). We’re only half-joking when we say Universal should explore a gondola system across I-4 to connect its properties.

Like Universal’s Cabana Bay resort, guests at the Endless Summer Resort get complimentary early admission to Universal’s theme parks, but not complimentary Universal Express line access. Each hotel has its own food court, coffee bar, pools, and fitness center.

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Strengths: Good room design; soundproofing; low price Weaknesses: Foam pillows should be outlawed; food court is small with limited selection; no walkway to theme parks, water park, or City Walk

Universal's Endless Summer Resort Dining

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