Cabana Bay Beach Resort to open by March 31, 2014 as reservations begin for first wing of new Universal Orlando hotel

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Universal Orlando today revealed the opening date window for their Cabana Bay Beach Resort hotel as they began accepting reservations for dates starting March 31, 2014. The Courtyard Family Suites will be available first, starting on that date, followed by Tower Family Suites on July 1, 2014.

Update: Universal reached out to note that while reservations are now available for dates beginning March 31, 2014, that’s not necessarily the opening date. They’ve declined to provide a specific opening date at this time, instead offering only an “early 2014” opening timeframe. The hotel could open sooner, but not later.

A first look at the hotel’s lazy river has also been unveiled, a first for Universal Orlando, along with other artwork:

The hotel will feature two zero-entry swimming pools, including a dive tower water feature, waterslide, sand beach, and lazy river. The hotel will also have a 10-lane bowling alley, fitness center, game room, and gift shop.

The price for a night’s stay on March 31, 2014 is currently $244.00 per night for a standard room and $254.00 per night for a poolside view, plus tax and fees. Standard rooms in the Tower will start at $164.00 per night in July 2014, but will ultimately drop as low as $119 per night.

This fourth hotel within Universal Orlando Resort is inspired by the classic, retro-feel of iconic beach resorts from the 1950s and 60’s. An area located around the North Courtyard will open first, followed later in 2014 by an area located around the South Courtyard. Each area will have a unique look and feel.

The North Courtyard will be inspired by the sweeping motor courts of the 1950s and 60s, featuring 600 family suites across four-story buildings with open corridors. Each of the 600, 430-square-foot suites will sleep up to six and include a fold-out foam bed, kitchenette, a sliding partition for privacy, two flat-screen TVs, and an extra-large bathroom with preparation spaces for three people at once.

The South Courtyard theme will be different, that of a tropical resort design with seven-story towers around a zero-entry pool that’s more than 8,000 square feet with a lazy-river and sand beach. In addition to 300 suites, the towers will feature 900 guest rooms that are each 300-square-feet and that sleep four and include two queen beds and mini-fridge.

Rates begin at $119 per night for guest rooms and $174 per night for Family Suites (guests who stay longer will save more, with discounts up to 25 percent off per night. Package rates are available with savings based on length-of-stay; a family of four can stay for seven nights for $47 per person, per-day – including accommodations and tickets to both Universal Orlando theme parks.

Reservations can be made online at the Loews Hotels web site.

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