Staying in Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites!

It had been a long time since visiting the parks at Universal. At first, I was hesitant to travel to Orlando, even though I drove, I was still nervous about staying at a hotel — let alone visiting the parks after the year we’ve had battling this pandemic.

I first went to Instagram to search for recent posts and tags shared by strangers who were enjoying the park themselves. After reading articles, blogs, and captions I felt safe to review the experience and share with you my honest thoughts.

As I said, I took the drive to Orlando since Miami is only a few hours away and a little road trip with loud music is always a plus! You can check out my playlist here.

I was uber excited to stay at the new Dockside Inn & Suites Resort with all of their incredible accommodations. The resort is a little farther away than Aventura (where I stayed the last time I went) but it’s perfect! It’s in a calm area that still gives you the most incredible views of Volcano Bay. From my window, I was able to watch the sunset every evening over the parks and it just made me so happy to be able to enjoy a little bit of normalcy again.

So let’s chat about the hotel:

Accommodations & Amenities:

My favorite part of the hotel is how they treated all the guests. As soon as you walk in, your temperature is checked and they give you a wrist band (mind you, this may change in the future). However, to make all the guests feel safe, they are very diligent about this, and my temperature was checked anytime I walked inside the hotel lobby.

They still give you room keys, but everything else like morning hotel service is all done virtually by your phone with a code they provide you at check-in or via your hotel room tv which is set up on your rooms as soon as you walk in.

The hotel is so accommodating for people traveling with families too. My room was a suite that slept a total of 6. It also came with complimentary wifi and self-parking is $15 + tax per night/per vehicle.

The hotel has various dining options like Pier 8 Market (for all-day dining), Wave Markers Pool Bar, The Oasis Beach Bar, Sunset Lounge (great coffee!), Starbucks!!, and Fresh Pizza (which was also delish!).

The hotel included a resort-style pool, a game room, and a fitness center complimentary to hotel guests.

The best part? They include shuttles to take you to and from the parks! I know the hotel also has early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so that was a plus!

What about the park?

Honestly, all I can say is that they were so spot-on in making sure masks were worn at all times. Temps were also checked when you walked inside the parks, and designated areas to eat were provided. While making the lines, they had a strict rule of everyone being 6 ft apart, which I appreciated. Hand sanitizers are everywhere too and they ask you to sanitize before joining any ride. I don’t think I have felt more safe exploring the parks than this time around. Universal Orlando has outdone themselves in safety precautions for all their visitors, so I completely applaud them for that.

Once I was back home, I did test myself about 5xs and all my tests were negative. So there’s that.

Overall, I’m happy that I went, and if I had to review and recommend it, I would say do it with as many precautions as possible. I did film a room tour & a video of what it’s like inside the parks, hope you enjoy it!

@chasingcarpediem

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If you’re also interested in dining outside of the hotel, here’s a few recommendations by one of my amigas over on IG @dgnz

brunch/breakfast/coffee:

  • Seven Bites
  • Vanessa’s Coffee Shop (Lake Nona)
  • The Robinson
  • Chroma (weekend brunch only)
  • Domu (brunch on weekends only)

lunch/ dinner:

  • Chroma
  • El Tenampa
  • Domu (winter park) opens at 5 PM
  • Bosphorus

 

Adios, xx

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