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10 Best Hotels in Orlando

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With so many families seeking Orlando accommodations, you might assume luxury takes a back seat to theme park proximity and wallet-friendly options. In fact, the opposite is true.

Orlando’s more than 400 hotels and resorts include a wide selection of luxury properties, and many make a point of being family-friendly without sacrificing high thread count linens and marble bathrooms. The best hotels in Orlando deliver on the pampering you’re after while also offering amenities that keep you happy both in and outside of your room.

Best Hotels in Orlando

Here’s where to start your search for luxury hotels in Orlando:

The Villas of Grand Cypress

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This 1500-acre Orlando resort impresses with villas (up to four bedrooms with full kitchens and extra amenities) but the main draw is the golf. Golfers will love the 45 holes of the Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed course and the access to golf instruction at the Grand Cypress Academy of Golf on site.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, premium cable, fitness center, self-service laundry, tennis court, heated outdoor pools, free bicycle rental, 24-hour room service, and shuttle transportation to theme parks.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

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This 443-room property stands out as one of the best hotels in Orlando, seamlessly combining Walt Disney World access with a luxury experience. If not for the small touches (character breakfasts, monorail access, and a rooftop dining view of the fireworks at Magic Kingdom) you might forget where you are. A Tom Fazio-designed golf course and 13,000-square-foot spa add to the getaway feel. Families will love the three pools and lazy river set in a 5-acre water park, plus the sports facility with tennis, basketball, a rock wall, and more.

Amenities: Well-appointed bathrooms with soaker tubs, free Wi-Fi, free kids’ camp, gaming center, and two 242-foot-tall waterslides.

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Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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This grande dame of Disney Hotel Resorts offers a classic, Victorian feel and a focus on refined, elegant service. At this iconic Orlando resort, enjoy live orchestras playing ragtime or jazz in the lobby, then step outside where you’re just monorail ride away from all the Disney action.

Amenities: Complimentary MagicBands, Fastpass reservation priority (up to 60 days in advance), Extra Magic Hours, Electrical Water Pageant/Cinderella Castle viewing areas, self-service laundry, portrait photographer, and in-room refrigerator.

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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

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This AAA Four-Diamond Award Orlando resort was one of the originals, but regular upgrades to the mid-century modern architecture and the resort’s Polynesian touches have kept it feeling fresh and polished. The two-bedroom, two-bath overwater “Bora Bora Bungalows” come with private plunge pools and a view of Magic Kingdom fireworks from the back deck.

Amenities: Complimentary MagicBands, Fastpass reservation priority (up to 60 days in advance), Extra Magic Hours, grocery delivery, barbecue grills, self-service Laundry, and free water taxi to the Magic Kingdom.

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Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

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Set in a 482-acre nature preserve, this family friendly resort stands out as one of the best hotels in Orlando. It includes a three-acre lazy river with an impressive waterslide, access to a championship golf course, and a relaxing spa next door. The six restaurants and bars on site include Chef Donna Scala’s acclaimed La Luce. And you have easy access to six more dining options at the adjoining Waldorf Astoria property.

Amenities:  Free transportation to Walt Disney World theme parks and Disney Springs, 18-hole championship golf course, 24-hour fitness center, babysitting, kids’ activities, video arcade, and jogging track. Kids under 12 eat dinner free when ordering from kids’ menu.

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Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

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With its live evening musical serenades in the charming piazza and dining options that include authentic Italian fare, this luxury hotel in Orlando easily transports you to the charming streets of Portofino, Italy. Kids’ will love the hotel’s three pools (including one with a waterslide), kids’ camp activities, and on-site gelateria.

Amenities: FREE Universal Express Unlimited ride access, early park admission to Wizarding World of Harry Potter, priority seating at select resort restaurants, and Mandara Spa. There’s also free transportation to Universal CityWalk and Universal Orlando theme parks.

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The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes

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With a luxe garden feel, this Orlando resort is sophisticated luxury without the pretension. A championship Greg Norman-designed golf course, a kids’ club that draws upon the local ecology, and an award-winning 40,000-square-foot spa cement the property’s reputation as one of the best hotels in Orlando. The grand layout of the hotel across 500 acres allows room to find your own piece of heaven.

Amenities: Ritz Kids Club, lazy river, kayak rentals, balcony rooms, Wi-Fi, and bike rentals.

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Rosen Shingle Creek

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This 1,500-room Spanish Revival-style hotel sits at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades. The on-site Shingle Creek Golf Club, a nine-room day spa, and 15 dining/lounging options are among the luxurious offerings. The family-friendly property also has pool designed especially for children, babysitting services and a games room.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, 4 outdoor pools, 2 tennis courts, 24-hour fitness facilities, and on-site fishing.

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Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Fans love the award-winning reputation, world-class spa, 18-hole golf course, and fine-dining options at this standout among the best hotels in Orlando. Its 498 deluxe rooms and suites are close to the theme parks and set within a 482-acre nature preserve, offering access to both thrills and relaxation.

Amenities: Premium Wi-Fi, bike rentals, complimentary golf club rental after 2 pm, discounts on spa treatments, and free transportation to theme parks.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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Thanks to a recent multi-million-dollar renovation, the 815 guest rooms and suites at this luxury hotel in Orlando are better than ever. Families will love the array of on-site options including golf, tennis, and sailing. The 850,000-gallon pool and dining options at this Orlando resort appeal to all.

Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, scheduled theme park shuttle service, 12 tennis courts, 45-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, spa, and cabana rentals.

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– Original reporting by Heather Greenwood-Davis

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