The Best Hotels in Orlando for Every Traveler

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an excellent place to stay if you’re looking for a luxury spa getaway
The Waldorf Astoria Orlando is an excellent place to stay if you’re looking for a luxury spa getaway | Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Orlando / Expedia
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16 November 2020

Whether you’re looking for a theme-park adventure or other outdoor activities in the warm Florida sun, there’s nothing like checking into the perfect hotel, grabbing the room key and flopping onto the bed to signal the start of a vacation. Orlando has a hotel to suit every taste, including those for families, pet lovers, spa dwellers and die-hard romantics, as well as budget and luxury travelers.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Resort
4.6/5 (1446 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $262 per night

The Loews Royal Pacific Resort is a family-friendly hotel offering an island escape right in the middle of Universal Orlando Resort. It has a shimmering pool surrounded by a white sandy beach and palm trees, transporting you to a Polynesian paradise. For families wanting to hit the two Universal theme parks, there is complimentary boat transportation at the hotel, which typically takes about 15 minutes and drops you off near the entrance of each park.

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Floridays Resort Orlando

Resort, Apartment
4.3/5 (10100 Reviews)
Floridays Resort Orlando
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Price Drop
Now from $132 per night

For the family that needs space, the Floridays Resort Orlando only offers two- and three-bedroom suites and is just 3mi (5km) from Walt Disney World, making it a convenient shuttle ride away. Amenities include a pool and a kids’ water play area, a fitness center and outdoor dining at the Palm Café Pool Bar.

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Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa

Resort, Spa Hotel, Apartment
3.9/5 (3083 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $124 per night

If pampering is what you’re craving, then book into the Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa. Relax with a full-day spa experience at the Serenity Spa by Westgate, where you can indulge in massages, body wraps, facials and more. After your treatment, book a salon blow-dry to get you ready for date night.

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

Spa Hotel
4.5/5 (955 Reviews)
Waldorf Astoria Orlando
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Price Drop
Now from $408 per night

When a luxury spa getaway is in order, make a reservation at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. This hotel’s relaxing spa features 22 treatment rooms and offers massages, salt therapy, facials and more. When it comes to using natural ingredients, it sources local honey for many of its treatments. As part of your stay, enjoy the tea lounge, men’s and women’s wet lounges, and a tranquility lounge with zero-gravity wave loungers.

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Castle Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
4.4/5 (948 Reviews)
Castle Hotel
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Price Drop
Now from $93 per night
For the die-hard romantics, Castle Hotel brings together Southern charm and classic elegance. The rooms are well-appointed with gold and purple furnishings, making you feel like true royalty. After taking a dip in the pool, you and your partner can walk along the world-famous International Drive and have a fancy dinner in the heart of Orlando.
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The Alfond Inn

Inn
4.7/5 (954 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $304 per night

The Alfond Inn, in historic Winter Park, is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. Its beautiful interiors feature art from the Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art at Rollins College, which is part of the must-visit Cornell Fine Arts Museum. During the day, soak up the warm Florida sunshine in the sparkling pool surrounded by a covered patio, and at night, retreat with a glass of wine from your in-room dispenser, which can be found in select suites.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Business Hotel, Chain Hotel
4.8/5 (651 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $1034 per night

Pet lovers and their furry friends will enjoy staying at this luxurious resort. Upon arrival, all pets receive a bed, a water bowl and a food dish. As it sits next to Walt Disney World, there are palm-tree-lined sidewalks to give you a classic Florida feel as you take your morning stroll.

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Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

Inn
4/5 (2532 Reviews)
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Price Drop
Now from $70 per night

Dogs, cats and humans will enjoy staying at the Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando, which is close to Universal Orlando Resort. If you’re bringing your pet, you will need to notify the hotel in advance so that you can be given a pet-friendly room upon arrival. These rooms are close to outdoor walkways so that you and your pet can stretch your legs and enjoy the sunny Florida weather.

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  • The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

    Resort
    4.6/5 (968 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $533 per night

    When the Florida sunshine and a luxury vacation call your name, consider the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, which offers sweeping views of the area’s theme parks, including their nightly fireworks shows. As a guest, you can indulge in a spa day, play a round at the golf course or take a sunrise safari on the Everglades. When it’s time to cool off, you’ll also have access to the pools and lazy river at the JW Marriott Orlando next door.

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    Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando

    Hotel, Luxury
    4.5/5 (958 Reviews)
    Hard Rock
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    Price Drop
    Now from $310 per night

    If you love the luxury rock’n’roll lifestyle, the Hard Rock Hotel is the perfect accommodation option, complete with California mission-style design inspired by classic rock music. Here, you can relax by a palm-tree-lined swimming pool that plays music underwater, enjoy a steakhouse meal at the Palm and get exclusive access to the Universal Orlando Resort’s theme parks.

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    Galleria Palms Hotel

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (1883 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $83 per night

    The Galleria Palms Hotel is an excellent option for those on a budget. While its regular rates are wallet-friendly, you can get an even bigger discount if you’re a Florida resident, a teacher or a military member. It’s just minutes away from Walt Disney World, so if you’re looking to save some money on accommodation, this hotel is ideal.

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    Destiny Palms Hotel

    Hotel
    4.1/5 (926 Reviews)
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    Price Drop
    Now from $54 per night

    The Destiny Palms Hotel is another great budget option, with reasonable rates and a central location close to all of Orlando’s top attractions. While the rooms are basic, they provide a comfortable place to crash after a day of exploring. If you’re looking to save even more, it also offers hotel and ticket packages.

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    These recommendations were updated on November 16, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh. This article is an updated version of a story created by Megan duBois

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