6300 Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 503-3000; fax: (407) 503-3010
Like the Hard Rock, the Royal Pacific Resort has a “backstory” that subtly informed the design of the hotel and the themes of its restaurants. This one involves the Royal Pacific family of companies, a made-up travel and transportation conglomerate that flourished in the 1930s, the “Golden Age of Travel.” Its holdings included Royal Pacific Airways, a fleet of dashing sea planes that linked the sprawling island chains of the South Pacific, and Royal Pacific Steamship Lines, a fleet of luxury ocean liners that plied the tropical seas.
The Royal Pacific Resort, it would seem, is the latest jewel in the Royal Pacific crown, a luxury getaway located somewhere in Bali. Of course, none of this is terribly overt. It’s a muted story, told with subtlety — a welcome message in the in-room hotel directory, the 30s-style jazz that plays throughout the property, the retro art on the travel posters in your room, and the occasional display case of memorabilia dotted around the property, not to mention the Royal Pacific Airways Grumman Albatross sea plane floating near the water taxi dock. Everything here has been inspired by, rather than copied from, Indonesia and Fiji, so the hotel reminds you of the South Seas while remaining very much its own place.
If the fictional Royal Pacific was a company of the 30s, the present seven-story hotel is very much of the twenty-first century. Its public spaces are open, airy, and luxurious, tastefully decorated with genuine Indonesian woodcarvings and other art works. Its lobby is gorgeous, the most exotic of the three resort hotels. Its amenities are state of the art and the dining venues, including a new restaurant by Emeril Lagasse, are a cut or three above standard hotel fare.
The hotel’s facade, which reflects its Balinese inspiration, is rather featureless, a mustard-colored slab concealed by lush greenery. The exterior looks better at night, when artfully placed spotlights and the shadows cast by palm trees add texture and depth to the building’s flat surfaces.
While the other hotels have meeting space — Hard Rock a little, Portofino Bay somewhat more — the Royal Pacific was designed as a full-fledged convention hotel. The attached convention center is vast. In fact, all of Portofino Bay’s meeting space could fit into Royal Pacific’s Grand Ballroom with enough space left over to swing quite a few cats. Of course, with its fabulous and fun pool and its proximity to two great theme parks, the Royal Pacific has drawn a large leisure and family business as well.
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