Hotel & Travel


Important Announcement: The Room Block at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is Currently Sold Out

Due to exceptionally high demand for the SDPA 16th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference, the room block at the conference host hotel, the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, is currently sold out.

Additional information regarding cancellation fees, early departure fees and other hotel policies can be found at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel website.

Overflow Conference Hotel:
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando

An additional room block has been secured at the nearby Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at a discounted rate of $164.00 (plus current tax) per room per night for standard single/double occupancy. Additional fees apply for rooms large enough for three or more individuals. Children 18 years and under are free when occupying the same room as their parents. Our discounted rate may be available prior to the conference arrival date and after the conference departure date, subject to availability as determined by the hotel.

The SDPA group room rates are available until October 10, 2018, or until the entire room block has been filled, whichever comes first. Any reservations requested after this date may be at a higher room rate and based on availability. Conference organizers assume no responsibility beyond securing this room block. Once your room confirmation number is received, a deposit of one night’s room and tax will be taken from the credit card on your reservation. The deposit is refundable if a cancellation is made with the hotel five days prior to arrival. Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is 11:00am.

Reservations can be made using the link below or by calling the Loews Reservations Center at 1-866-360-7395 on or before October 10, 2018. If you make your reservation by phone, be sure to identify yourself as being with the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants to ensure you receive the group rate. Additional information regarding cancellation fees, early departure fees and other hotel policies can be found at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort website.

Transportation between the two hotels, the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and the conference hotel, the Loews Portofino Bay Resort, is available by shuttle service, or by complimentary water taxi. Use the link below to view a map of Universal Orlando Resort to see where the hotels are located in relation to each other and all of the exciting theme parks.

MAP OF Universal Orlando ResorT 

RESERVE YOUR ROOm at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort 

Please note, unlike the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort does not offer the Universal Express Unlimited™ ride access.

Hotel Contact Information

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
6601 Adventure Way
Orlando, FL 32819
Telephone: 1-888-430-4999
Reservations: 1-866-360-7395


Loews Portofino Bay Resort – Universal Express Unlimited Ride Access 

Guests of select on-site resort hotels enjoy free† Universal Express Unlimited™ to skip the regular lines in Universal Studios Florida™ and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ (valid theme park admission required. Not valid at Universal’s Volcano Bay™).

† Requires theme park admission. Valid at select participating attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Not valid for separately ticketed events. Benefit not valid for guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and Universal’s Aventura Hotel or for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid for the number of guests staying in the room for the length of hotel stay. Available during normal theme park operating hours only. Additional restrictions may apply and benefits are subject to change without notice.

Book Early!

The SDPA works to provide as many rooms as possible. However, historically the SDPA room blocks fill very quickly, EARLY BOOKING IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED! 

Hotel Contact Information

Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
5601 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819
Telephone: 1-407-503-1000

Conference Hotel Dining Options

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel has several onsite dining options for your convenience:

  • Mama Della’s RistoranteSM – fine dining (private dining options available)
  • Bice Ristorante – fine dining (private dining options available)
  • Trattoria del Porto™ – casual dining
  • Sal’s Market Deli™ – grab and go
  • The Thirsty Fish™ – bar/lounge
  • Bar American – lobby lounge
  • Splendido Bar & Grille™ – pool bar and grill
  • Starbucks® – grab and go
  • Room Service

Air Travel

Guests should travel into the Orlando International Airport.

Parking and Transportation

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is offering SDPA conference attendees and their guests self-parking at a discounted rate of $10.00 per day. Additionally, valet parking is available at the discounted rate of $15.00 per vehicle per day.

SunRail, hotel shuttles, taxi cabs, Uber and Lyft are great transportation options from Orlando International Airport. Visit the airport website for more information and approximate rates.


Please contact with any issues or concerns. You may also reach us by calling 844-DERM-PAS (337-6727), Ext. 1.

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“I love the excellent speakers and the broad range of topics SDPA conferences always provide! It’s always a great conference! From the meeting location to the comfort of the hotel, to mingling with colleagues – overall it’s such a wonderful experience.”

– 2017 Annual Summer Dermatology Conference Attendee