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There may not be a more family-friendly city in the United States than Orlando. Here’s our list of the 5 best family hotels in Orlando, Florida.
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Location: Caribe Royale Orlando, 8101 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
The Caribe Royale Orlando is close to the Walt Disney World Resort. So close, in fact, that the hotel participates in Disney’s Good Neighbor program. The nearest parks to the property are Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center. The hotel is surrounded by a significant number of restaurants serving every kind of cuisine.
One superb feature of the Caribe Royale and why it is such a great resort for families is its wide ranging room selection. Smaller families on short visits with young children might be satisfied with a standard room or small suite. However, larger families on longer stays can secure multi-bedroom suites with kitchens, giving them space and the ability to lower their food costs and spread out.
When not cooking for themselves, families can check out the dining options in several on-site restaurants. The hotel also features a substantial pool area to splash around in after visiting the theme parks.
Location: 9939 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819
Sitting on a pristine Arnold Palmer-designed golf course, the Rosen Shingle Creek is the crown jewel of the Rosen family of hotels. The area is quieter and set away from the bustle of Orland, but still well located and less than three miles from SeaWorld Orlando. It’s located in the heart of International Drive, the tourist district of the city.
Like other four-star hotels in the area, amenities include a number of swimming pools for families of all ages and the golf course for parents. Hotels like the Rosen Shingle Creek are perfect for families because everyone is able to enjoy their interests.
In addition to fine dining, the hotel offers a VIP lounge for club level guests with food throughout the day and cocktails for those of age.
Rates in the massive multi-building, high rise complex start at $120/night for staycations, during high season, rates start at $250.
Location: 8203 World Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
Another Disney Good Neighbor hotel extremely close to the Walt Disney World Resort, Buena Vista Suites is perfect for families with older children. The property is all-suites has been recently upgraded and features a combination of tennis courts, swimming pool and family activities.
Every guest can start their day with complimentary breakfast in the hotel lounge. Where the hotel really succeeds is in its affordable approach to space for families in a subdued environment.
The property is just over five miles from Disney Hollywood Studios, and about the same to Epcot. As a Disney Good Neighbor hotel, Buena Vista Suites gives its guests the ability to access Disney Parks during exclusive “extra magic hours” not open to the public. This allows families to access shorter lines for rides and attractions either before or after the parks close (EMH change park-to-park and by day of the week.)
Good Neighbor hotels also have advanced access to Disney’s FastPass system (giving visitors a chance to skip the line on at least three rides per day. Standard visitors to Disney Parks have access days before their visit, but Good Neighbor hotels have a much longer period with which to book their FastPass rides. Buena Vista Suites is close to a number of restaurants and off-park attractions like mini-golf, and water parks. Rooms start at $110/night in low season.
Location: 13351 FL-535, Orlando, FL 32821
Offering the most value of any Orlando hotel for families on a budget, the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Lake Buena Vista delivers clean, hotels with amenities in one of the best locations in the city.
Lake Buena Vista is the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort. Just minutes from any of the four Disney properties and two water parks, the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Lake Buena Vista offers free shuttles to area theme parks including Universal Studios Orlando about 10 miles away.
When families aren’t at the parks, they can take advantage of the pools, whirlpool, and table tennis. Adults can enjoy the fitness center, business center, and even poolside service if they’d like. As a member of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), guests can earn and redeem loyalty points from the program for their stay. For more information on the features and benefits that come from membership in the IHG loyalty program, check Suites and Lobbies IHG program guide.
Bonus: Floridays Resort Orlando
Location: 12562 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32821
Floridays Resort Orlando is perhaps one of the most central hotels in Orlando. The property offers near highway access, is close to SeaWorld and Walt Disney Resorts, and not far from Universal Studios Orlando. It also benefits from being a Disney Good Neighbor Hotel with the associated benefits.
All of the major hotel brands are represented in a city with a famously high number of hotels. But Floridays offers something that the others miss, just a classic Florida holiday feel.
The resort has an impressive outdoor swim park for kids including a zero-entry pool. The greatest feature of the hotel is its all-suite approach which allows guests to spread out and enjoy their vacation away from the attractions.
The 5 Best Family Hotels in Orlando, Florida
These our the best family hotels in Orlando, Florida as chosen by the writers and editors of Suites and Lobbies. Through extensive travels we have found these properties to be some of the best, but there may be others that should be added to the list.
What family resorts in Orlando would make your “best-of” list?