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Just the mention of Orlando may have you seeing dollar signs. But you don’t need a magic wand to find a reasonably priced hotel in O-town. Try these affordable but cool Orlando hotels for a getaway that won’t feel at all like a budget trip.

*Note: All prices are taken from random weekday, one-night stays in May, 2019.


B Resort and Spa; $107 a night

The newest hotel in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) puts you near the district’s shopping, acclaimed restaurants and entertainment at a surprisingly affordable price. Chic furnishings and private balconies make rooms a comfy place to crash after a sweaty day in the parks (take the free shuttle), while bunk beds and kitchenettes available in some suites make for a family-friendly bargain.


Aloft Orlando Downtown; $189 a night

Aloft hotels are the cool kid on the block wherever they’re built—and with pool tables, live music and wine tastings in the lounge, this one’s no exception. Smallish rooms still feel inviting, with updated furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows. There are even pet-friendly perks like dog beds and treats for your favorite roll dog. Bonus: The Aloft is just down the block from the ritzy Grand Bohemian Hotel, so you can browse the latter’s stellar art gallery without shelling out the big bucks to stay there. 


Park Plaza Hotel; $199 a night

Details like exposed brickwork, bathroom skylights and hardwood floors may feel like a new trend, but this 1922 landmark is the O.G. of cool hotel features. With just 28 rooms, the boutique hotel will make you feel like an insider in Orlando’s trendy Winter Park neighborhood. Plus, the free wi-fi and continental breakfast leave you with more cash for exploring Winter Park’s museums, boutiques and artsy Rollins College.

This waterfall pool sets Hyatt Regency apart among the cool Orlando hotels.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress; $229 a night

This hotel is like a theme park unto itself, with outdoor rock climbing, tennis courts and paddle boats. If you have any energy left, take the free shuttle to Disney World, Universal Orlando or SeaWorld. Then return to the hotel to crash in your room overlooking the pool or Lake Buena Vista.


Orlando World Center Marriott; $260 a night

This mega-resort offers something for everyone, from waterslides and a free Disney shuttle for the kiddos, to a spa, golf and sports bar for the more mature set. With 1,889 comfy guest rooms and 120 suites, the only problem will be deciding whether you’d like a view of the regular pool or the laser pool. Yes, really.


Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection; $127 a night

If Liberace and my (very stylish) 4-year-old daughter collabbed on a hotel design, it would look something like this place: Opulent chandeliers, velvety fabrics and touches of purple throughout. Appropriately, the hotel is located on International Drive, home to over-the top attractions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not! and the giant Orlando Eye Ferris wheel. Use the I-Ride Trolley to get around on the cheap.


Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center; $219 a night

Orlando has no shortage of hotels that feel like a city with in a city, and the Gaylord takes the cake. The massive property is less a than 10 minutes’ drive from Disney World, but with an on-site water park, arcade and even alligator feedings in the atrium, why leave? During the holidays, the resort is the place to be with stage shows, visits from Santa and millions of white lights illuminating the scene.

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