Hotels in Orlando offer exciting accommodations in a locale nicknamed “The City Beautiful”. Known for two of the most infamous theme parks in the world, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as its many outstanding restaurants, lakes, golf courses, shopping malls and night clubs, Orlando is located in central Florida, about an hour drive from Cocoa Beach and Kennedy Space Center. When visiting Orlando, keep in mind that time is of the essence and you should book any tickets in advance, that the best months to visit non-water theme parks are arguably April and May, and that you should not forget your sunscreen. Orlando’s best theme park for young adults to adults arguably is Universal Studios, while Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are great for kids. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are two of the best water parks. Also timeless and exciting is Sea World. Before we get to hotels in Orlando, let’s take a look at some background information on the area to help you along the way.
Prior to Europeans’ arrival to the area, Orlando belonged to the Seminoles. Preceding the Seminoles, not much is known. In 1823, the Treaty of Moultrie Creek created a Seminole reservation in much of central Florida, including what would become Orlando. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 relocated the Seminoles to Oklahoma. In 1842, the Armed Occupation Act encouraged Caucasian settlement in the area. The Town of Orlando was incorporated on July 31, 1875, and ten years later Orlando was established as a city. The city’s “Golden Era” occurred between the years 1875 and 1895 due to its booming citrus industry, which was halted abruptly by the Great Freeze of 1894-95. Freezing temperatures, decimating the citrus industry and increasing uncertainty, caused many Orlando residents to relocate to places such as the North, the Caribbean and California. In 1965, Walt Disney announced the constructing of Walt Disney World. Mr. Disney chose this inland area due to its lesser susceptibility to hurricanes. Opening in 1971, Walt Disney World would become one of the most iconic brands on the planet.
Orlando, home to over 280,000 Floridians, benefits from a humid subtropical climate, with a hot and rainy season lasting from May until late September, and a warm and dry season spanning from October through April. Another nickname for the city is “Theme Park Capital of the World.” When Walt Disney World opened in 1971, admission prices were set at $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for juniors below 18 years of age, and $1 for children under 12. One of the greatest pioneers and entrepreneurs of all time, Walt Disney has created a legacy that presently attracts around 75 million visitors per year. The City Beautiful’s major points of interest include Downtown Orlando, Universal Studios Florida, Cinderella Castle, Gatorland, SeaWorld Orlando, Amway Center, Camping World Stadium, Church Street Station, The Florida Mall and University of Central Florida. Popular foods include fish, such as snapper, stone crab, oysters, mussels, Cuban sandwiches and of course, key lime pie, while tropical drinks include margaritas, mojitos, daiquiris, rum runners and piña coladas. Now that we have some background information on the area, it’s time for hotels in Orlando that are sure to excite.
Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure
Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort features exclusive unlimited ride access, which lets ticket-holding guests skip lines at Universal theme parks. Exclusive access also grants early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park 1 hour before the theme parks open. This resort has flat-screen TVs, Keurig single-serving coffee cups, iPod docking stations, a lounge, car rental service, a business center, a gym, a volleyball court, 2 hot tubs, Universal Studios transfer service, 6 restaurants and 24-hour room service. Near here you’ll find The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (amusement park ride), The Incredible Hulk Coaster (roller coaster), Cinnabon at Islands of Adventure (pastry shop), Croissant Moon Bakery, Port of Entry Christmas Shoppe (christmas store), Islands of Adventure Trading Company (souvenir store), Pharos Lighthouse (scenic spot), Lone Palm Airport (bar), Airbrush Studios (airbrushing service), Bigfire (steak house), Bob Marley-A Tribute to Freedom℠ (Jamaican restaurant), CityWalk’s Rising Star (bar), Hot Dog Hall of Fame (hot dog restaurant), the groove™ (dance club), Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food™ (Mexican restaurant), Bar 17 Bistro, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls® (amusement park ride), Camp Jurassic™ (amusement park), Jurassic Park River Adventure™ (amusement park ride), Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges® (amusement park ride), Raptor Encounter (amusement park ride), Jurassic Park Discovery Center (amusement park ride), Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™ (amusement park ride), Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (roller coaster), Ollivander’s Wand Shop (souvenir store), Honeydukes (candy store), Hogwarts™ Express: Hogsmeade™ Station (amusement park ride), The Mystic Fountain (tourist attraction), Mythos Restaurant (fine dining restaurant), One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (amusement park ride) and more.
This location is 0.2 miles from Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure, 0.3 miles from Universal Studios Orlando, Hard Rock Orlando and Blue Man Group, 0.5 miles from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, 0.6 miles from Volcano Bay and Lost Caverns Adventure Golf, 0.8 miles from Fun Spot USA, 0.9 miles from Gator Golf Adventure Park and Magical Midway, 2.6 miles from Holy Land Experience, 4.2 miles from SeaWorld Orlando, 7 miles from Amway Center, 7.9 miles from Walt Disney World and 10 miles from Orlando International Airport.
Approximate cost per night: $260
Universal’s Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water theme park 1 hour before park opening, 49-inch flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, iPod docking stations, lagoon or pool views, Universal Studios transfer service, a fire pit, a games room, a fitness center and 4 on-site restaurants. Nearby are Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Volcano Bay Orlando.
From here Volcano Bay is 0.3 miles, Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios Orlando are 0.4 miles, Hard Rock Orlando and Blue Man Group are 0.5 miles, 0.6 miles from Lost Caverns Adventure Golf, 0.7 miles from Gator Golf Adventure Park and Magical Midway, 0.8 miles from Bayhill Plaza Shopping Center, 2.9 miles from Holy Land Experience, 4.1 miles from SeaWorld Orlando, 4.9 miles from Florida Mall, 7.5 miles from Walt Disney World and 10.2 miles from Orlando International Airport.
Approximate cost per night (hospitality suite): $593
High demand, book in advance
With two pools, a waterslide, a waterfall, a splash pad, a separate kiddie pool, a full-service spa, a salon, a 24-hour fitness center, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, a 24-hour market, room service, free WiFi, coffee makers, 65-inch flat-screen TVs, bathroom mirror TVs, iPod docking stations, workstations, desks and chairs, Hyatt Regency Orlando is close to Rocks (cocktail bar), The Spa at Hyatt Regency Orlando, B-Line Diner, Fiorenzo at Hyatt Regency Orlando (Italian restaurant), Hyatt Regency Convention Center, Orange County Convention Center, goluggage outlet (luggage store), Jack’s Place (fine dining restaurant), 3NINE At The Plaza (night club), Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, The Capital Grille (fine dining restaurant), The Pub Orlando (gastropub), Marlow’s Tavern (new American restaurant), Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Blue Martini Lounge Pointe, Main Event Orlando (amusement center), Pointe Orlando (shopping mall) and more.
You may find Pointe Orlando 0.3 miles, Wonderworks, Icebar Orlando and Andretti Indoor Karting & Games 0.5 miles, Americas Escape Game and Convention & Visitor Bureau 0.8 miles, Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf 1 mile, The Wheel at ICON Park Orlando 1.1 miles, Sleuths Dinner Show 1.2 miles, Kings Orlando 1.3 miles, Epcot 6.1 miles, Disney’s Hollywood Studios 7.3 miles, Disney’s Animal Kingdom 8.8 miles and Orlando International Airport 9.8 miles from this hotel.
Approximate cost per night (one-bedroom suite): $600
Cost per person (four people): $150
Tranquilo Golf Course
Providing a secluded setting within the Walt Disney World Resort, a golf course, a water park, a spa, a rooftop restaurant, free WiFi, Disney transfer service, flat-screen TVs, furnished balconies, theme park views, a fitness center, tennis courts, a business center and a Disney character breakfast, Four Seasons Resort Orlando is situated close to Ravello (Italian restaurant), Capa (steak house), The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Orlando, PB&G (family restaurant), Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club and more.
Tranquilo Golf Course is 0.3 miles, Grand Cypress Resort Golf Course is 1.1 miles, Grand Cypress Golf Course is 1.2 miles, Epcot is 1.9 miles, Walt Disney World and Disney’s Magic Kingdom are 2.4 miles, Disney’s Boardwalk is 2.5 miles, House of Blues Orlando is 2.6 miles, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Disney Springs are 2.7 miles, SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove is 5 miles, Universal Studios Orlando is 6.7 miles and Orlando International Airport is 14.5 miles from this locale.
Approximate cost per night (grand suite): $7,866
Cost per person (three people): $2,622
Albin Polasek Museum Sculpture Gardens
The Alfond Inn boasts free WiFi, an outdoor pool, iPod docking stations, hairdryers, a fitness center, a business center, laundry facilities, daily maid service, a 24-hour front desk, an on-site restaurant and a full service bar. Hamilton’s Kitchen (Floridian restaurant), Starbucks, Park Avenue Smoothie Café, Park Avenue Pizza, Power House Cafe, blu on the avenue (seafood restaurant), Haagen-Dazs (ice cream shop), Luma on Park (American restaurant), The Wine Room (restaurant), Penthouse 450 Event Venue, New General (general store), Pannullo’s Italian Restaurant and more are within range.
From this accommodation you’ll find Copeland Tennis Stadium, Annie Russell Theatre, Barker Stadium, Virginia S Nelson Rose Garden, Cahall Sandspur Field, Winter Park Historical Museum and Rollins College 0.2 miles, Cornell Fine Arts Museum and Albin Polasek Museum Sculpture Gardens 0.3 miles, Alfond Swimming Pool 0.4 miles, Amway Center 4.4 miles, Camping World Stadium 5.2 miles, Spectrum Stadium 9.5 miles, Universal Studios Orlando 11.3 miles and Orlando Executive Airport 3.3 miles.
Approximate cost per night (deluxe queen room): $390
Cost per person (four people): $97
Marriott’s Grande Vista features 4 heated swimming pools, an on-site golf course, a full-service spa, 4 restaurants, balconies, seating areas, sofa beds, personal golf instruction, breakfast with golf course views, poolside dining and cocktails and an on-site marketplace. Nearby are Lighthouse Sweetery (restaurant), The Grande Cove (bar & grill), Marriott Golf Academy, Flippers Pizzeria, Orlando Smoke Shop Sea World (tobacco shop), Ginther’s Swirls Ice Cream, Denny’s, Thai Thani Thai Restaurant, Walgreen’s, Selam Ethiopian & Eritrean Cuisine, Famas Pizza and Pasta, Publix Super Market, Orlando Cigar and Tobacco Shop, Orlando Hot Yoga and Pilates, Mellow Mushroom (pizza restaurant), Nature’s Table Cafe (health food restaurant), Bonefish Grill (seafood restaurant), SeaWorld Orlando, Dolphin Days (aquarium), Journey to Atlantis (amusement park ride), Kraken (roller coaster), Manta (roller coaster), Dolphin Nursery (aquarium), Sea Lion and Otter Stadium, Sharks Underwater Grill (bar & grill), Shamu Stadium, Up-Close Dining At Shamu, Wild Arctic (aquarium), Sea Harbor Soft Serve (ice cream shop), Infinity Falls (tourist attraction), Sesame Street Land at SeaWorld Orlando, Bayside Stadium (amphitheater), Ports of Call (banquet), Discovery Cove (amusement park), Dolphin Lagoon (tourist attraction) and more.
This location is 0.8 miles from Discovery Cove, 1 mile from SeaWorld Orlando, 1.7 miles from Convention & Visitor Bureau, 1.9 miles from The Orlando Premier Outlets Shopping Center, 2.1 miles from Air Force Fun, 2.4 miles from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, Orlando Premium Outlets and Shingle Creek Golf Course, 2.6 miles from Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine and Pointe Orlando, 5 miles from Florida Mall, 5.4 miles from Universal Studios Orlando, 5.9 miles from Epcot, 7.8 miles from Walt Disney World and 9.2 miles from Orlando International Airport.
Approximate cost per night (three-bedroom villa): $477
Cost per person: (twelve people): $40
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld® offers an outdoor swimming pool, modern decor, flat-screen TVs, balconies with SeaWorld® views, a well-equipped fitness center, a game room, a sports bar, a coffee shop, early entry to SeaWorld® on select days and free transfer service to SeaWorld® and Aquatica Water Park. You’ll find Palms Pool Bar & Grill, Nature’s Table Cafe, Orange County Convention Center, Everglades Restaurant (seafood restaurant), Chocolate Kingdom, Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse, Curry Mantra Indian Cuisine, Orena Sports Bar and more in the area.
From here Convention & Visitor Bureau and SeaWorld Orlando are 0.4 miles, SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove is 0.5 miles, Pointe Orlando is 1.4 miles, Wonderworks Orlando is 1.5 miles, Andretti Indoor Karting & Games and Icebar Orlando are 1.6 miles, The Orlando Premier Outlets Shopping Center is 1.7 miles, Americas Escape Game is 1.9 miles, Universal Studios Orlando is 4.2 miles, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is 4.3 miles, Walt Disney World is 6.9 miles, Disney’s Magic Kingdom is 6.9 miles and Orlando International Airport is 9.7 miles.
Approximate cost per night (standard room – two queen beds): $187
Cost per person (five people): $38
Lost Caverns Adventure Golf
With ticket service, free WiFi, a fax machine, a photocopier, an ATM machine, air conditioning, seating areas, flat-screen TVs, kitchens, dining areas, hairdryers, desks, a continental breakfast, a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge and a business center, Home2 Suites By Hilton – Universal is close to Twistee Treat of I-Drive (ice cream shop), Coco Thai (Thai restaurant), Orlando Rock Dinner Show (dinner theater), Cafe Mineiro Brazilian Steakhouse, Zaman Hookah Lounge, Sushiology (sushi restaurant), WhirlyDome (event venue), Good Vibrations Ink 2 Tattoo And Body Piercing, Mr. Cool Ice Cream & Boba Tea, Murphy’s Pub & Lounge, Backstage Billiards International Drive (pool hall), Camila’s Restaurant, Pão Gostoso Bakery, Amor em Pedaços Bakery, Seabra Foods (supermarket), Kosher Grill, Sweet Tomatoes (buffet restaurant), International Shoppes (shopping mall), Aashirwad Indian Food and Bar (Indian restaurant) and more.
Lost Caverns Adventure Golf and Fun Spot USA are 0.4 miles, Volcano Bay is 0.6 miles, Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure, Pirates Dinner Adventure Orlando, Gator Golf Adventure Park, I-Drive NASCAR, Magical Midway and Hard Rock Orlando are 0.7 miles, Universal Studios Orlando is 0.8 miles, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is 0.9 miles, Holy Land Experience is 2.7 miles, SeaWorld Orlando is 3.9 miles, Walt Disney World is 8 miles, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is 9.4 miles and Orlando International Airport is 9.6 miles from this hotel.
Approximate cost per night (queen suite – two queen): $214
Cost per person (six people): $35
Pirates Dinner Adventure
Providing shuttle service to local theme parks, an on-site bar, a restaurant, cable TVs, separate living areas with sofa beds, balconies, laundry facilities, fully-equipped kitchens, coffee machines, a fitness room, a hot tub and a 24-hour business center, The Point Hotel & Suites Universal can be found close to Pizza Xtreme, Ck Nails and Spa, Pio Pio Restaurant, Pirate’s Dinner Adventure (dinner theater), Teatro Martini Orlando (dinner theater), Luxe Sneaker Boutique, Arabica Hookah Lounge, O’Shucks Pub & Karaoke Bar, Edy’s Ice Cream & Subs, Forever Young CrossFit (gym), Giordano’s (pizza restaurant), WildSide Clothing and Shoes, Tesla Supercharger (charging station), Wawa, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, The Escape Game Orlando (escape room center), Mango’s Tropical Cafe (night club), UNO Pizzeria & Grill, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (tourist attraction), Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows, Charley’s Steak House, Twin Peaks I Drive (American restaurant), Golf Galaxy (golf shop), Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Whole Foods and more.
You may find Pirates Dinner Adventure 0.3 miles, Lost Caverns Adventure Golf 0.4 miles, Gator Golf Adventure Park and Magical Midway 0.5 miles, Fun Spot USA, Volcano Bay and I-Drive NASCAR 0.7 miles, Bayhill Plaza Shopping Center and Kings Orlando 0.8 miles, Sleuths Dinner Show 0.9 miles, Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventure 1.1 miles, Universal Studios Orlando 1.2 miles, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter 1.3 miles, Walt Disney World 7.7 miles and Orlando International Airport 9.5 miles from here.
Approximate cost per night (two-bedroom suite): $279
Cost per person (eight people): $35
Dr Phillips Performing Arts
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection has a rooftop swimming pool with panoramic city views, 2 fine dining restaurants, lush velvet drapes, deeply toned Java wood, 37″ flat-screen TVs, marble bathrooms, luxury soap products, a sundeck and a fitness center. In the area are Bösendorfer Lounge, Poseidon Spa, Nature’s Table Cafe, Latin Square Cuisine (Cuban restaurant), Hamburger Mary’s (hamburger restaurant), Church Street Station (event venue), Ceviche Tapas Orlando (Spanish restaurant), Trend Studios Orlando (beauty salon), Tanqueray’s Bar & Grille, SideBar Orlando (sports bar), Gitto’s Pizza, Hanson’s Shoe Repair (cocktail bar), SAK Comedy Lab (comedy club), Stigma Tattoo Bar (tattoo shop), Underground Public House (American restaurant), Dapper Duck Bar, Downtown PourHouse (bar), Soundbar Orlando (club), Shakai Sushi Lounge (sushi restaurant), Joysticks Arcade Lounge (video arcade), CityArts (art gallery), Harp & Celt Irish Pub & Restaurant, The Great Escape Room, Magnolia Bar, Stagger Inn (bar), Le Gourmet Break (French restaurant), Market On Magnolia (bar & grill), Da Kine Poke (market), Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and more.
This hotel is within feet of Orlando City Hall, 0.1 miles from Downtown Orlando, Dr Phillips Performing Arts and Mad Cow Theatre, 0.2 miles from Church Street Station, SAK Comedy, CityArts Factory and Tupperware Tower, 0.3 miles from Orange County Regional History Center, 0.4 miles from Amway Center, 1.5 miles from Camping World Stadium, 6.5 miles from Florida Mall, 7.1 miles from Universal Studios Orlando, 10.3 miles from SeaWorld Orlando and 8.6 miles from Orlando International Airport.
Approximate cost per night (king suite – spa bath): $464
Cost per person (four people): $116
The Legends Golf Course
Mickey’s Lake Villa features 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an outdoor swimming pool, air conditioning, free private parking, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen, a patio with lake views and a grill. It’s found close to Island Grove Wine Company (winery), Villa Italiano Chophouse (Italian restaurant), Hershey’s Ice Cream at Westgate (ice cream shop) and more.
Mighty Jungle Golf is 0.9 miles, Mystic Dunes Golf Course and The Legends Golf Course are 1.2 miles, Mystic Dunes Golf Club at Mystic Dunes Resort is 1.3 miles, A World of Orchids is 1.5 miles, Mystic Dunes Golf Club is 1.6 miles, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is 2.2 miles, Orange Lake Legends is 2.3 miles, Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park are 2.6 miles, Blizzard Beach Water Park is 4 miles, Disney Springs is 6.1 miles, SeaWorld Orlando is 10.5 miles and Orlando International Airport is 19.6 miles from this property.
Approximate cost per night: $265
Cost per person (eight people): $34
Disney Springs Penthouse has free WiFi, a garden with an outdoor swimming pool, a balcony, pool and lake views, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness room, air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a fully-equipped kitchen, a hot tub, a hairdryer, a coffee machine and a terrace. Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf (miniature golf course), Cigars & Smoke Shop (tobacco shop), Pal Campo Restaurant (Puerto Rican restaurant), Paradise Cove (wedding venue), Buena Vista Watersports (water sports equipment rental service), Bahama Breeze (Carribean restaurant), Landry’s Seafood House (seafood restaurant), Hawk’s Landing Golf Club (golf club), Falls Pool Bar & Grill (restaurant) and more are in the area.
From this penthouse Hawks Landing Golf Club is 0.7 miles, Disney Springs is 0.9 miles, The Landing at Disney Springs is 1 mile, Disney Springs, Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine and House of Blues Orlando are 1.2 miles, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets is 1.4 miles, Typhoon Lagoon is 1.6 miles, Epcot is 2.9 miles, SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are 3.5 miles, Walt Disney World is 5.8 miles, Universal Studios Orlando is 7.5 miles and Orlando International Airport is 12.5 miles.
Approximate cost per night: $311
Cost per person (eight people): $38
So there they are, hotels in Orlando that will help make for a perfect trip. We hope you have found this information valuable and most of all, that you enjoy your time in Florida!