If you plan to have a Disney World vacation, then choosing where to stay is your next biggest step. Orlando hotels near Disney World are located in six areas surrounding the famous resort. The hotels in these areas provide different benefits for different groups of clientele.
International Drive: Orlando's Tourism Corridor
Over 10 miles long, International Drive features more than 100 of the best Orlando hotels, more than 450 shops of famous brands and novelty, 2 major outlet malls, several theme parks, and the Orange County Convention Center.
This area is between Universal Orlando Resort to the north and Walt Disney World to the south. Known as "Orlando's Tourism Corridor," International Drive has the most number of Orlando hotels and business establishments.
Visitors have access to three of the major theme parks -- Walt Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal World.
Both on-site and off-site Orlando hotels and Kissimmee hotels are located along Kirkman Road, Universal Boulevard, and Sand Lake Road. These hotels are perfect for visitors to Universal Orlando and its theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. The proximity of the hotels bring convenience to hotel guests.
Inside one of Disney's major theme parks, Universal Orlando hotels offer complimentary transportation to the theme parks and the CityWalk entertainment complex that features restaurants, watering holes, shopping centers and the Blue Man Group Theater.
Guests staying at Universal's Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and Loews Royal Pacific Resort enjoy discounts and privileges, such as getting to the front of a line at the resort's most popular rides and shows.
If guests stay at Universal Orlando hotels, then they also enjoy additional benefits, such as free transportation and discounts on food and merchandise at the theme parks.
Walt Disney Resort and Lake Buena Vista Area
There are more than 20 hotels inside Walt Disney Resort, which owns a majority of them. Guests at Disney World hotels have complimentary transportation to and from theme parks, access to Downtown Disney for shopping, dining and entertainment, access to numerous world-standard golf courses, and other recreational amenities.
Visitors who plan to spend most of their time in Disney World and those who do not want to rent a car should choose one of the on-site and offsite Orlando hotels and Kissimmee hotels.
Accommodations near Orlando International Airport are perfect for business travelers, cruise passengers sailing from Port Canaveral, and visitors who want to visit other Orlando attractions, such as the Kennedy Space Center and Cocoa Beach.
Orlando hotels in this area consist of popular hotel chains, such as Hyatt, Marriott, Hilton and Sheraton.
Downtown Orlando, North Orlando and Seminole County
If you stay in Orlando hotels in the downtown area, then you will not regret doing so. Although you may be far from Disney World, you will find the business district's nightlife alive and arousing as evening comes around, and the lights and laughter fill the streets. Aside from that, a thriving cultural scene and a line of excellent restaurants will keep visitors in good spirits, especially during art and music festivals.
Hotels in this area fit the needs of an international clientele, such as visitors arriving on red eye flights, outdoor enthusiasts and visitors who want to participate in seasonal events such as Bike Week in Daytona Beach or NASCAR races, business travelers and other visitors seeking a more cosmopolitan atmosphere during their vacation.
If you like to be near downtown Orlando as well as the theme parks, then stay halfway between those two at the Florida Mall Area. Orlando hotels in this area are very near the Florida Mall, superb restaurants, and entertainment options. Visitors who should find accommodations here are those who like to shop, but are valueminded.
Of course, there are more places to find the right accommodations for your Orlando vacation. Aside from Orlando hotels, you can find great places to stay located in nearby areas, such as Kissimmee hotels.
Itâ€™s time for a vacation? Go to Disney and check into an Orlando hotel or a Kissimmee hotel. Have Fun!