When choosing a discount Orlando hotel for your family vacation, honing in on your family”s top travel priorities is key. If your crew operates by the “time is money” creed, proximity and transit time to the theme parks might be of chief importance, while if you”re strapped for cash, you might put major value on free budget-stretching perks like complimentary breakfast, free parking, Wi-Fi, theme park shuttle service and onsite entertainment for the kids.
If you”re traveling with teens, you might reason that the amount of square footage and number of bathrooms in an accommodation can “make or break” a vacation and are worth allocating a portion of your budget towards. Similarly, if you”re a “nester,” having in-room access to the conveniences of home–like a furnished kitchen and a washer and dryer–may be the secret to your holiday enjoyment. Thankfully, with around 450 Orlando area hotels to choose from, there are plenty of properties where you can fulfill all of these budget travel wishes — in some cases, simultaneously!
These Orlando accommodations represent the finest budget offerings for some of the most common family travel needs, and include recommendations for those visiting Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando.
1. Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
Opened in 2005 and adjacent to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, this condominium-style property is minutes from area theme parks and offers spacious accommodations, a pirate ship pool with a “plunge slide” and shallow play areas, family-friendly dining options and an onsite spa where you can treat your young royalty (ages 4 to 12) to a Princess Makeover or a Pirate Takeover.
Families have a choice of one- to four-bedroom condo suites, all of which feature a full kitchen, a washer and dryer and a living room with a private furnished balcony. One-bedroom, one-bathroom suites are a spacious 800 square feet and sleep four. Two-bedroom two-bathroom suites are 1,084 square feet and sleep six. Three-bedroom (1,250 plus square feet) and four-bedroom (1,800 square feet) suites accommodate up to eight and 10 guests, respectively.
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa also offers a game room and organized children”s activities. A daily resort fee covers Wi-Fi, parking, use of pool towels and daily shuttle service to Walt Disney World Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando theme parks. Housekeeping services are available for an additional fee.
2. Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
You won”t get front-of-the line Universal theme park attraction access by staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando Resort”s budget-priced lodging option. However, if you”re looking for cool retro theming and access to other perks like early theme park entry, complimentary theme park shuttle bus transportation and resort-wide charging privileges at a fraction of the cost of booking a deluxe accommodation, a stay at Cabana Bay might be right for you.
Room options include 300-square-foot standard rooms, which sleep up to four, and 430 square feet family suites, which feature a kitchenette, a living area and an extra-large bathroom; they sleep up to six.
Cabana Bay offers plenty of family-friendly draws, including a food court and themed pools with fantastic features like a lazy river, zero-entry access, a waterslide, splash pads, a sandy beach and organized poolside activities. An onsite bowling alley and game room offer all-weather fun. There is an additional charge for tube rentals at the lazy river, as well as a daily parking fee. Guests enjoy access to themed pools, kids” clubs and other amenities at Universal”s three upper-end hotels.
3. Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas – Lake Buena Vista