The Best Hotels to Book in and Around Disney World, Florida

The area around Disney World is home to a wide variety of excellent hotels
The area around Disney World is home to a wide variety of excellent hotels | © Findlay / Alamy Stock Photo
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20 September 2021

From Disney-themed lodges to spa and golf resorts, you’re only a shuttle ride away from Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and more when you check into the best hotels near Disney World, Florida. Experience the lasting magic of a Disney hotel, treat the family to a luxury holiday or keep it calm with a self-catering apartment. Even better, they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.

Fairfield Inn and Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista

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Gorge on a hearty-yet-healthy complimentary breakfast of freshly cooked eggs, fresh fruit and fresh cereal before catching the shuttle bus from Fairfield Inn and Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista to Epcot. After a day out at Disney World, head back and relax in the outdoor pool or let off some steam in the gym. The suites at the Fairfield Inn are perfect for families, as they’re equipped with bunk beds for the kids and a Playstation for entertainment.

Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista Orlando

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Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista is a fantastic hotel choice for families. The one- and two-bedroom suites are oversized and equipped with everything you need to self-cater during your stay. Cook up breakfast before heading off to nearby Magic Kingdom, then fire up the barbecue in the evening for an outdoor grill-off. If it’s hot – and it’s going to be – just jump right into the hotel’s outdoor pool to cool off.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

The inside of a bedroom at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. There is a large double bed, sofa, tv and desk.
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Looking for an outrageously luxurious stay in Florida? You’ll find it at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. You might never take the free shuttles to Disney World because this high-end resort and spa features an 18-hole golf course, two swimming pools, a lazy river, and no less than 12 restaurants and bars. Enjoy eggs benedict for breakfast at classy Oscar’s Brasserie, go for the 32 day-aged Tomahawk steak at the renowned Bull and Bear for lunch and if you’ve still got room, why not finish a day of dining with a sushi and cocktail evening at Zeta Asia?

The Ritz-Carlton Orlando

Large outside pool and palm trees at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando
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The Ritz-Carlton Orlando is one for the golf-lovers: this five-star hotel and resort is home to an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Australian golfer Greg Norman. If you’re not perfecting your handicap or exploring Disney World, then why not book out a private cabana around the swimming pool? Take the day off, kick back on the lazy river, enjoy a massage at the spa, go for a fishing trip, or eco-tour on the hotel’s pond.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

A turquoise headboard in an opulent bedroom with gold tones at Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
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The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando is a luxurious downtown Orlando hotel. You’re greeted in the lobby by vaulted, palatial ceilings and stylish zebra print lounge chairs, while the ultra-modern rooms feature plush furnishings. Peruse contemporary works of art in the Bohemian Art Gallery, take a swim high above Orlando in the rooftop swimming pool and listen to jazz, while you dine on seafood and tomahawk steaks at the Boheme restaurant. A stay at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando is an experience, so why not embrace it?

Wyndham Grand Orlando

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The Wyndham Grand Orlando is the ultimate family resort for a Disney World holiday. Take the kids for a round of mini-golf after spending the day jumping between the hotel’s five different swimming pools, or leave the children in the kids club while you enjoy a well-earned glass of champagne and a holistic massage at the Blue Harmony Spa. Family rooms at the Wyndham Grand Orlando feature fun bunk beds for the children, while parents will appreciate the king-sized beds and plush bedding after a long day out at Disney World.

The Alfond Inn at Rollins College

The rectangular outdoor pool at the Alfond Inn with a covered seating area behind it.
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The Alfond Inn at Rollins College is the best choice for art appreciation, as this seriously unique hotel is home to a unique collection of contemporary artworks. You’ll find pieces hanging in the grand conservatory, in the stylish suites and apartments and on the walls of the ever-creative Hamilton’s Kitchen fine dining restaurant. Stay here and you’ll be funding the next generation of Floridian artists too – all profits from this boutique hotel go towards art scholarships at Rollins College.

Disney's Contemporary Resort

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The A-frame tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of the most enduring symbols of Disney World Florida. The iconic Disney monorail stops inside the hotel itself and you’re only ever a short stroll from the gates of Magic Kingdom. Brave the slides at the two Disney-themed swimming pools, watch classic Disney movies under the stars on the hotel lawn when the sun sets, and dine on hand-rolled sushi and wood-fired pizzas at the California Grill.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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Disney’s Wilderness Lodge puts you right in the heart of the magic, with a stay at one of Disney World Florida’s most iconic resorts. Kids and adults will love having dinner with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, while Disney films are played every evening on the lawn. You’re super close to the Magic Kingdom entrance – but you might just want to spend all day swimming and splashing around at the wilderness-themed Copper Creek Springs Pool or Boulder Ridge Cove Pool.

Orlando has no shortage of places to stay – see which vacation apartments call your name or discover the best family-friendly hotels about, now bookable via Culture Trip. After you’ve taken in all the wonders of Disney World, explore what there is to do outdoors in Orlando, with many activities perfect for the kids. If you haven’t had enough already, you’ll want to find the best candy stores in Orlando to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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