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The Resort Hotels – Royal Pacific Resort: Rooms & Suites

Compared to the wide-open public spaces, the rooms seem small. They are decorated in pale pastels like lime and mango, with sisal-style carpeting and rattan touches in the furniture evoking the tropics and making the space seem airier. Flat-screen TVs add a sleek modern touch, while the bamboo patterned screens and vintage posters from Bali remind us that we are a world away. A number of other small touches in the rooms echo the hotel’s backstory and are fun to look for.

Since the Royal Pacific was designed as a convention hotel, there is one distinct difference from the other hotels: all rooms are standard rooms. There are no slightly larger rooms designated as "deluxe rooms" as there are at Portofino and the Hard Rock. Most rooms have a compact vanity area with a sink just outside the bathroom (which has no sink), while others have full bathrooms. All rooms have 32-inch (or larger) flat-screen televisions, Keurig coffee makers for that morning jolt of java, iHome clock/radios with iPod docks, as well as the usual blow dryer for damp hair and an iron and ironing board. The next step up from a standard room is a suite. Like the standard rooms, the suites were designed with the convention trade in mind. They are the nicely appointed two-room suites you would expect in any business hotel; aside from the extra space, they feature the same amenities as in the standard rooms. The Royal Pacific has eight Jurassic Park-themed "Kids' Suites," complete with dinosaur murals and raptor-cage headboards, as well as a Club Level with restricted access in the Royal Tower. For more on the Club Level, see Amenities, below.

For high rollers, the best option is The Captain's Suite, located on the seventh floor Club Level of the Royal Tower. It is exquisitely decorated with Indonesian art and fabrics and features a full kitchen and a guest bathroom off the entry foyer. All the super luxury suites at the resort hotels are grand and splashy, but this one is the most quietly elegant, the kind of place you could imagine yourself having as a permanent residence. It also has the best view in the hotel, a sweeping vista of the pool area and Islands of Adventure. Compared to the rates for other luxury suites at Universal, the Captain's Suite here is a positive bargain.

Pool view rooms are obviously much sought after. Unfortunately, the hotel has just 173 such rooms, so your odds of getting one are approximately one in six. The hotel will try to honor requests for a specific view but they cannot guarantee them. See Room Rates at a Glance, at the beginning of this chapter, to get an idea of the price range at Royal Pacific and how it compares to the other on-site hotels..

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