The Best Hotels to Book Near Orlando International Airport

Theres plenty in Orlando to keep you busy even if youre just touching down for a layover
There's plenty in Orlando to keep you busy even if you're just touching down for a layover | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
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Get a true taste of Orlando even on a long layover when you stay at one of these top hotels near Orlando International Airport – bookable with Culture Trip.

No matter your reason for flying into Orlando International Airport, it’ll be hard to contain your excitement when your plane touches down. MCO is only a few miles away from the theme parks, but you should know that the City Beautiful offers much more than thrill rides and water parks. Golf courses designed by the game’s greatest players are right around the corner from innovative restaurants serving up the best global cuisine. These top picks near the airport offer everything you need, whether you’re on a family vacation or a spa getaway.

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CentralAmerica

GORGEOUS GUATEMALA

Gorgeous Guatemala

5 days . Mini
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1. Guatemala

An express adventure for those with limited time off. Prepare yourself incredible experiences. You will hike a volcano, visit mayan temples and witness a ceremony and take in beautiful colonial Antigua.

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BEACHY BELIZE

Beachy Belize

5 days . Mini
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2. Belize

A quick trip not too far away for those seeking a relaxing mini break. You will have plenty of free time to relax but also some awesome activities to experience the rainforest and the caribbean sea.
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CentralAmerica

COLONIAL MEXICO

Colonial Mexico

5 days . Mini
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3. Mexico

An exciting mini trip exploring the lesser known colonial towns of central Mexico. This is hte perfect trip for someone with limited time off and still wants to turn on explorer mode and do something different.
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SouthAmerica

ADVENTUROUS ECUADOR

Adventurous Ecuador

8 days . Epic
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1. Ecuador

A remarkable 8 days adventure through the Andes and the Amazon rainforest. The best choice for adventure seekers wishing to visit the 2 most iconic areas of South America, in only 1 week and no flights.

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ANCIENT PERU

Ancient Peru

9 days . Epic
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2. Peru

An alternative itinerary to classic Peru, from Cusco to Arequipa. This itinerary is great combination of highlights Cusco and Machu Picchu with the lesser known Arequipa and Colca Canyon.
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SEDUCTIVE SOUTHERN ITALY

Seductive Southern Italy

10 days . Epic
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1. Italy

The ultimate Italian experience from the vibrant streets of Naples to the breathtaking sceneries of the Amalfi Coast followed by Matera and down to Puglia with its golden beaches, intense flavours and fascinating destinations.

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EDINBURGH AND THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS BY TRAIN

Edinburgh And The Scottish Highlands By Train

7 days . Culture
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2. Scotland

Embark on this great adventure starting from London all the way to Scotland with a true Scottish experience made of breathtaking sceneries, whisky tasting and ..lots of fun! Ideal for train lovers and explorers.
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COMPLETE PORTUGAL BY TRAIN

Complete Portugal By Train

8 days . Culture
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3. Portugal

A wonderful train journey around Portugal, from the romantic city of Porto to the Douro Valley, to the beautiful Aveiro all the way to Lisbon and Sintra. The perfect trip to train, culinary and culture lovers.
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Asia

SOULFUL SOUTH KOREA

Soulful South Korea

10 days . Epic
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1. South Korea

Discover incredible temples, mountains and modern cities on this 10 day adventure. This trip is perfect for those seeking immersion in the cuisine, culture and natural wonders of South Korea.

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THAILAND, CAMBODIA & VIETNAM

Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam

11 days . Epic
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2. Thailand

From Bankgok to Angkor Wat to Ho Chi Minh City and everything in between - adventure through the heart of South-East Asia. Taste the delights, see history brought to life and unwind on a Mekong River cruise.
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SECRETS OF SRI LANKA BY TRAIN

Secrets Of Sri Lanka By Train

10 days . Culture
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3. Sri Lanka

A fantastic adventure that showcases Sri Lanka's fantastic landscapes, wildlife and flavours. With 3 epic rail journeys, 3 UNESCO heritage sites and time to relax, this trip has loads to offer at a great price
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Africa

EPIC MOROCCO

Epic Morocco

11 days . Epic
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1. Morocco

An epic journey across Morocco: from Casablanca to Marrakech, through the blue city of Chefchaouen to the wonders of the desert and deep to the High Atlas Mountains - this trip has it all! Ideal for true explorers!

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ULTIMATE EGYPT

Ultimate Egypt

9 days . Epic
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2. Egypt

From Cairo to Aswan, this trip brings the land of the pharaohs to life. You'll visit the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings and Luxor Temple and cruise down the Nile in style. This is the perfect way to explore Egypt.
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IMMERSIVE KENYA

Immersive Kenya

8 days . Epic
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3. Kenya

An immersive blend of culture and wildlife for first time travelers to Africa. Learn about Nairobi, sample local coffee in the Aberdares and finish up with a fantastic safari stay in the Masai Mara.
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Rosen Shingle Creek

Resort, Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel, Hotel

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If you thought Orlando was a haven for theme parks, just wait until you discover all of the golf courses surrounding Rosen Shingle Creek. Stay and play on their Palmer-inspired course then take on the King’s own greens at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge only 15 minutes away. Forgot your game at home? Take private lessons at the Brad Brewer Golf Academy on-site and review your green notes while relaxing in the hot tub.

The Alfond Inn

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Get to know Orlando’s wealthy whereabouts during a stay at the Alfond Inn. This boutique hotel has a vibrant contemporary art collection that reflects the talent and vision of its proprietor, the liberal arts institution Rollins College. An in-room wine tap will tempt you to spend your entire trip lounging in a robe and slippers with a glass in-hand. Do rest assured that plenty of vino, award-winning restaurants and charming local shops are right around the corner on popular Park Avenue.

The Grove Resort and Spa

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Tell the kids that the Grove Resort & Spa has its own Surfari Water Park, and they’ll forget all about the House of Mouse. This wet and wild wonderland is included in your stay, which means endless lazy river rides, water slides and glides on the FlowRider surf simulator. The only reason they’ll want to dry off is to play games and make crafts at the activity center and family fun center – until they’re ready to dive back into the pools.

Blue Heron Beach Resort

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Blue Heron Beach Resort brings the beach to you. No need to drive all the way to the coast; the shores of Lake Bryan are just outside of your cozy Sunrise Suite. Jet skis, pontoon boats and ski boats are available for rent if you need a day spent topside; there’s also a tiki bar beside the pool if you need a day spent tipsy. A complimentary shuttle service can transport you to the theme parks if you need a break from this beachy bliss.

Caribe Royale

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Had enough with the theme park queues? Caribe Royale is primed for your relaxation. Send the kids off to ride the water slide umpteen times while you watch from a luxurious cabana. If you can convince the little ones to stay put in the game room, you may be able to sneak over to the Island Spa for a detoxifying dry brush exfoliation. You’ll enjoy your down time at Caribe Royale so much, you’ll find it difficult to leave your queen suite the next morning.

Rosen Inn at Pointe Orlando

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You won’t need to step outside this hotel on the tourist haven of International Drive. An arcade, cafe, mini-market and three pools surround comfortable guest rooms. But when you do, stride up and down I-Drive to spend all day shopping at Pointe Orlando, dining on nearly every cuisine imaginable and laughing all on the thrill rides at ICON Park.

The Berkley, Orlando

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In the rare hours when you aren’t riding roller coasters and snapping photos with iconic fictional figures, the Berkley has you covered. Hit the swimming pool when the sun’s up and the pool table or arcade in the moonlit hours. You’re welcome to kick back in your two-bedroom villa, unless you’re with the whole family in a four-bedroom unit, of course. You’ll find a few hours of popcorn and peace in the private movie theater on-site.

Star Island Resort

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It may not be on a literal island, but the sparkling pool, boat rides on Lake Cecile and quiet putting green at Star Island Resort will make you feel miles away from Central Florida. Don’t let this oasis fool you; your spacious suite with a full kitchen, private patio and jacuzzi tub are right around the bend from Falcon’s Fire 18-hole course and an evening of jousting at the theatrical Medieval Times restaurant.

For more excellently located hotels in the Sunshine State, see the best hotels near Miami International Airport and the best near Busch Gardens. They’re bookable now via Culture Trip. For the ideal post-pandemic getaway, make sure you venture out to Florida’s “last paradise” and make the most of the state’s blue waters by seeing the best things to do in Destin. If you’re a foodie, venture to Fort Myers; here are the best restaurants in the city.

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