Because all 3 Universal hotels have very similar features and services, families will do fine at any one of them; picking is really a question of priorities. Portofino Bay has the classiest, most grown-up atmosphere, which may not be a great fit for small children. The Hard Rock's rock-and-roll theme is well suited for teens. The Royal Pacific, meanwhile, has an easygoing atmosphere ideal for guests with youngsters in tow. Kids can dine with their favorite Universal character at the hotel restaurant (say, Spider-Man or the Cat in the Hat), attend twice-weekly luau shows and zap bad guys in the video arcade. Suites have separate rooms with kid-friendly themes (like Jurassic Park), and the thrills of Universal Studios are just a 10-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride away.