PHOTO: Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

The Best Orlando Hotels With On-Site Amenities

Jennifer Greenhill-Taylor | January 05, 2018

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.


Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace Disney Springs Area

Why it made the list

Connected to the Disney Springs entertainment and dining complex via a pedestrian’s delight of a walkway, this large resort offers Disney character breakfasts, special children’s programs, a lazy river and pool complex, spectacular views from some of the guest-room balconies that include Epcot's nightly fireworks, free transportation to all Disney parks, and access to Disney golf courses.

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Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center

Why it made the list

This big, all-suites pink palace, on 53 tropical acres just 10 minutes from Disney, melds luxurious décor and family-friendly ingredients with an affordable price. Families are catered to with a separate tower of suites and a children's recreation area, including a big pool with a 65-foot slide, interactive water-play area, cushy cabanas, a spa, and game rooms.

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Holiday Inn Resort Orlando--Waterpark (formerly Nickelodeon Suites Resort)

Why it made the list

A jackpot for families looking for reasonably priced lodgings near Disney, with on-site activities to keep kids busy. The six-story resort is built around a water park with slides, splash bucket, and climbing zones. The resort also offers a laser challenge, a huge arcade, a 4-D Theater and evening Karaoke, along with a lounge for parents who need a break.

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Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

Why it made the list

A 4.5-acre glass and steel dome encloses a miniature version of Florida’s highlights, ensuring guests can explore in comfort. The pool complex contains four slides, a heated pool, and a tree house playground in surroundings that evoke the Everglades. Kids can even feed baby alligators in the atrium’s waters. The dining choices are superb, whether you yearn for steak or local seafood.

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JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Why it made the list

A European-style spa, a Greg Norman–designed golf course, and a lazy river pool complex offer plenty of family fun at this huge resort amid 500 acres of sub-tropical greenery. Connected by an enclosed walkway to the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott offers guests access to the Ritz’ amenities, including the kids’ programs and world-class restaurants.

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Reunion Resort a Wyndham Grand Resort

Why it made the list

Billing itself as the only destination in the world with three award-winning golf courses, the resort also features the renowned Annika Academy and the Frankly Golf Putting Academy for those who want to sharpen their game. Geared for golfers, the resort provides non-golfers with plenty to do: a spa, shuttle service to extensive pools and water park, and great onsite restaurants.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort

Why it made the list

Lush landscaping surrounds the 800,000-gallon pool in the half-acre water complex with grottoes and caves to swim through, a dozen waterfalls to splash under and a rock wall to climb. A tower leads to the 124-foot water slide, and a rope bridge crosses the pool. Several on-premises eateries and watering holes provide sustenance, and guests who golf (or guests who don’t) can enjoy muscle relaxing massages and/or beauty treatments at the Marylin Monroe Spa.

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