Orlando

Hotels in Orlando

Part of the family of Disney Value Resorts at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Pop Century Resort is inspired by all things pop culture from the 1950’s through the 1990’s.

Commanding an enviable position on the Seven Seas Lagoon, and a short boat ride from the Magic Kingdom’s front gates, the South Seas–inflected Polynesian is a circa-1971 Disney original.

Formerly the Celebration Hotel.

The hotel has the advantages of a Disney property (i.e., early entry to a different park each day) but more flexible pricing.

A re-creation of the exclusive Italian fishing village, right down to the jut of its ferry dock and the rusty hue of the buildings, Portofino Bay has some of Orlando’s largest rooms (at least 450 square feet apiece), with terrifically soft beds.

If only all family-geared Orlando hotels were so fully conceived.

Besides the proximity to Orlando-area theme parks such as Walt Disney World Resort (there's a free shuttle from the resort), the main draw at Mystic Dunes is the 18-hole, par-71 golf course. Designed by Gary Koch, the links offer wetlands and cypress forests in the back nine.

With the lagoon-style pool, complete with beaches, palm trees, and an abandoned prop plane, the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando brings the South Pacific to life. Yet steps from the resort is easy access to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Universal Citywalk.

A towering lobby filled with totem poles, a replica geyser, and a waterfall-fed rock pool—this Orlando fantasy channels America's national parks to uncanny effect. Take a ride on a pony or in a horse-drawn carriage.

The closest to the action of the three on-site Universal hotels, the Spanish Mission–style Hard Rock, managed by Loews, is a 10-minute walk from Universal Studios and from the CityWalk nightlife zone.

The hotel has a lush atrium and rooms, two on-site pools, a Canyon Ranch spa, golf putting course, and croquet lawn.

With gas lamps and wicker chairs in this sprawling neo-Victorian manse, Cindarella, Prince Charming, and the wicked stepsisters feel right at home. There are, or course, thoroughly modern elements: suites big enough for eight, a walk-in pool with a waterfall, and after-dark kids' activities.

The time: 1940. The place: Walt Disney World's version of the Jersey Shore, complete with a boardwalk, surrey bikes, and saltwater taffy. The rooms: think old-fashioned floral.

This pyramid-shaped resort on 1,500 acres underwent a $65 million renovation in 2009.

This 2009 resort is located within the gates of Walt Disney World, but thanks to the 482-acre nature preserve that surrounds it, it feels far removed. Pedestrian paths and jogging trails connect the Waldorf to the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, whose amenities are open to Waldorf guests.