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Orlando’s Diverse Accommodations Bring Larger-than-Life Experiences to Guests

ORLANDO, Fla. – Travel dreams come true for visitors every day in Orlando, and all that excitement can be exhausting. Fortunately, with more than 450 unique properties to choose from, there’s no better place to rest up for the next day’s adventures than a welcoming Orlando hotel. Orlando’s accommodations include properties with a variety of unique amenities; families can relax on lazy rivers, spot free-roaming giraffes, play at onsite water parks and request superhero wakeup calls, while adults might take a swing at championship golf courses, jive with underwater sound systems, pamper themselves at luxurious spas and award-winning restaurants, even share a romantic moment under fireworks – and naturally, rest in some incredibly cozy rooms and suites.

Visitors are truly spoiled for choice with varied experiences in quality accommodations spanning luxury, themed properties and some of the most kid-pleasing rooms in the world at every price point. With more than 118,000 hotel rooms in metropolitan Orlando, more than 20,000 vacation home rentals and 22,000 vacation ownership properties, there’s sure to be something to please every visitor in 2015.


Orlando’s themed hotels are famous for transporting guests to a whole new world, with convenient and modern amenities, of course. Two of Universal Orlando Resort’s themed hotels include the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, a seaside retreat recreating the charm and romance of Portofino, Italy, and the Loews Royal Pacific Resort, an escape to the tropical beauty and grandeur of the South Seas in the 1940s. In addition to highly themed recreation areas, restaurants and amenities, each resort offers unique kids’ suites – Jurassic Park-themed at the Royal Pacific and Despicable Me at the Portofino Bay – that are sure to delight the little ones.

It’s no easy feat planning an African safari or road trip out West, but it can be done in the heart of Orlando with minimal effort and maximum fun. Animal lovers will find hundreds of exotic creatures roaming 46 acres at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, and for the rustic feel of the Great American Northwest, visitors choose Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, modeled after turn-of-the-century National Park lodges.

Visitors nostalgic for family vacations of decades past will love Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the newest property at Universal Orlando Resort with a fun and funky retro vibe. Out of 1,800 new rooms, 900 are family suites, which sleep six and include kitchenettes. Themed pools, a lazy river, a snazzy bowling alley and a throwback Jack LaLanne fitness center complete this moderate and value property’s offerings. Just down the road, Disney’s All-Star Resorts and Pop Century Resort are four value-priced resorts with a total of 8,000 rooms. Each property is infused with music, movies, sports or pop culture icons of the 20th century.


Orlando’s bustling downtown is home to several gorgeous boutique properties. Just steps away from City Hall, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Amway Center, Aloft Orlando Downtown is one of Orlando’s hippest and most convenient new hotels. The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando, Autograph Collection is an Orlando landmark housing 150 rare works of art, 247 guest rooms and a boutique spa, along with the award-winning Boheme restaurant, making the hotel ideal for art and culture aficionados. Nearby, The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is a historic, elegant bed and breakfast consisting of four distinctive buildings decorated in Victorian, antebellum and art deco styles. Set on Lake Eola Park, Eõ Inn & Spa is one of Orlando’s premier boutique hotels and day spa. Eõ evokes the old world charm of its 1923 roots while offering high-tech conveniences and modern amenities.

In the heart of charming Winter Park at Rollins College is The Alfond Inn, a 112-room boutique that welcomes guests with upscale dining, a pool and fitness center. Also in Winter Park is the vintage, 28-room Park Plaza Hotel, built in 1922 on trendy Park Avenue. Both properties are ideally situated for those taking advantage of Winter Park’s elegant shopping and dining district.

Near the Walt Disney World Resort in the town of Celebration, guests find the Bohemian Hotel Celebration Autograph Collection, a blend of old Florida elegance and modern convenience.


Orlando is home to several magnificent luxury hotels, including the brand new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, a 443-room property featuring a rooftop restaurant with stellar views of the Magic Kingdom. There’s a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, a 14,000-square-foot (1300.6-square-meter) spa, fitness center, three pools and lazy river, sports facility and recreation center for children, teens and families. The property was recently awarded the AAA Five-Diamond rating. Also at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is the world renowned “jewel in the crown" of Disney's vacation kingdom. The Grand Floridian offers 867 rooms reminiscent of the Victorian era and a decadent, full-service spa.

The opulent Waldorf Astoria Orlando is the first property under the banner to be built outside of New York City. Featuring a world-class spa, 18-hole golf course and several fine-dining options, including the signature restaurant, Bull & Bear, the property was voted the #4 resort in Florida by readers of Conde Nast Traveler.

Golfers and spa-lovers alike will appreciate the The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, which features both a world-class spa and championship course. In 2011, the property unveiled the largest Ritz-Carlton suite in the U.S., with 4,293 square feet (398.7 square meters) of luxurious amenities. Also in Grande Lakes is the elegant JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, which offers impeccable service and executive, grande and presidential suites. Resort guests have access to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and Spa, lazy river and a variety of dining options.

At Rosen Shingle Creek, the grand 1,500-room Spanish Revival-style property on 230 acres (93 hectares) boasts the onsite Shingle Creek Golf Club, a day spa and 15 options for fine dining, including the AAA Four-Diamond Steakhouse, A Land Remembered. Discover a secluded luxury hotel set in the heart of Orlando theme park country near Lake Buena Vista.

Nearby, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress features four championship Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses and an 800,000 gallon lagoon-style pool all on lushly landscaped 1,500 acre property. The brand new Marilyn Monroe Spa welcomes guests to a decidedly glamorous spa experience that’s vibrant, playful and relaxing - all at once. The Villas of Grand Cypress Golf Resort offers a luxury retreat with 45 holes, the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf and plenty of activities for non-golfers, too.

It’s no surprise that Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge prides itself on offering an unforgettable experience for golfers. The 70-room property features 27-holes, the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, tennis courts and the luxurious Spa at Bay Hill.


At Nickelodeon Suites Resort, two massive pool and water-park complexes, Nick-themed kid suites, a 4-D theater experience and live nightly entertainment, ensure children (and their parents) have the time of their lives. The colorful, high-energy resort offers transportation to the theme parks for added convenience.

Near International Drive, CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort Orlando is a tropical paradise with a whimsical 54,000-square-foot (5020-square-meter) water park featuring thrilling slides, play areas and relaxing pools. Water park admission is included with each night’s stay.

Featuring family suites inspired by Finding Nemo, Cars and The Lion King and traditional guest rooms inspired by The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort is filled with imaginative amenities, including three sparkling swimming pools and four playful courtyards – one for each film.


Featuring an upscale ocean-themed setting, the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld offers access to the nèu lotus spa, delectable dining and the R Aqua Zone water playground, as well as convenient location next to SeaWorld Orlando.

For music enthusiasts attending concerts at The Hard Rock Live Orlando, the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort is the perfect place to pre-and-post-party (and sleep!) after the show. Patterned after a rock star’s mansion, the resort features a guitar-shaped pool that plays rock classics underwater. No headphones needed.

At the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, Mediterranean-inspired comfort meets charming sophistication at this 400-room and suite resort. Located just minutes from Orlando’s top theme parks and attractions, the resort is surrounded by hundreds of acres of peaceful woodlands, creating a surprisingly quiet and relaxing lakeside escape in the heart of all the action. Also in the vicinity is the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria. The property features 1,001 guest rooms, three restaurants and a state-of-the-art business center.

For easy access to the Orange County Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Orlando is now connected via covered skybridge. The property is also within walking distance of Pointe Orlando and about a five-minute drive from SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort. The Hilton Orlando is another great choice for conventioneers, with two pools, a lazy river, steak and chop house, spa and a nine-hole putting course.

For epic views of the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks spectacle, Disney’s Contemporary Resort is a perfect fit. Only one monorail stop from the Magic Kingdom, the hotel offers award-winning dining, white-sand beaches and dazzling pools. A relatively new addition to the Orlando hotel community, B Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort opened in 2013 and is just steps from Downtown Disney. The resort showcases creative culinary options, a resort-style pool with exciting water elements and select child-friendly guest rooms with bunk beds and gaming consoles.


As one of the world’s most visited destinations, Orlando’s accommodation offerings are ever-developing, improving and renewing. Several brand new properties are under construction including Element Orlando North, a Starwood Hotels & Resorts brand located across from Orlando Executive Airport and just three miles from downtown. The new 151-room property is being constructed green from the ground up, with stylish, sustainable rooms, a 24-hour fitness center, outdoor swimming pool and a 977-square-foot (90.7-square-meter) meeting room with state-of-the-art technology. Opening is expected in July 2015.

Universal Orlando Resort is adding a 5th onsite property set to open Summer 2016, the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. The casual Caribbean theme will have 1,000 rooms and suites, a lagoon and a towering waterfall.

Families are sure to love the new LEGOLAND Florida Resort Hotel, scheduled to open May 15, 2015. The four-story hotel will feature 152 brightly colored and highly themed rooms and suites, LEGO décor, interactive play areas, a pool and a restaurant.

Walt Disney World is renovating two popular properties, The Polynesian Resort and The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel. The Polynesian Resort will transform into the Polynesian Village Resort, with new amenities including a pool, spa, lobby, child activity center and a Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, based off the Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland. The renovations are expected to be complete by the end of 2015. The Swan and Dolphin Hotel is getting a $125 million, multi-phased, multi-story upgrade. All of the renovations are expected to be completed by 2016.


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