Universal Orlando’s newest International Drive hotel will welcome its first guests on Dec. 15 — nine months after the COVID-19 pandemic erased its scheduled opening date.
The Dockside Inn half of Universal’s Endless Summer Resort will feature 2,050 rooms, more than half of which are two-bedroom suites that can sleep up to six people. Standard rooms start at $79 per night based on a seven-night stay, below the typical price at Disney World’s comparable value resorts.
Dockside is Universal’s eighth on-site hotel and will bring the resort’s total room count to 9,000. Its sister value property, the 750-room Surfside Inn & Suites, opened in 2019.
With the resort relying more heavily on locals amid the pandemic’s crushing impact on Orlando tourism, thousands of Universal hotel employees have also lost their jobs.
Multiple Universal hotels have also been kept closed, but that will change with the Dec. 1 reopening of the Loews Portofino Bay Resort, which will feature renovated rooms and suites.
Aventura Hotel and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will remain closed.
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