As a born and raised Floridian, who’s lived in Central Florida for 30 years, I’ve had the luxury of frequenting a variety of Orlando Florida hotels. My boys and I know the term “staycation” very well as a majority of our summer is spent traveling throughout Florida. We’ve collected some of our favorite spots including water park hotels and theme park resorts in this Best Orlando Hotels round-up! If you’re visiting the Orlando area, you’ll definitely want to check out these preferred resorts.
10 of the Best Orlando Hotels
Did you know Orlando gets nearly 3 times as many visitors as Las Vegas? It’s true, according to VisitOrlando, an official travel source. As Orlando continues to grow in visitor volume, the hotels in the area have to keep up with demand. There are a variety of hotels and resorts to choose from, but these 10 are the best of the best in our personal opinion. Read on for details!
Orlando Florida Hotels
The Hilton Orlando Florida Resort is centrally located in the heart of the tourist district. With world-class amenities including a lazy river and private pool cabanas, this hidden oasis is steps away from the Orlando Convention Center. Whether you’re visiting Orlando for business or pleasure, the Hilton Orlando has everything you need including a full-service spa, fitness center, basketball courts, locality to an abundance of restaurants and entertainment, plus more! You can read our full review of the resort here.
The Hyatt Regency Orlando is a luxury resort also located in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district. The four-diamond award-winning guest rooms offer a tranquil place to sleep and relax. Their full-service spa and salon are one of the best in the area! Additionally, Hyatt’s Fiorenzo Italian Steakhouse is highly recommended by us! You can read more about the Hyatt Regency Orlando here.
The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is one of best Orlando hotels because of its location. Close to Walt Disney property this resort offers a beautiful 1,500 acre retreat located on a private lake with an assortment of amenities. The Hyatt grounds include multiple pools, a water slide, rock climbing, 45-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course and academy, dining, and much more. Read our full review here.
Orlando Theme Park Hotels
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is a sophisticated property with timeless Victorian style. This high-end property even has it’s own monorail stop! Enjoy multiple pools, shopping, a world-class spa, fishing, incredible dining options and much more at this beautiful resort. All with unforgettable service! To learn more, head here.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever encounter. This resort embodies the heart of Africa with more than 200 animals on property! Simply step out your hotel balcony to enjoy the scenery. In addition to wildlife, the property has award-winning restaurants like Sanaa which is highly sought after by locals and visitors alike. There’s also an 11,000 square-foot tropical oasis pool and waterslide. For more information, visit here.
Our final Disney parks hotel we recommend is Disney’s Yacht Club. This family-friendly affordable resort provides all Disney amenities like free transportation while being close enough to walk or take a boat ride to Disney’s Epcot. This lakeside property has a 3-acre water wonderland, campfire activities, delectable dining and much more! This is one of our favorite Disney resorts. Find out more here.
The DoubleTree Hilton Orlando SeaWorld spans 28 acres and underwent many recent renovations. In addition to guest rooms the property expanded to 100,000 square feet of conference space. It has a stunning courtyard for weddings, multiple pools, a new fitness center, putt-putt, and a private walkway to SeaWorld Orlando. Read more on our review of the property here.
Universal’s Cabana Bay offers a retro hotel experience. The resort is reminiscent to the 50/60’s era at every turn from the vibrant colors to the furniture choices. You’ll feel like you’ve entered a time warp to a cool time long ago. In addition to the unique style, the hotel offers a variety of amenities including a large zero entry pool, dive tower-themed waterslide, pool bar, lazy river, on-site bowling alley, restaurants, and even a landromat. Read more about the resort here.
Orlando Water Park Hotels
The Holiday Inn Resort offers one of the coolest outdoor spots for families. It boasts 2 exclusive water parks on property in addition to 777 2 or 3 bedroom suites. This property was renovated a few years ago, after originally being known as the Nickelodeon Suites Hotel. Additional amenities include a 4-D theater, laser challenge, arcade and dining food court. And the best part is – it’s totally affordable! Find out more about this property here.
Our final property in the Best Orlando Hotels round-up is Gaylord Palms Resort. This enchanting upscale resort is located just outside of Orlando. It’s well known for it’s soaring glass atrium which encompasses themed landscapes unique to Florida like the Everglades, St. Augustine and Key West. On-site is the Cypress Springs Water Park as well as an adult only pool. In addition to their annual ICE! event they also host a unique SummerFest event that families love! Other amenities include a luxury spa, multiple restaurants, shopping, and over 400,000 sq feet of meeting space. This is definitely one of the most all-encompassing hotels in the area. Learn more about Gaylord Palms here.
We hope you enjoyed this round-up of Best Orlando Hotels! Each property offers a one-of-a-kind experience. We highly recommend them all!