Loews Opens Fifth Hotel at Universal Orlando

The opening of the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort brings the total number of on-site guestrooms to 5,200.

By Scott Baltic, Contributing Editor

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Orlando

Orlando, Fla.—The Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has opened at the Universal Orlando resort in Orlando, Fla., bringing the number of hotels at the resort to five, Loews Hotels & Resorts announced late last week.

With its 1,000 rooms/suites, the new hotel brings the number of Universal Orlando on-site hotel rooms to 5,200. The other four on-site hotels at Universal Orlando are the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, and Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

Amenities at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort include a 16,000-square-foot resort-style pool with two sand beaches and a water slide surrounded by waterfalls and a complimentary gym.

Dining and lounge options comprise:

  • Amatista Cookhouse, a full-service restaurant with water views and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner;
  • The New Dutch Trading Co., a Caribbean-style marketplace featuring ready-to-go meals;
  • Strong Water Tavern, a lobby lounge and bar with a tapas-inspired menu, ceviche bar and a selection of 75 rums;
  • The Drhum Club Kantine, a pool bar and grill that offers drinks and fresh seafood.

Loews was unable to provide further information to Commercial Property Executive.

The year-to-date 2016 (through May) average occupancy and average daily rate at Orlando MSA hotels were 79.1 percent and $124.31, both of which are ahead of last year’s record figures of 77.0 percent and $112.00, according to the Orlando Economic Development Commission.