ORLANDO (CBSMiami/AP) – Universal Orlando has gone retro at its new resort.

The first phase of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened Monday. The design of the 600 family suites in the North Courtyard was inspired by the sweeping motor courts of the 1950s and 60s. Each of the 430-square-foot suites will sleep up to six and include a fold-out foam bed, kitchenette, a sliding partition for privacy, two flat-screen TVs, and an extra-large bathroom with preparation spaces for three people at once.

The resort will have a total of 1,800 units when it’s completed this summer.

The new hotel is the fourth on within Universal Orlando Resort and evokes the classic, iconic feel of beach resorts from the 1950s and 60’s. Amenities include a bowling alley, a food court and a 10,000-square foot pool that includes a water tower and water slide. A second pool will be added by summer.

Family suite rates will begin at $174 per-night; standard room rates will begin at $119 per-night. Package rates are available with savings based on length-of-stay; a family of four can stay for seven nights for $47 per person, per-day – including accommodations and tickets to both Universal Orlando theme parks.

Guests at the hotel are just a brief walk from Universal Orlando’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk. Benefits of staying at the resort include early theme park admission, complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to their hotel and resort-wide charging privileges with their room key.

Resort officials hope to draw more guests who stay on property for their entire vacation.

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