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National Grassroots Conference
January 25-28, 2016 – Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando – Orlando, FL

Hotel/Travel Information

Thank you for your interest in booking a room at the Loews Portofino Bay resort in Orlando FL for the 2016 National Grassroots Conference.  Due to the popularity of the resort over the conference dates, the Public Affairs Council has a waitlist for any rooms that become available.  Email Kristin Griswold directly to add your name to the waitlist.

Once the rooming block is full or after the cut-off date (whichever comes first), you may not be able to obtain the Public Affairs Council group rate or a room at the conference hotel. Therefore, we recommend that you book a room as early as possible.

Also please note that the room rate is only valid for the nights of the conference (check-in taking place on the first advertised day of the conference and check-out on the final day.) Some hotels have been known to honor the room rate on the few days before and after our events, but please be aware that it is not guaranteed and that the room rate may be different.

The Public Affairs Council has obtained a special group rate of $249 per night (single/double occupancy room) at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel located at 5601 Universal Blvd in Orlando, Florida. To make a hotel reservation, please call 866-360-7395 or click here to reserve online. When calling, make sure to identify yourself as part of the Public Affairs Council or National Grassroots Conference to receive the group rate. The deadline for reservations is January 4, 2016.

A deposit equal to one night’s stay is required to hold each individual reservation and will be applied to the last night of the reserved stay. Should a reservation be cancelled, the deposit is refundable if notice is received at least five (5) days prior to arrival. Please make sure to obtain a cancellation number.

At check-in, each guest will have the opportunity to reconfirm your departure date. Any guest departing prior to that date will be assessed a $50 charge.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
5601 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819
Reservations: (866) 360-7395 / reserve online
Room Rate: $249
Cut-off date: January 4, 2016
Check-in time: 4:00pm
Check-out time: 11:00am
Make sure to identify yourself as part of the “Public Affairs Council” or “National Grassroots Conference”


Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
6300 Hollywood Way
Orlando, FL 32819

Cabana Bay Beach Resort
6550 Adventure Way
Orlando, FL 32819

Wingate by Wyndham Convention Ctr Closest Universal Orlando
5661 Windhover Dr
Orlando, FL 32819

Nestled along a picturesque bay at Universal Orlando® Resort, this luxurious hotel recreates the charm and romance of the famed seaside village of Portofino, Italy, right down to the cobblestone streets and outdoor cafes. This AAA Four Diamond Award® winning hotel features 750 guest rooms, including 45 spacious suites. Guests enjoy impeccable and attentive service, the opulent Mandara Spa®, three themed swimming pools and eight restaurants and lounges. From the classically-inspired fountains and charming courtyards to the authentic music filling the piazza, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel enables guests to escape to the sunny shores of the Italian Riviera. Plus, as a deluxe on-site hotel guest you’ll stay in the heart of the excitement at Universal Orlando Resort® and receive exclusive theme park benefits you won’t receive staying anywhere else including:

  • SKIP THE REGULAR LINES FOR FREE with Universal ExpressSM Unlimited ride access* – a value of up to $89^ per person, per day (valid theme park admission required). It’s the fastest way to ride – enjoy unparalleled access all day long, as often as you’d like!
  • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required)
  • And much more!

*Paid theme park admission required. Benefit not valid for guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort; available for purchase only. Not valid at Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™, and other select attractions.  Not valid at Hogwarts Express.  Only valid for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay as indicated on the Universal Express Unlimited pass. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Not valid for separately ticketed special events. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.  † Early Park Admission begins one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to one (1) Universal Orlando theme park as determined by Universal Orlando. Valid at select attractions at each park. Universal Orlando Resort reserves the right to open alternative attractions in the event that a technical problem arises or an attraction opening is delayed.

Universal Orlando® Resort offers discount admission into the park after 2pm or after 4pm for convention participants. This ticket is specially designed for meeting attendees however block out dates apply for the 2pm pass.  Our After 4pm pass does not have block out dates. Click here for more information.

Per Universal Orlando® Resort:

  • Because the Hogwarts™ Express will transport guests from one theme park to another, a park-to-park admission ticket is required to ride the train.
  • Pricing is subject to change without notice.

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando is 15 minutes from the Orlando International Airport.

  • Shuttle Service: Shuttle service departs from each baggage claim area and they stop at multiple stops, prices vary per shuttle.
  • Taxi Cabs: Taxis are approximately $40-60 each way (prices vary and are subject to change)
  • Private Car Service: Private car service Destination MCO can be arranged through our concierge at approximately $90 each way (for a regular sedan up to 4 people, prices vary and are subject to change). Please contact the hotel concierge for arrangements.

Florida weather is unpredictable. You should probably obtain an up-to-the-minute weather report prior to your visit. Click here for an updated forecast.

The current parking rates for guests are as follows. Parking charges are subject to change without notice.

Overnight Guests
Self Parking: $20 plus tax per night
Valet Parking: $27 plus tax per night

Day Guests
Self Parking: $22 plus tax
Valet Parking: $32 plus tax


From Orlando International Airport:
1)Take the North exit out the airport onto Beachline Expressway (SR528) West (International Drive, Convention Center)
2)Continue on Beachline and take I-4 East 3.Take Exit 75A (Universal Studios) and get in the left lane
4)At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Universal Blvd.
5)Portofino entrance is 1 mile on the right
NOTE: SR528 is a toll road.

From I-4 Eastbound (Tampa/Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):

1)Take I-4 East towards downtown Orlando
2)Take Exit 75A (Universal Studios) and get in the left lane
3)At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Universal Blvd.
4)Portofino entrance is 1 mile on the right

From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):

1)Take Exit 74B Universal
2)Continue on Adventure Way
3)At the traffic light, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort entrance is on your left