“Actor Danny Trejo, 80, Involved in Water Balloon Altercation at 4th of July Parade – Newsweek”

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Danny Trejo got into an altercation on the 4th of July during an Independence Day parade in California. According to TMZ’s footage of the incident, the 80-year-old actor — who is known for playing tough but lovable characters — is riding in the passenger seat of a top-down convertible when an onlooker throws a water…

How Ben Weprin’s Vision for Graduate Hotels Transformed University Town Hospitality with University-Themed Hotels and Local Lore

How Ben Weprin's Vision for Graduate Hotels Transformed University Town Hospitality with University-Themed Hotels and Local Lore

At a time when most hotel chains blur into indistinguishable beige sameness, Graduate Hotels offers a much-needed reprieve—a vibrant, living scrapbook of local lore and university charm slowly but surely leaving its mark on the hospitality industry.

Although Graduate Hotels have been around for a decade, there are only 34 properties globally, from the Ivy League charm of Princeton to the academic epicenters of Cambridge and Oxford in the UK. That in and of itself is a testament to the brand’s commitment to authenticity: a slow, deliberate expansion that values community engagement. As if to say, it’s not just about where you stay, but how you feel while you’re there—and hopefully long after you’ve left.

The brainchild of Ben Weprin, founder of AJ Capital Partners, Graduate Hotels began as a bold experiment in transforming university towns’ often dreary accommodations. Weprin’s eureka moment happened in 2010 when he saw potential in the then-bland hotel landscape of these academic hubs. His first venture, renovating Chicago’s Hotel Lincoln near DePaul University, was a revelation. The uninspired decor and sterile ambiance were soon replaced by vibrant local references that turned the hotel into a love letter to the community. The hotel’s eventual success inspired Weprin to replicate his concept, giving birth to the Graduate Hotels brand in 2014.

What sets the brand apart is its meticulous attention to detail, tongue-in-cheek aesthetic, and unwavering commitment to capturing the essence of each location. This isn’t your grandmother’s bed and breakfast adorned with random antiques—each Graduate is more like a carefully curated tapestry woven with threads of local history, alumni memories, and university traditions.

“We dedicate an enormous amount of time and energy to connecting with alumni and community members before, during, and after the design process to get the inside scoop on the university traditions, lesser-known stories, and hidden gems that make our spaces so special,” Weprin explains. The goal? To ensure each guest leaves feeling like they’ve just been given an insider tour of the town’s best-kept secrets.

You might think with all this local flavor, the brand would risk falling into the trap of being another kitschy, themed hotel. Weprin is quick to distinguish: “There’s an authentic human element to the brand. Each property can stand alone, yet you can almost immediately recognize the brand when you walk into our spaces.”

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This is no small feat. Imagine walking into a hotel and feeling the immediate, comforting sense of familiarity while also being struck by the unique, site-specific details that tell the story of that particular place. Take, for instance, the Graduate Eugene, where Weprin’s sneakerhead enthusiasm manifests in a vintage Nike sneaker collection, including the holy grail of kicks: an original pair of Nike Moon Shoes. Or the Jordan suite at Graduate Chapel Hill, a meticulously recreated dorm room of Michael Jordan, complete with his game-worn sneakers and a $5 check he cashed after winning a game of pool. Or even the 13-punting boat installation at Graduate Cambridge.

The brand’s dedication to historic preservation is evident in projects like the upcoming Graduate Princeton, which involved the sensitive renovation of a 1918 dormitory building. Weprin describes the project with the kind of pride usually reserved for a firstborn child. The challenge was maintaining the building’s historic charm while modernizing it for today’s guests. This delicate dance between old and new is a signature of the Graduate design ethos, ensuring each property retains its unique character while offering contemporary comforts.

As the brand continues to explore new markets and expansion opportunities, its goal remains the same: to offer guests an authentic and immersive experience that feels like a secret handshake with the local community. “If guests walk away feeling more connected to the community or like they learned something during their stay, then we’ve done our job,” Weprin says.

We spoke with Weprin below to learn more about the Graduate brand and the crucial role design and community-building play in each Graduate property.

What sets Graduate apart—design-wise—from other boutique hospitality brands?

You can’t just pick up a Graduate and place it in any market. Each property is designed to tell the story of its community through thoughtful design and hyperlocal programming while serving as the backdrop for some of life’s most memorable moments.

We dedicate an enormous amount of time and energy to connecting with alumni and community members before, during, and after the design process to get the inside scoop on the university traditions, lesser-known stories, and hidden gems that make our spaces so special. If guests walk away feeling more connected to the community or like they learned something during their stay, then we’ve done our job.

Graduate Hotels is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Looking back, what do you think was the pivotal moment or decision that set the course for the brand’s success in the competitive hospitality landscape?

In 2010, we started to notice a gap in the hospitality space. At the time, university markets were overlooked. They were filled with bland accommodations primarily serving as a place to sleep.

The unofficial precursor to Graduate was Chicago’s Hotel Lincoln, a former Days Inn near DePaul University. We bought the asset in 2010 and renovated and repositioned it towards the DePaul community. By incorporating local references throughout the space, like nods to Frank Baum and Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard, John Parker, we created a visceral connection with the community. The success of this project inspired us to replicate the concept in other markets, ultimately shaping the Graduate brand we know today.

It’s hard to stand out in the hospitality industry. In your opinion, what is the most distinguishing feature of Graduate Hotels that sets it apart from other hotel brands? More importantly, how do you avoid falling into the trap of “theme hotel” clichés?

There’s an authentic human element to the brand. I would argue while Graduate hotels don’t necessarily fall into the “themed” hotel brand category… each property can stand alone, yet you can almost immediately recognize the brand when you walk into our spaces and know you’re in a Graduate. There are certain staples in each hotel, like the brand motto, “We Are All Students” and the signature study tables that sit in each lobby. There are definitely some thematic elements, but each hotel has its own story to tell.

When Graduate was born in 2014, no other national hotel brand catered specifically to college towns or university markets. Some of the properties are in “true college towns,” meaning there is no big airport nearby. If you’re going out of your way to visit a university in a small town, Graduate offers an authentic taste of local community and school traditions without walking outside. It’s a community-first approach. In that same vein, the incredible design team at AJ takes the time to sit down with alumni and local community members to learn what’s important to them, what those cherished traditions are, and what frequently stories are told that only locals would know about. It’s a memory or a feeling that guests can experience, either for the first time or all over again.

Each Graduate Hotel is deeply entwined with its location’s university culture and spirit. Can you share a bit about the research and creative process that goes into capturing the essence of each town and its university for a new hotel?

We celebrate the people and narratives that define each Graduate community, and in Auburn, that conversation begins and ends with Bo Jackson. Bo Jackson’s Beans—a coffee shop and bar that honors Bo’s contributions to the sports world—will open with the hotel this fall. Bo embodies the spirit of hard work, passion, and the pursuit of dreams that we hold close. It’s a privilege to collaborate with him in the city where his extraordinary career began in 1982.

The design of Graduate Hotels blends academic charm with local flair. What’s your personal favorite design element or artifact that you’ve incorporated into one of the hotels, and what’s the story behind it?

Over the years, I’ve had several favorite pieces and elements as we’ve grown the brand. One of my favorites is the vintage Nike sneaker collection at Graduate Eugene—I’m a big sneakerhead. We had the incredible opportunity to curate the 40-pair collection, including an original pair of Nike Moon Shoes. There’s also Flyboy at Graduate New York, the Minnie Pearl Tapestry in Nashville, and a 13-punting boat installation at Graduate Cambridge.

We’ve also created curated experiences within the guest rooms. At Graduate Chapel Hill, we recreated the college dorm of my favorite sports hero of all time, Michael Jordan. Fittingly labeled room 23, the room is the exact replica of his dorm at Granville Towers. From the ceiling to the brick wall to the record player and records, the posters, the pennants–every single piece in that room, we have it. The Jordan suite also has some of my favorite MJ memorabilia, including his game-worn sneakers from 1983, a $5 check he cashed after winning a game of pool, and his student ID card.

Can you share a story about the most unexpected or challenging design request you’ve received for a Graduate Hotel? How did you creatively navigate it?

Every hotel has had its challenges, but the most rewarding, I would say, would be those that have a historic restoration component, which is AJ’s bread and butter. Graduate Princeton was a unique challenge, given that part of our approach was to restore and renovate a former student dormitory building from 1918. Our main goal was to ensure the building’s historic character and integrity were preserved while also adapting it to meet the needs of a modern hospitality space. This required careful consideration of architectural details and sensitivity to materials, such as creating a design for the brick exterior of the new construction building that would complement that of the existing structure while still preserving its charm. Structurally, we had to get creative, as the building’s original floor plate was not big enough to accommodate the size of a standard hotel room; so, we had to re-configure much of the existing structure to convert it into a modern, top-tier hotel successfully.

Are there any subtle design details or easter eggs within Graduate Hotels that guests might miss on their first visit? Can you share a favorite example?

Absolutely. One of my favorite examples is in our guest rooms at Graduate Princeton, where you’ll find custom bedside table lamps inspired by the Revolutionary War-era cannons buried behind Nassau Hall. Stories like these, incorporated tastefully into the design, are an important aspect of each property. Subtle yet meaningful design details are scattered throughout all Graduate Hotels, with the intention of keeping our guests curious and connected to the surrounding community and history.

The upcoming launch in Princeton, NJ, marks the 34th property in the Graduate Hotels portfolio. Without giving away too much, can you tease any unique design elements or experiences guests can look forward to at this location?

The lobby of Graduate Princeton is one of the spaces I am most excited about. Guests will be greeted by a two-story library lounge with thousands of books and a collection of vintage Senior Jackets. The space will also feature a thirty-foot carved wooden table, a Graduate staple reminiscent of the historic libraries on campus, which will serve as a public space for visitors and students to study, gather, and connect.

The guest rooms include custom wallpaper inspired by the campus’s renowned arboretum, bespoke bed frames that recall the university’s annual Cane Spree tradition, and more. The restaurant, Ye Tavern, is named after a storied bar that once occupied the same site in the 1930s, and the design is inspired by Princeton University’s famed ‘eating clubs.’

Graduate Hotels’ connection to university towns is unique. How do you ensure that each hotel remains appealing not just to visiting parents and alumni but also to a broader demographic seeking a one-of-a-kind hotel experience?

Celebrating each of these markets and communities is a real honor, and we take it seriously. When it came to my own alma mater—the University of Tennessee—it was especially meaningful. At Graduate Knoxville, we partnered with Peyton Manning, a living legend and local hero, to create Saloon 16. Peyton’s nickname was The Sheriff, and his number was 16, so we told his story through a recreation of an old-school saloon with Peyton’s fingerprints on every aspect of the space.

He’s one of the most detail-oriented people I’ve ever worked with. He’s so meticulous. He picked and named every item on the menu, chose every song on the jukebox, and even pulled from his personal collection to help us curate every picture on the wall. If Peyton were to build a saloon in his basement, this is exactly what it would look like.

Delving into the realm of hypotheticals for a moment, if you could design a Graduate Hotel inspired by any university or college in the world that you haven’t already explored, which would it be and why?

The first international Graduate opened in 2021 in Cambridge and Oxford, England, two of the world’s most historic and iconic university towns. I’d love to see the brand expand internationally and explore what a Graduate is across different university cultures. Here in the U.S., we are always exploring potential markets and have a few that are constantly requested by our brand fans.

Does Graduate Hotels collaborate with local artists and designers to integrate their perspectives into its design narrative? If so, have there been any particularly unique or surprising collaborations?

We’ve partnered with several artists across our portfolio, but one of the most notable collaborations is at Graduate New York with Hebru Brantley. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a striking 12-foot sculpture, a vibrant reinterpretation of Brantley’s iconic Flyboy character, which symbolizes empowerment through knowledge. This colorful Flyboy fills the space with wonder and delight.

And finally, for a bit of fun: If you could choose any fictional university from movies, books, or video games to inspire a Graduate Hotel design, which would it be, and what element would you be most excited to bring to life?

We’ve played with pop culture in a few of our properties—beyond the standard design details—like the Home Alone Suite in Evanston and the Stranger Things Suite in Bloomington, but we’ve only scratched the surface. We’re all about nostalgia, so it would have to be a throwback—I’d love to create an homage to a collegiate comedy classics like Old School or Animal House.

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Discover Film Locations: Exploring Movies Filmed at Atlanta Hotels and Georgia’s Film Industry

Discover Film Locations: Exploring Movies Filmed at Atlanta Hotels and Georgia's Film Industry

Remember the movie, “Deliverance?” Of course, it was filmed in Georgia. In fact, it put Georgia “on the grid as a film state,” according to the Georgia Department of Industry and Trade. A year after “Deliverance,” Gov. Jimmy Carter established the Georgia Film Office. Since then, the industry has grown into $4 billion dollar Georgia industry. YouTube do-it-yourselfers love tracking down locations where Georgia and Atlanta scenes in movies and TV shows were shot. Travelers sometimes select their Atlanta hotel because a scene in one of their favorite movies was shot there. Do you remember the scenes discussed below?

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

The elevator scene in “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was filmed at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Marriott Marquis)

Remember the elevator scene in “Hunger Games: Catching Fire?” Walk into the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and step right into that elevator. We do not recommend disrobing as Johanna Mason did in that scene. And, in case you don’t know, Jennifer Lawrence wasn’t on set the day that scene was shot even though you’d never know it from watching the movie. It certainly looks as if she had been there.

Another movie partially shot at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis was “Flight,” in which Denzel Washington’s character, Whip Whitaker, gets drunk in the hotel lobby.

The Candler Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton

The exterior of the Candler Hotel doubled as the First Bank of Atlanta in the movie “Baby Driver.” (Photo courtesy of Candler Hotel)

The Beaux Arts Candler Building dates to 1906 and was built by Atlanta Coca-Cola Co. magnate Asa Griggs Candler. In the movie “Baby Driver,” the building is depicted as the First Bank of Atlanta. Movie-goers see the exterior of the beautiful building.

Georgian Terrace

The Georgian Terrace link to the movies began with the Atlanta premiere of “Gone With the Wind.” (Photo courtesy of the Georgian Terrace)

Who can forget that the Georgian Terrace’s grand ballroom was the site of the premiere gala for the movie “Gone With the Wind?” Movies partially filmed at the Georgian Terrace include “The Change-Up” (the ballroom was depicted as the Plantation Oaks Country Club); and “Identity Theft” (the hotel where Sandy and Diana stay in the movie).

Learn about Atlanta’s Marvel filming locations. Discover Downtown Atlanta: Perfect Setting for Movies, Music, Sports.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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“Discover the Best Hotels in Brooklyn that Truly Reflect the Local Vibe, Including the Renowned Domino Sugar Factory”

"Discover the Best Hotels in Brooklyn that Truly Reflect the Local Vibe, Including the Renowned Domino Sugar Factory"

Along the banks of the East River in Brooklyn, the yellow letters of Domino Sugar crown a landmark building with origins in 1856. This is the Domino Sugar Factory. 240-feet tall, it is known by every Brooklyner: its iconic, red-brick frame unmissable. 20 years ago, it stopped refining sugar. In 2024, it has been remade into an office building. Below it, the newly built park that shares its name is a bright swath of green on the waterfront.

Historically industrial, currently rejuvenated: this is today’s Brooklyn.

In April 2024, the MICHELIN Guide announced its very first MICHELIN Keys, a distinction — like the MICHELIN Star for restaurants — that denotes the most outstanding hotels in the world. In Brooklyn, three hotels gained Keys. A decade ago, it would have been unthinkable. But today, parts of Brooklyn rival even the glitziest corners of Manhattan. Williamsburg is as trendy and teeming with energy as the East Village. Little neighborhoods like Boerum Hill are thriving with antique stores and coffee shops, like Greenwich Village with more elbow room. Dumbo is a historic waterfront with almost no comparison

The very best hotels in these neighborhoods — the Key award winners — are grounded in Brooklyn history. We mean that literally. The building that hosts the Wythe once made sugar barrels for the Domino Factory. At the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, reclaimed pine from that same landmark now serves as tables and benches around the lobby and guest rooms.

Spread between three distinct neighborhoods, the Key hotels in Brooklyn are mainstays of their communities, full to the brim with work by local artists, multiple bars and restaurants, other common spaces, and magnificent bedrooms that reflect the fantasy version of how the locals live — and with much better views.

In other words, these hotels simply feel like Brooklyn.

Wythe Hotel

Style: Warehouse chic
Atmosphere: Trendy, happening
Perfect for: Your base in Williamsburg

The Wythe is the upscale fantasy of the industrial aesthetic of north Brooklyn, where former factories and warehouses transform into artist lofts and chic restaurants. Put simply: it’s extremely cool. Expect concrete floors, wood ceilings, and brick walls in this former barrel factory, along with fantastic views of either the East River or Brooklyn. Opened in 2012, the Wythe has been a cornerstone of this neighborhood for more than a decade, its rooftop bar among the most glamorous spots for a drink and its restaurant, Le Crocodile, an obvious neighborhood favorite. You’ll want to make reservations at the same time you book — these are popular places.

If you’ve never been to Brooklyn but you’ve seen it lightly teased in movies or television, Williamsburg is what you’re picturing. This is the neighborhood that gave hipster a new meaning in the early aughts, the handlebar mustache capital of the world. These days, it’s outgrown much of its grungy alternativeness, and can feel about as popular and exclusive as any neighborhood in Manhattan. Rent a Citi Bike and ride to the riverfront, or simply walk around and pop into any number of boutiques, restaurants, or bars.

Restaurants Nearby: Laser Wolf, KRU, Rule of Thirds, Nura, HOUSE Brooklyn, Restaurant Yuu, Pierozek

Book Wythe Hotel with The MICHELIN Guide →

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Style: Contemporary, eco-conscious
Atmosphere: Upscale
Perfect for: Rooftop Vibes

In Dumbo — one of the must-visit neighborhoods for those new to Brooklyn, the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is a tenant of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, the gorgeous swatch of green space, basketball courts, and little patches of sand on the East River. So it’s not surprising that this hotel is as committed to sustainability as any in the city. Step into the lobby and you’re greeted with a wall — no exaggeration — of greenery, an installation that requires the work of dedicated landscapers who visit each day. Notice too the staircase, with its suspended wires that mimic the nearby Brooklyn Bridge. Rooms are all sleek, contemporary design, some with their own filtered water stations built into the walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows that slide open for bursts of fresh air. We love too the little rock gardens as decor.

We could rave about the special design that fills the hotel, but we’d run out of space to mention the 11th floor rooftop, with among the best views in Brooklyn, and a vibey, music-filled bar and lounge area. If you’re a hotel guest, the loungers at the rooftop pool are just for you. Otherwise, you can book a table with pool access for a minimum of $75/person. Downstairs, there’s a coffee shop with healthy smoothies and a restaurant, the Osprey, with indoor and outdoor seating and a bustling weekend brunch service.

Restaurants Nearby:
The River Cafe, Inga’s Bar, Clover Hill, Carne Mare

Book 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge with The MICHELIN Guide →

Ace Hotel Brooklyn

Style: Cutting-edge
Atmosphere: Social
Perfect for: Exploring Brooklyn

You can’t give the Ace Hotels enough credit for the way they’ve changed hospitality — their original space in Seattle became the city’s living room, and they’ve extended that mission of community and gathering across the world. In downtown Brooklyn, they’ve created another wonderful gathering place, filled with locals, various activations, and a focus on Brooklyn art that extends throughout the hotel. In rooms, expect a simple, streamlined style with setting-appropriate touches (vinyls, record players, guitars).

Most of the action is in the lobby — a bustling room packed with dark decor that serves as the office space for dozens of Brooklyners on their laptops. At night, it becomes a swanky bar filled with dates and friends lounging on leather couches. On the same floor is As You Are, an American restaurant with its own a bakery window for grab and go breakfast — as well as a surprising little garden nook, a bonus space for reading or sipping.

The immediate block of Schermerhorn Street that hosts the Ace is more of a thoroughfare than a destination outside of the hotel, but it’s a short walk from some of the most charming neighborhoods (Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights) in Brooklyn, and steps from A, C, and G subway stations that make it a breeze to head elsewhere in Brooklyn or Manhattan.

Restaurants Nearby: Mile End, Fradei, Miss Ada, Saint Julivert Fisherie

Book Ace Hotel Brooklyn with The MICHELIN Guide →

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Zendaya and Other Celebrities Reveal Their Favorite Movies – Webster County Citizen #Shorts

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You may be very surprised by these celebrities’ favorite movies. 1, Zendaya. According to Far Out Magazine, Zendaya’s favorite movies are ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ ‘Get Out,’ ‘Superbad,’ ‘Interstellar’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk.’ 2, Keanu Reeves. According to Far Out Magazine, David Lynch’s ‘Eraserhead’ was the actor’s first choice, followed by the ‘Star…

AirPlay and Apple TV+ Streaming Services Now Available in Select IHG Hotels & Resorts Guest Rooms

AirPlay and Apple TV+ Streaming Services Now Available in Select IHG Hotels & Resorts Guest Rooms

Starting today, guests staying at select properties from IHG Hotels & Resorts, including Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Indigo, Candlewood Suites, and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, can use AirPlay to privately and securely stream their favorite shows and movies on Apple TV+ and other popular streaming services, listen to personal playlists on Apple Music or other platforms, view vacation photos, practice a presentation, play fun games on Apple Arcade, or get a workout or meditation in with Apple Fitness+ on the big screen in their guest rooms. More than 60 IHG properties in North America are introducing AirPlay today, with others to be added in the coming months.

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“Universal Epic Universe Reveals Opening Dates and Pricing for Two New Hotels, Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort, Set to Launch in 2025”

"Universal Epic Universe Reveals Opening Dates and Pricing for Two New Hotels, Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort, Set to Launch in 2025"

In 2025, Universal Orlando Resort will open its fourth theme park called Universal Epic Universe on a 750-acre site a few miles away from Universal’s existing parks and hotels. The expansion will nearly double the resort’s size.

Universal has periodically released details on the lands and attractions coming to Epic Universe. As part of that reveal, Universal and co-owner and -operator Loews Hotels shared more information Thursday about Universal Stella Nova Resort and Universal Terra Luna Resort, two of the hotels coming to the innovative new theme park.

Related: How Universal is stepping out of the mouse’s shadow to become the hottest theme park

Both resorts will be adjacent to Universal Epic Universe and open in early 2025. Universal Stella Nova Resort is scheduled to open Jan. 21, 2025, while Universal Terra Luna Resort will open shortly after on Feb. 25, 2025.

Both resorts will fall into Universal’s Prime Value lodging category and have an affordable starting price of $147 per night plus tax (for stays of four nights or longer). Each resort will have 750 double-queen guest rooms, bringing the total number of accommodations across Universal Orlando Resort to 10,500.

Related: Super Nintendo World officially announced for Universal Orlando Resort

Guests staying at Universal Stella Nova Resort or Universal Terra Luna Resort will have access to the same exclusive theme park benefits available at Universal’s current Prime Value hotels, including early park admission, complimentary transportation and resortwide charging privileges. They both also share an ultramodern, out-of-this-world design theme.

Universal will release more information about the official on-sale dates and how to book vacation packages at a later date. For now, here’s what we know about each resort.

Universal Stella Nova Resort

Universal Stella Nova Resort is inspired by the vast and beautiful wonders of outer space. Standard guest rooms will sleep up to four guests and feature an upscale space theme with blue and white hues and murals above the beds that depict a galaxy filled with shining stars.

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The hotel’s public spaces will have a modern look and feel, with a mostly black and white color palette set off by teal and purple accents, curved walls and textured ceilings that give off chic spaceship vibes.


Dining options will include a quick-service restaurant called Cosmos Cafe and Market with classic American fare and grab-and-go items, the Galaxy Bar and Galaxy Grill for poolside drinks and dining, in-room pizza delivery and a lobby lounge called Nova Bar for specialty cocktails.


Outside, the hotel will also feature a resort-style pool complex with a 10,000-square-foot pool, a hot tub, a kids splash pad and a fire pit. Additionally, guests can enjoy recreational activities like poolside movies and outdoor games. Inside, you’ll find a fitness center, a game room, a laundry area, a gift shop and a dedicated Universal Orlando Vacation Planning Center to assist with all your theme park needs.

Learn more about Universal Stella Nova Resort.

Universal Terra Luna Resort

Universal Terra Luna Resort will be similar to Universal Stella Nova Resort in size, layout and amenities but will have its own distinct theming inspired by the thrill of exploring the unknown and discovering the wonders of outer space. In a way, it feels as if Stella Nova depicts the journey through space, and Terra Luna depicts a far-off destination.

Standard guest rooms will sleep up to four and are decorated in a blue and white color scheme with otherworldly artwork.


The hotel’s lobby will be spacious, with modern furnishings and green and gold accents. The lobby will feature a lounge called Luna Bar, a quick-service eatery called Omega Cafe and Market with made-to-order and grab-and-go items, and a Universal Orlando Vacation Planning Center for help with ticketing and vacation planning.


Other dining options include in-room pizza delivery, a poolside bar called Moonrise Bar and a poolside restaurant called Moonrise Grill.


The zero-entry pool will feature playful pop-up jets. There will also be a large adjacent hot tub, a fire pit, poolside movies and outdoor games. Other amenities include a fitness center, a game room, a laundry area and a gift shop.

Learn more about Universal Terra Luna Resort.

Bottom line


Universal Epic Universe is currently under construction and on track to open by summer 2025. The theme park will include various themed lands, hotels, restaurants and shops. Stay tuned to TPG for more details on Epic Universe as they are made public.

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