Orlando, Florida, is one of the top vacation destinations in the United States, attracting both domestic and international visitors. People are attracted to this city because of the amazing climate, the many attractions in the city and the surrounding area, and the proximity of Orlando to some of Florida’s natural beauty spots. Where you stay during your visit to Orlando can make a significant difference to your stay. It is important to find somewhere that suits your budgets and your needs, while also offering a comfortable experience in a location that gives you good access to everything Orlando has to offer. Here are the 20 Best Hotels in Orlando in 2019.
20. Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort is one of Walt Disney World’s original 1970s hotels, says The Telegraph. Since then, the hotel has been extensively refurbished to bring it up to date and meet the expectations of modern travelers. The hotel gives you the feel-good factor that is associated with Disney, and a few touches of luxury have been added to enhance the experience. One of the original features that remain is the monorail that runs through the vast foyer.
19. Gran Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
While many of the Disney hotels are themed and character-driven, this one differs as the focus is on refinement and elegance. This means it is ideal for those who want to enjoy the Disney experience while at the parks but experience a little luxury while at their accommodation. It has many deluxe amenities and guests can enjoy a range of theme park perks.
18. Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Although it is close to Disney, it is often overlooked. It is a hidden luxury hotel within its own enclave that is part of a much bigger resort. This means that guests can enjoy a sense of privacy and exclusivity while also enjoying all the amenities you would expect from a large Orlando resort. The large pool area has a tropical feel, and the resort offers things for both families and couples alike.
17. Rosen Shingle Creek
Rosen Shingle Creek manages to combine luxurious features with a casual vibe that allows guests to relax and behave like tourists. It is elegant and unpretentious, with a range of amenities to suit all tastes. This hotel caters both for those who love spending time outdoors, and those who want the ultimate relaxation experience.
16. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Forbes says that this resort sits on 1,500 acres. Guests of this hotel can take advantage of Florida’s warm climate, as there are some excellent outdoor facilities. The highlight of these is the lagoon-style swimming pool with waterslides, caves, a rope bridge, and waterfalls. Other outdoor facilities including biking and hiking trails, watersports, rock climbing, outdoor tennis courts, private lakes, and four golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus. Dining options at this hotel are also fantastic with six restaurants from which guests can choose. One of the best is Hemingway’s, which has a menu consisting of all the author’s favorite foods, including steak and seafood. The hotel offers free shuttles to many of the major attractions, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios.
15. Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
There are two separate hotels at this resort, both of which are operated by Marriott. The Dolphin is the larger of the two hotels, and it is part of the Sheraton brand. The smaller Swan Hotel is part of the Westin brand. Although the hotels are not actually on the site of a Disney resort, they are very close. Guests can still enjoy many of the perks of staying at a Disney resort, despite being outside the boundaries. For example, they have access to complimentary park transportation, FastPass+ booking, and Extra Magic Hours. Dining and drinking options at this resort are extensive, as there are 17 restaurants and lounges, including the four signature restaurants. Each of these venues has its own menu and offers a different type of dining experience.
14. JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
The Grande Lakes Resort consists of two hotels; JW Marriot Orlando and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando. The JW Marriott Orlando is JW’s flagship hotel. This towering hotel is set in 500 acres close to Florida’s Everglades. Guests enjoy sitting around the fire pit on the outdoor patio enjoying a relaxing drink. The rooms at this hotel are spacious and serene, featuring natural décor. The JW Marriott boasts one of the best outdoor pools in Orlando as it features a lazy river with waterfalls and bridges. There are also several smaller pools for relaxation. This hotel is just as popular with business travelers as it is with leisure travelers, as the rooms feature desks and ergonomic chairs, and there is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel.
13. The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
The other half of the Grande Lakes Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Orlando is a towering, Italian-inspired hotel. Palm trees line the entrance to the marble lobby, where guests are greeted with a glass of bubbly. The modern and spacious rooms feature private balconies and luxurious bedding. A highlight of a stay in this hotel is the spa, which features 40 treatment rooms offering a variety of therapies. Therefore, it is the ideal hotel for people who are visiting Orlando for a relaxing vacation rather than to spend their days at the various theme parks and attractions in the area. The hotel also has a large outdoor pool and a café.
12. Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection
Located in Downtown Orlando, the Grand Bohemian Hotel blends into its surroundings but holds a surprise when you step inside. The lobby is filled with art and features gold-trimmed columns and sculptures. There is also an on-site art gallery, so it is the ideal choice for art lovers. The hotel is home to The Boheme Restaurant, which serves up dishes that feature ingredients such as snow crab legs and oysters. The Sunday brunch is outstanding, and it is one of the best spots in Downtown Orlando to enjoy champagne and mimosas. The hotel is surrounded by shops and restaurants, so it is a great option for those who enjoy dining out and a spot of retail therapy.
11. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
For those looking for a rustic and unique vacation experience, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge has plenty to offer. This resort was designed to look like the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park. This includes humungous log cabins, carved totem poles, and even a bubbling hot spring in the grounds. Although this resort feels isolated, it is only a short boat ride away from Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The hotel’s Whispering Canyon Café serves up homely dishes, such as pulled pork and smoked brisket.
10. Disney’s Beach Club Resort
Designed in the image of a New England Beach Club, this large and modern resort is ideally located for accessing the Epcot Center and other theme parks. The hotel is illuminated when the sun goes down, which makes it a rather impressive sight as you approach. There are both casual and fine dining options at this resort, so you can choose the type of ambiance in which you prefer to dine. The sprawling resort has stunning rooms and plenty of amenities to keep you entertained.
9. Villas of Grand Cypress
Ideal for golf enthusiasts, Villas of Grand Cypress is one of the best golf resorts in Florida. There is a 27-hole golf course and an 18-hole golf course, both of which were designed by Jack Nicklaus. The smaller of the golf courses plays homage to the Old Couse at St. Andrew’s in Scotland. There is a residential feel at this hotel, with most people opting to stay in the spacious lodges. The hotel is surrounded by trails, and you can use the complimentary bikes to explore the area.
8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
For animal lovers who like themed accommodation, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the ideal choice. It is set within Disney’s Animal Kingdom, so approximately 200 animals are living on the site, and these are visible from the guest rooms. It is one of the cheaper Disney resort accommodations, and it offers a unique experience.
7. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando
Despite this hotel being located at the heart of Universal Studios, it has a peaceful vibe inspired by the Italian Riviera that makes you feel as though you could be anywhere in the world. Loews Portofino Bay Hotel features several dining options, most of which feature Italian cuisine. Therefore, it is best suited to people who love the Mediterranean look and food.
6. The Alfond Inn
The Mediterranean-style architecture of this hotel is a visual delight, and typical of the style of grand properties around Florida. The lobby features a collection of contemporary art, and the modern and spacious rooms are decorated in vivid peacock colors. The central Florida location of this hotel is convenient for accessing the major tourist attractions.
5. Waldorf Astoria Orlando
Those who have visited Waldorf Astoria in New York will know the elegance and luxury that these hotels offer. The Waldorf Astoria Orlando certainly reflects the elegance of its better-known sister hotel in New York. The spacious rooms all come with an en-suite bathroom and feature marble floors and dark wood furniture. One of the highlights of the hotel is the 18-hole golf course that was designed by Rees Jones.
4. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
If you want something a little different from the typical hotel offerings, then Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is possibly the best option for you. The Polynesian theme of this resort features tiki torches, hidden lagoons, and lush tropical plants. Opened in 1971, it was one of Disney World’s first resorts. This resort has some excellent dining options, and guests can stay in either the hotel or in one of the waterside Polynesian lodges.
3. Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa & Resort
A hotel that knows how to make an impression, the guests’ first experience of what is one offer from this hotel is when they step into the Victorian-inspired lobby to see a jazz orchestra playing on a balcony. This is Disney World’s flagship resort, so it is also the most opulent and expensive offering. It is in a stunning waterfront location with beautiful views, and the spa facilities will allow you to combine the excitement and fun of a vacation in Orlando with relaxation.
2. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando
The tone of this hotel is set as soon as you enter the bright and spacious lobby as it features a chandelier with a playful design and a huge window that overlooks the resort. One of the best features of this hotel is the pool area, which features a large waterslide, a sand beach, a fire pit, and rentable Cabanas. One of the newest hotels in the Universal Orlando Resort, this hotel has a Caribbean-theme. It has multiple dining and drinking options and is one of the mid-price offerings at the resort.
1. Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney Resort
Conde Nast Traveler ranks Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney Resort. This 17-story hotel is hidden behind the upscale Golden Oak neighborhood, and guests enter through the dramatic gate. The interior is opulent with a stunning chandelier featuring more than 30,000 crystals hanging in the lobby. The spacious suites have comfortable beds and a range of amenities. One of the perks of staying at this luxurious hotel is that the staff can organize all your park tickets for the various Disney parks, and can also make dining reservations on your behalf.