The adventures never end when you book a room at some of the best places to stay in Orlando, including The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (pictured).
Updated May 4, 2021
If you want VIP accommodations on your next vacation, come to Orlando! We’re packed with hotels and resorts that blend staying with playing, starting with awe-inspiring onsite properties at Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, as well as SeaWorld® Orlando’s official hotel partners.
No matter what part of town you’re visiting, though, you’ll find unforgettable places to stay in Orlando — and you can do so with confidence thanks to enhanced health and safety measures designed to protect you. See what’s waiting for you at some of our most incredible hotels and resorts beyond the theme parks, including onsite water parks, championship golf courses, art collections and other out-of-this-world amenities!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
Incredible Hotels in Orlando’s Tourism District
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 Bavarian architecture and décor, plus original artwork, 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.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
Although not an official Walt Disney World resort, Four Seasons Resort Orlando — the first and only Orlando hotel to earn the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award — offers guests many of the same benefits, including early access to FastPass+ planning, additional time at Disney's theme parks via Extra Magic Hours, and more. The 26-acre resort also offers many other reasons to stay, including a gorgeous spa, the Tom Fazio-designed Tranquilo Golf Course, tennis courts, six acclaimed restaurants 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. Check in and see why it's listed as one of TripAdvisor's Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the U.S.!
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.
Learn more: Orlando Water Parks
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.
Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria® Orlando
Whether you choose to stay at 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’s hustle and bustle — but they are. As is the Hilton’s 3-acre lazy river pool with water slide, along with everything else that makes these two of Orlando’s coolest hotels.
You can also look forward to Waldorf Astoria’s Rees Jones-designed golf course and the Waldorf Astoria Spa, as well as 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.
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 Urban Tide and Fiorenzo.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando
Despite the Jimmy Buffet-inspired name, there’s no “wasting away” at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which makes you feel like you’re staying in Key West while exploring Orlando. Margaritaville’s brand-new hotel also has an onsite restaurant and lounge — yes, margaritas are available — and a lot more is on the way.
In May, Margaritaville’s 14-acre H2O Live! water park is set to debut, followed by a massive retail center and timeshare units. It’s the best place to enjoy a cheeseburger in paradise, just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
Orlando World Center Marriott
A 600,000-gallon lagoon pool is just the start of the aquatic adventures at Orlando World Center Marriott, which is close to Disney. You’ll be able to splash around in five other pools, including a kids’ zero-entry option, plus a 90-foot speed water slide and a tower with winding, 200-foot dual slides. (Don’t miss the nightly poolside laser show!)
Learn more: Orlando’s Coolest Pools
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. Dining and nightlife is robust, too, including Siro Urban Italian Kitchen.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes
Close to SeaWorld, this luxury resort is situated on 500 acres at the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes offers a wealth of outdoor adventures, such as eco-tours, fishing, access to bird habitats, and recreational activities for kids and teens.
Learn more: Orlando Ecotourism
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.
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.
Learn more: Orlando Spas
For instance, you can tee off on the Arnold Palmer Design Company 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.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Like Four Seasons Resort Orlando, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort isn't an official Disney property, but it does provide Disney theme park benefits such as advanced FastPass+ planning and early park entry. 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, 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.
Incredible Hotels in Downtown Orlando & Winter Park
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 boutique hotel that is operated by and benefits student scholarships at the nearby Rollins College.
Learn more: Winter Park
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 Rollins’ Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the collection is displayed in public places throughout the property. What’s more, a Cornell staff member leads a free, guided tour of the collection every Sunday at 1 p.m., and the experience is 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 in the heart of it all. The property, which is a sister to Bohemian Hotel Celebration near Disney, offers a blend of music and art, with a collection of more than 150 rare works providing the latter.
Learn more: Downtown Orlando
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.
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