Already booked your SeaWorld Orlando passes? Maximize your trip and stay in one of these top hotels nearby in Florida – now bookable on Culture Trip. That’s less time traveling and more time riding the Mako coaster, as well as enjoying the animal encounters and learning about the underwater world, after all.
Orlando – in central Florida – is known for its top theme parks, including SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Resort. The area also has lots of lakes, parks and green spaces and, in days gone by, swamps with plenty of alligators. But downtown Orlando – with exciting spots including Winter Park and International Drive – has become a sophisticated destination with an enormous number of restaurants, bars and shops to discover.
This attractive family-friendly hotel is a theme park in itself with a pool hosting dive-in movie nights and a DJ pool party with karaoke nights for the adults. Dining is based around the Palm Café and marketplace, serving fresh salads and made-to-order pizza. The pool bar offers cocktails and is an excellent outdoor eating option. There’s also a shuttle to Universal Studios, Magic Kingdom and SeaWorld, of course – just to make your stay easier.
After a busy day at the parks, enjoy relaxing in one of the modern, spacious and stylishly decorated suites at B Hotels in the Disney Springs Resort Area. As this is an official Walt Disney World hotel, you can purchase all the theme park passes you and the family requires – and there are free shuttles to take you there. Amenities include a large zero-entry pool, jacuzzi, kids zone, a 24-hour fitness center, dining and a gift shop.
Set on 23 landscaped acres (9ha) in Buena Vista, Florida, this resort is perfect for families wanting to be in the heart of the action. Each accommodation is like a fully furnished home with a separate living room, kitchen and bedroom(s). Choose from one or two-bed villas, or a two-bed deluxe villa. There are four large pools here with plenty of loungers, barbeque and gas grills and picnic tables. For the active set, there is a basketball court, minigolf course, horseshoes, shuffleboard and tennis courts for you and the kids to enjoy.
The variety of spacious suites on offer here makes this property a comfortable place to be. But it’s the International Drive location – with views over Orlando – that makes it exceptional. Minutes from theme parks, attractions and exceptional dining, the Rosen Plaza Hotel is also connected to the Orange County Convention Center. Even so, there is a serenity here that means your room also becomes a place to recharge. Expect expert service and hospitality, too.
Most people come to central Florida to enjoy the theme parks, naturally – but this stylish accommodation has been organized so guests can recover after busy days off the premises. Located poolside, the tropical-style Cabana Bar and Grill will keep you fed and watered while lazing by the water and the Lobby Barista offers hot and cold breakfasts plus bespoke coffee and other beverages. Modern and minimalist furnishings are the highlight of the executive studio and suites while the one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites also feature full kitchens and private balconies.
On the Orange Blossom Trail, this comfortable and conveniently located – and competitively priced – accommodation is near Universal Studios Resort and the Florida Mall. With 30 guest rooms fitted with air conditioning, hairdryers, wifi and other amenities, this is a trendy base for your stay in Florida. The hotel is also close to Lake Jessamine, Lake Ellenor, Vogt-Meloon Park, Walt Disney World Orlando, Sand Lake Road railway station and Orlando International Airport – just in case you feel like exploring beyond SeaWorld.
This exceptional resort has a waterpark for the kiddies plus three award-winning golf courses and a golf academy. There are more than 160 villas spread across the resort, with one to three bedrooms, living rooms, full kitchens, utilities such as washer/dryer units and private outdoor balconies. Sporty types will love the tennis courts here – along with 10 swimming pools, bocce balls, bike rentals, minigolf and pickleball.
It’s not often you find an old hotel that has preserved its original character but the Edgewater has done just that. On the second and third floors of the historic Edgewater Hotel in Orlando, this B&B has retained much original décor and still has its 1926 Otis elevator. Many other features were saved after the building underwent a historic restoration – and the character-filled rooms are colorful, featuring four-poster beds and other period furniture. Don’t miss the chef’s table at Edgewater and the Tasting Room, both dining adventures worth indulging in.
Set on the lovely grounds of Rollins College in Winter Park, this 112-room boutique hotel was built by endowment and is considered one of the top luxury hotels in the state. The Alfond Inn has won the Les Clefs d’Or USA Concierge Service while the on-site Hamilton’s Kitchen Restaurant is also award-winning. The classically designed outdoor heated pool complex is meticulously clean and you’ll notice exceptional artwork throughout the premises. Only 15 minutes from downtown Orlando – and 30 minutes from Walt Disney World or Orlando International Airport – it’s an obvious win to stay here.