In this guide, we review the top places to stay for families in Orlando, Florida. Cose to attractions, restaurants and things to do for all the family.
1. La Quinta
La Quinta Inn Orlando International Drive North is a popular budget accommodation offering and part of a chain. This particular lot is located in Research Parkway.
Though the neighborhood itself is considered a little seedy, it’s in a convenient location that can make it worth the less popular area that it’s in. It sits in a building of two stories and looks fairly simple and generic, which can be a little disinteresting for tourists, but its interior has a certain unique charm.
A quiet spot, La Quinta greets guests with a lobby that is plastered with bold colors and murals, a chevron floor that draws the eyes away from the short ceiling space, and yellows and reds that serve as a central theme.
Movie posters, welcome mats, and other decor are Disney-themed, paying homage to the nearest tourist attraction. Just outside, the building is surrounded by its own parking lot, giving you ample space to keep your vehicle.
Rooms have a bit of a dated appearance to them, but they do have sufficient amenities. If you can look past the traditional, basic look with the plain bathrooms, you can appreciate the microwaves, flat-screen televisions, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges.
Drapery and fabric are mostly dark, with ceilings in white popcorn style, and furniture is primarily wood veneer. Everything is well-maintained enough and kept clean. Bathrooms come with tub and shower combination amenities, toiletries by Pantene, and a good amount of counter space.
Despite its old-fashioned nature, La Quinta does have decent facilities around the hotel, though they are modest. There’s an outdoor pool with lounge chairs and a patio to lounge on, and it’s clean and well-kept.
For gym rats, there’s a fitness center, but it’s small and only has one of each of these equipment pieces: a stationary bike, a treadmill, and a stair-master. Still, for the price of the location, the gym is much appreciated. You can also visit the business center to make use of one of two communal printers and computers.
Parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast are all free. The latter is served in a little room next to the lobby, provided in a buffet of continental fare. Hot food, as well as fruit and yogurt, is available. If you need to do laundry, you can use a coin-operated machine, and if you need help figuring out where to go, reserving restaurants, getting tickets to attractions, and obtaining transportation to the airport, you can speak to the concierge.
In terms of location, La Quinta is fairly conveniently located. It’s on the International Drive, so it’s not too hard to get to either the southern or northern parts of the state from here. You only need to drive for around five minutes to arrive at Universal Studios, 20 minutes to the Orlando International Airport, 25 minutes tops to Disney parks. While we did talk about how the neighborhood is seedy, it’s by no means unsafe – just a little downtrodden in appearance!
Drury Inn & Suites Orlando is another chain hotel that has a rather simple and generic appearance, with an apartment block type of facade. A few palm trees scattered throughout the property make its simple entrance slightly more interesting.
It’s not typically marketed as a family inn, but there will be families here to stay thanks to its convenient access options to attractions. This particular branch of the chain is in West Sand Lake Road.
When you enter Drury Inn & Suites Orlando, you’ll note that everything looks very basic, and even a little bit dated. Still, the lobby is spacious and feels bright and airy, and there are pops of color in the mismatched chairs that are situated around it, with animal prints and different colors.
This is far from the only accommodation option in the area, but the good news is that this particular inn has quite a relaxing and friendly atmosphere that can make it more welcoming to families with kids. However, it’s worth noting that most of the patronage here is by business folk, and most facilities are meant to cater to that crowd, not kids or tourists.
Rooms at Drury Inn & Suites Orlando follow the plain and somewhat bland aesthetic of the rest of the property. The palette is reminiscent of autumn, with brows, maroons, and greens – the latter of which is seen in the carpets.
Abstract artwork is fitted over walls in neutral tones, and curtains are white, matching the bedding – apart from the bedspread, which is in a brighter floral pattern. There are Queen, King, and Suite rooms, with the latter having pull out sofa sleepers in separate living spaces.
No matter which room size you get, you’ll have a microwave, mini-fridge, coffeemaker, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, and a desk to use. There’s a time limit for free international calls, but stick to it and you can make local and overseas calls with ease at no charge.
All bathrooms have toiletries mounted to the wall, bathtub and shower combinations, and hairdryers, and you can also get ironing facilities if desired. There aren’t many features at Drury Inn & Suites Orlando. There’s an indoor swimming pool and an outdoor swimming pool, and a whirlpool.
There isn’t much seating in the pool areas, so it’s not much for lounging, but you can get your swimming on. There is a 24-hour business center, meeting and conference facilities located within a whopping 2,700 square feet of event space, too. The gym is also open for 24 hours a day, with cardio and weight equipment ready for use.
What Drury Inn & Suites Orlando lacks in features, it makes up for in extensive freebies. Mornings come with free breakfasts (non-buffet), evenings come with Kickback sessions that receive free hot food and a maximum of three alcoholic beverages, and afternoons come with free soda and popcorn.
The restaurant is quite vibrant in decor and has a relaxed plan for seating. If you need more snacks or even some toiletries, there’s a small store onsite to shop at. Very near to the hotel, there’s a strip with fast food, restaurants, bars, and shops, too.
Parking is also free for inn guests, as is a shuttle service to the Orlando Resort and back. As for Universal Orlando Resort tickets, you can get them discounted from here as the hotel is a Universal Partner Hotel.
Drury Inn & Suites Orlando is located off the I-4 highway and is very close to Universal Studios, which is just three minutes away by car, or by the free shuttle service. It’s just a 10-minute drive to Walt Disney World and Discovery Cove, a 16-minute drive to Seaworld, and a 20-minute drive to Orlando International Airport. If you’re in need of public transportation, you can walk for three minutes to get to the Turkey Lake Road and Majorca Place Bus Stop.
TownePlace Suites Orlando is situated in a unique spot in Flamingo Crossings Boulevard, right nearby to the Western entrance to Walt Disney World. As with most of the best hotels for families in Orlando, it is a chain hotel, and we are, of course, referring to the Town Center location. It is Springhill Suites’ sister hotel, too, and made by the Marriott brand.
TownePlace Suites Orlando has a minimalist vibe, with lots of space in common areas and a sleek and modern design. Public spaces have power-plugs for guests to use, and there’s a map in the lobby that can be helpful for those trying to find their way around the particular area.
Rooms are welcoming with all-white bedding and warm, homey dark wood that feels like a good balance between traditional and contemporary. This also gives the rooms a relaxed appearance that feels restful and undemanding.
iHome units add to the convenience, and all rooms are fairly spacious. Bathrooms either have just showers or a bathtub and shower combination, outfitted with toiletries by Paul Mitchell. Most striking, however, is the kitchen, which is as full as can be.
It is set up with a stove, sink, dishwasher, toaster, microwave, coffee-maker, and fridge. There is also a television mounted to the wall, but that is located on the side of the bed in some rooms, making it a little difficult to view.
Guests here are mostly headed to the nearby theme parks, and the service at TownePlace Suites Orlando keeps that well in mind. Service is mostly unobtrusive and is very organized, and even breakfast is very efficiently made and served so you eat quickly and be on your way.
You can wade in the huge zero-entry pool, which has three sections or rest in the whirlpool tub. Optionally, walk passed the pool deck to get to Springhill Suites’ Disney concierge desk for queries and activity assistance. If you need to do your laundry, there’s a big machine for common use, and there is also a business center and a cash withdrawal machine available.
A fitness center, parking space, and free Wi-Fi are all available. When it comes to food, there is a free buffet breakfast serving both hot and cold American fare, as well as some specially Disney-shaped offerings. For lunch, dinner, or a drink, you can head to Flamingo’s Bar & Grille, which serves a wide range of fresh meals, including a New York Sirloin steak at a great price.
This restaurant is found at the pool and offers 11 feature cocktails, among other alcoholic drinks – and also kid’s menus! For other food options, you can have your own meal at the picnic pavilion and grill something on the barbecue grills, or go to In A Pinch, a lobby pantry that sells microwavable meals and snacks.
If you want something else, you can always head outside – there are tons of dining options in the area! As previously mentioned, TownePlace Suites Orlando is reasonably close to the western gateway for the great Walt Disney World theme park – just two miles away! Highway 192 in Kissimmee is also nearby at just 3 miles away.
Further away, there’s Universal Orlando with a 16-mile distance and the Orlando International Airport at a 25-mile distance. To get to Walt Disney World, you can pay a fee for a shuttle.
Orlando really has a lot of chain hotels, and Holiday Inn Express & Suites is another. The one we’re discussing today is on International Drive. It has a rather bland exterior, appearing quite generic and without any sense of distinctiveness – as is to be expected of many chain hotels such as it.
Its convenient location is the main reason for its popularity, and it truly is a good place to be. You can expect an overall nondescript and a rather boxy interior to this branch of Holiday Inn Express & Suites. It is a bland-looking square building, surrounded by a parking lot protected by a fence.
The lobby is small, as is the lounge, the latter boasting a big television to watch as you lounge. Interestingly, though it isn’t a very eye-catching look, this hotel is clean, modern, and accommodating.
Rooms share that modern and clean appearance. There are 390 rooms throughout the hotel, and just a third of them are suites – but those suites are all highly spacious and have plenty of room for families. Laundry facilities and full kitchens add to their overall value, as to the free Wi-Fi, the big living spaces, and the flat-screen televisions.
As a common spot for tourists, Holiday Inn Express & Suites has staff for catering and planning, preparing for the possibility of organizing events of all kinds, which can be held in the huge banquet and meeting spaces.
A small pool is suitable for taking a dip. There is a desk for car rental, a little gym that has machines for cardio training, room service, and machines that dispense snacks. Free shuttles bring you to Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios, and there are packages available for huge kid’s discounts – and even free stays and meals for children! – and guests always receive Universal Studios discounts. There’s a TGI Friday’s, too, for food!
This branch of Holiday Inn Express & Suites is located across the street from Universal Studios, and it’s only a 15-minute drive to Wet n’ Wild, Disney Cove, Wald Disney World, and SeaWorld. But even closer at just a five-minute drive are Festival Bay and Mall at Millennia.
Once again, we have another chain hotel here. This Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando branch is located in the Gateway Village Circle. It’s more commonly known as a transit hotel due to its short ride from the airport, which also makes it popular with business travelers, but there’s no reason families can’t enjoy it too. Things like high-chairs and cribs can be provided for families with young children.
Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando is a very well-maintained location, right next to the Orlando International Airport. The building is two-toned and set among many other hotels and stores, in a bustling commercial spot. When you enter the lobby, you’ll find yourself greeted by stone flooring and a set of sofas and chairs, as well as another lounge with booths and dark tables around the back that’s suitable for breakfast.
This hotel has 180 rooms in it, all decorated in a modern and sleek style. Suites are spacious for families. All rooms have comfy beds, flat-screen televisions, black-out curtains, and decent insulation thanks to heavy entrance doors.
Everything is well-furnished but simple and bordering on generic, with dark carpets, neutral curtains, soft lighting, wooden furniture, walls of off-white adorned with floral art. In suites, you get mini-fridges, ottomans, and sofas. Wi-Fi is free, and there are coffeemakers, good charging docs, and flat-screen televisions.
All bathrooms are simple, too, with bathtub and shower combinations against a background of granite. Expect toiletries from Neutrogena, free toothpaste, free shaving kits, and hairdryers. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a room that looks out over the airport and its runways!
In terms of amenities, there’s a 24-hour gym, a swimming pool outside, and a business center where printing is free for boarding passes. There are also three different, separate rooms for meetings, and if you’re planning to hold a conference here for some reason, there are group discounts.
Outside, you can find a big patio that has a fire pit, chairs, and tables, right next to the pool. Palm trees add a vacation-type atmosphere to the environment. Plus, the fact that it is part of a big strip mall means there are always other food options and a good amount of shopping can be done.
Breakfast is hot and free, and there’s a waffle station for it as well as fruit and coffee. A 24-hour shuttle can take you to the airport for free, too. All throughout the day, you can go to the lobby for hot coffee or hot tea completely free, or take a trip to the minimarket to buy microwavable meals or snacks.
Parking is also free, and if you want, you can actually take up an inexpensive Park Stay and Go package! Location-wise, Hampton Inn & Suites Orlando is five minutes away from the Orlando International Airport, which is why it’s so common for those who just need an extra night to sleep. The hotel calls a spot just off of Semoran Boulevard its home, with lots of chain restaurants like Hooters and TGI Fridays for meals.
There is also a hair and nail salon nearby. You only need to drive for about 15 minutes to get to Seaworld, 20 minutes to get to Universal Studios and downtown Orlando, 25 minutes to get to Epcot and Walt Disney World, and 45 minutes to get to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral.
Hyatt Regency Orlando is a large and luxurious hotel, consisting of a block of two towers, situated perfectly next to the Orlando Convention Center on International Drive. It sits among many other hotels on the strip of International Drive and is undoubtedly the fanciest among them, and its design will catch your eye from a mile away.
If what you want is something upscale, you’ve got it in Hyatt Regency Orlando. It’s huge and opulent, promising a grand experience. It’s actually quite a business-travel-friendly hotel due to its spot next to the convention center, and from the sparkling lobby, you can watch the serious businessmen and businesswomen making their way to and from conventions.
Though it can get busy, it’s not too difficult to find public areas in quiet corners, dressed with beautiful decorations and interesting artwork that make for an elegant and classy atmosphere.
Rooms at the Hyatt Regency Orlando are overlaid in greys and blues, and the palette spills out into the hallways. The room is classic in style, with dark furniture of wood and modern additions like USB ports, iPod docking stations, and, of course, free Wi-Fi.
Each room has a coffee-maker supplied with coffee from Starbucks and mini-fridges. The beds are famous for their comfort, with Euro Pillowtop-style mattresses, comforters made of duck down, and pillows that are clean and hypoallergenic. In the bathrooms, you’ll enjoy a granite background with spa bath toiletries and shower and bathtub combinations. Bathrobes are there, too!
The service offered at the Hyatt Regency Orlando is personable and attentive, with a sense of businesslike efficiency overlapping it all. Despite the fancy regal air, it’s an unmistakably family-friendly hotel. If you opt for Club Level, you can enjoy private lounges and a concierge, but even without it, there is much that is offered.
There’s a huge gym with different sections for each type of working (core, cardio, strength), and there are studios for cycling and aerobics, too. There are also tennis courts, a full-service spa, and a gift shop if you’re interested. There’s also an indoor recreation room for children, and if you go in the summer, there will be summer programs.
But that’s not all that this hotel has to offer. The pools are the biggest draw of the hotel. The Terrace Pool up on the roof is for adults only with its veranda and views, but the Grotto Pool is popular among families, with a children’s playground, a children’s pool, a waterslide, pop-jet fountains, a waterfall, and even rentals for cabanas! If you like to golf, there’s an additional attraction here – dedicated golf services to all the best that the golf scene in the area has to offer!
But what about food? Worry not, because Hyatt Regency Orlando has a whopping seven different bars and restaurants. There’s the Rocks lounge bar that is overlooked by the Grotto Pool and is great for watching the sunset while sipping cocktails.
There’s the B-Line Diner that runs for 24 hours and serves delicious sandwiches and cakes. There’s Urban Tide, which offers buffet and á la carte breakfast options (as well as the other two meals), plus great seafood.
There’s the Fiorenzo Italian steakhouse, which takes after the 1930s. There’s Coffee Etcetera if you’re looking for quick food that you can order, grab, and go. And that’s not even listing all of the dining offerings!
Even when it comes to location, Hyatt Regency Orlando doesn’t totally disappoint. Yes, it’s more of a business spot, but there are plenty of theme parks around – just 15 minutes of driving will get you to most of them, and just 13 minutes of driving takes you to the Orlando International Airport.
And, of course, nothing is stopping you from visiting the convention center. If you’re not coming with a car, you can hope on the Lynx bus that stops outside the hotel or join in on the I-Ride Trolley, which follows this route.
We mentioned SpringHill Suites in passing earlier, and as it turns out, it’s a good place for families to go, too. It’s another chain hotel by Marriot, and this branch is located in Flamingo Crossings Boulevard. There isn’t much that truly stands out, but little marks of sophistication add to the overall experience. When you enter, you’ll notice some funky patterns and colors that add some pops of color to what could have been a very generic experience.
Rooms here are very spacious at SpringHill Suites, and the room quality is great for the price, too. They all have signature Sealy mattresses that are comfortable and cozy, and modern amenities include mini-fridges, microwaves, a coffee-maker by Cuisinart, internet television, and an iHome plug-in that you can use Bluetooth with. Wi-Fi is, of course, free.
Most rooms have showers, but a select few have bathtubs. If you have a large family, you can opt for one of the 31 pairs of adjoining, connected rooms. Do note that rooms near the elevators may be somewhat noisy in the morning as everyone bustles to get to tourist attractions early!
In terms of amenities, SpringHill Suites offers a large laundry room, a very large fitness center, a business center, a big pool, and local news provided via a GoBoard touchscreen in the lobby. There is also a specialized Disney Planning Center – yes, that’s right! – for planning all Disney-related outings and visits. Parking is abundant and complementary.
The staff greets you with a friendly welcome, and this attitude marks their service throughout your stay. In order to better facilitate the breakfast rush to the theme parks, breakfast is hurried along well, so you’ll never be late for your plans.
Outdoors, you’ll find the pool and grill, which often get busy come evening; staff handles this nighttime rush very well, too. Other food options are a coffee bar of Seattle’s Best, a market that runs for 24 hours and sells ice cream, local craft beer, and travel necessities.
On the note of food, buffet breakfast comes with your stay, providing a wide range of food options from fruit to eggs, from cereal to waffles, and from bacon to drinks. For lunch or dinner, you can go to the poolside to visit Flamingo’s Bar & Grille, which provides dining seats indoors and outdoors and serves all manner of American fare. Don’t forget to try their cocktails, too!
SpringHill Suites has a well-planned location, right at the quiet Western entrance that leads right into Walt Disney World. Of course, there isn’t a lot else in the immediate area, but you can pay a fee to hop on the shuttle bus to head to theme parks. It’s just a 2-mile trip to Disney, a 3-mile trip to Highway 192 and its tourist corridor, a 13-mile trip to SeaWorld, a 16-mile trip to Universal Orlando, and a 25-mile trip to Orlando International Airport.
Fairfield Inn & Suites is another chain hotel. The one we’re including here is located by Lake Buena Vista, in the Marriott Village itself. It’s a casual location with a very relaxed vibe, with its main “audience” being families who are itching to head to the Disney parks nearby (accessible, even, via free shuttle!).
The atmosphere at Fairfield Inn & Suites is very relaxed, greeting you with a contemporary, low-ceiling lobby and modern decor in the form of circular tables, blue sofas and ottomans, and big, cozy rugs. The breakfast area, airy and spacious, is right in the rear of the location. It’s a little noisier than the other Fairfield Inn & Suites locations, but that’s mainly due to its family-friendliness – there are more kids!
There are 388 rooms at Fairfield Inn & Suites, all bright and with a surprising amount of space. Some offer bunk beds, usually for families with kids. There are also connecting room options. All rooms have a similar aesthetic to them, mostly in shades of blue – patterned carpets in turquoise, accent walls of aquamarine fitted with abstract art, all complemented by soft lighting and dark wooden furniture. Rooms come with microwaves, coffeemakers, mini-fridges, and flat-screen televisions, and bathrooms have off-white tiles and granite countertops surrounding a bathtub and shower combination.
The 388 rooms are bright and spacious and many have bunk beds, making them a good fit for families traveling with children. Amenities include an excellent fitness center open around the clock, a good-size outdoor pool (plus a splash area for kids), and a free breakfast with Mickey Mouse-shaped waffles, though some guests have complained of mediocre food quality.
There’s also a food court with pizza and ice cream, but it was under renovation during our visit. Travelers wanting something a bit quieter and more adult-oriented may want to consider booking a stay next door at the Courtyard by Marriott instead.
Amenities are often leisure-based. A big swimming pool adorned with lounge chairs, a small splash park for kids, a whirlpool, a table for pool, and a table for ping-pong make up outdoor recreational activities. Guests may also use the swimming pools at the other two properties within Marriott Village.
Gym rats can visit the fitness center, complete with modern equipment, and Disney nuts may visit the gift stores selling Disney items. The lobby has computers and printers. A number of activities in Marriott Village are designed for children, too, like movie nights. For food, you can enjoy free breakfast buffets, some of which have Disney themes to them.
The Village Food Court is also located near Fairfield Inn & Suites, alongside an ice cream store, a pizza parlor, and a restaurant. A small lobby shop offers snacks and toiletries. What about the location? Well, Fairfield Inn & Suites is surrounded by chain restaurants and supermarkets for convenience.
When you drive, it’s 5 minutes away from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, 7 minutes away from SeaWorld, and 10 minutes away from Disney Springs, Universal Theme Parks, Epcot, and golf courses. It’s also just a 15-minute drive from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, and a 20-minute one to Orlando International Airport.