With accommodations this cool, you may never want to leave. Treat yourself to a stay at Orlando’s over-the-top, amenity-packed hotels and resorts, like the AAA Five Diamond Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (pictured).
Orlando’s resorts and hotels are often attractions in their own right, boasting onsite water parks, championship golf courses, award-winning spas and more. Complementing incredible onsite properties at Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, here are some of the coolest Orlando accommodations beyond the theme parks where you can vacation like a VIP.
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AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown
Combining the soul of historic Orlando with timeless sophistication, AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Downtown offers a true high-rise experience in the heart of the city. Towering over Garland Avenue steps away from the Amway Center, the 180-room, 8-story property features modern guestrooms with a sleek, European-inspired design.
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The hotel's centerpiece is the SkyBar Rooftop Terrace, where 360-degree city views go hand in hand with creative mixology. You will also have access to Foxtail Coffee Cafe (a local favorite), Bumby Arcade Food Hall and the Grand Central Station-style Church Street SunRail Station.
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The Alfond Inn
Known for acclaimed dining, shopping and culture, as well as gorgeous nature and architecture, Winter Park is one of Central Florida’s most-visited communities. You could spend days exploring everything the city has to offer — and there’s no better base of operations for it than The Alfond Inn, a pet-friendly boutique hotel that is owned by and benefits student scholarships at the nearby Rollins College.
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This property’s collegiate partnership extends to the onsite, fresh-focused Hamilton’s Kitchen, as well as The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art. Featuring pieces procured by the Rollins Museum of Art, the collection is displayed in public places throughout the property. What’s more, a Rollins staff member leads a guided happy hour tour of the collection on the first Wednesday of each month, and the experience is free and open to the public.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
Downtown Orlando features dining, nightlife and entertainment, a wide range of professional sports, and performing and visual arts, and the AAA Four Diamond Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando is at the heart of it all. The property, which is a sister to Bohemian Hotel Celebration near Walt Disney World, offers a blend of music and art, with a collection of more than 150 rare works providing the latter.
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You can also get pampered in the Poseidon Spa, or enjoy culinary artistry at The Boheme restaurant and handcrafted cocktails at the Bösendorfer Lounge. And be sure to seek out the rooftop pool, which provides dazzling views of downtown.
Lake Nona Wave Hotel
Minutes from Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona Wave Hotel is the premier place to stay in its forward-thinking namesake community. It offers a luxury lifestyle experience powered by innovative technology yet grounded in the wellbeing of its guests — including access to the Lake Nona Performance Club, the Chopra Mind-Body Zone and Spa, and the Lake Nona Sculpture Garden.
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The property’s next-gen amenities include View Smart Windows that use predictive intelligence to respond to outdoor conditions, voice-automated in-room controls, TOTO smart toilets, Healthe Inc. Cleanse Solutions to keep surfaces sanitized, and keyless entry. You can also indulge in the hotel’s innovative food and beverage program led by a talented team of culinary masters. In short, Lake Nona Wave Hotel is the perfect base of operations for adventures not just in Lake Nona, but throughout Orlando.
Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection
To feel like royalty, nothing beats sleeping in a castle — which you can do at this gorgeous hotel on International Drive. Throughout the premises, Castle Hotel features enchanting modern architecture and decor, and the pet-friendly guestrooms are gracefully appointed with pillow-top bedding, marble bathrooms and free Wi-Fi.
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You can also work up a sweat in their state-of-the-art fitness center, then splash into the heated pool before grabbing dinner and drinks at the onsite restaurant and lounge. And it’s all within walking distance of the ICON Park® and Pointe Orlando dining and entertainment hubs.
Hyatt Regency Orlando
It’s all about relaxation and play at this AAA Four Diamond property on International Drive. Fun in the sun at Hyatt Regency Orlando includes the zero-entry Grotto Pool, featuring a water slide, waterfalls and a sandy play area, plus the Olympic-size Terrace Pool with hot tub, and the children’s pool with splashpad.
You can also get rejuvenated at The Spa, The Salon or fitness center, or just lay out in your own private cabana. When it’s time to eat, you’ll have several dining hotspots to choose from, including Fiorenzo and Rocks lounge.
JW Marriott Orlando and The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Close to SeaWorld, these luxury sister resorts are situated on 500 acres at the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes and AAA Five Diamond The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes offer a wealth of outdoor adventures, such as eco-tours, fishing, access to bird habitats, and recreational activities for kids and teens. Plus, explore tranquil lagoons, a quarter-mile lazy river and three exhilarating waterslides at the new Grande Lakes water park.
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They also have plenty to satisfy gourmets. If you’re a duffer (or traveling with one), don’t skip the Greg Norman-signature golf course, and when you’re ready to relax, hit The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which includes a fitness center and 4,000-square-foot pool.
Rosen Shingle Creek
Pets are always welcome at the 255-acre Rosen Shingle Creek, which has two AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurants: A Land Remembered steakhouse and Cala Bella, an upscale Italian bistro. Many other dining and nightlife choices await at this luxury resort near SeaWorld, as do several first-class amenities.
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For instance, you can tee off on the Arnold Palmer Design Company’s Shingle Creek Golf Course or take a dip in one of four seasonally heated pools. Then, head to The Spa at Shingle Creek, an onsite oasis with a full range of relaxing services.
Caribe Royale Orlando
Escape to the Caribbean at Caribe Royale Orlando, a AAA Four Diamond property located minutes from Walt Disney World. Relax in modern suites and breezy two-bedroom villas, then soak up the sun with private cabanas, sparkling waterfalls and a 75-foot waterslide at the resort pool. A complimentary shuttle bus offers convenient access to additional amenities across the 53-acre resort, including seven dining options, an indulgent Island Spa, a two-story fitness center, fishing, tennis, a splash pad and more outdoor fun.
Caribe Royale is an official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel, offering free theme park transportation (reservation required) and convenient in-house ticketing and vacation planning services for an unforgettable theme park vacation.
The highly anticipated Conrad Orlando, scheduled to open in February 2024, will offer a luxury vacation experience surrounded by timeless beauty. Buffered by a nature preserve and anchored by Evermore Bay, a breathtaking 8-acre lagoon with white sandy beaches, the hotel will offer luxurious amenities along with full access to services at Evermore Orlando Resort and transportation to nearby Walt Disney World.
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Amenities will include two Jack Nicklaus signature-designed golf courses, an aquatic adventure area, and five distinct restaurants and lounges. Kayaking, watersports, a rope swing and paddleboard yoga are just a few of the fun ways you can stay active — you can even go swimming with mermaids in Evermore Bay. Other options will include cabana rentals, massage and spa services at the Conrad Spa, a Kids Club, and more. Whether you’re seeking serenity or adventure, you’re bound to find it at Conrad Orlando.
Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando
One of the newest additions to the Disney Springs® area, Drury Plaza Hotel Orlando offers several value-packed amenities along with Walt Disney World theme park benefits for a truly magical getaway. Enjoy a full American breakfast, free soda and popcorn throughout the afternoon, and a daily evening buffet of hot foods and cold drinks, including three alcoholic drinks per adult — all at no extra charge.
Two-room suites, a relaxing saltwater pool and splash pad, onsite dining options, and convenient pedestrian access to Disney Springs make this a great option for families and large groups on a budget. Plus, enjoy free shuttle service to and early entry at all four Walt Disney World theme parks (park ticket and reservation required), and no resort fees.
ette Hotel Orlando
Transcend the norm at ette Hotel Orlando, an intimate wellness hotel nestled minutes from Walt Disney World Resort. Every detail is carefully curated for your enjoyment, from Le Labo toiletries and Frette linens to full wellness suites with state-of-the-art workout equipment and in-room spa treatments.
Distinctive amenities include a lush botanical pool, two elevated dining concepts by acclaimed Chef Akira Back, the world’s first open-concept Laundry Museum, and a white glove rare book library, which you can peruse at leisure. The ette spa and adjacent boutique have everything you need to indulge here and at home, from rejuvenating wellness treatments to signature candles, accessories and home decor. At the end of the day, head up to LIPA Rooftop for pan-Asian cuisine and botanical mocktails with electrifying fireworks views.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
An Official Disney Partner Hotel, Four Seasons Resort Orlando — the first Orlando hotel to earn the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award — provides exclusive Walt Disney World benefits designed to put some extra magic in your day. The 26-acre resort also offers many other reasons to stay, including a gorgeous spa, the Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Course, tennis courts, five acclaimed restaurants including MICHELIN-starred Capa Steakhouse & Bar, a complimentary day camp for kids ages 4 – 12, and more.
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It also boasts a 5-acre water park complete with a lazy river, water slides, a kids’ splash zone and family pool, and Oasis, a secluded, adults-only pool that’s equipped with an underwater sound system.
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
Minutes from Walt Disney World, The Grove Resort features amenity-laden bedroom suites, but what really sets it apart are opportunities for adventure, particularly the onsite Surfari Water Park. Featuring a FlowRider® Double Surf Simulator, the park also boasts dual water slides, a 695-foot lazy river and two pools, including one just for kids.
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In addition to the water park, The Grove has three additional swimming pools, a family fun center with glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, and natural adventures at Lake Austin Pier. They also have a fitness center and the soothing Escape Spa, plus multiple dining venues and bars.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
The 1,500-acre Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress boasts an 80,000-gallon lagoon pool with 12 waterfalls, a waterslide and lush tropical landscaping, all minutes from Walt Disney World. Other pool features include a rope bridge, children’s rock-climbing stations, walking paths, wrap-around sundecks and more.
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is also home to 36 holes of Jack Nicklaus designed golf, a private white sand beach, watersports and biking, full-service spa and a myriad of dining options, including LakeHouse and the MICHELIN Guide Recommended Four Flamingos: A Richard Blais Florida Kitchen. What’s more, complimentary shuttle service is available to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Disney Springs.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa
Minutes from Walt Disney World, JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa is a stylish property offering 516 guestrooms that include 80 lavish suites. Paired with guest experiences that reflect an appreciation of craftsmanship and detail, as well as world-class service and design, it elevates overnight accommodations to true artistry.
JW Marriott Bonnet Creek also has so much to do, you might never want to leave the luxe grounds. Amenities include a resort pool with splash pad, a rooftop terrace boasting nightly views of theme park fireworks (when available), specialty hotel restaurants like the MICHELIN Guide Recommended Sear + Sea, and of course, a Spa by JW®.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Despite the Jimmy Buffet-inspired name, there’s no “wasting away” at AAA Four Diamond Hotel Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which makes you feel like you’re staying in Key West while exploring Orlando. This laid-back getaway spot also has an onsite restaurant and lounge — yes, margaritas are available — three relaxing pools, live performances and events, and a spa.
Discover even more shopping, dining and entertainment a few steps from the resort at Promenade at Sunset Walk, then make a splash at Island H2O Live! water park, where it’s all about the water. It’s more than a hotel; it’s like living in your own beachside paradise, just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Orlando World Center Marriott
A 400,000-gallon lagoon pool and 575-foot lazy river are just the start of the aquatic adventures at Orlando World Center Marriott, which is close to Walt Disney World. You’ll be able to splash around in multiple pools, including a kids’ zero-entry option and splash pad, plus seven waterslides, including a 90-foot speed water slide and three brand-new tube slides, part of the resort’s River Falls Waterpark. Stick around after dark to watch the nightly poolside laser show.
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You can also get your game on at the onsite golf course, two sand volleyball courts, four lighted tennis courts or even the digital arcade, or unwind at the spa. Dining and nightlife is robust, too, including Siro Urban Italian Kitchen and curated dining events throughout the year.
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria® Orlando
Whether you choose to stay at AAA Four Diamond Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek or Waldorf Astoria® Orlando, you’ll have access to all facilities and amenities at both resorts. Once you step onto the 482-acre nature preserve that surrounds them, you might find it hard to believe that they’re in the middle of Walt Disney World — but they are. As are the Hilton’s 3-acre lazy river pool with water slide, Waldorf Astoria’s award-winning Bull & Bear® steakhouse, and everything else that makes these two of Orlando’s coolest hotels.
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You can also look forward to Waldorf Astoria’s Rees Jones-designed golf course at Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club, the Waldorf Astoria Spa, and acclaimed dining and nightlife. Plus, if you’re traveling with children, take advantage of WA Kids Club, which provides activities for guests ages 5 – 12.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort is an Official Disney Partner Hotel that provides exclusive Walt Disney World theme park benefits. The award-winning resort features incredible landscaping, relaxing waterways, and classic art and architecture, along with a full suite of amenities to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.
Features include 18 restaurants and lounges, including celebrity chef Todd English's bluezoo and the new Rosa Mexicano, as well as Mandara Spa (one of just two in the Orlando area), five pools, a white-sand beach, two health clubs, jogging trails, watercraft rentals, a game room and a supervised children's activity center. Find even more dining and relaxation opportunities next door at the Walt Disney World Swan Reserve, a boutique offering with shared resort amenities.
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