The Orlando area is second only to Las Vegas for its concentration and number of hotels, and they come in all shapes, sizes and budgets. Virtually everything is family friendly and many are elaborately themed, with some very competitive deals at off-peak periods. With more hotel rooms than New York City, Orlando's accommodation offerings are vast and, thus, daunting. Generally speaking, the closer to Disney, the higher the price. Walt Disney World Resort itself boasts some of the best and most fun hotels anywhere, and they range from deluxe to budget in price.
The Orlando hotels below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over US$250)
Moderate (US$100 to US$250)
Cheap (up to US$100)
These Orlando hotel prices are the starting prices for a double room per night, excluding sales tax, lodging tax and breakfast, unless otherwise specified. Sales tax varies from 6 to 7%, depending upon which county you are in.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
This magnificently themed resort is a real slice of Africa, complete with a 13-hectare (33-acre) wildlife reserve out the windows of the 1,293 rooms in the six-storey luxury resort. Rooms are laid out in a horseshoe shape after a kraal African village design.Address: Walt Disney World Resort, 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake,
Telephone: (407) 938 3000.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
An 18-storey atrium welcomes honeymooners and families, screeching parrots and all. It’s hard to imagine a more replete resort hotel, and there’s a whole world to explore, from one of the best pools in the country to the comprehensive sports on offer to the destination restaurants.Address: , 1 Grand Cypress Boulevard, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 239 1234.
Portofino Bay Hotel
This re-creation of an Italian fishing village is in the heart of Universal Orlando Resort, complete with fine restaurants and shops. The guest rooms are decorated with a Mediterranean theme and there’s a lively piazza with vintage Italian sports cars and scooters.Address: , 5601 Universal Boulevard, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 503 1000.
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
This beautiful resort-style hotel is right opposite SeaWorld, and has an impressive lobby atrium and a spectacular indoor courtyard. For the price, this hotel has great rooms and the restaurant choice is reassuringly diverse. All in all, this property offers superb value in this price range.Address: , 6677 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 351 5555 or or 1 800 327 6677.
Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites
With larger than average rooms, a great pool and an ideal location just outside Walt Disney World Resort, this make this a good family choice. As you can imagine, the décor is largely animal prints and exotic details. There’s been attention paid to the outdoor areas, including a 24m (80ft) water slide in the pool. The hotel is currently undergoing a US$25 million renovation, due for completion this spring.Address: ,
12205 Apopka Vineland Road,
Telephone: (407) 239 0444 or or 1800 325 3535.
Walt Disney World Swan and Walt Disney World Dolphin
The former operated by Westin and the latter by Sheraton, these are the archetypal fancy Disney hotels with all the attendant allures. Between the two hotels, there are 2,267 luxury rooms and 254,000 sq ft of meeting and exhibition space. They share 17 restaurants and lounges, four swimming pools, two health clubs, and a wide array of recreational activities.Address: Lake Buena Vista, 1500 Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 934 4000 or 1 888 828 8850.
Disney's Pop Century Resort
The best and newest of Disney's budget-priced hotels, with 2,880 rooms that pay tribute to 20th-century pop culture and great pool amenities. Expect bright colours and themes from the 1950s to the 80s. You’re close to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.Address: Walt Disney World Resort, 1050 Century Drive, Lake Buena Vista,
Telephone: (407) 938 4000.
Doubletree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld
Formerly the Doubletree Resort Orlando, a US$35m refurbishment in 2010 means this is now one of the best value hotels on International Drive. Set in 11 hectares (28 acres) of landscaped gardens, there are three main pools and a children’s pool. There are varied dining options on site, and a myriad of choices just nearby.Address: , 10100 International Drive, Orlando,
Telephone: (407) 352 1100 or 1 800 327 0363.
Galleria Palms Hotel & Suites
One of the best-located budget hotel options, you’re only a mile and a half from Disney but you can stay at a fraction of the price of similarly placed hotels. The rooms aren’t the largest you’ll ever stay in, but they are clean and modern, and there’s even a free breakfast.Address: ,
3000 Maingate Lane,
Telephone: (407) 396 6300.