Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando was my base for the convention I was attending in Florida. While most of my time was spent attending the convention, I did find time in my busy schedule to visit Universal Studios Florida. It was within easy reach of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort thanks to an accessible water taxi service. It was a stress-free and relaxing way to travel between the hotel and Universal Studios and Universal City Walk (the shopping and entertainment district). I settled into my accessible hotel room for five nights which gave me plenty of time to take note of all the accessible features so I could share them with you.
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers1000 guest rooms and suites, all reflecting the tropical vibe of Florida. My accessible room had two beds which is great for families but I do think it restricts the circulation space, especially if you travel with quite a bit of luggage like me. If your are travelling alone or with only one person I’d enquire if there is an accessible room with just one bed in the hope the room would offer more circulation space.
Air conditioning controls and the large easy-access light switches are lowered throughout. The room also offers a bar fridge, coffee machine and large television.
Bedroom facts – bed height 54cm, under bed clearance is 15cm however there is a recessed solid base restricting access to the clearance depth wise. The space between the end of the bed and the television cabinet is 76cm.
The bathroom is equipped with lowered amenities, lever taps and grab rails throughout.
A shower seat and two shower heads are offered in the shower recess, one which is hand-held and height-adjustable.
Bathroom facts – bathroom door clearance 87cm, height to toilet pan 41cm, height to toilet seat 44cm.
Visual alarms for both the doorbell and fire alarm are also installed in the room.
You can take a walk through my accessible room and resort facilities below.
Loews Sapphire Resort at Orlando Universal facilities.
Theme park days are exhausting and many travellers to Orlando either take a break in the heat of the day, or schedule in rest days which involve a day lazing by the pool in between hectic theme park days. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has a pool that’s hard to ignore. Lush palm tress offer shade and lifeguards are on duty during pool opening hours. A pool hoist is also available.
As I had functions to attend most evenings I didn’t have the opportunity to test out the restaurants but I did grab a pizza from the cafe one afternoon and appreciated the range of quick breakfast, lunch and dinner snacks available.
Access to Universal Studios from Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
A wharf is located at the rear of the hotel where regular water taxi’s ferry guests to Universal Studios and Universal City Walk. I don’t think there’s a nicer way to travel the short distance. On the way back to the hotel one evening the whole water taxi erupted into the song and actions to YMCA, followed by Sweet Caroline. The Captain had to ask everyone to get off as we were all having such a good time we were sluggish to move. It was a terrific atmosphere and a lovely end to my day out.
A ramp allows easy access for wheelchair users with accessible seating reserved at the front of the boat.
I was hosted at Loews Sapphire Resort at Universal Orlando as part of my attendance at the convention. As always, my opinions are only influenced by my experience.
Thank you for showing us around your room,
Looking at in between the bed and desk/ tv cupboard ect doesn’t look that wide is it wide enough for a electric wheelchair to pass through easily ?
Love the pool with the lifter chair I wish all new pools it was mandatory. I know I’m dreaming though but it would be nice.
I thought the room was tight for a wheelchair especially in the area that you mention. I think a large power chair would be too tight. I think the pool lifers are becoming more available in Australia but very slowly. I have visited several hotels with them installed.
This is great info! Thank you!
Does the water taxi allow for transport of a power scooter? Or just manual wheelchairs?
I didn’t ask specifically so I’d double check with the hotel but I can’t see why not. The opening to get on the boat was relatively wide, there is ramp access and plenty of room on the boat in the accessible seating area.
Denita Ellis says
Yes, all types of wheelchairs ♿️ motorized and non motorized, the captains on the boats are very helpful and do make sure all wheelchairs are fully secured. Safety is key on all boats . If you have any questions do ask the captain on the boats . They are great and friendly. And I highly recommend a on site hotel for those that need wheelchair access. Sapphire Falls is excellent for this.
Denita Ellis says
You are mighty welcomed 😃 👍