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The Best Places to Stay in Orlando Florida

Jun 10, 2008
Orlando Florida has seven distinct areas where vacationers can stay as a home base for visiting the many theme parks and recreational spots. It can be quite a daunting task to carry out, so here are some tips that may help you choose the best place that will suit your vacation needs (and budget) during your stay in this family entertainment mecca.

South of Disney World (Highway 192 - Kissimmee)

The historic town of Kissimmee has been a well-known destination for many tourists visiting Orlando. With its numerous restaurants, bed & breakfasts, vacation condos, golf courses, and family attractions, many vacationers consider this area an excellent one for finding lodging. Hotel prices here are less expensive when compared to hotels in the other areas. However, many of the structures are aging as most were built in the late 70's. Few of the hotels here are connected with national chains.

North of Disney World

This is also called the Lake Buena Vista area, which is the newest spot to look for places to stay in Orlando. The hotels built in this region were put up in the early 1990's and are mostly associated with the national hotel chains. The Lake Buena Vista area hosts great shopping and dining only a few miles away from each other.

Inside the Disney World Resort

For Disney aficionados, the resort itself is would probably be the best option for a good hotel. By definition, it will be closest to Disney World attractions and the free shuttle service to the parks runs at least every half hour. All Disney World hotels are managed to the highest standards, so there is a high probability for an excellent stay. On the downside, these hotel rooms only allow up to four people to a single room and the cost compared to hotels outside Disney World confines can be almost double. There is always a price to be paid for location and convenience.

Universal Studios Orlando Area

There are also some good options that can be considered in this area, but not as much as there is in other areas of Orlando County. Only a few hotels can be found in this area and there is not much competition going on between them, so the prices are really not that attractive.

Downtown Orlando

Visiting Orlando means spending time at the theme parks and beautiful attractions that this region offers. Therefore, you probably do not want the hassle of long trips from your hotel to these theme parks - not to mention the time that you will be wasting while traveling thirty minutes to and from Disney World. There are too many good alternatives to staying downtown.

Orlando County Convention Center Area

This area is just a few minutes away from SeaWorld so it can be a good choice for those who will be going to that park. However, the prices are a little more expensive here while the amenities that the hotels offer are mostly geared for business travelers than for families.

SeaWorld / International Drive Area

The International Drive area is our favorite area to stay in when vacationing with young children. The number of quality "villa resorts" in the area is the reason. For the same price as a decent hotel room, you can be in a two bedroom villa with full kitchen, living room, whirlpool bath and screened-in veranda. These resorts have lakes, pools, activity centers and other amenities that children (and adults) love. You will be especially appreciative of these resorts if you have some non-park days on your itinerary.

Orlando County offers a large variety of options for hotels and lodging. By reviewing the various choices described in this article, you will be well on your way to making the right decision for a great Orlando vacation.
About the Author
Olivia Holaday is Travel Editor for Orlando-Hotel-Accommodation.com. Find a complete Orlando Hotels listing here.
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