Universal Orlando unveils plans for the Aventura Hotel

(Comcast Corp. the owner of Universal Orlando, said earlier this year they want to double or triple the brand's footprint in Florida. It's on the right track.)

The Aventura Hotel, the sixth hotel from Universal Orlando, is planning to open summer 2018.

The property’s parking garage will be connected to the Sapphire Falls resort via a walkway. The Sapphire Falls property opened last month, and also has a walkway connecting it to the Royal Pacific Resort, also owned by Universal.

Unlike many other Universal properties, the new Aventura Hotel will offer limited meeting space and will not have complimentary unlimited Express Pass access to nearby Universal properties, unlike the Hard Rock and Portofino Bay resorts. However, guests at the Aventura will have early admission to nearby theme parks.

The new hotel will be 16 stories, and its design will be centered around glass and and open, loft-style lobby. On property will be a pool, hot tub, cocktail bar and kids’ play area. The lobby will be home to a food & beverage space as well as a Starbucks, and a rooftop bar will also be available.

Universal currently operates five hotels in Orlando, consisting of 5,200 rooms. When the Sapphire Falls property opened, Universal’s owner, Comcast Corporation, revealed its goals to expand its existing portfolio by double or triple the number of hotel rooms. Further expansion from Universal is expected in the near future after the company purchased 475 acres of land in 2015 near the Orange County Convention Center. In addition, the Wet ’N Wild water park is closing down Dec. 31, 2016, creating another space for future development.