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Universal Orlando Resort completes renovation of Portofino Bay Hotel

Portofino Bay Hotel room

The Universal Orlando Resort has revealed that the renovation of all 750 rooms at the on-site Portofino Bay Hotel is now complete, having cost some $14 million.

Al of the rooms at the hotel, operated by Loews, have been overhauled with a new Mediterranean-themed design which is said to have been inspired by the real Portofino resort in Italy. More than 5,000 gallons of paint and 35,000 yards of new carpet were used during the renovation process, which consumed some 45,000 work hours in total.

Describing the updates, designer Karen Daroff said: "The new rooms celebrate the charm, romance and glamour of Portofino, Italy’s grand vacation villas and hotels. A refined palette in soft neutral cream colors, paired with sun-baked shades of aqua are complemented by rich, terra cotta-colored marble and custom-designed, white-washed furnishings."

Guests at the Portofino Bay Hotel receive a range of benefits, including early entry to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and unlimited queue-jumping abilities via the Universal Express scheme.

Major dining options at the hotel including Mama Della's Ristorante (designed to resemble an Italian home), BiCE Ristorante (which merges old and modern Italian style), Trattoria del Porto (a buffet restaurant serving Italian fishes), Splendido Pizzeria (a poolside pizza outlet) and the Thirsty Fish (a bar serving alcoholic drinks and snacks).

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