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Hotel overview

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando™ transports guests to a paradise in the heart of the tropics. Blue waterfalls cascade over lush grounds, and in the distance, the calming sounds of steel drums call guests to take in the scenic water views, ease into ‘island time’ and let go.  Imagine a picturesque hotel built in the heart of the tropics, where every comfort is included. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort features a beautifully landscaped, resort-style pool with a water slide surrounded by cascading waterfalls, this hotel truly captivates at every turn.

EXCLUSIVE THEME PARK BENEFITS:
-EARLY PARK ADMISSION* to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ or Universal’s Volcano Bay™ (valid theme park admission required).
-FREE WATER TAXIS & SHUTTLES so it’s always a quick hop between your hotel and the parks.

OTHER EXCITING BENEFITS:
-RESORT-WIDE CHARGING PRIVILEGES with your room key.
-COMPLIMENTARY MERCHANDISE DELIVERY to your hotel from shops across Universal.
-COMPLIMENTARY CITYWALK™ ACCESS^ to select venues for the length of your stay.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ Legal:  HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

Early Park Admission Legal:  *Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regularly scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida™ or Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ as determined by Universal Orlando and Universal’s Volcano Bay™. Valid at select attractions at each park. Additional restrictions may apply.

Universal CityWalk™ Complimentary Access Legal: ˆValid for registered on-site hotel guests for the length of stay. Not valid for separately ticketed concerts and special events. Some venues require ages 21 or older and a cover charge for admission. Valid Photo ID required. Does not include admission to AMC® Universal Cineplex 20 with IMAX®, the Blue Man Group show or Hollywood Drive-in Golf™. Subject to availability. Restrictions apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.

Hotel & Universal Orlando Resort™ Legal: Sapphire Falls Resort TM & © 2018 UCF Hotel Venture III. All rights reserved. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2018 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

Location

On-site at Universal Orlando®
Orlando International Airport (MCO) : 16 miles

Property information

Year Built: 2016
All rooms non-smoking: 1000
Standard: 917
Suites: 83
Total rooms and suites: 1000

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Amenities

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Activities

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Hotel advisories

Advisory A minimum parking fee of $33 plus tax, per room, per day, per vehicle for self parking and $42 plus tax, per room, per day, per vehicle for valet parking will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due.

General policies & fine print

Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 21
General Policies:

Check-in Policy:
Hotel requires a credit/debit card authorization or cash deposit upon check-in for incidentals; this will place a hold on your funds.

Convention Policy:
Individuals attending a convention cannot book this property for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be subject to higher room rates upon arrival.

General Information:
Room taxes are included in vacation price. Minimum night stay restrictions may apply. Reservation changes may not be permitted unless authorized by the hotel.

Parking Fee: 
A minimum self-parking fee of $20 per room, per day, per vehicle will be charged and collected by the hotel at time of service, at check-in or check-out. 
A valet parking fee of $27 per room, per day, per vehicle will be charged and collected  by the hotel at time of service, at check-in or check-out should a guest choose to valet. 
Fees are subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due. 
 

Pet Policy Pets Allowed:

Pet Stay Policy:
Up to 2 pets per room are allowed.
Pets are only allowed in pet friendly room categories (upon arrival if guest is reserved in a non-pet room they will be re-assigned to one).
Arrangements must be made with housekeeping for daily room cleaning.
Pets may be walked in designated areas only.
Pets are not allowed in the pool/lounge or restaurant areas.
Guest must present documentation for current vaccinations.
A fee of $50.00 + tax (per pet, per night) will be charged and collect by the hotel at check-in.  A maximum of $150 will be charged for stays of three nights or more.  
(Policies, benefits and pricing are subject to change)

*Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the Preferred Desk.  The Preferred Desk can be reached by calling 407-503-9280.

No Show Policy:
  • No Show Penalty: 1 Night Applies: Sunday - Saturday 14Jul16 - 31Dec50

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

4.5 6847 reviews
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Has potential to be great

    This resort is lovely and has great location to the Universal parks. Lobby and public spaces are great - we arrived at busy check in time on holiday and did not have to wait. Now for the concerns. Water Taxi was a very slow process. We waited 30+ minutes for one to arrive - long lines waiting on the dock with no air movement but one fan. They need to take notes from Disney and really work on cooling the dock. Lots of cranky kids on a 100 degree day. You can walk to IoA in much less time in the shade. The biggest concern was the water situation. When you turned on the shower it would take 10-60 seconds for water to come out. Once it started coming out, it was terrible trickle of water pressure. One time, it took multiple times of turning off and on the water to get any hot water to come out. You'll find this in many reviews so it's not a maintenance issue - appears to be a design flaw. I tried to report water issues via text and no one responded for several hours. Swimming Pool - I had some concern about how well they filter/refill the pools. The water felt like bath water. It was far too warm for swimming on a 100 degree day which usually means they are not refilling with fresh water. I had the same issue with the Hard Rock Hotel pool on this split stay. Both of these pools had sand in certain areas of the deck and people trek the sand into the pool. The sand makes the pool cloudy - add the hot water and the whole pool situation felt icky - not refreshing. The standard room is small - do not recommend for anymore than 2 adults - I would not recommend for a full family.

    May 28, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Great place to stay.

    Love the hotel. We would stay here every time if it came with the Express Pass. Everyone did an excellent job. From check-in to check-out we have enjoyed our time here. Jerry at the pool, Kathleen at Strong Waters, and Collin at check-in we had exceptional service. Thank you for a great vacation!

    May 26, 2024
  • 1.0 star tripadvisor rating
    13th stay as unlucky as the number is

    First off, we love this hotel. We have been staying here on and off since it opened. Now we live 2 miles away and this is our go to hotel for quick overnight trips. This was our 13th stay and it was as unlucky as that number is. See, I surprised my wife with a 1 night getaway to celebrate our wedding anniversary and it was the first time without the kids in tow. Check in was great as always, beautiful room clean with great view of lagoon, overlooking boat dock (room 8328). Dropped bags and headed to the pool to relax for a few hours. Headed back to room to get changed for dinner at Bubba Gump. Took boat over to CW. Had a great dinner and walked around a bit before heading back to hotel. Decided to head to SWT for a few drinks before bed, but chlorine from pool was itching me and I decided to take a shower. Turned on shower and water was at a trickle, no pressure. Called front desk and they sent a very nice engineer to the room who kept apologizing. He says give him a few minutes and we should be good to go. After about 15 minutes working in the bathroom, he came out and asked to use the room phone. He was talking to someone and handed me the phone. Apparently after changing out the cartridge there was still no water pressure and we were told there was an issue with it. The hotel was completely sold out and we couldn’t change rooms. We were given 50% off our room rate, which I didn’t even care about, I just wanted to take a shower. Their solution was to take a shower in the fitness center, no thanks. My wife works in hospitality so getting a Sat and Sun off, especially on a holiday weekend was a challenge. Our anniversary was totally ruined, thanks Loews👎🏻

    May 26, 2024
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Shabby and overpriced

    Overpriced, worn-out, shabby hotel with mediocre (at best) service. The bedspread had a hole in it. The hair dryer didn’t work and nearly caught on fire, and generally speaking, the room was not terribly clean. This place really seems to be showing some wear and tear and could use a good upgrade. Or at least a cleaning. Also, the restaurant service was terribly slow. We waited over an hour for some average tapas. For the price, you can do much better. Being onsite for the theme parks was not worth it.

    May 23, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    nice place for a get away

    First visit. Queen room. very roomy. Large window. Beds kind of firm but were ok. in room safe, ironing board, fridge, single cup kureig, separate sink /toilet and shower , large tv. toiletries. AC worked great. 24 hour room service. didn’t use but was great option. lobby huge. smelled great. clean. pool was awesome. water taxi was best way to get to CW and parks. quick and several boats. chose bc had 40% AP discount. restaurant had fantastic breakfast buffet. $29 each. valet parking $42 self slightly cheaper. but $39 ish /day. would def stay again.

    May 22, 2024