Orlando has captured the title of best city for family friendly hotels, according to TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice awards. The city placed 6 of its hotels in the top 10 hotels for families in the United States, and each of those hotels also placed in the top 25 worldwide!
Ranking as the #1 overall family friendly hotel in the U.S. and #5 in the world was the Floridays Resort Orlando. Floridays is a luxury, all-suite, condominium-style resort, and is an official Universal and SeaWorld partner hotel (offering dining and shopping discounts at those parks). Floridays provides transportation to all of the local parks (including Disney) via a convenient theme parks shuttle service.
To help make you family vacation as comfortable as possible, the resort offers two swimming pools, a water jet playscape for children, complete fitness center, resort-wide WIFI, pet-friendly environment (for pets under 25 pounds), and a game room. As top benefits & amenities, travelers mention the resort’s pool area, bedroom suites, full kitchen in each suite, and the proximity to theme parks and International Drive.
WorldQuest Orlando Resort came in as #3 in the best hotels for families in the U.S. and #7 in the world. This all-villa hotel is only one mile from the Walt Disney World Resort, and also offers free shuttle service to the local parks.
WorldQuest touts its condominium-style accommodations, oversized outdoor pool, Mediterranean-inspired designs, continental breakfast, fitness center, 24-hour convenience market, laundry facilities, and complimentary internet access as reasons to stay. Vacation-goers comment on its pool area, continental breakfast, and full kitchens, and also call the resort “very nice.”
Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort was #6 in the U.S. and #13 in the world. This resort is a Disney Vacation Club property, and that means you’ll either have to buy into the timeshare, stay on behalf of an owner, or pay expensive nightly rates through Disney. On the positive side, though, you’ll be able to walk to the Magic Kingdom or the Contemporary Resort to catch the monorail or buses to the other parks. There is nothing quite like staying in a Disney property! If you haven’t done it at least once in your life, PLEASE reward yourself and spend the extra money to experience the full magic of Disney.
Guests of Bay Lake Tower have convenient access to the white-sand beach of Bay Lake, a health club, tennis courts and other recreational activities. The Sky Walk Bridge connects the tower to shops and the monorail station, while offering open-air views of the resort and Magic Kingdom. In addition to a poolside bar and quick-service cafe, there are 3 full-service restaurants for your dining pleasure. Travelers mention the fact that you need to be (or be affiliated with) a DVC member, but love the pool area and easy access to the Magic Kingdom and other parks.
Disney’s Beach Club Resort was #7 in the U.S. and #21 in the world. Another Disney property, this again is an option to experience the full magic of the Disney experience. While Bay Lake Tower is a timeshare, the Beach Club Resort is not. It is billed as a deluxe resort offering casual elegance with a charming, New England-style atmosphere. Here you’ll have the opportunity to savor exquisite dining, explore the waters around Stormalong Bay, sail a rented mini-powerboat on Crescent Lake, or experience the luxury of a Club Level Suite.
Families talk about the wonder of a character breakfast, their love of the pool (calling it “awesome” and the “best pool”), and enjoyed the Cape May Cafe. For their part, Disney says the beachside water recreation area, Ship Shape Health Club, and supervised children’s activity center help make the Beach Club Resort a unique property.
Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa was #9 in the U.S. and #23 in the world. The luxurious resort offers fully furnished one, two, three, and four bedroom condo-style hotel suites. Room amenities include full kitchens, living rooms with queen sleepers, dining areas, private balcony, 27″ TV in the master bedroom and 20″ TV in secondary bedrooms, walk-in showers, Jacuzzi tubs, complimentary WIFI, in-suite washer and dryer, and in-room safes. Outside, the Pirates Plunge resort pool is the shining star for families, complete with a large water-shooting pirate ship right in the pool!
The resort offers a spa & salon, relaxation pool, kids club, 24-hour fitness center, poolside bar & grill, and shuttle to the major theme parks in Orlando. Travelers rave about the pirate ship, and love the on-site Frankie Farrell’s Irish pub. With its close proximity to Epcot (less than a 5 minute drive), this is a great option for a hotel stay where you can take a mid-afternoon break and be quickly back at your hotel without waiting for the arrival of the scheduled shuttles.
Marriott’s Harbour Lake was #10 in the U.S. and #24 in the world. This resort offers one and two bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens, separate living and dining rooms, and screened balconies. Continuing with the pirate theme, this resort also offers a pirate-themed pool complete with water slides and the Pirate Plunge (an interactive water playground featuring a slide pool). There is also a 22,000 sq ft miniature golf course and an on-site water playground.
Vacation-goers think the location of Harbour Lake is great, with easy access to Universal Studios and Sea World. They also loved the pirate-themed pool area for children, and appreciated the in-room washer and dryer. This is a time-share resort, so be prepared for trade into the Marriott Harbor Lake for your next vacation.
Whether you’re a year-round Florida resident or a seasonal snowbird, celebrate our own Orlando, FL as a top destination for families. Hopefully your family has the opportunity to experience one of these top family-friendly hotels during your next visit to the Sunshine State.
Locations mentioned in this post:
- Floridays Resort Orlando
- WorldQuest Orlando Resort
- Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa
- Marriott’s Harbour Lake