The Best Hotels to Book in Orlando for Every Traveler

Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a perfect option for your luxury getaway to Orlando
Waldorf Astoria Orlando is a perfect option for your luxury getaway to Orlando | Courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Orlando /
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31 January 2022

Whether you’re looking for a theme-park adventure or 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 everyone, from families and pet lovers to spa dwellers, die-hard romantics, budget trekkers and luxury travelers. Tear yourself away from your perfect stay to visit the area’s plethora of theme parks – Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and more – or play NASA at Kennedy Space Center. At the end of the day, you’ll be thankful to return to one of these top hotels in Orlando, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Grand Bohemian Orlando, for luxury indulgence

Eclectic lobby decor with black and gold columns, zebra-print chairs and red barrel ceiling at Grand Bohemian Orlando
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The Grand Bohemian is the very definition of luxury and style: expect velvet drapes, down pillows and luxury linens as you retreat into your own private oasis. Indulge all your senses in live jazz performances during Sunday Brunch or spend the day outdoors with a picture-perfect private picnic provided by the hotel.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites, for affordable family fun

Oblong outdoor pool surrounded by lounge chairs at Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites
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Relax in your surfer/beach-themed room at this laid-back, family-oriented resort. With theme parks and Universal CityWalk just a stone’s throw away, the magic doesn’t have to end when you return to your room for the night. Enjoy the exclusive benefits of staying in Universal, including free water taxis or shuttles to the theme parks and early park admission, up to one hour before the parks open.

Loews Royal Pacific Resort, for days out at Universal Orlando

Design-forward bar with high thatched roof and artful hanging white fixture at Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando
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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.

Floridays Resort Orlando, for families who need space

Giant swimming pool with fountain backed by Spanish-style buildings and palm trees at Floridays Resort Orlando
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For the family that needs space, the Floridays Resort Orlando 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.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando, for a luxury spa escape

Bedroom at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in warm yellow and beige tones with a king-size bed, plush sofa and desk
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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, separate men’s and women’s spaces with saunas and jacuzzis and a tranquility lounge with zero-gravity lounge chairs.

Castle Hotel, for Southern charm

Elegant entryway to Castle Hotel in Orlando in lavender and rose hues with long couch, mirrored wall and recessed ceiling
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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 famed International Drive and have a fancy dinner in the heart of Orlando.

The Alfond Inn, for a romantic getaway

The rectangular outdoor pool at the Alfond Inn in Orlando with a Spanish-style covered seating area behind it
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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 Rollins Museum of Art. 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.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World, for a pet-friendly stay

Outdoor pool area with giant games and multiple seating areas at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World
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Pet lovers and their furry friends will enjoy staying at this luxurious pet-friendly resort in Orlando. Upon arrival, all pets receive a bed, a water bowl and a food dish. As the hotel 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.

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, for views of the nightly firework shows

Spacious double room in white and beige with plush carpet and large desk at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
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When the Florida sunshine and a luxury vacation call your name, consider the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. One of the most romantic hotels in Orlando, it offers sweeping views of the area’s theme parks, including the 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 in 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.

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando, for music lovers

Two stylish, colorful bedrooms at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando, with artwork portraits of John Lennon and Taylor Swift
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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.

Francesca Paul contributed additional reporting to this article.

Traveling with young ones? Book one of the best family-friendly hotels in Orlando now with Culture Trip. Alternatively, for a little more glam book one of the best luxury hotels in Orlando. For more incredible places to stay in Florida, check out our guide to the best hotels in and near Winter Garden, Florida, bookable on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on January 31, 2022 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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