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Universal’s Endless Summer – Dockside Inn and Suites

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

Last updated: June 11, 2024

Overview

Dockside Inn and Suites is a value resort with a sand, sea, and sunsets theme. A little more than half the rooms at each Endless Summer complex are 440-square-foot suites with three queen beds, one bathroom, and a kitchenette.

Cost Range

$113-$278

Lodging Area

Universal Orlando Area

Category

Value

Transportation

Bus, Walk

Guest Overall Rating

Based on 83 surveys. (See our Ratings and Research page for details)

Our Overall Rating
Room Quality
Check-in Efficiency
Quietness of Room
Park Transportation
Hotel Pool
Staff
Food Court
Resort Strengths

Least expensive on-site lodging options

Includes Early Park Admission, whereas offsite hotels at this price point do not

Excellent soundproofing

On-site fitness center is unusual for Value resorts

Resort Weaknesses

Overnight parking fee

Family suites have only one bathroom

Pillows and towels are of poor quality

No short walking paths or water taxis to theme parks and CityWalk

What Readers Are Saying About Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

Endless Summer is a much better value than the "Value" resorts at Disney. We stayed in a 3-queen suite at Dockside and couldn't believe how spacious and comfortable it was, with enough room for a sweet little picnic table big enough for four.

M

Matt L

February 12, 2022

Having stayed at "value" resorts at Disney and now Universal, I have to say Universal is the better value. Our room at Dockside was bigger and $50-$70 less than a tiny room at Pop Century.

N

Nera H

May 12, 2022

Rooms

In this modernized reinterpretation of a hippie hangout, the floors and furniture resemble reclaimed driftwood, and the tie-dyed curtains and vibrant wall art recall the summer of love.

  • Room with Queen Bed(s) and en-suite bathroom
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

These 313-square-foot standard rooms are about the size of a Disney Moderate hotel room, but at lower prices.

In this modernized reinterpretation of a hippie hangout, the floors and furniture resemble reclaimed driftwood, and the tie-dyed curtains and vibrant wall art recall the summer of love.

  • Room with Queen Bed(s) and en-suite bathroom
  • Open clothes hanger bar
  • Dresser with drawers
  • Full-length mirror
  • Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Coffee maker and starter supply of coffee pods
  • Starter supply of disposable kitchenware: paper plates, bowls, and cups; plastic forks, knives, and spoons
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Hair dryer
  • Digital thermostat
  • In-room safe
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and bar soap

We like that Endless Summers suites have a separate private bedroom with a second large TV for the third bed.

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Room

Dockside Inn and Suites Bathroom

Dockside Inn and Suites Bathroom

Dining

Dockside Starbucks An outpost of the ever-present Starbucks chain in the lobby of the Dockside Inn.

Pier 8 Market The sister cafeteria to Surfside Inn’s Beachside Cafe has its own unique menu with similarly low prices, as well as a seaport-inspired layout featuring five grab-and-go serving windows that resemble open-air market stalls. Breakfast specialties include upscale items like avocado toast and Baja burritos, while the signature lunchtime entrée is a Dockworker Wrap filled with pastrami, Swiss cheese, coleslaw, and fries. Dinner offerings include whole pizzas, stuffed shells, and barbecue-bacon burgers. The best news is that you can have fried chicken and waffles in the morning with maple syrup, and again in the evening with hot sauce and mashed potatoes. Desserts include a panini-pressed s’mores sandwich, Key lime pie, and sugar-dusted zeppole. Dockside Inn also has a full-service Starbucks, an indoor Sunset Lounge lobby bar, and a poolside Oasis Beach Bar that serves drinks named after former Wet ’n Wild waterslides.

Sunset Lounge A bar in the lobby of the Dockside Inn serving cocktails, beer, and other assorted beverages.

The Oasis Beach Bar The poolside bar at the Dockside Inn, the Oasis Beach Bar offers cocktails, frozen drinks, wine, beer, and smoothies.

Amenities

SWIPE TO EXPLORE

2 Pools + Splash Pad

sorfside has two pools, a children's play area, and sand beaches.

Arcade

Endless Summer has an on-site arcade with relatively recent video games of all kinds.

Fitness

The hotel has an on-site fitness center with weights, treadmills, and other equipment for your workout.

Priority Restaurant Seating

Guests staying at Endless Summer get priority seating at many Universal park and CityWalk restaurants. Check with the front desk for options.

Early Park Admission

Guests staying at Endless Summer get in up to one hour early to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Resort amenities at-a-glance
Universal-owned
Early Park Admission
Suites
Room Service
Wireless Internet
Fitness Center
Transportation to Parks
Universal Express
Club Level
Water Sports
Marina
Tennis
Beach
Biking
Airport Transportation

Practical Matters

Check In/Out Time
Mobile Check-In
Theme Park Tickets
Dining Reservations
Laundry
Lost and Found
Shopping
Child Care

Transportation

Driving to the Resort
Getting to the Parks
and Universal CityWalk
Getting to Another Hotel from Universal’s Endless Summer – Dockside Inn and Suites
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