Soaking in the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Fabulous. Amazing. Wonderful. All of these words are overused , but they aptly describe our family’s stay at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando. I will even add “Awesome” to the mix!

Our hotel stay was an experience from start to finish.

We arrived late at night. Very late and very hungry. Our quick dinner prepared by dad at home while I frantically finished a few last minute work assignments was not enough to keep the children satisfied. We had no time at BWI to grab a quick snack…the lengthy line at security meant we arrived at the gate just in time for our flight.

Have I mentioned that my three children are impossible to move anywhere quickly? I would race ahead toward the gate only to look back and see my three moseying along. Come on, kids! Oh and the tiny packets of peanuts and pretzels on the flight only made the children hungrier.

On the drive from Orlando Airport to the Portofino Bay we contemplated stopping at a McDonald’s, but after a long day of work/school/travel we wanted to get to the hotel…pronto. My parents saved the day…by ordering pizzas which were delivered to our hotel room pipingĀ  hot from Splendido Pizzeria. My parents are rapidly becoming certified snowbirds…they have driven to Florida twice in the past two months. The pizzeria was one of the many restaurants located in the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.

Italian race cars graced the entrance to the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
It wasn’t until I walked around the harbor at the Portofino Bay Hotel that I remembered that I was in Portofino…the real Portofino, Italy…about 25 years ago. The Loews version is amazingly similar.
Photo op! This moped was anchored to the walkway around the harbor at the Loews Portofino Bay. You can just make out all the vintage boats bobbing in the distance.
The view from our hotel room. One night the pool staff kept the pool open a little later so that all the kids could swim a little longer.
O.K., O.K., I know I should have joined my family in the pool. Even though the pool was heated I couldn’t bear to swim in cool January temps. Dipping my feet in was a much better option…the water was very warm!

Character dining is available on selected evenings at Trattoria Del Porto. On the night we were there, the kids were entertained by a balloon artist.
The pasta station…I devoured a bowl of shrimp, artichoke hearts, and sundried tomatoes with penne pasta.
The Kid, The Tween, and the Teen were ready for dinner after a long day of walking around the parks and Universal’s CityWalk. We met the grandparents at Trattoria Del Porto.
The grandparents spent the day at the pool while we enjoyed the parks. We talked about our day at dinner.
Compliments of the manager. The boat was delish.
“I am Puss…in Boots.” VIP turn down service
Our room was charming from the bedding, to the view of the pool, from attentive room service to the shuttered doors separating bathroom from bedroom. The bathroom was huge, by the way.
Fueling up with bagels, croissants, Nesquik, coffee, and OJ from Sal’s Market Deli before hitting the parks.
The Tween is ready for our final day at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
The Kid hangs out in the lobby of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel.
Travelin’ in Style, Teen Style
Our hotel accommodations were provided by Universal, as well as park passes. The views expressed in this post are my own, or those of my family.

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