Looking for a hotel within walking distance of Universal Theme Parks? Check out our review of the DoubleTree by Hilton at the entrance to Universal Orlando. We enjoyed our stay at this hotel near Universal Orlando Florida. I think it is a great place for families who are going to the Universal theme parks. I hope our Hilton DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando Review helps you in picking which hotel you want to stay at.
Hilton DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
We stayed at the Doubletree by Universal Orlando at the Entrance to Universal Studios on our trip last December to Orlando.
We intentionally picked this hotel to be within walking distance of Universal Citywalk. The Universal Orlando Theme Parks including, Universal’s Volcano Bay, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Orlando are all accessible from Citywalk. It was a plus that the hotel with one of the closest walks was a Hilton so we could use points and use our Hilton Diamond status perks.
We had taken a road trip from Pennsylvania to Florida. Our plans were to travel to Tampa after our time in Orlando. So we had quite a bit of stuff along for the ride with us that we were going to need on our trip. So we needed rooms that had plenty of space along with being comfortable. This hotel had everything that we needed for our stay.
We booked 2 connecting rooms for our visit that were Universal View rooms and they were perfect for us.
We traveled with 4 kids ages 6, 12, 15, and 17. All my kids love it when we stay at a Double Tree hotel because of the cookies you get at check-in. Yes, kids are that are easy to please, well at least mine are.
This hotel was perfect for our time in Orlando Florida. It included our days at Universal, one day at Walt Disney World, and a trip to Seaworld Orlando. It was easy to walk to Universal and the drives to Disney and Seaworld were also easy.
Why the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando is Great for Families
We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. The staff was super nice and the hotel is clean. The beds were comfortable, the room had plenty of space. I like to book us 2 connecting rooms when possible because I feel like we have more space, but they do have suite options.
Spacious rooms. Traveling as a family I do not want a room where I feel like we are on top of each other. We split our family up between the 2 rooms. Our 2 older kids slept in one room and the younger 2 slept in the room with my husband and me. There was plenty of space for our stuff and all 4 of us.
Cookies at Check-in. If you have never stayed at a Hilton DoubleTree a special treat at check-in is a freshly baked cookie. You can also ask for a cookie at any point during your stay and chances are they will give you one.
Pool. For us, traveling with kids one of the must-have things at a hotel is a pool. There is an outdoor pool that is perfect for the kids to swim in.
On-Site Restaurant. We tried the on-site restaurant that is located in the lobby. It was easy to order, our food was made quickly. We then took the food back to our room and eat. You can eat at either the American Grill or Sunshine Cafe.
On-Site Starbucks. Being able to quickly grab a drink from Starbucks made my life easier in the mornings when we were heading out for the day.
Walking Distance to Popular attractions. This hotel is within walking distance of Universal Studios Florida theme parks and Citywalk which is easily doable with kids.
Is This hotel better than staying at a Universal Orlando Hotel?
When going to Universal Orlando and you are on a budget but want a nice hotel the Hilton DoubleTree by Universal is a great option. It is in the same price range as the Value hotels that are on Universal property. This DoubleTree hotel has some perks that are better than staying at a Value hotel on a theme park property. The walk to the parks from this hotel is a much shorter walk than the hotels in the same price range on Universal Property. It takes 30 minutes to walk from the Surfside Hotel to Citywalk and under 15 minutes from this hotel.
Where DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando located?
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando is located at 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819.
Can you walk from the DoubleTree Hilton to Universal?
Yes! It is not far to walk at all from the DoubleTree Hilton hotel to the entrance of the parks. It took us about 15 minutes, including getting thru security to get to the entrance to either of the theme parks.
The exact distance may vary depending on the specific entrance you choose to use. It is generally around a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel to the entrance gates of Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
How do you walk from the Hilton Doubletree at the entrance of Universal to the CityWalk?
Walk out the front entrance of the hotel and make a left onto the sidewalk. At the end of the sidewalk make a right (this is Major Blvd). Then walk on the sidewalk until you get to the ramp. Go up the ramp and walk over the crossway walkway (this goes over the road). Walk down the ramp and turn right to continue on the sidewalk on Tom Williams Way. Walk until you get to the end of the road. At the intersection cross the street (you are crossing Universal Drive) to the sidewalk. Make a right and continue on the path and follow the signs until you get to the security station of Universal Citywalk.
Does DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando have a Free Shuttle?
Yes. The hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the theme parks for added convenience.
What are the In-Room Amenities?
In each of the rooms, you get free wifi, a mini fridge, a coffee maker, a hairdryer, an iron, and flat-screen TVs with cable channels.
What are the hotel amenities?
The hotel has amenities that are great for families. Aside from the pool, there is a fitness center, a business center, and meeting rooms. While most families won’t be using the business center and the meeting rooms they are there and the business center can be used if you need to print things out like your boarding passes before heading to the airport.
What are the Parking Options at this hotel?
There are 2 parking options at this hotel. You can pick self-parking which is $29 a day or valet parking for $38. They also have EV charging options at the hotel.
Are there any resort fees?
There are no resort fees at this hotel.