The Best Hotels in Orlando

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Updated: July 12, 2021
By Santorini Dave

Best 5-star resort in Orlando.

The Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World is the best luxury hotel in the Orlando area.

The 9 Best Hotels in Orlando, Florida

1. Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World

Stunning 5-star resort offering a spa, fine-dining, golf course, game room, and water park in addition to a Disney concierge desk in the lobby and free transportation to Epcot (4 miles, 10 minutes), Magic Kingdom (5 miles, 11 minutes), and Animal Kingdom (9 miles, 18 minutes). Family-friendly amenities include complimentary children’s camp, room service, and views of Magic Kingdom from most rooms. Within 15 minutes by car to all Disney parks.

2. JW Marriott Grande Lakes

High-end hotel featuring an outdoor pool and lazy river, several on-site restaurants, and access to the adjacent Ritz-Carlton Orlando Spa and golf course (0.4 mile, 8-minute walk). Located a 10-minute drive (3 miles) to SeaWorld and 14 minutes (9 miles) to Universal Orlando Resort, and both concierge service and room service are available 24/7.

3. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Rooms at this upscale resort come with access to bikes, rock climbing, on-site hiking trails, and a private lake with paddle boats, plus shuttle service to area theme parks. A children’s camp is available for a fee. Several restaurants, a 45-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, and an outdoor lagoon-style pool are located in the hotel, which is a 10-minute drive (4 miles) to Disney Springs and 12 minutes (6 miles) to Epcot.

4. Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Upscale resort with an on-site water park, 9 restaurants, a spa, a game room, and an exclusive adults-only pool. Some rooms have balconies and babysitting services are available for a fee. Located 10 minutes to Epcot (5 miles), Magic Kingdom (6 miles), and SeaWorld (8 miles) by car.

5. Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

Family-friendly resort offering a lazy river-style pool, a spa, Greg Norman golf course, tennis courts, a kids club, and 11 restaurants. Guest rooms have balconies and nightly turndown service, and the property is located 9 minutes (3 miles) from SeaWorld, 15 minutes (9 miles) to Universal, and 18 minutes (12 miles) to Epcot by car. Shuttle service to area parks is complimentary.

6. Waldorf Astoria

Luxury resort with a golf course, a spa, a fitness center, 2 pools, 12 restaurants and bars, and free coach transportation to Disney parks. Located a 12-minute drive (6 miles) to Magic Kingdom and 14-minute drive (10 miles) to SeaWorld. The kids club offers daytime and evening activities for a fee.

7. Reunion Resort

Golf resort with an award-winning 54-hole golf course, 10 community pools, an on-site water park, and tennis courts. 1 to 3-bedroom villas feature full kitchens, living rooms, patios, and complimentary parking, and some villas have private swimming pools and in-unit laundry. Located a 16-minute drive (12 miles) to Epcot and a 22-minute drive (20 miles) to Universal Orlando Resort.

8. The Alfond Inn

Boutique hotel in downtown Orlando within walking distance of many restaurants, museums, and Winter Park Station (0.3 mile, 5-minute walk). On-site facilities include a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool, and fitness center in addition to the hotel’s famed art collection. Driving time to Orlando theme parks is approximately 30 minutes.

9. Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Located within Universal Orlando Resort, every room comes with a free Universal Express Unlimited benefit, early admission to some Universal parks, and complimentary theme park shuttles and water taxis. Hotel amenities include several on-site restaurants and cafes, 3 themed swimming pools, live music in the evening, and Italian-inspired harbor walking paths.

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