Universal Studios Orlando is a great place to spend a day. Heck, with so much to see and do it’s a great place to spend several days. But while you may disagree on which ride to go on first, something we can probably all agree on is that the last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day is to try and find your car in a parking lot filled with hundreds of other vehicles. That’s just not fun. So, in this article, I’m sharing the best hotels near Universal Studios Orlando with a free shuttle so you can spend more time on rides and less time in parking lots.
The properties feature on this list are well-reviewed by guests for things like location, cleanliness, amenities, and friendly staff. As said above, each of these hotels offers a free shuttle to Universal Studios (and often Disney and SeaWorld as well!). However, please keep in mind that changing covid restrictions may impact the listed amenities at some of these hotels. With that in mind, here are my top picks for the best hotels near Universal Studios Orlando with a free shuttle.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
If you want to actually stay within Universal Studios and still have a free shuttle to the parks then take a look at Universal’s Cabana Beach Bay Resort. This top-rated property is a favourite not only for its prime location but also for the pools, comfortable beds, and of course the free shuttles. Another added bonus for staying here is that guests can take advantage of early park admission to both the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay. Book your stay here.
Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel
A great pick for couples or adults travelling without children is Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel. Located within Universal Studios, this property offers complimentary shuttles around the resort grounds including to Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal CityWalk. Guests can also take advantage of early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay water park. Finally, guests who book at Universal’s Hard Rock Hotel receive free universal express unlimited ride access. Book your stay here.
Sonesta ES Suites Orlando International Drive
Only 3.2km from Universal Studios Orlando, the Sonesta ES Suites Orlando on International Drive offers a variety of family-friendly suites featuring full kitchens. Amenities on the property include the free shuttle services to Universal Studios and other nearby attractions, a breakfast café, 24-hour fitness centre, children’s pool, videogame room, and a tour desk where you can purchase park tickets. Guests love the convenience of the location and rave about the comfort and cleanliness of the rooms. Book your stay here.
Universal Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Another hotel also located within the grounds of Universal Studios is Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort. This resort comes with the added bonus of free Universal Express Unlimited ride access which allows you to skip regular lines at some of the most popular attractions. You’ll also get early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Volcano Bay. On-site amenities include 2 hot tubs, a volleyball court, and 6 on-site restaurants. This property has a complimentary water taxi and free shuttle to get around Universal and CityWalk. Book your stay here.
The Point Orlando Resort near Universal
The Point Orlando Resort near Universal Studios is a Partner Hotel with Universal Studios. As per the theme of this article, the resort has free shuttles to Universal Studios, Disney, and more but it’s actually so close to Universal Studios that some of the guests choose to walk. This hotel offers a mixture of suites and studios. Suites offer full kitchen and laundry facilities while the studios have a small fridge, microwave, and coffee machine. There is also a fitness room, hot tub, business centre, as well as some dining options on site. Book your stay here.
Hyatt House across from Universal Orlando Resort
Hyatt House is only a 3-minute drive from Universal Studios Orlando which means taking advantage of the hotel’s free shuttle is a breeze. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with larger family suites available. Guests can take advantage of a complimentary breakfast before they start exploring and choose to relax and the pool at the end of a busy day. Book your stay here.
Holiday Inn & Suites Across From Universal Orlando
For a budget-friendly option, individuals looking to explore Orlando’s theme parks should consider the Holiday Inn Express & Suites. This hotel is just a two-minute drive from Universal Studios using the resort’s free shuttle. Nearby you can also find plenty of shops, restaurants, shopping outlets, and SeaWorld. There is an outdoor swimming pool as well as a business centre available for guest use. Book your stay here.
Universal’s Aventura Hotel
Another great pick within the Universal grounds is Universal’s Aventura Hotel. The resort itself features a hot tub, kids splash area, and a large food hall, lobby bar, rooftop bar, and pool bar. Guests who choose to start here get early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay. Guests also can take advantage of the free shuttles to all Universal theme parks and CityWalk. Book your stay here.
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa
Bring your pirate dreams to life with a stay at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa; a fun, family-friendly resort that makes an ideal base for those wanting to explore Orlando. The free shuttle to Universal Studios is a huge advantage, plus, the resort is pretty great too. Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa features a full service spa, pool area complete with a pirate ship, arcade, and fitness centre. All rooms have a full kitchen, private balcony, and in-room whirlpool tub. Book your stay here. Note that this resort would easily qualify as one of the best hotels near Disney World with a shuttle.
Comfort Suites Maingate East
This Florida hotel offers all-suite rooms with plenty of space to accommodate families and groups of various sizes. The property has plenty of amenities to enjoy including a pool, hot tub, gym, game room, and even a tiki bar. Guests love the friendly staff, the cleanliness of the rooms and property, and the breakfast buffet. Comfort Suites Maingate East is located just over 20km away from Universal Studios and offers a free shuttle service. Book your stay here. If you want to know how to save money at Disney World, consider this hotel.
Celebration Suites at Old Town
Celebration Suites at Old Town is a family-friendly hotel perfect for groups who are looking to explore Orlando’s theme parks. The suites here all offer a full kitchen making it easy to grab a bite to eat before or after exploring. The property features 3 outdoor pools, a barbeque area, a gaming room, and outdoor sports courts. This hotel is less than 20km away from Universal Studios Orlando and there is a free shuttle service available for those who make reservations in advance. Book your stay here. Even though the Celebration Suites is far from Universal, it’s great for people who are planning a trip to Disney World on a budget.