Cowabunga Dude! Universal’s Endless Summer Resort opened its first phase – Surfside Inn and Suites, and our family was recently hosted to check it out. Billed as Universal Orlando Resort’s first value category hotel, standard rooms start well under $100/night (currently priced at $73/night based on a 7-night stay), and reasonably priced 2-bedroom family suites feature separate sleeping spaces for parents and kids. The relaxed, beach-themed vibe of the 750 room hotel is a great retreat for down time from the Universal Orlando theme parks that are easily reached via bus transportation. Catch a wave and take a peek inside the new Surfside Inn and Suites.
The 750-room hotel is Universal Orlando Resort’s seventh property in partnership with Loews Hotels & Co., and the creative team worked together to create this relaxed retreat. The ocean theme is reflected throughout the lobby of Surfside Inn and Suites with large wooden waves arcing over the check-in desk and bubble foam netting hung from the ceiling.
Check-in was smooth and easy at Surfside Inn and Suites, and we were quickly off to our pool view 2-Bedroom Family Suite.
We loved the space of our 2-bedroom family suite, especially now that our college-age kids are young adults. Each of our two daughters had their own comfortable bed, while Mom and I had privacy in our separate bedroom.
There is also a kitchenette area with a picnic table, refrigerator, and microwave. Making it convenient to have some simple meals in the room (especially breakfast), and to store leftovers from eating out so food doesn’t go to waste.
The bathroom had separate bath and vanity areas so multiple people can get ready at once – a plus for traveling with two daughters.
The view from our room was lovely overlooking both the pool and water further beyond. The suite was spacious and comfortable, and the three beds could sleep as many as six people. More than half of the rooms at Surfside Inn and Suites are the 2-Bedroom Family Suites, and prices begin at $111 for a 7-night stay.
Beach Break Cafe is the onsite, casual dining food court that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Similar to the value-pricing of the rooms, we found food at the Beach Break Cafe very affordable and most dishes were priced under $12.
The staff was always welcoming and friendly, and we enjoyed starting our day with protein-rich power bowls filled with eggs and breakfast meats.
The surf culture continues in the decor filled with images and video screens of famous beaches around the world.
In addition to the Beach Break Cafe, there’s a Starbucks located in the lobby that is incredibly popular. Visitors lined up at the coffee shop bright and early for their brews. You can also find Universal Orlando themed “been there” mugs for sale at this Starbucks.
Recreation options at Surfside Inn and Suites include a zero-entry surfboard-shaped pool adjacent to a freshwater lake. The Sand Bar offers tropical, beach-themed drinks to help with sunning and relaxing by the pool.
Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites is across the I-4 expressway from the Universal Orlando theme parks. There is dedicated bus transportation to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay, and Universal CityWalk. Our family found the bus transportation quick and efficient usually taking about 10 minutes to get from the hotel to the theme park drop off location. In fact, even though we had a rental car, we would take the complimentary bus transportation in order to save the theme park parking fees. In addition to the complimentary shuttle bus transportation, all guests of Surfside Inn and Suites receive Early Park Admission to the theme parks as well as other benefits such as charging privileges with room key and delivery of purchases to your room.
Onsite there is a Universal Orlando Vacation Planning Center, that helps with ticket purchases, dining reservations, and more. Guests will also find a dedicated Universal Studios Store filled with Endless Summer Resort merchandise (as well as Harry Potter merch).
Additional Surfside Inn and Suites hotel amenities include a game room and fitness center.
Surfside Inn and Suites is the first phase of the larger Endless Summer Resort. Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites will open in March 2020 and add another 2,000+ rooms. Guests will be able to enjoy the beach vibe throughout the Endless Summer Resort.
Our family enjoyed our stay at Universal’s Surfside Inn and Suites, particularly having separate dedicated spaces for kids and adults. The 2-bedroom family suites offer a spacious, affordable option for families visiting Universal Orlando Resort.
DISCLOSURE: Dave Parfitt was hosted by Universal Orlando Resort and received complimentary accommodations, theme park tickets, and some meals. However, all opinions expressed are also those of the author. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.