Universal Studios, California Or Florida
Staying at a Universal Studios owned hotel in Florida can be done for around $120 per night. While staying in a Universal resort will give you the convenience of being close to the parks, it isn’t a necessity. There are hotels within shuttle, bus or a quick Uber ride from the parks that come in under $100 per night.

Universal Studios in California doesn’t have its own hotel on site but it is surrounded by both affordable and not so affordable options. There is a list of Universal Studios Preferred Hotels on their website that includes lodging options in a wide price range. If you choose one of these hotels and bundle it with park tickets, you can get early admission to the park. There are some great, affordable options for hotels with Hollywood-style, like The Tangerine. Don’t be afraid to go a little funky, just check out the reviews first.