Get away with your family to the sunshine state of Florida and pack your days with more fun and excitement than you can muster. Choose a great hotel or resort that offers all you could want and need out of your day, and you can spread out your vacation without sacrificing on the fun.
Many assume that they need to go to Disney World, Epcot, the waterparks, or Universal Studios every day they are in Orlando in order to have the best vacation, but this isn’t true. Going to any of the parks is a huge day and can tire everyone out before you know it. By choosing a great hotel or resort, you can split your time between the big theme parks and relaxing and having fun at your resort – for less.
Booking a hotel or resort outside the theme parks is already a great way to save, and spending fun in the sun at your own resort’s waterpark instead of trying to push yourself to go to Disney World or Universal Studios every day is a smart, simple way to save.
Booking any of these eight amazing hotels and resorts is a great way to save and truly have an unforgettable holiday getaway in Orlando.
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- Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa Orlando
This resort has a little something for everyone in the family, including a water park, 7 outdoor pools, 7 kiddy pools, and 6 hot tubs.
Westgate’s hotels offer incredible amenities for affordable rates, and that is especially true at Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa. After all, how many hotels have you been to that have their own waterpark? You will need to pay an additional fee for day access, but with the day rate less than other options in the area, it is still one of the most affordable ways to cool down and have fun in the area.
Your whole family will have something exciting to do at this resort, as you can choose to lounge in a pool or hot tub, enjoy a spa treatment, or go out and enjoy some family sports games together outside.
With so much to do, it’s almost secondary that the top theme parks in the area are just a few minutes away, but we know you won’t want to miss them.
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- Staybridge Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista
This resort is perfect for those interested in extended stays and features a full kitchen and social activities like the savory social hour.
If you are in Orlando for more than a week, then you don’t just want a hotel room. You want a home away from home. Staybridge’s Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista is the perfect option for those who are in the area for extended periods of time. For the best experience, you will want to stay in one of their suites, which makes extended travel simple and comfortable by including top amenities like a full kitchen with modern appliances. You will also have a living room with a sofa bed and an outdoor barbeque grill to keep your family fed for less.
Making your own meals is one of the top ways to stay healthier on your trip and to spend significantly less on an otherwise expensive trip to Orlando. Go further by taking advantage of the free breakfasts available Mondays through Wednesdays and get to Disney World easily with free shuttle services from your hotel.
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- Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
This Caribbean-inspired resort offers 1000 guest rooms and suites available and is even pet-friendly.
This hotel was inspired by the Caribbean, and you can feel it with every step you take. From the beautiful pools and waterfalls to the décor and overall aesthetic, booking at this resort is like making an escape to the tropics.
What makes this resort, in particular, stand out is that it is pet friendly and has a kids program so that the whole family can get away and have fun. Drop your kids off at the Loews Loves Kids program and enjoy a couples spa treatment between you and your partner, or go out for a lovely meal!
As this is an official Universal Orlando hotel (and located in the resort itself), you will get special perks like early access to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
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- SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista
A great budget option is the SpringHill Suites by Marriot located in Lake Buena Vista, which offers a full breakfast buffet for all guests.
If you are looking for a comfortable, clean stay that costs less than $100 per night, look no further than SpringHill Suites. This hotel is operated by Marriott Orlando and can be found in Lake Buena Vista. It is part of Marriott Village, so that you will be in good company.
The hotel itself is just one mile away from Walt Disney World, so expect big crowds and the hotel to be filled with Disney lovers just like yourself. If you are there with your family, this can offer a huge benefit – your kids can make friends!
Save time and stress by buying all of your Disney tickets in advance in the lobby, and take advantage of the shuttle services to and from the parks for the best trip with the whole family.
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- Hyatt Regency Orlando
This massive hotel has 1639 rooms and 192 suites to suit families of all sizes and budgets.
The Hyatt Regency is directly on the famous International Drive and has something to do at all hours of the day. There are a staggering number of rooms and suites available, and as there isn’t an official shuttle service to the big theme parks, you will find it to be quieter and calmer and better suited for families with older children (even adults children).
The resort itself offers pools, steam rooms, saunas, and even a waterslide. As it is in a prime location, you will have no shortage of things to do – you’ll just have to make your own way to all the biggest destinations in the area.
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- Cabana Bay Beach Resort
This resort is located in Universal Orlando and offers suites with kitchenettes and a food court to help families save on meals in style.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a Universal hotel, but unlike hotels that have partnerships, you will find this hotel directly in the theme park itself. This gives you options and the ability to spend and dedicate your entire time to some of the best thrill rides and waterpark experiences around.
While it isn’t the most affordable one on this list, if you make use of the kitchenettes available (and nowhere else in any of the Universal hotels), you can save money and keep your family healthier, meaning you’ll have more energy to get out there and get the most value out of your vacation.
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- Floridays Resort Orlando
This resort is popular amongst families and offers condo-style rooms that come complete with a private balcony, a full kitchen, and even a washing and drying machine.
Floridays Resort is one of the hotels on this list that offers the best value for money. You have a variety of room sizes, including suites that have two bedrooms and are 1000-feet in size. Suites here have their own private balcony, a full kitchen, a dining room, and in-room washing and drying machines.
Cool down at the pool, splash at the splash park, and even enjoy the “dive-in” movies that are hosted after sunset. The resort hosts live music events as well, so keep an ear out for the latest happenings as soon as you check-in.
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- Aloft Orlando
This resort is near the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing arts and comes with a variety of essential amenities, including a splash pool.
Aloft may not be near the theme parks themselves, but it is right next door to other top destinations like the Amway Center or Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts. This makes it ideal if your vacation is less about the theme parks and more about all that you can do in the area. As you are located more closely to downtown Orlando, you’ll be able to shop, see shows, go to great restaurants, and of course, still be within easy distance of those amazing, world-renowned theme parks.
Take advantage of the pools and other onsite amenities, including complimentary breakfast, to make your family vacation budget go further.