Directly across Universal Boulevard from the mammoth Orange County Convention Center, this 12-story hotel attracts scores of conventioneers, but its location near SeaWorld and Universal and only a block from I-Drive makes it a good choice for families, too. In fact, there are kids' activities in the summer, and the hotel is designed to put a little distance between guests and the bustle of conventions. Inviting amenities include deluxe linens, work desks with task chairs,
a good restaurant and bar, and a big lagoon pool and pool-deck area with outdoor hot tubs. The fitness area was upgraded in early 2014 to the latest, high-tech equipment.