An Affordable Family Vacation at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites

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Summer is finally here but you won’t have to wait all year round again to soak up the sun with an ice cold cocktail in hand because at Universal Orlando Resorts, they’re expanding with their brand new value hotels, Universal’s Endless Summer. The first phase is called Surfside Inn and Suites, which is bringing all the relaxed, fun, surfer vibes to Central Florida! ☀️🏄‍♀️🏄‍♂️This 750 guest rooms hotel includes 390 2-bedroom suites all at a considerably affordable price point! 🍊So get ready to Surf’s up and check into this cool new resort!

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites

📍 7000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
📞 (888) 273-1311
🖥 https://bit.ly/2MFqgBi
💲Prices: ~$85-131/night

Surfside Inn & Suites

We were able to get an exclusive first look at their Media preview before it opens for business officially on June 27, 2019! 🏨And as we stepped off the shuttle bus, they had a few cool kids riding on longboards! How fun?!

As we mentioned, Surfside Inn & Suites is a smaller hotel and is the phase one of the Endless Summer Resorts! Universal Orlando Resorts have 4 tiers of hotels are far as pricing for every style and budget; Premier $$$$, Preferred $$$, Prime Value $$, and Value hotels $. And Endless Summer is considered a “Value” hotel so the rates are extremely affordable and are the lowest rates of any of the 8 Universal Orlando Resort! Which is incredible because the level of design and the benefits/amenities the guests will receive are unheard of for the cost! Seriously it’s truly unlike that any other hotel in Orlando will have so much value at this price point! And if you like to take your vacation at Surfside Inn & Suites to the next level, they offer rooms with water views of the lake and their surfboard-shaped pool. 🏄‍♀️👀

Opening June 27, 2019!

Lobby

First look into the lobby, and you’re transported into a coastal oasis! The colors of the lobby are bright, vibrant and filled with natural lighting from the windows. You’ll notice all the surf elements from the beachy color scheme, from the bright blue ceiling to the sand-colored floors. At the check-in desk, there are four teal and orange stations that sit under a wooden wave art installment. It’s seriously bring a contemporary feel to the beach focused design. The centerpiece of the room is a gorgeous display of lights that are floating above the room. They kind of remind of us Jellyfish. And under the light display are plenty of colorful seats around the lobby. We instantly love how inviting the cali cool vibes of the hotel are! 😎🌅

Tickets/Vacation Planning

At the ticket area, you can save some time and purchase your tickets for a totally awesome day at Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks! Or you can come to this desk to ask any questions about dining and shopping options at Universal’s CityWalk. 🛍🍴

Take a peek at our blog post on Bigfire Restaurant, the latest restaurant at Universal’s CityWalk! Here

Rooms

If you’re looking to hang loose all weekend long, you’ll definitely want to book a stay here! And at Surfside Inn & Suites, there are two room options, the standard room or the two-bedroom suite!

Standard Room

Step inside the standard room and you’ll feel like you’re actually at the beach! All of the standard rooms include two white queen beds and blue tie dyed curtains that resembles waves in the ocean. On each bed is a throw pillow with “Beach” and “Sun” printed on them. There are many decor elements to bring in all the surf vibes from the pops of orange from the chair and the three canvas with prints of surfers and a cute colorful rug. The space is so minimal yet calming that you might want to relax and take it easy in here after a full day of adventures!

Above each bed is a small blue overhead lamp and in between the beds, is a single floating shelf with a basic alarm clock and plenty of outlets for charging electronics. There’s also a dark blue chest that may just be there for looks because this one was locked during our tour.

In front of the beds is where you’ll find the flat screen TV, and extra storage for your belongings. We noticed that there are only three small drawers instead a larger one that we are use to seeing in other Universal Orlando Resorts. Under the TV, is a seat so you could use the media center as a desk/workplace. On top of the center is where you can find the phone to order room services and a small bucket for ice and more outlets. And behind a door is where the mini fridge is located. The room also has additional storage in the small closet that is hidden by sheer white curtains. Here you’ll find hangers, a luggage rack, iron & ironing board plus extra blankets. 📺☎️

The bathrooms are minimal with striking blue and white floor tiles. We like that the sink is separated from the glass shower/tub and toilet. There’s also a small hair dryer attached to the wall and more shelves for storage under the shelves lined with towels.

Two-Bedroom Suite

For families of 4-6 that want a totally tubular stay at Surfside Inn & Suites, you’ll want to book a two bedroom suite! The two bedroom suites are the best prices you’ll find in all of Orlando for the amount of space you’ll receive. The decor of the rooms are similar in style to the standard rooms but includes a kitchenette and a bedroom with a single queen bed, closet and flatscreen TV. So for less than $165/night, you can vacation in total comfort! We also love the standing surfboard to really bring the beach vibes to Orlando!

The kitchenette includes drawers and shelves for storing snacks, a mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker and a picnic table so guests can feel at home while on vacay!

Enjoy double sinks in the bathroom and plenty of room for storing belongings. Also, the suite we toured included a bathtub, perfect for families with smaller children. 🐥

Restaurants & Lounges

Before you go out in that wave (heat wave that is since it’s florida) you’ll need to energize with some beach bites over at one of the three restaurants and lounges located on-site! 🍽😋

Beach Break Cafe

Grab and go at Beach Break Cafe, a casual dining food court. The menu will feature surf-inspired dishes infused with Southern California flavors and fresh ingredients! 🥑🍴It’ll be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will include meals that are affordable and offer something for everyone! And adjacent to the food court are plenty of tables and booths to sit and enjoy your meal at! 🌊

Something we want try during out next visit is the Tofu Power Bowl and SoCal Cobb Salad! Looks so fresh and delicious!

Sand Bar

Who doesn’t love to be out in the sun during vacation!? At the Sand Bar, you can find amazing summer cocktails (rocks & frozen), beers, wines and some casual food choices so you can stay n the sun all day long! 🏖🍻

If you’d to have a drink in hand while laying out in the sun, you’ll be impressed with their signature cocktails choice. Some are made with Endless Summer Rum, which is distilled on the beach and uses the movie poster from the 1960’s classic, Endless Summer!

Here are some of the yummy options;
🍹Orange Surf Board – orange vodka, coconut rum, triple sec, orange juice, splash of cranberry
🍹Tidal Wave – Endless Summer Rum, peach vodka, gin, peach schnapps, oj and pineapple juice
🍹Surf En La Paloma – tequila, blood orange, grapefruit juice and soda
🍹Epic Sunset (frozen drink) – vodka, mango colada, and strawberry island oasis
🍹Toasted Coconut Mango Mojito (frozen) – coconut rum, mango, mojito island oasis

Starbucks

Start the day right with your favorite Starbucks order right in the lobby. There’s plenty of seating with outlets to charge up before heading out for a long day at the Universal theme parks or a nice way to escape the room and get some work done! ☕️

Pizza Delivery

If dinner in bed is more your style, call up for a pizza delivery right to your room. This is available during limited hours so grab a slice when you can! 🍕

Pool Area

A vacation isn’t a vacation without some pool time! We love that theme of Surfside continues throughout the entire pool area as well. Our favorite feature is the surfboard shaped pool! The pool has zero entry so you can just walk right into the pool like you would from the sandy beach to the ocean. Plus there’s in water bench seating all around the pool for hanging 10 with friends. Why can’t every pool be this rad?!

Other Amenities

Fitness Center

Get ready to break a sweat at the huge Fitness Center located on the main level of the hotel. This gym is actually pretty spacious so no worries about finding room to crush that fitness circuit! 💪👟

Game Room

Located on the main level, you may want to stop in for some friendly competitive games with your friends/family! The “Game Room” wasn’t ready during our tour, but we know it’ll be the best spot to hang if any Florida rain is acting gnarly outside! And trust us, we’ve been caught in some Orlando rain storms before lol! 🎮🕹

Universal Studios Store

Stop in the Universal Studios Store to gear up for the parks or take home some totally fresh souvenirs like Minion plush toys or Harry Potter wands!

Benefits of Staying at Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites

  • Early Park Admission – If you’re looking to get a head start before the crowds, enjoy early access to Universal Studios or Universal’s Island of Adventure 1 hour prior to the regularly scheduled park opening.
  • Complimentary Transportation to the parks and CityWalk – It only takes a matter of minutes to get you from the hotel to the adventure at the Universal theme parks with their complimentary water taxi, shuttle bus, and walking paths.
  • Shopping Made Simple – Get your merchandise from the parks delivered right to your hotel from most of the shops across Universal and CityWalk so you don’t have to lug it around with you!
  • Use your Room Key in More Ways Than One – Don’t worry about bringing too much with you to the parks, simply just use your room key to make purchases while you’re out! You can also use your key card for complimentary access to select live entertainment venues at Universal CityWalk for the length of your stay! We used this to get into the Rising Star Karaoke Bar, we just showed them our room key and we didn’t have to pay the $7 cover charge. #winning

Dockside Inn & Suites

Escape to the perfect sunset at Dockside Inn & Suites, the other side of Endless Summer Resort, and the sister hotel for Surfside Inn & Suites. Inspired by sand, sea, and breathtaking sunsets, this hotel will continue the coastal vibes and will be the larger of the two and will feature two towers! 🎣☀️

Standard Room
Two-Bedroom Suite

Opening March 2020!

We will be updating this post with a full review once it opens!

We’re really excited for Universal Orlando Resorts to expand and offer a more affordable vacation so everyone can experience the ultimate family adventure! And at Surfside Inn & Suites, you’ll be saying Cowabunga to all the amazing features and amenities! As we mention, the hotel is now open to the public as of June 27th and we’re so excited to make plans to stay as guests at this new resort! 🌊🏄‍♂️☀️

*A huge thank you to Universal Orlando Hotels for inviting us to the endless summer preview event!

Check out our YouTube video for a full tour of the all new Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn & Suites!🏄🏼‍♀️🌊👇🏼

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