Hotels in Florida

From your balcony at this African-themed Orlando lodge, you just might spot a giraffe, bongo, or wildebeest roaming the surrounding savannah. Dinner stars Kenyan-coffee-braised short ribs and Swahili shrimp curry. At dusk, don night-vision goggles and tour the grounds by open-air truck.

One of the most photographed Key West homes for its accurately restored Colonial Queen Anne architecture, this Old Town hotel is known for its historic columns and gingerbread elements. This six-room guesthouse has been in operation for more than 30 years and now sports purple shutters and rockin

Ivey House hotel has a modern, eco-lodge vibe with a membership to the Society for Ethical Ecotourism. Opt for one of the en suite rooms in the main building of this storied Everglades mainstay owned by the Harraden family, which also masterminds trips into the park during season (Nov.–Apr.).

The Thai-accented property features 16 suite-size rooms kitted out in dark wooden Asian furniture, pool, and patio for lounging—there’s even a “spirit house” to amp up the resort’s good vibes

With its lush gardens, oceanfront pool, and full-service Aveda spa, The Palms Hotel & Spa Miami enjoys esteemed status on chic South Beach.

This crescent-shaped landmark hotel has a longstanding reputation for grandeur. Recently, more than $200 million was poured into an elaborate renovation, including the construction of a new entry and 36-story tower, with ocean views.

Six low-rise buildings, tucked into bougainvillea gardens between the harborfront and the historic Old Town, house 142 guest rooms and suites.

This oceanfront condominium complex rises 18 stories above Collins Avenue and houses units that range in size from 565 square feet to 1,480 square feet. The palatial architecture has a distinct Miami look, with its white facade and blue balconies.

Known for its affable British owners, the motel has kitchenette-equipped rooms right on the ocean, plus a heated outdoor pool and even a BBQ area.

One-third down the Florida Keys is Islamorada, known as the sport-fishing capital of the world and home to the Chesapeake, a 65-room property that has grown from an old-school seaside motel into a resort that caters to anglers and families.

Situated on 1,500 acres of palm trees, flowers, and golf courses are the Villas of Grand Cypress on North Jacaranda, just down the road from Walt Disney World.

With an art deco exterior, the Albion hotel sits on James Avenue on Lincoln Road Mall, right in the middle of South Beach's hotspots. Having undergone a total renovation in 2005, the interior boasts modern touches like clean lined white sofas accented with orange and green pillows.

Try the juicy burgers at Caliente Resort’s poolside restaurant.

Located on Key Biscayne, Crandon Park is often lauded as one of the best beaches in the nation. The two-mile stretch of shoreline is known for its clean sand and calm waters, the result of a sand bar that protects swimmers from strong waves.