PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL INFO...FAQ`s and more.......

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  1. married2mm

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    With a 1 night club level stay -
    How does the access to the lounge operate?
    Is it available from check in or when room is ready?
    Can we utilise on day 2 past breakfast?
     
  2. schumigirl

    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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    As soon as you check in you can use the lounge, the room key will activate the door.

    Officially it`s up until checkout on the day you leave, but if you speak to the manager if they`re not busy they may or may not allow you access a little later.

    And it`s around 10 to 15 minute walk from the parks depending on you pace of course.....and no, the resort is quite easy to get around, it is fairly well spread out, but easy to navigate (saw your questions on the other board)
     
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  4. married2mm

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    Thankyou very much & also for the extra info
    (My additional lack of navigational skills thoughts!)
     
  5. schumigirl

    schumigirl It's a bit of a roodie doodie word for lady parts

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  6. crazywig

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    Has anyone rented a villa pool cabana recently? Did you think it was worth it? We have a late flight home and I'm thinking of renting one for the afternoon. This would be in July.

    I'm wondering if they book up completely as I think I'd rather make this a last minute decision. There seem to be a lot of them.
     
  7. smiths02

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    We rented a main pool cabana (I think there are only 3) a few weeks ahead of time. I was told over the phone that I could cancel day of if I wanted to, so I guess it wouldn't hurt to do it ahead of time and then cancel if you change your mind.

    Granted, we went in April, but even the cabanas at the main pool seemed available day of.

    We felt the cabana rental was a splurge that was fun and worth it, but not necessary. (Again, this was in April so the pool was probably less crowded)
     
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  8. iluvet58

    iluvet58 Earning My Ears

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    Not sure if this is unusual or not but today the villa pool was completely empty when I was there. It was around noon till 2 pm and I was all alone. It was a very hot day today also. It was wonderful and the pool is absolutely beautiful.
     
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  9. mastermind307

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    I bought one gift card and I'm planning to buy a couple more to pay off the remaining balance for our room once we arrive so a large amount won't get charged to our credit card. I also planned to just charge items back to our room and then pay them off with a gift card. But I thought I read it is difficult to pay off a balance this way. Is this true? Should I contact the hotel and ask and see about paying our room in full before we arrive?
    I know it really doesn't matter when and how I pay because the money all comes out of the same account, but I prefer to have my vacations paid for ahead of time so we don't have a huge credit card bill afterwards.
    I've done this for our past Disney trips and it's worked out great, but I don't know how it all works for Universal.
     
  10. iluvet58

    iluvet58 Earning My Ears

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    Call the hotel directly and they will send you over a form. We pay in advance all the time and it’s so easy. You fax the form back with your reservation number and a copy of your drivers license and a copy of the card you want to pay with.
     
  11. iluvet58

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    We’ve had garden view in the past and had a patio facing the bocce ball court. If it’s slow you could ask for an upgrade to bay view. We’ve done this also and have gotten a balcony. It can’t hurt to ask.
     
  12. tjmw2727

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    Thanks so much - we are not particular about the view but a place to sit outside would be great! Going to call today :)
     
  13. smiths02

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    I had my gift cards upon check-in and also tried to go mid-trip and the desk person pretty much wouldn't take them. Now, I didn't press or make a fuss and just figured I would do it at check out.
    Unfortunately, we had 9 Universal gift cards (3 kids, each had two gift cards, I bought 2, family friend gave us 1). The guy at the desk had to run them through one of those dial up credit card machines individually and then do something else on the computer to apply it to the room bill. It took some time. He was friendly, but he did seem a little annoyed (although he was trying not to be annoyed at me). I would not do it again.
     

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