Orlando has so many hotels to choose from that is seems to be an almost insurmountable tasks. Do you want to stay in a luxury hotel with great amenities? Or do you prefer to go low budget because you are going to be on the go all the time anyway? Or do you want something in between? We are going to look at these three options in this post. What we are not going to do yet is specifically look at the on property Disney Hotels like the Grand Floridian and The Contemporary resort. We will look at these in a future post.

I want luxury. This is going to be my ultimate vacation!

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort
My family and I stayed in this resort a few years back and let me tell you it is wonderful (see the picture accompanying this post). They have one of the most elaborate pool areas you will find anywhere. It covers over a half acre with waterfalls, swim through "cave" type areas, and of course a super water slide. The adults and children alike enjoyed this feature of the hotel. They have bikes you can take out and ride around the property. They have a pitch and putt area for golfers. They have access a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course as well. Of course they are nearby to all of the major attractions like Disney World, Universal, and Seaworld. You will truly be impressed with the interior of the hotel as well. The rooms are clean, large, and very nice. You can actually see the night time fireworks display at a couple of the parks from the one side of the hotel each evening. You do need to be on the upper floors to see it though. I just checked the price for mid-June for 2 adults and 2 children and the rooms are starting at $132 using Onetravel.com which you will find on the right side of this page or at the bottom of this post. That is a fantastic price for this luxury hotel. If you stay here you need to realize you will want to spend some time on the grounds because it is that nice. So factor that into your time budget.

I want a nice hotel with shopping nearby.

The Regal Sun Resort. Formerly the Grosvenor.

Ok, this is the last hotel I stayed at in Orlando and it is right beside Downtown Disney (a fantastic area of shops and restaraunts). I will be honest with you...I was not too impressed with the property. The interior of the hotel was a little dingy and seemed a bit run down. The rooms were not what we expected at all. And this was a Disney Hotel? We had some issues that we had to get addressed once we checked in and that is not usually a good sign. Anyway, it seems as though the property has received a MUCH NEEDED UPGRADE. A $25 million makeover which included every portion of the property. I mean every room has been redone. This has to make this a good opportunity now if you are headed down to Orlando. While we didn't love the hotel at the time we did love the location. You can catch the Disney transportation system (bus) right at the hotel and ride to and from the properties. You can also walk about 1 - 2 blocks and be in Downtown Disney. Lots of shops and places to eat, things to do, people to see. So, believe it or not they are running a standard room for $60 per night (2 double beds). This is a great price. You can upgrade from there if you like. Please use the Onetravel.com logo on the upper right side of the page or the one at the bottom of this post.

I want to go cheap! Besides, I'm not going to spend much time in my room.

Holiday Inn Maingate East

It has been several years since we stayed in this hotel but at the time it was clean and nice with a good pool. It is very close to Disneyworld. We didn't spend a lot of time in the room because we were constantly on the go, as you probably will be. So, if that's the case save some money on your lodging and use it on your entertainment or food budget. This hotel seems to still be in good shape and you can find rooms starting at $50 per night. I believe we used a Kids Suite when we were there and those are running $73 per night at Onetravel.com.

So, there are three options for those heading to Orlando in the coming weeks or months. And I must say I am impressed at the prices available on lodging for the summer months. It looks like a really good time to go to Orlando Florida.


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