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Kid Friendly Hotels in Orlando
If you travel with kids, chances are, you’ll be planning a trip to Orlando, Florida at some point. Orlando offers so many things for families, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, and Universal Studios. Regardless of your budget, there are so many great options for kid friendly hotels in Orlando, Florida. Here are some of our favorites. We’ve only included hotels that we’ve actually stayed in here, so there are many other hotels in Orlando that would be appropriate for your vacation.
Hyatt Orlando International Airport
I’d always wanted to stay in a hotel in an airport, and have enjoyed several stays at the Hyatt Orlando International Airport. This hotel, which is located right in the airport terminal, is perfect for a pre- or post-cruise stay. It’s so convenient, and offers an outdoor pool and several restaurants. You’ll also have access to the restaurants in the pre-security area of the airport. Despite the location in the airport, the rooms are actually very comfortable and quiet. I always enjoy my stays there.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Orlando Airport
If you’d like to stay by the airport but don’t want to stay IN the airport, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Orlando Airport is a great option. This hotel offers the great DoubleTree benefits (like complimentary chocolate chip cookies!), in a convenient location at a great price. It’s located about 10 minutes from Orlando International Airport and 20 minutes from the Orlando theme parks. The hotel also offers an outdoor pool and has a 24-hour complimentary airport shuttle.
Disney Swan and Dolphin Resorts
Located on Disney property, but not owned by Disney, these sister resorts have many of the same benefits that on-property Disney resorts off. These resorts can often have better prices than similar rated Disney properties, although the do have more of a business-hotel feel. You’ll have complimentary access to transportation to all of the Disney theme parks, but won’t be able to take Disney’s Magical Express from the airport. From this resort, you can walk to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, and the Boardwalk. Read reviews and book here.
Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club
If you are looking for an on-property Disney resort that’s conveniently located, you may want to look at Disney’s Beach and Yacht Club. These sister resorts are located near Epcot’s World Showcase entrance, and are a quick walk or boat ride away from Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Boardwalk. There’s also a three-acre pool area called Stormalong Bay, which offers a water slide, lazy river, and sandy bottom pool. It’s definitely one of the best hotel pools in Orlando. These two resorts are considered deluxe Disney resorts and are among some of the most expensive resorts on property. Read reviews and book here.
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
This recently renovated resort is one of the best on Disney property for young families. It’s located on the monorail loop, so you can take a monorail to the Magic Kingdom right from the resort. The Ticket and Transportation Center, which offers a monorail to Epcot and bus service to the Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Polynesian has multiple pools, several delicious restaurants, and so much more. It’s a big resort, so definitely call to make a request if you have a specific building in mind. Read reviews and book here.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
In my opinion, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most kid friendly hotels in Orlando. If you stay here, I’d definitely recommend getting a savannah-view room, which is a bit more expensive. However, you’ll be able to see animals right from your hotel room’s balcony. We first stayed there when my kids were little, and they absolutely loved all of the animals. It’s definitely one of my favorite hotels. Read reviews and book here.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
This beautiful property is perfect for a luxury Orlando vacation. The JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes and the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes are sister resorts that share amenities, which include a Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, a Ritz-Carlton spa, a Lazy River, and many fabulous restaurants. The property sits at the foot of the headwaters of the Florida Everglades, and guests can book a kayaking eco-tour through these tranquil and beautiful waters. My favorite amenity is the lazy river – it’s both peaceful and fun. Read reviews and book a stay here.
I’m a big fan of the Gaylord resort chain, and have stayed at all four of their current properties. The Gaylord Palms is a beautiful oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the Orlando theme parks. It’s got a small family water park, a space, several restaurants, and an arcade, in a family-friendly, relaxing environment. Like the other Gaylord properties, everything is located in a gorgeous atrium, filled with plants. Read reviews and book a stay here.
Marriott World Center Orlando
This resort is the largest Marriott-branded hotel in the world, and one of the businest hotels that I’ve ever stayed in. However, it doesn’t seem too overwhelming or crowded. There’s a gorgeous pool area that you could spend a whole day at. In addition, there are 10 different on-site restaurants, a food court, an arcade, a spa, and much, much more. It feels like a small city, and is a fun place to stay. Read reviews and book a stay here.
Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
If your travel plans include Discovery Cove and/or SeaWorld, this resort is extremely convenient. SeaWorld is located right across the street, so you don’t need to drive or take a shuttle. The resort is very comfortable, and offers nice sized rooms (some with views of SeaWorld). There is also a pool area/water park for kids, an arcade, several restaurants, and a spa. Read reviews and book your stay here.
We stayed at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek resort over Thanksgiving, and absolutely loved our stay. I opted to upgrade to a Walt Disney World fireworks view room, so we were able to see the fireworks right from our room. The resort is convenient for a Disney stay. Although it isn’t a Disney property, it’s located within the gates of Walt Disney World. Amenities include a shuttle right to the Walt Disney World theme parks, as well as a beautiful pool area with a lazy river. The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek is located adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
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