This hotel is a great, kid- friendly place to stay when visiting Universal Orlando. Free water taxi to the park. Great on- site water park-like pool area. Rooms themselves are slightly above average in decor and furnishings. Common areas are very nice and maintain the theme of a Hawaiian resort well.
Really, though, it is all about location/ proximity to the theme park. You'll pay steeply for that, along with just about everything else. The other clear advantage is that staying here gets you an express pass to most of the popular rides and early entry into the park. This can be a big deal, especially during Spring Break. It is frankly the only justification for paying the exorbitant rate. More