Going to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Studios is the ultimate family vacation experience. There is something otherworldly about going to big theme parks, particularly the world-famous ones in Orlando. Where else can you enjoy stunning views, movie sets, cartoon characters, thrill rides, high dining, and elaborate live shows? It is a trip to remember and definitely one to consider repeating.
Regardless of whether this will be your one and only trip or you're thinking of making a trip to Orlando a regular event, these top 10 four-star family-friendly hotels are sure to delight everyone in your household.
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1. Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa
This four-star resort features the Treasure Cove Water Park and an expansive pool complex to delight the whole family.
There are seven westgateresorts.com locations in Orlando, with each offering its own unique amenities. For families looking for a top option that keeps everyone entertained without pushing the budget too far, choose Westgate Lakes Resort and Spa. Here you will be able to book a day pass at their kid-friendly Treasure Cove Water Park and will also be able to access seven full-sized pools, seven kiddy pools, six hot tubs, and a variety of additional facilities like ping pong tables and a tennis court.
Book a spa treatment at the hotel to relax or lounge poolside while your kids splash about. By enjoying the resort's amenities to their fullest, you can all improve your vacation experience and save.
This resort offers studios all the way to large 4-bedroom suites that come complete with their own kitchenettes and private balconies to make your experience feel like a home away from home.
You'll be just four miles from Universal Orlando and 5 miles from Walt Disney World Resort, so it will take just a few short minutes to get to all the action.
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2. Universal's Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
This stunning resort was modeled after the Italian village of the same name and offers stunning bayside views and luxury amenities.
This hotel is ideal for families with older children or even adult children who want to add a luxury experience to their trip. The resort is modeled after Portofino, an Italian village, and looks like multiple townhouse buildings with their own promenade and marina.
It is an official Universal Studios hotel and, as such, ideal for those more interested in visiting Universal than Disney. You won't have to leave the grounds to have a good time, however. The resort has its own spa, sauna, steam room, and pool. Cycle through these various amenities and walk away feeling completely rejuvenated.
Combine the relaxing experience offered by this hotel with the fun and thrills you can experience at Universal Studios, and enjoy a truly robust, rounded trip that will be one to remember for years.
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3. The Florida Hotel & Conference Center
You'll find this hotel and conference center inside the Florida Mall, making it a great destination for business travelers bringing their families on vacation.
This hotel is perfect for those looking to mix business with pleasure or those who want to shop as much as they want the thrills. If you have a business trip to Orlando and can choose your own accommodation, bring the rest of your family. They can spend the entire day shopping or going through ride after ride at either Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Studios. You may even be able to get a special half-day ticket discount that lets you join the rest of your family after your workday is done.
The other big benefit of choosing this hotel option is that it's in the heart of downtown. You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to food, shopping, and entertainment since all the top attractions will be within easy reach.
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4. Hilton Grand Vacations at Tuscany Village
This 4-star resort features a stunning waterfront location and is just 2.7 miles from Walt Disney World Resort.
Another hotel modeled after an Italian village is the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Tuscany Village Orlando. It features balcony views, bright and comfortable rooms, and modern amenities. It is one, and two-bedroom suites that come with full kitchens and their own washing and drying machines, giving you many clever ways to save without taking away from the quality of your trip.
You'll have access to two outdoor pools, a fitness center, and a game room. Next to the pool is a restaurant where you can enjoy delicious lunches in the sunshine. In addition to Walt Disney World Resort, this hotel is also close to Universal Orlando Resort (nine miles away) and Orange County Convention Center (five miles away).
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5. Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport Hotel
This hotel is conveniently located near the Orlando International Airport for international travelers.
This stunning four-star hotel is just 12.5 miles from the Amway Center and 13.6 miles from Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Though it is further from the theme parks, this usually means it's calmer and quieter, which is perfect for those looking to relax on their trip as much as they want to have fun.
On the property, you'll find an outdoor pool and fitness center. There are also several restaurants, including a steakhouse, a bar and grill, and even a sushi bar.
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6. JW Marriott Orlando in Grande Lakes
This hotel sits on 500 acres and can be found just 8.7 miles from Disney Springs and 8.9 miles from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
This four-star resort offers posh rooms that come with desks, flat-screen televisions, and coffeemakers. Suites come with full kitchens and a separate living area with a sofa bed to fit larger groups and families.
Take a free fitness class, swim at the outdoor pool, book a spa package, or play on the par-72 golf course. There are many things to do at this resort, and since it's so close to Disney Springs, you're just a few minutes from great restaurants, shopping, and live entertainment.
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7. Signia Hilton Bonnet Creek
This resort is set within the 482-acre Bonnet Creek reserve to give guests a quiet getaway in the heart of all the action.
While staying at this hotel, you'll be surrounded by preserved nature. The resort itself, however, which has 1009 modern rooms, offers luxury amenities to suit all guests. You'll be surrounded by Walt Disney's Resorts' various theme parks and will be able to easily get to them with the free shuttle service.
You don't have to leave the property to enjoy your vacation, however. The resort itself has a zero-entry, three-acre pool, waterslides, and a lazy river. There are also 12 different restaurants on-site to suit all tastes.
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8. Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Renaissance Orlando is a luxury 4-star resort for those visiting SeaWorld, Aquatica, and Discovery Cove.
This luxury, 10-story resort is a short nine-minute walk away from SeaWorld Orlando. You'll also be just 6 miles from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal Studios Florida. The rooms are polished and comfortable and come with premium channels. Upgrade to a suite for a separate living room with a pull-out sofa and a private balcony.
On-site, you'll find three different restaurants, a bar, and a café. You'll get complimentary breakfast and shuttle services to the nearby theme parks.
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9. Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando
This stunning hotel in downtown Orlando is ideal for families looking to stay in the city itself.
You'll be a short walk away from the Dr. Philips Center for the Performing Arts when you stay at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando. You'll also be 16.7 miles away from Walt Disney World Resort, so you can get the best of both worlds when you stay at this luxurious art hotel.
Here you'll find a modern art gallery with 150 works of art, a live jazz lounge, and a rooftop pool.
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10. Floridays Resort Orlando
This fun, family-friendly resort is set amid 20 acres of landscaped gardens and comes with many water features, from playscapes to relaxing jacuzzi tubs to keep the whole family entertained.
Stay in one of Floridays two or three-bedroom suites to save and keep your whole family together. The larger suites can fit families up to eight and come with a kitchen, washing and drying machine, dining room, and a living room.
You'll be less than one mile from the I-4 and six miles from Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Waterpark when you stay at this location.