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Our New Obsessions: Hotels with Their Own Boats

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July 1, 2010 at 3:56 PM | by | ()

Yea, we totally snapped this photo and the best moment between storm and sunset

You may arrive to your hotel by limo, taxi, subway or even helicopter, but nothing beats the romance of gliding up to a magnificent hotel by boat. Naturally, when you think of hotel boats, your thoughts first turn to Venice's gondolas and the Hotel Danieli or the tender out to the W Maldives, but we found something a little bit closer to home.

As part of the attempt to inject Universal Studios' Loews Portofino Bay Hotel with all the charms of Italy, the hotel boasts its own water taxi for direct transport over the Universal CityWalk area, which you don't need to have a ticket to the amusement park to enter. Okay okay, so the other two Universal Hotels—Loews Royal Pacific and The Hard Rock—also have this, but only the Portofino actually tries to make it look like you're off the Italian Riviera. Oh yea, and it's free.

A better look at the Portofino Bay water taxi

Disclosure: We were guests of Universal Studios during a recent assignment, but all views expressed here are our own.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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