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Royal Pacific

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Last updated: February 26, 2024

Overview

A favorite of young families and solo travelers, the Royal Pacific Resort is the least expensive and most relaxing of Universal's top hotels. We especially enjoy the South Seas-inspired theming. 370-square-foot, two-room Jurassic World kids suites are a good option for families.

Cost Range

$374-$475

Lodging Area

Universal Orlando Area

Category

Deluxe

Transportation

Boat, Bus, Walk

Guest Overall Rating

Based on 216 surveys. (See our Ratings and Research page for details)

Our Overall Rating

Room: A-

Pool: B-

Room Quality
Check-in Efficiency
Quietness of Room
Park Transportation
Hotel Pool
Staff
Food Court
Resort Strengths

Least expensive of Universal's deluxe resorts

Walking distance to parks

Includes Universal Express Unlimited

Huge pool complex

5,000-square foot fitness facility

On-site dining options

Resort Weaknesses

Overnight parking fee

Rooms alone aren't worth the price; with Express Pass they are

What Readers Are Saying About Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Royal Pacific is an excellent hotel in the best location that gives the best chance of getting to the front of the lines. We were first on the major rides several times.

S

Suzanne B

August 15, 2022

The Royal Pacific and The Hard Rock are lovely places to stay and comparable to Disney. Plus you get Express Pass, which makes the crowds more manageable.

J

Jennifer P

March 5, 2021

The bathroom in our Royal Pacific room was not private in any way - just a funky sliding barn door for the toilet/shower room and the sink area has no door whatsoever.

D

Dana D

February 17, 2020

For Royal Pacific - I strongly recommend requesting a room in Tower 3. It is the most convenient to the pool, water taxi, and buses.

C

Corey L

August 24, 2019

Express Unlimited is worth its weight in gold. We got it for staying at the Royal Pacific. Since we had 4 people, the hotel cost was equal to the cost of Express Unlimited, so it was getting the perk for free!

A

Aaron S

June 3, 2018

Rooms

Royal Pacific's rooms feature modern monochrome wall treatments and carpets, accented with boldly colored floral graphics.

  • Room with Queen Bed(s) and en-suite bathroom
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

Rooms at the Royal Pacific have a dressing area with sink, separated from the rest of the room by a wall. Adjacent to the dressing area is the bathroom, with a shower and toilet. While they're acceptable, the bathroom and dressing areas at the Royal Pacific are our least favorite in the upscale Universal resorts.

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room

Royal Pacific Standard Room Bathroom

Royal Pacific Standard Room Bathroom

Royal Pacific Standard Room Bathroom

Royal Pacific Standard Room Bathroom

Dining

Bula Bar & Grille Sitting poolside, the Bula Bar & Grille has a big Tiki bar that guests can sit at along with many shaded tables. With a relaxed atmosphere and varied menu, the Bula Bar can be a great place to have lunch and get out of the sun while the kids are enjoying their pool time. Servers can also bring you selections from the ice cream shop nearby and there is a large flat screen TV above the bar which will play NFL games or other sporting events by request.

Islands Dining Room Breakfast here is a treat—the specialties are all tasty and (surprisingly) moderately priced. Dinner is good too, but with all the other restaurants around, especially if you’re spending the day in the parks, we suggest having a hearty breakfast here and an evening meal elsewhere.

Jake's American Bar This is a viable option if you’re staying in the hotel, but as far as special meals go, this place doesn’t deliver—and really isn’t meant to. Beer lovers will want to check out the four-sample flights, as well as the five-course pairing parties held on select nights (visit tinyurl.com/jakes beer for Jake’s Beer Dinner schedule). Jake’s serves a limited late-night menu and is usually the only table-service restaurant at the resort serving hot food after 10 p.m.

Orchid Court Sushi Bar The Orchid Court Lounge, which almost exclusively caters to guests staying at the Royal Pacific Resort, has sushi chefs who prepare fishy fare that falls (in terms of quality and creativity) somewhere between The Cowfish and Fusion Bistro at CityWalk. Most of the rolls are adequate executions of Japanese American standards—California, spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and volcano. Ordering nigiri à la carte can quickly add up, but the combinations aren’t cheap either: a 25-piece sashimi combo will set you back more than $60, and a sushi and sashimi combo costs over $75.

Wantilan - Luau & Brunch This is a fun diversion and a change of scenery from the other restaurants on Universal property. Though dinner is a bit expensive, it’s the best food of any luau show in the area. Premium Seating gets you a souvenir tiki mug and a reserved table near the middle of the room for an extra fee, while Priority Seating guarantees seats up front. The check-in process can take a while, so send the rest of your party to watch the preshow on the nearby lawn while one member waits in line, but be sure to line up by the open-air venue’s entrance before seating starts to get first crack at the buffet. The culinary star of the show is the roast pork, and the seared ahi tuna salad and cedar-plank roasted salmon are also excellent, but the bottomless mai tais are overpoweringly sweet. Food (with musical accompaniment) is served until 7:15 p.m., with the main show cranking up at 7. The hour-long entertainment features grass-skirted dancers paying tribute to the traditions of Hawaiian, Maori, and Tahitian cultures, climaxing in a dazzling display of fire twirling.

Bula Ice Cream Shop Located pool side, the Bula Ice Cream Shop is only staffed seasonally. You can order dessert items from the through Bula Bar & Grille servers when it is closed.

Orchid Court Lounge The Orchid Court Lounge, which almost exclusively caters to guests staying at the Royal Pacific Resort, has sushi chefs who prepare fishy fare that falls (in terms of quality and creativity) somewhere between The Cowfish and Fusion Bistro at CityWalk. Most of the rolls are adequate executions of Japanese American standards—California, spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and volcano. Ordering nigiri à la carte can quickly add up, but the combinations aren’t cheap either: a 25-piece sashimi combo will set you back more than $60, and a sushi and sashimi combo costs over $75.

Tuk Tuk Market This quick-service convenience store makes it easy for hotel guests to grab a quick meal or snack on their way to and from the parks. The seating area is small but has a lovely view of the luau pavilion. In keeping with the resort’s Pacific theme, the standard quick-service menu items—breakfast cereals and pastries, deli sandwiches and salads, pizzas and hot dogs—are supplemented by sushi rolls and stir-fry. If you have a sweet tooth, try the house-made dessert tarts or hand-scooped gelato. Starbucks coffee drinks, along with a selection of wines and liquors, are also served here.

Bula Bar & Grill Coffee Express Located along the walkway between Emeril's Tchoup Chop and the Water Taxi launch, Coffee Express is a grab and go food cart that offers Starbucks coffee, milk, juice, assorted pastries and fresh fruit. A great option for families taking advantage of the one hour early entry to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Coffee Express makes it easy to grab a quick bite to eat on your way to the parks.

Amenities

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One Pool + More

Royal Pacific has a massive, well-themed pool with great landscaping. It includes hot tubs, a well-themed water play area for children, and private cabanas for rent.

Arcade

The Game (Not) Over Arcade is located next to the pool and features relatively recent video games of all kinds.

Fitness

The Gymnasium is on-site and has weights, treadmills, and other equipment for your workout. It also has a sauna, co-ed whirlpool, and separate changing areas.

Jogging

One lap around this part of the Universal resort can be as much as 3.6 miles. Some of it is on roads with traffic. Check with the front desk for options.

Priority Restaurant Seating

Guests staying at the Royal Pacific get priority seating at many Universal park and CityWalk restaurants. Check with the front desk for options.

Early Park Admission

Guests staying at the Royal Pacific get in up to one hour early to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Express Pass

Guests staying at the Royal Pacific get free Universal Express Unlimited passes to skip the standby lines at most popular Universal Orlando attractions.

Resort amenities at-a-glance
Universal-owned
Early Park Admission
Universal Express
Suites
Club Level
Room Service
Wireless Internet
Fitness Center
Transportation to Parks
Water Sports
Marina
Tennis
Beach
Biking
Airport Transportation

Practical Matters

Check In/Out Time
Mobile Check-In
Theme Park Tickets
Dining Reservations
Laundry
Lost and Found
Shopping
Child Care

Transportation

Driving to the Resort
Getting to the Parks
and Universal CityWalk
Getting to Another Hotel from Royal Pacific
Getting to Walt Disney World

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