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Unread 16 Jan 20, 08:09 PM  
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Aventura hotel - Virgin lounge

Has anyone used this lounge? Could you tell me what kinds of snacks and drinks they have available and can you grab and go or do they expect you to sit in and eat/drink?
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We had access to it December 2018. The hotel had just opened and we got a good deal. I was keen to use the lounge for light breakfast and snacks and I do like my coffee, especially when its free.
We went in once - coffee was not great and snacks were basically wrapped pastries. The staff member looked bored and was less than welcoming.
We may have picked a bad day, it may have changed but I wouldnt see it as a perk of booking wit VH.
Loved the Aventura on the other hand. Great food court.
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Originally Posted by Tillyfloss View Post
We had access to it December 2018. The hotel had just opened and we got a good deal. I was keen to use the lounge for light breakfast and snacks and I do like my coffee, especially when its free.
We went in once - coffee was not great and snacks were basically wrapped pastries. The staff member looked bored and was less than welcoming.
We may have picked a bad day, it may have changed but I wouldnt see it as a perk of booking wit VH.
Loved the Aventura on the other hand. Great food court.
Thanks Tilly, so the food court would be better to get breakfast items from?
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The food court is good, and the hotel is great. We loved it there. You can walk to the parks, catch the boat in and Volcano Bay is out the back. Pool has a nice atmosphere and great bar on the roof.

Looked in and think they had bagels in the Virgin Lounge. Never went in though.

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Originally Posted by Loulou127 View Post
Thanks Tilly, so the food court would be better to get breakfast items from?
I recall after the first visit to the lounge we didnt bother with breakfast. The parks were quiet so we tended to lie in, stroll over to the park and have early lunch.
If you are looking for an amazing breakfast the buffet at the Portofino is one of my best ever eaten. Not sure if the cost as we were comped it but whatever the price I would consider it good value.
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The food court is good, and the hotel is great. We loved it there. You can walk to the parks, catch the boat in and Volcano Bay is out the back. Pool has a nice atmosphere and great bar on the roof.

Looked in and think they had bagels in the Virgin Lounge. Never went in though.
How accessible is International Drive from the hotel without a car?
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How accessible is International Drive from the hotel without a car?
Youd have to take an Uber I think. Never bothered to go really, went to look at Endless Summer which is at the top, and it isnt far.
When in the hotel theres the restaurants there, the other Universal hotels, and you can walk straight into City Walk. You can get a taxi to the outlet mall area as well which isnt far, and theyve built opposite that now a few good restaurants like Bahama Breeze and Longhorn (went to both, drove about 10 mins). Theres also a Walmart, Wholefoods and restaurants on Turkey Lake Road which is close.
Great hotel the Aventura Id definitely stay again, and I stayed in Hard Rock as well that trip.
Edit you may also be able to get the free bus from Volcano Bay to Endless Summer when VB is open I imagine - bus stop right at back of hotel. Endless Summer is right at the top of Idrive though.

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How accessible is International Drive from the hotel without a car?
If you walk to main City walks entrance to Universal you can get the hotel bus to Endless Summer and I believe I drive is walkable from there.
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