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The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando

$$ | Florida | Kissimmee
Spacious, modern accommodations in a Disney-adjacent resort with a water park, spa, restaurants, a wilderness lake
The Best Hotels for Kids Programs in Orlando

The Best Hotels for Kids Programs in Orlando

Orlando’s world-class family vacation status ensures a wide choice of lodgings with programs guaranteed to keep kids entertained in the brief moments between theme park visits. From organized camps to swim programs, outdoor family movies, crafts, eco-tours, arcades, even a laser challenge, programs abound that ensure even the surliest teen or pickiest tot will never have to be bored. Most hotels can arrange for child-care, for those evenings when the parents want a little adult conversation. We found 10 hotels with excellent children’s programs.
The Best Hotels in Orlando With Water Parks

The Best Hotels in Orlando With Water Parks

You’d be hard pressed to find a hotel or resort in Orlando that didn’t have a pool, most heated, but these hotels go far beyond the simple pool. With water slides ranging from mild to wild, waterfalls, lazy rivers, splash zones, and more, they offer families the convenience of fun right outside the room door.
The Best Hotels for Golf in Orlando

The Best Hotels for Golf in Orlando

With a climate made for outdoor activities, it’s no surprise that Central Florida offers some of the best golf resorts in the world. More than 100 public and private courses dot the landscape around Orlando, designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Watson, and Tom Fazio. The courses are as varied as the resorts that house them, and include rolling hills, links, and fairways lined with palms, live oaks, and cypress trees. Here are some of our favorite golf resorts.
The Best Hotels in Orlando Super Close to Free Entertainment

The Best Hotels in Orlando Super Close to Free Entertainment

Orlando vacations can gobble up a budget faster than you can say Mickey, but there are ways to keep the bottom line from eating up an annual salary. Some hotels offer free entertainment, and others have opportunities for free or low-cost fun close by. Here are ten of our favorite lodgings that deliver amusement without decimating the budget.
The Best Hotels for Weddings in Orlando

The Best Hotels for Weddings in Orlando

Destination weddings are increasingly popular, and weddings at Florida theme parks are a growing niche. Dozens of Orlando resorts and hotels are competing for your happy event, so take advantage of the wide variety and shop around. As you would expect, Disney does weddings like nobody else, right down to the glass carriage drawn by eight miniature white ponies that deliver the bride to the wedding chapel to join her Prince Charming. Seriously. They do this. Disney even has its own website called Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, where, for a price, Fairy Godmothers and elves and bluebirds will plan the entire thing for you, dress, venue, food, and honeymoon destination--like you're in a cartoon! Fun! For those who just want a fun theme-park getaway, there are plenty of choices in hotels nearby.
The Best Orlando Hotels With On-Site Amenities

The Best Orlando Hotels With On-Site Amenities

Tourists visit Orlando primarily for the theme parks. If you are staying for a week, however, and have purchased tickets to two or three parks, it’s helpful to book a hotel with an array of entertainment or activities on-site. That way, taking a day to relax between the frenetic hustle of the parks is just part of the fun. The competition for visitors is fierce among the hundreds of hotels, so amenities that may not be standard in other parts of the country are expected in most Florida lodgings.
The Most Tech-Friendly Hotels in Orlando

The Most Tech-Friendly Hotels in Orlando

Because Orlando is home to so many conventions and business gatherings throughout the year, many hotels are savvy to the technical needs of guests, whether it be connectivity, smartphone apps, ordering by text, lots of plugs for charging devices, or TVs that can be connected to laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Orlando may not be quite up to robot-delivered room service yet, but hotels are rolling out even more high-tech opportunities, such as room controls and access through smartphone apps. Right now, very few hotels charge a daily fee for Wi-Fi (although many do charge a daily resort fee that covers amenities, including Wi-Fi).
The Best Hotel Restaurants in Orlando

The Best Hotel Restaurants in Orlando

The swing towards local, sustainable, and house-made ingredients has spread from small chef-driven independent restaurants to the major hotels, and the craft influences has changed the hotel restaurant scene for the better. Here are ten hotels with exemplary restaurants worth experiencing.
The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando

The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando

$$ | Florida | Kissimmee
Spacious, modern accommodations in a Disney-adjacent resort with a water park, spa, restaurants, a wilderness lake
Aloft Orlando Downtown

Aloft Orlando Downtown

$$ | Florida | Orlando
In the heart of downtown, this hip, urban hotel is steps away from concerts, NBA games, nightlife and fine dining.
Avanti Resort

Avanti Resort

$ | Florida | Orlando
Amid all the activities on International Drive, this resort offers families on a budget a home away from home.
Bohemian Hotel Celebration

Bohemian Hotel Celebration

$$$ | Florida | Celebration
In the heart of the Disney-created town of Celebration, this boutique hotel offers a hideaway minutes from Disney
B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista

B Resort & Spa Lake Buena Vista

$ | Florida | Walt Disney World
The white and blue tower of the B Resort is a standout on Hotel Plaza Boulevard, offering a great location and price
Four Seasons

Four Seasons

$$$$ | Florida | Walt Disney World
The award-winning Four Seasons presides majestically over Disney World, offering world class accommodations
The Best Hotels for Kids Programs in Orlando

The Best Hotels for Kids Programs in Orlando

Orlando’s world-class family vacation status ensures a wide choice of lodgings with programs guaranteed to keep kids entertained in the brief moments between theme park visits. From organized camps to swim programs, outdoor family movies, crafts, eco-tours, arcades, even a laser challenge, programs abound that ensure even the surliest teen or pickiest tot will never have to be bored. Most hotels can arrange for child-care, for those evenings when the parents want a little adult conversation. We found 10 hotels with excellent children’s programs.
The Best Hotels in Orlando With Water Parks

The Best Hotels in Orlando With Water Parks

You’d be hard pressed to find a hotel or resort in Orlando that didn’t have a pool, most heated, but these hotels go far beyond the simple pool. With water slides ranging from mild to wild, waterfalls, lazy rivers, splash zones, and more, they offer families the convenience of fun right outside the room door.
The Best Hotels for Golf in Orlando

The Best Hotels for Golf in Orlando

With a climate made for outdoor activities, it’s no surprise that Central Florida offers some of the best golf resorts in the world. More than 100 public and private courses dot the landscape around Orlando, designed by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Tom Watson, and Tom Fazio. The courses are as varied as the resorts that house them, and include rolling hills, links, and fairways lined with palms, live oaks, and cypress trees. Here are some of our favorite golf resorts.
The Best Hotels in Orlando Super Close to Free Entertainment

The Best Hotels in Orlando Super Close to Free Entertainment

Orlando vacations can gobble up a budget faster than you can say Mickey, but there are ways to keep the bottom line from eating up an annual salary. Some hotels offer free entertainment, and others have opportunities for free or low-cost fun close by. Here are ten of our favorite lodgings that deliver amusement without decimating the budget.
The Best Hotels for Weddings in Orlando

The Best Hotels for Weddings in Orlando

Destination weddings are increasingly popular, and weddings at Florida theme parks are a growing niche. Dozens of Orlando resorts and hotels are competing for your happy event, so take advantage of the wide variety and shop around. As you would expect, Disney does weddings like nobody else, right down to the glass carriage drawn by eight miniature white ponies that deliver the bride to the wedding chapel to join her Prince Charming. Seriously. They do this. Disney even has its own website called Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons, where, for a price, Fairy Godmothers and elves and bluebirds will plan the entire thing for you, dress, venue, food, and honeymoon destination--like you're in a cartoon! Fun! For those who just want a fun theme-park getaway, there are plenty of choices in hotels nearby.
The Best Orlando Hotels With On-Site Amenities

The Best Orlando Hotels With On-Site Amenities

Tourists visit Orlando primarily for the theme parks. If you are staying for a week, however, and have purchased tickets to two or three parks, it’s helpful to book a hotel with an array of entertainment or activities on-site. That way, taking a day to relax between the frenetic hustle of the parks is just part of the fun. The competition for visitors is fierce among the hundreds of hotels, so amenities that may not be standard in other parts of the country are expected in most Florida lodgings.
The Most Tech-Friendly Hotels in Orlando

The Most Tech-Friendly Hotels in Orlando

Because Orlando is home to so many conventions and business gatherings throughout the year, many hotels are savvy to the technical needs of guests, whether it be connectivity, smartphone apps, ordering by text, lots of plugs for charging devices, or TVs that can be connected to laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Orlando may not be quite up to robot-delivered room service yet, but hotels are rolling out even more high-tech opportunities, such as room controls and access through smartphone apps. Right now, very few hotels charge a daily fee for Wi-Fi (although many do charge a daily resort fee that covers amenities, including Wi-Fi).
The Best Hotel Restaurants in Orlando

The Best Hotel Restaurants in Orlando

The swing towards local, sustainable, and house-made ingredients has spread from small chef-driven independent restaurants to the major hotels, and the craft influences has changed the hotel restaurant scene for the better. Here are ten hotels with exemplary restaurants worth experiencing.
The Best Hotel Pools in Orlando

The Best Hotel Pools in Orlando

In Florida, and particularly in Central Florida, even the smallest roadside motel is expected to have a pool. In the tourist mecca of Orlando, hotels compete to offer pools that are bigger, better and often more spectacular than the lodging itself, in order to ensure your business. From serene water-side hideaways to full-blown water slide action, rope bridges and climbing walls, grottoes and caves, and underwater sound systems, we offer 10 of the most outstanding hotel pools in Orlando.
The Best Hotels Close to Orlando's Theme Parks

The Best Hotels Close to Orlando's Theme Parks

To stay on property or not is a question with which most visitors struggle when planning a trip to Central Florida. Hotels on property at any of the theme parks tend to be substantially more expensive than off-site hotels, but there are often big benefits that come with a stay in the on-site lodgings. However, hotels just off property can offer their own benefits, and lower prices to boot. They want your business, and are willing to do a lot to get it. One warning about looking at bargain hotels near theme parks: You more often than not get what you pay for, thus lodging that seems a great bargain can be a great headache. Do your homework before booking. Here are 10 hotels that combine proximity with benefits and prices that will please even the tightest budget.