Stay at a Premier Hotel and Save Money
When you stay at either Loews Portofino Bay, Loews Royal Pacific, or the Hard Rock Hotel, you’ll receive complimentary Express Unlimited Passes included in the price of the room.
This is the highest tier, two-park Universal Express Unlimited Pass. These normally cost between $119.99 to $239.99 per person per day depending on the day you go.
The complimentary passes are valid for every person staying in the room for every day of your stay. You’ll also receive tickets for the day you check in and the day you check out.
Let’s Do the Math
Let’s assume your party has 4 guests and you spend three days and two nights at Universal. We just checked Loews Royal Pacific and plugged in a few dates. The cheapest Premier Hotel we see is two nights for a total of $1320 (with taxes and fees included).
Now let’s check to see what the 2-park Universal Express Unlimited Pass costs for 4 people. We came up with an average of $140 per person per day, then multiplied that by 4 people ($560). We then multiply that by 3 days worth of passes (since we can use passes on the day we check-in and the day we check out).
The 3 day total for Universal Express Unlimited passes comes out to $1680 for 4 people….and that’s before taxes and fees. That’s more than our hotel stay!
Conclusion: If you plan on buying the Express Pass anyway, it certainly makes sense to stay at one of the three Premier Hotels.
With this said, the cost-saving you get with the passes might not always be greater than the cost of your Premier Hotel stay. It will be close for most days, and thus, we think it’s definitely the way to go.
Also, keep in mind that Florida Residents and Univeral Annual Passholder can save up to 30% on their stay. And for that matter, Universal hotels are often cheaper than a comparable Disney hotel.