Universal Studios Pet Friendly Hotels Orlando

Universal Studios Pet Friendly Hotels & Restaurants – Orlando, FL

Written By: Michelina Da Fonte

Sniff out the ultimate fun at Universal Studios with our guide to pet-friendly stays and playful days! There’s no need to leave your furry family member behind while turning up the fun at this Orlando, Florida-based theme park. From on-site, pet friendly hotels with pup-approved walking trails complete with doggy clean-up bags to nearby doggy daycare, your pup can enjoy the day while you’re riding the Hogwarts Express and adventuring on rides and attractions at the park.

The Fabulous Four: Pet Friendly Hotels at Universal Studios

Half of the eight resort-style hotels on the Universal Studios property are pet friendly. All under the Loews Hotel & Resort brand, these four hotels not only welcome cats and dogs but also adore pets and feature a thoughtful program called “Loews Loves Pets” that provides amenities for your fur baby while you enjoy your stay with them. From specialized bedding, leashes, collars, water bowls, placemats, litter boxes, and more, your furry friend will be (deservedly) spoiled at these locations. The icing on the puppuccino is the special treats, dog friendly walking trails maps, and gourmet room service menu that’s available for both dogs and cats. Up to two pets are permitted per room for a $100 fee in a pet friendly room category.

Universal Studios Pet Friendly Hotels Orlando Portofino Bay

1. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

With the charm of Italy and exclusive theme park benefits (including a water taxi to the theme park!), Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is a luxury hotel nestled along the water with cobblestone streets dotted with Italian cypress trees and a festive harbor piazza with Italian cars and scooters, features 750 guest rooms, including 45 suites, eight restaurants and lounges, three themed swimming pools, including one with a Roman-aqueduct slide, the Mandara Spa and fitness center, and a supervised children’s activity center. Pet friendly rooms include the Garden and Bay View rooms — both of which are located on the east wing of the property, some offering balconies overlooking the Portofino Bay and piazza and others with their own walk-out sitting area. Rates for these rooms vary throughout the year and begin around $600/night, not including taxes and fees. While dogs are not allowed inside the hotel’s restaurants, they are welcome to hang alongside you while you enjoy a glass of wine or dine on the open-air patios along the piazza. Mama Della’s Ristorante, which serves family-style Italian specialties, and The Thirsty Fish, a casual waterfront bar, both invite you and your pup to tail, err belly, up. Pups can enjoy manicured walking trails, large plush grassy areas, and private walkways. Pets are not permitted at the pool.

Dog Friendly Universal Studios Loews Royal Pacific Orlando Florida

2. Loews Royal Pacific Resort

If swaying palm trees and sandy beaches are what you’re after, Loews Royal Pacific Resort is the place for you and your pup. This tropical oasis hotel features a lagoon-style swimming pool with two hot tubs and a beach with an interactive water play area for children, 1,000 guest rooms including 51 luxury suites, a sprawling fitness center, access to golf courses, and plentiful restaurants and lounges moments from Universal CityWalk. Specific to this hotel, you’ll enjoy a weekly Saturday night Wantilan Luau (purchase your tickets in advance) which includes a musical journey through the islands, Hawaiian fire dancers, and authentic Polynesian food — sorry, no pups allowed at this event. However, feel free to bring your four-legged friend with you as you dine outside on that patio at Jake’s American Bar or the casual poolside eatery Bula Bar & Grille. Within the hotel, pets (and their parents) are welcome to stay in the standard rooms with rates starting around $325/night though varying throughout the year and not including taxes and fees. When it’s time for a walk, grab the leash and head outside on the hotel’s walking and jogging trails, all of which you’ll find within the dog friendly trail map, clean-up stations are also found along the walking trails as well. 

Universal Studios Dog Friendly Hard Rock Hotel Orlando FL

3. Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

The epicenter of fun is found at the Hard Rock Hotel! With park perks like no other — hello, free Universal Express Unlimited where you skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure — you’ll feel like a rockstar while staying at this cool California-vibes spot (check out the swanky yet funky lobby!) and your pup will too with spacious grassy areas and lengthy walking trails. Within the hotel’s 650 guest rooms, including 29 suites, pets and their owners are invited to stay in the Garden View rooms with rates starting around $500/night though varying throughout the year and not including taxes and fees. While on-property at the hotel, pups are welcome to spend quality time with their humans at the beachclub, a poolside bar and grille, though dogs are not allowed in the actual pool area. Set on the Northeastern side of the main parks, the trails and walking paths surrounding the hotel and connecting to the Portofino Bay Hotel are pooch friendly with doggy clean-up stations throughout. 

Pet Friendly Hotel Universal Studios Sapphire Falls Orlando

4. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

You’re on island time at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort with cascading waterfalls and lush grounds throughout the property and a resort-style pool with a waterslide and cabana rentals. This family and budget-friendly hotel with a Caribbean vibe is located next to the Loews Royal Pacific Resort on the Southwestern edge of the property near Universal Volcano Bay. Of the 1,000 guestrooms, 83 are suites, dogs and cats are invited to stay in the Standard Two Queen rooms starting around $200/night or in the Lagoon View rooms at rates starting around $300/night, excluding taxes and fees. All pet friendly rooms at this hotel are located on the first floor making it easily accessible. Not only can pups enjoy a nearby grassy area but also long walks on the trails between this hotel and the Royal Pacific Resort with additional surrounding walking paths and grassy areas complete with doggy clean-up bags. As for pet friendly dining, two of the resort’s four restaurants allow pets to join their family for mealtime at the outdoor tables and seating located at both Amatista Cookhouse, a waterview restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as The New Dutch Trading Co. which is a grab-and-go style marketplace featuring ready-to-eat meals.  

Dog Friendly Area Universal Studios Hard Rock Hotel

Designated grassy dog area at the pet friendly Universal Studios Hard Rock Hotel

Rules of the Woof: Pet Policies and Permitted Areas

Pets should be leashed at all times while in public areas within the Universal Studios properties and are not permitted indoors at any of the hotel group’s restaurants or within the pool areas. For the safety of your pets and others, pets are not welcome within any of the theme parks including Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure, Universal Volcano Bay, or even Universal Citywalk — bummer, we know! However, dogs are invited to tailwag along the pet friendly trails that are included in the dog friendly walking trails maps offered at each hotel as well as on the grassy areas. To ensure your hotel stay with your pet is tail-wagging wonderful, you must bring proof of your pet’s up-to-date vaccinations and current records from a licensed veterinarian. This will make for the smoothest stay possible.

Doggy Day Care: Keeping Your Pup Pampered

In years past, Universal Studios offered kennel services for those who were looking to board their pup while they enjoyed the theme park, but the service has not yet reopened post-COVID. However, there is a very nearby doggy daycare and boarding service that’s mere minutes away with excellent reviews. Universal Dog Day Care Orlando, located 2.5 miles from Universal Studios, offers professional and reliable pet sitting services for your beloved pooch. They provide a deluxe dog bed, fresh blanket, and photo updates throughout the day to put your mind at ease while you adventure throughout the park. Dogs will enjoy leashed walks in a fully-fenced shy-acre yard as well as air-conditioned playtime in a 1,500 sq. ft. indoor area. Rates vary based on availability and need. Visit https://universaldogcareorlando.com for more information and to make a reservation. 

universal loews royal pacific orlando fl pet friendly hotel restaurant

Jet Set Pets Chief Barketing Officer Pamplemousse awaiting check in at Universal’s Royal Pacific chillin’ in her favorite mode of transport – the Party Buggy.

On the Move: Pet Friendly Transportation Options

Because pets are not allowed throughout much of the Universal Studios property (with the exception of service animals) it’s best to plan to travel around the park via private car. Pets are not welcome on the shuttle boats or on some of the pathways that connect the parks and hotels including the paths that are a part of Universal CityWalk. 

Dog Friendly Lake Eola Park Orlando FL

Dog Friendly Lake Eola Park in Orlando, FL

Beyond the Bark: Off-site Restaurants and Attractions

Orlando isn’t just fun for humans… when it’s your fur child’s turn to adventure there are plenty of dog friendly parks, restaurants, tours, and more for them to enjoy, too. Lake Eola Park is the go-to destination if you’re visiting Orlando with your furry friend in tow. This downtown Orlando park features 43 acres with a one-mile loop around the lake — all dog friendly for leashed pets. Pups can also play on the pet playground and join you for a swan boat ride on the lake (for dogs 5lbs and under.) Other suggested parks include Dr. Phillips Dog Park, a spacious off-leash dog park; Blue Jacket Park, perfect if your pup likes to swim; or Mead Botanical Garden which welcomes leashed dogs to stroll a beautiful and serene setting with their beloved human. After playing in the park, head to Bark Avenue Bakery for the cutest ever all-natural homemade dog treats. Perfect for your good boy or girl!

While parts of Universal Studios can feel deflating without an overwhelming number of pet friendly areas we’d still encourage you to explore the destination with your furry friends. The four hotels mentioned which all feature the Loews Loves Pets program are more than welcoming and will spoil your pooch properly!

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