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The 10 Best Hotels In Orlando

The best hotels in Orlando include entertainment of all kinds from theme park thrills to nightlife.

By Beth Lubrecki

Orlando is often considered America’s family entertainment capital, and with its many globally famous theme parks, it’s not hard to understand why. Travelers from around the world visit every year to immerse themselves in rides and shows at Walt Disney World, while others line up to live out their Hogwarts dreams at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios or to soar around the world at EPCOT.

But this Central Florida city and its surroundings offer more than just rollercoasters. The Orlando area is home to professional sports teams, cultural and education centers, nature parks and preserves, and world-class golf courses designed by PGA Tour legends. Most notably, the city is home to a rapidly evolving hotel scene which has expanded to suit every type of trip, from the traditional family vacation to the spa sojourn or the romantic getaway. Here are our picks for the best hotels in Orlando, offering everything from high-octane fun to sophisticated stays.

Best Universal Orlando Hotel: Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Who Will Love It: Fans of vintage vacations with modern flair

All-Star Amenities: Two pools with waterslides; bowling alley; arcade; fitness center; free bus transportation to Universal CityWalk

What Not To Miss: Early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, which comes with a stay

Location: Universal Orlando Resort

Inspired by classic mid-century Florida beach resorts, Cabana Bay offers guests unique retro charm. That blast-from-the-past aesthetic can be found all over the hotel, from the 10-lane Galaxy Bowl bowling alley and restaurant to the diner-themed food court. Guest rooms feature bright pops of color and modern furnishings. In addition to standard rooms, there are family suites that sleep up to six people and include a kitchenette.

Guests can head to the Cabana Pool to zip down a dive tower-themed waterslide or opt for the hotel’s other pool area with its sandy beach, zero-entry pool and flowing lazy river. A complimentary shuttle bus makes regular trips over to lively restaurant and shopping zone Universal CityWalk, which also leads to the entrances of Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme parks. The biggest perk of a stay here is getting a jumpstart on the crowds with early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal’s Volcano Bay, a water park that transports guests to the South Seas.

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