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Looking for the best Orlando Hotels for your family? Planning a trip to Orlando, Florida to explore Walt Disney World or Universal Studios? As a family, you may have several requirements when looking for the perfect hotel or resort from budget or kid-friendly amenities to being near The Parks. You may choose to stay right on the Walt Disney World property or several miles away where you’ll get more space and save money. Depending on the time of year, there may be deals to be had and you should definitely do your research. Look at hotels in and out of the parks, and in nearby towns like Kissimmee, FL.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite Orlando Hotels in the area to suit all tastes and budgets so you can better narrow down your options while planning your next trip.
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For the Family Visiting Universal Orlando
Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is the newest hotel at Universal Orlando and it’s pretty fantastic. It’s a Caribbean-inspired luxury hotel located between the Royal Pacific and Cabana Bay Beach resorts with 1,000 rooms. Each room has a mini-fridge, free Wi-Fi and a roll away bed or sleeper sofa. Plus, the hotel offers onsite dining, a large pool surrounded by waterfalls with a waterslide, and exclusive theme park benefits including early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. There’s also a coffee shop for an easy breakfast in the morning if you are aiming to enter the park early. In addition, the hotel has an arcade game room and complimentary shuttle services, as well as water taxis shuttling visitors to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, where there are dozens of restaurants. The room key cards can be used at various venues in Universal CityWalk. Be sure to make time to enjoy the hotel’s pool and waterslide as it truly spectacle in the most exciting sense of the word.
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For the Family Who Wants to be a Short Walk From the Magic Kingdom
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For guests who want to wake up and stumble right into the heart of Walt Disney World, the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is within walking distance of the Magic Kingdom or guests can ride into the parks on the accessible monorail. It also happens to be one of our favorite Disney resorts right on the grounds. A Disney Vacation Club Property, this lakeside 295-room resort offers studios and multi-bedroom villas accommodating up to nine people, equipped with kitchenettes, complimentary Wifi and great views of the parks. The hotel also offers an award-winning restaurant, white-sand beaches, campfires, movie screenings under the stars, a 24-hour arcade, a community hall with family activities, and a pool with a waterslide for families to enjoy after a long day in the parks. Other amenities include yoga classes, cabanas, fishing, motorized bike rentals, tennis courts, and jogging trails. There is truly something for everyone at this special Disney resort. For parents who want a break, childcare services are available.
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For the Outdoorsy Family
Photo Courtesy of Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
If you have an active child, or you’re active parents, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge is an ideal choice for a unique experience. Themed as a resort from the North Woods, this is a cozy resort for adventurous types and it’s also one of the most interesting on the Disney grounds. The hotel offers views of the woodlands, trails, and meadows to explore, a courtyard for the family to hang out in, and access to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort, giving you access to all onsite amenities including a children’s activity center, restaurant, and a pool with a waterslide.The decor is an homage to the 1860’s railroad hotels of the American West. You’ll find signs of the Pacific Northwest when you enter the lobby, including a working fireplace that is reminiscent of the Grand Canyon, totems, and tepee chandeliers. Part of Disney Vacation Club, the Boulder Ridge Villas at Wilderness Lodge provides spacious two-bedroom villas, which sleep up to eight people. Rooms include kitchenettes for in-room meals so you and the family can eat in or on-site dining is available.
For the Family Who Likes Space and Room to Play
If you’re looking for a hotel with space and comfort while at a lower price point than what you get on the Disney grounds, check out Reunion Resort. Located in nearby Kissimmee, this hotel features 360 resort-style accommodations from luxury suites and condos to multi-room villas and private vacation homes. Rooms are fully equipped with all the amenities a family would need from large living room space to inside and outside dining areas. Stay active with the multiple pools, waterpark with slides and a water playground, a 1,000-foot lazy river, as well as tennis courts. Parents tend to love Kids Crew – a special club just for guests ages 4-12 where kids spend the day enjoying activities from scavenger hunts and nature hikes to time in the pool, giving parents and kids a bit of space. Registration is required and kids must be potty-trained to attend. Reunion Resort also offers daily lawn games including Giant Checkers, Corn Hole, Mega Jenga, Horse Shoes, Hula Hoops, and Jump Ropes, as well as bike rentals, activity trails, and community playgrounds. The resort also has a variety of onsite dining options that families of all sizes and budgets will appreciate or you can grocery shop and eat in daily.
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For the Family Who Loves Lavish Accommodations for Less
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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, also in nearby Kissimmee, is a lovely hotel ducked behind formal arches. The welcoming lobby is adorned with fancy chandeliers and a marble floor and overlooks so much of what families love: from a lazy river, to pools and whirlpools with cabanas, and a perfect skyline view. The hotel consists of 16 stories, with two-and-three bedroom villas off to the side with full kitchens and washer/dryer. Each room consists of big beds, a master bath, a flat-screen TV, and accessible Wifi. At Zen, you can enjoy unique, yummy Chinese dishes, as well as sushi on a boat. The resort offers shuttle service to the Disney parks as well. The hotel also has the Mokara Spa & Salon and an 18-hole golf course as well as great seasonal packages so be sure to check online for specials before making your reservation.
For the Family Who Loves New Orleans
We love Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. The resort is reminiscent of New Orlean’s French Quarter with its version of cobblestone streets, gas lamps, wrought-iron balconies, and magnolia blossoms evoking both the Mardi Gras and jazz eras. The hotel even has a landscaped Sassagoula River for full impact where families can take horse-drawn carriage rides. The hotel is incredibly family-friendly, offering New Orleans-decorated 1,008 accommodations in seven buildings, most of which sleep up to four or five guests. Guests have access to bikes, boats, carriage rides, cane pole fishing, and a pool with a waterslide. The resort even features a jazz club called Scat Cat’s Club which parents will love. The food court at Port Orleans French Quarter is called “Sassagoula Float Works and Food Factory” and is open daily from six in the morning until midnight, offering a variety of stations featuring American-Creole cuisine and NOLA quick bites.
For the Family Who Wants to Relax
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Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is inspired by historic Saratoga Springs, New York, famous for horse racing and spas. This Victorian-style resort offers families a relaxed but fun environment. The campus-style property is located on 107 acres and offers 1,320 units, from studios to three-bedroom treehouse villas. Elevated 10 feet off the ground, the 3-bedroom Treehouse Villas offer fully equipped kitchens, flat-screen TVs, private decks, and charcoal grills. Many villas provide washers and dryers, with the largest variation sleeping up to nine guests. The hotel also features a full-service spa and two pools with a waterslide, whirlpool spas, and aqua-play areas. It’s also a boat ride away from Disney Springs where guests can pick from a multitude of restaurants.
For the Family Who Loves Convenience and Comfort on a Budget
The Wyndham Bonnet Creek® has so much to offer traveling families: location, activities, accessibility, spacious rooms, amenities, free shuttle service to all the Disney parks, five fabulous pools scattered around the resort, miniature golf, club rooms, an extremely kind staff, and more. Designated as both a timeshare and a resort, its rooms are more like homes, with a full kitchen where you can make healthy meals, two bedrooms, living space, two bathrooms, free wifi, and a balcony. There’s a jacuzzi in the master bedroom suite which is fantastic after a day out in the amusement parks. The Wyndham Bonnet Creek® offers a money-less environment and it’s a budget property so families can save money.
You can also stay further away from Disney in a hotel that offers free shuttle service to and from the parks at all times of the day. The Holiday Inn offers free food to young children and a variety of family programming, and the reliable Homewood Suites offers daily free breakfast. Book in advance, do your research, and you can find a bargain.
Disclosure: The author’s visit was made complimentary by the team at Wyndham Bonnet Creek to facilitate this review, but all opinions expressed are my own.