PHOTO: DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

The Best Hotels Close to Orlando's Theme Parks

Jennifer Greenhill-Taylor | January 04, 2018

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.


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

Why it made the list

The modern lobby is typical of the hotel's low-key elegance, and its location is prime. Some rooms even have balconies that face Disney Springs and from which you can view fireworks. However, elegance and proximity don’t always mean expensive. There are no hidden charges here, and this hotel specializes in free stuff: free Wi-Fi, no resort fee, free breakfast, and kids under 12 eat free meals when with parents.

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Rosen Plaza Hotel

Why it made the list

At the center of International Drive, close to Universal and SeaWorld, this hotel offers a convenient location and great value for money. Amenities include two heated pools, kids’ playground, free shuttles to Universal, deluxe bedding, 32” HDTVs, mini-refrigerator, microwave, iron, single-serve coffee maker, and a safe. Kids nine and younger eat free.

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Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Why it made the list

About a half mile from the Disney Springs entrance to WDW, and within walking distance of restaurants and shops, this hotel has in-room amenities and a price that make it a good bet for families on a budget. Family suites offer a refrigerator, microwave, and partitioned kids' area with two TVs (one for video games) and bunk beds. A small pool, theater, and game room with free interactive games, a fitness center, food court, market shop, and free breakfast buffet and free shuttle to Disney round out the deal.

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Staybridge Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Why it made the list

Just minutes from a Disney entrance, this pleasant all-suites (one- and two-bedroom, two-bath) accommodation is perfect for a big family on a small budget who want a home away from home. Not only is the hotel close to Disney, it's only a few miles along Palm Parkway from SeaWorld, Universal, and even the airport. A free breakfast and late-afternoon cocktails and snacks on some weekdays sweeten the bargain, as does a large, heated pool that allows swimming even on chilly winter evenings.

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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld

Why it made the list

On 28 acres near the Convention Center, about midway between the airport and Disney, less than a mile from SeaWorld and Aquatica, and just a few minutes from Universal, this hotel with Bali-inspired decor combines low bungalow-style buildings and a 17-story tower, and offers families a warm welcome and a comforting escape from hectic I-Drive. Delights include just-baked cookies at check-in, lush linens and cool blues and greens in the guest rooms, three pools, tropical landscaping, and a full-service spa.

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Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection

Why it made the list

The rooftop terrace of this hotel near International Drive offers views of Universal—and Hogwarts Castle—along with fireworks. The 425-foot-tall Coca Cola Orlando Eye observation wheel and its dining-and-entertainment complex are practically next door. The courtyard's round, heated swimming pool offers a serene escape from International Drive's frenzy. Two restaurants, Café Tu Tu Tango and Vito's Chop House, are connected to the hotel by a walkway, and Pointe Orlando, a popular dining, entertainment, and shopping complex, is nearby.

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