The best non-theme park hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee for amazing pools, spas, golf, and cheaper prices

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  • With warm weather and iconic theme parks, Orlando is one of the world’s most popular tourist spots.
  • Many hotels are Walt Disney World resorts, but there are plenty of choices outside the parks, too. 
  • We picked the best hotels in the Orlando and Kissimmee area priced under $200 for your next trip.

I’ve been visiting and editing guidebooks about Orlando for 15 years, and have witnessed Orlando and adjacent Kissimmee evolve dramatically, with a healthy mix of new resorts, independent lodging, and national hotel chains, and most offer some kind of shuttle service to the big theme parks.  

Though many come to the Orlando area for the theme parks, alternative hotel options are growing and staying off-site means cheaper prices, varied accommodations, and higher-value food and drink, all without the immediate, looming presence of The Mouse. Though, if you’re looking for the best Walt Disney World hotels and resorts, we have those, too.

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The best hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee outside of Disney World were selected based on the following criteria:

  1. All are well-located hotels where it’s easy to visit Disney World — or not. They are also convenient to other theme parks, convention centers, and area attractions.
  2. Every hotel offers good value for the money through spacious standard rooms, good on-site amenities such as pools and restaurants, and guest perks such as access to theme parks.
  3. Prices start under $200 per night. However, those rates rise significantly during peak travel periods such as spring break and holidays. As such, we’ve noted typical starting and peak prices.
  4. Our best hotels are based on my experience reviewing and staying in local properties, as well as feedback and ratings on sites such as TripAdvisor and Booking.com.
  5. There’s more to Orlando than just Mickey. While these hotels make it easy to visit Disney, they also appeal to business travelers, couples, and families that would rather relax at the pool or enjoy other activities. 
  6. All have new COVID-19 protocols and procedures in place, which we’ve noted below to help you rest easier

Browse all the best Orlando hotels below, or jump directly to a specific area here:

  • The best hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee
  • More on the methodology behind our hotel choices
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These are the best hotels in Orlando, sorted by price from low to high. 

B Resort & Spa

Book B Resort & Spa

Category: Budget

Neighborhood: Disney Springs

Typical starting/peak prices: $66/$158

Best for: Families

On-site amenities: Pool, arcade, restaurant, fitness center

Pros: The hotel offers excellent value for a property that’s so close to some of the bigger attractions. 

Cons: The list of amenities isn’t that impressive compared to some other off-park resorts, but the pool and dining options mean that guests and families can easily pass a day there if they need downtime. 

There’s a charming retro feel to the exterior of this Disney Springs-area hotel, a nod to its former life as the Royal Plaza (the place was fully renovated in 2014). Though it’s actually a Disney-owned property, it hardly feels it compared to other theme park hotels and you’d never know thanks to interior elements such as gleaming marble, by multi-colored chairs, and oversized lamps in the lobby. 

The property confidently walks a fine line between adult and family-friendly, with fun amenities such as iPads to borrow and a Kids Zone video game arcade. The pool area, which many rooms face, is zero-entry with a classic, Miami-style look filled with palm trees, sleek lines, and a bar. 

The rooms are large and airy, with dark blues and grays standing out against white walls and light fittings. They’re sizeable enough for families and come replete with Aveda toiletries.

COVID-19 procedures are available here. 

Castle Hotel

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Category: Boutique

Neighborhood: International Drive

Typical starting/peak prices: $96/$242

Best for: Couples, families with older children

On-site amenities: Pool, spa, gym, restaurant, lounge

Pros: As well as the good on-site dining options, the hotel’s I-Drive location puts guests in the midst of some of Orlando’s best restaurants. There are views of Universal, and another Castle, Hogwart’s.

Cons: The decor in public spaces can seem a little over-the-top, and those with a low tolerance for kitsch might not be huge fans, even after the renovation. 

This International Drive hotel was previously considered to be solidly in the tacky-kitsch arena, but after a 2013 multi-million dollar renovation, it has been elevated into Marriott Bonvoy’s prestigious Autograph Collection.

Gone are the cartoonish pinks and purple accents, replaced by elegant whites and silvers, flanked by striking towers that conjure up a castle-like image. Though stepping into the lobby is more akin to entering the world’s most glamorous hunting lodge, with shiny furniture, chandeliers, and mirrors mixing with deer skulls. The sophisticated rustic mix continues in guest rooms, which feature intricately carved wooden headboards.

Guests can loll by the alluring circular pool, which boasts a dolphin-themed fountain as its centerpiece or take a break in the spa or gym facilities. There is also a bistro restaurant and a cocktail lounge.  

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Caribe Royale Orlando

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Category: Luxury

Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista

Typical starting/peak prices: $110/$248

Best for: Families, business travelers

On-site amenities: Pool, tennis and basketball courts, fitness center, spa, convention center facilities, a AAA 4-Diamond restaurant, casual eateries, a coffeehouse, bars and lounges

Pros:  The huge, heated pool is a definite highlight, and the slide really is the cherry on top. 

Cons: There’s no Kids’ Club, though there are plenty of child-friendly amenities. There’s also a mandatory resort fee. 

There’s really no missing this huge pink complex that’s just a five-minute drive from EPCOT. It’s classier than it sounds, though, and the resort’s Italianate lobby is suitably plush with a hexagonal skylight and opulent greenery. 

The rooms are largely neutral with lots of space and comfortable living areas, especially in the family-sized apartment-style suites. Families and convention guests are kept largely to their own towers, which helps keep it from feeling overrun. 

The dining highlight is the Venetian Chop House, a decadently furnished, award-winning restaurant with crystal chandeliers and wood-paneled booths. There are a handful of more casual options, too. 

Another stand-out amenity is the resort’s pool area with interactive play areas, waterfalls, and an impressive 65-foot water slide. There are also tennis and basketball courts, a gym, spa, as well as fishing (catch and release), and a mile-long jogging and biking trail. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort

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Category: Luxury

Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista

Typical starting/peak prices: $152/$395

Best for: Families, business travelers, golfers

On-site amenities: Pool with lazy river, golf course, spa, gym, several high-end restaurants, free Disney shuttle

Pros: All the benefits of a sprawling Hilton resort with easy access to the luxe facilities and amenities at the Waldorf Astoria next door. Plus, the pool area with its lazy river is one of the best kid-friendly pools in the region. 

Cons: There is a Kids’ Club, but it is located at The Waldorf Astoria, which might not feel convenient. 

This Hilton resort shares convention and other facilities with its sister property, the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and offers almost comparable levels of comfort and amenities with a more family-friendly slant. 

The lobby feels bright and spacious thanks to pastel shades and pale stone floors that reflect the daylight. The ceilings feature striking (but not racy) murals of women in vintage bathing costumes. The rooms are perfectly comfortable, if unremarkable, but do come with Hilton’s Serenity beds, and some offer views of fireworks from the surrounding parks. 

The main draw, especially for families, is the pool area with a lazy river, water slides, and cabanas. Guests can also make use of the golf course and spa, which are amenities that are shared with the Waldorf Astoria. 

Also shared are the varied dining options, though the on-site Italian bistro, La Luce, comes highly recommended and is operated by Napa Valley chef and restaurateur Donna Scala.

COVID-19 procedures are available here. 

Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

Book Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center

Category: Luxury

Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista

Typical starting/peak prices: $159/$379

Best for: Families, couples, business travelers

On-site amenities: Several restaurants and bars, large pool complex including a water park, convention center, spa and fitness center

Pros: As well as the obvious draw of the eco-system/atrium, there’s also a sports bar with a two-story screen for game days. 

Cons: Guests must pay an extra charge to access the eco-system attraction, and many incidental charges add up quickly. 

Run by Marriott and primarily geared to convention-goers, the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center also offers close proximity to Disney and an impressive array of amenities that will appeal to families and adult business travelers. 

The approach has the air of an upscale country club, with palatial spaces, columns, and marble. The hotel also boasts a unique four-and-a-half acre atrium housing a Floridian eco-system of gators, fish, caves, and sand sculptures, among many other things. Guests can visit various themed sections such as Everglades, St Augustine, Key West, etc. 

All rooms were renovated in 2012 and sleep up to five people. Many have atrium views and private balconies, as well as noticeably pleasant granite-topped bathrooms. 

The hotel’s five restaurants include a steakhouse, Caribbean bistro, and a seafood restaurant, part of which is a replica sailboat. The pool area is a mini water park and there’s also an adults-only pool for relaxing.  

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

The Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando

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Category: Boutique

Neighborhood: Downtown

Typical starting/peak prices: $161/$305

Best for: Couples

On-site amenities: Restaurant and cocktail lounge, rooftop pool, spa, fitness facility, Starbucks

Pros: The cocktail lounge is a very popular venue for jazz musicians who pass through the city, and it’s possible to catch some famous faces in an intimate atmosphere. 

Cons: If guests don’t want to incur parking fees at both the hotel and the theme parks, the only real option for Disney and the like is public transport from the bus station a few blocks from the hotel. 

Part of Marriott’s niche Kessler Collection, this property in downtown Orlando is steeped in the portfolio’s usual esoteric design. The lobby is a symphony of red tiling and fabrics and dozens of paintings and sculptures add to the art-forward ambiance. It’s well worth taking a tour of the property’s impressively eclectic art collection. 

The rooms are swathed in plush velvet, and bold color choices such as purple and gold create a slightly kitschy, but decadent look that certainly stands out amid the usual Floridian design. In effect, this hotel feels more like a Vegas property than an Orlando one. 

The flagship restaurant, Boheme, serves modern American cuisine and is similarly sultry with dark woods and scarlet curtains. Its neighboring sister cocktail lounge is dominated by a Grand Bosendorfer Piano, which allows for a great Jazz Brunch at the weekend. 

The hotel’s rooftop pool is relatively modest by Orlando standards but is perfectly pleasant and heated year-round. The spa reflects the playful design of the hotel. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Reunion Resort & Golf Club

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Category: Luxury

Neighborhood: Reunion

Typical starting/peak prices: $163/$283

Best for: Families, business travelers, golfers

On-site amenities: Three golf courses, several pools including a lazy river and water park, spa, gym, restaurants

Pros: The three championship golf courses offer guests a wealth of opportunities to hit the links. 

Cons: The vast size of the complex can be inconvenient, and some inter-building shuttles are necessary for rooms on the outer edges. 

This Wyndham Grand property just west of downtown Orlando is a favorite with golfers, offering three championship courses. The setting could not be more perfect in a plum spot amid two and half thousand acres of landscaped gentle hills. 

A grand, tree-lined driveway brings guests up to the looming towers of the main hotel, with the lobby stepping up the grandeur even more with chandeliers and shining marble floors. 

The main building houses one and two-bedroom suites, while family-sized villas towards the golf courses are also available. All accommodations are fitted to a very high standard with gold and beige color palettes and dark wood finishes that really drive home the sense of quality. The villas are large enough to entertain with high-end granite kitchens. 

Three golf courses are the main attraction, designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Tom Watson, and there are a number of swimming pools, as well as a spa and gym. The 11th-floor restaurant, Eleven, serves a gourmet American menu and Italian and sushi options are available elsewhere on-site.

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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Category: Luxury

Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista

Typical starting/peak prices: $179/$329

Best for: Families, couples, business travelers

On-site amenities: Large pool complex with water slides and waterfalls, tennis, golf, several restaurants, spa and fitness facilities

Pros: The wealth of amenities and activities will really appeal to families, and it makes days away from the parks really easy to fill. The pool complex is especially impressive.

Cons: The design does look a little dated, but there’s nothing particularly terrible about the overall look. 

The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is probably as close to Disney as you can get without actually being part of the campus. Its 1,500-acre sprawl is jam-packed with so many amenities that even the normally-dreaded resort fee seems reasonable. The overall aesthetic is a little 1990s but there are so many distractions that guests will soon overlook it. 

The guest rooms replicate Hyatt’s Asian-influenced, sleek design with rain showers, private balconies, and a chaise lounge. Rooms on the upper floors enjoy the bonus of being able to see the fireworks from Disney and EPCOT, and most rooms overlook the on-site lake. 

The jewel in the amenities crown is the lagoon-style pool complex, which has water slides, waterfalls, and caves and is arguably the best resort pool in the city. On land, there are tennis courts, biking trails, rock climbing, and 45 holes of golf. Hemingway’s is the signature restaurant, serving elevated Floridian classics, and there are four other large eateries to explore. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando

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Category: Luxury

Neighborhood: Lake Buena Vista

Typical starting/peak prices: $188/$402

Best for: Couples, business travelers, golfers

On-site amenities: Golf course, 12 restaurants and lounges, two pools, spa, fitness center, Disney shuttles, kids club

Pros: One of the highest standard properties in the South, bringing all the luxurious elements of the Waldorf Astoria brand to the region. 

Cons: The resort has shuttles to Disney every half-hour, but if you want to explore any of the other larger parks (e.g. Universal), then hiring a car will be a necessary expense.

A name made famous in New York stands as arguably the most luxurious hotel in Orlando. It echoes the original property with a golden dome and famous clock in the grand, circular lobby and monochrome floor tiles in guest rooms. But unlike New York, this Florida outpost comes with the added bonus of a world-class golf course attached to the hotel, with beautiful links that endow the place with a scenic view. 

Beige and gold accents mean guest rooms bathe in a regal light and enjoy high-end linens, toiletries, Italian marble bathroom fittings, and the technical amenities expected from this lofty brand.

The hotel’s signature restaurants set the dining standard in the region with an on-site steakhouse, Bull and Bear. A dozen more casual options (some shared with neighboring sister property Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek) offer every option from Italian to sushi and coffee. Two large pools are classically glamorous, and the spa is indulgent with a full menu of treatments, some of which employ decadent local ingredients like Florida honey. 

COVID-19 procedures are available here.

More on the methodology behind our hotel choices

My experience: I’ve been visiting Orlando and writing about hotels in the area for 15 years. I’ve been to most of these hotels myself and can vouch for their value and hospitality.

COVID-19: We only selected hotels that prioritize the health and safety of their guests with new cleaning policies.

Amenities: Knowing that not everyone comes to Orlando to go to theme parks, we selected hotels that have a wealth of on-site amenities from lavish pool complexes with water parks to sumptuous spas, world-class golf courses, buzzy dining, kids clubs, and excellent fitness facilities.

Location: But if you do want to hit the theme parks, they’re very close and most hotels offer shuttles to avoid the hassle of parking.

Value: We chose hotels that are not only cheaper than most within theme park limits, but offer larger, more up-to-date rooms alongside excellent services and amenities. 

Ratings: We researched reviews and ratings on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor, Hotels.com, Booking.com.

Guests: Our best hotels in Orlando appeal to families, couples, business travelers, and more.

FAQ: The best hotels in Orlando

What is the best area to stay in Orlando, Florida?

If you want to go to the theme parks, Lake Buena Vista is as close as it gets. The nearby picture-perfect town of Celebration is a great place to stay if you want to be in the area, but not the thick of it. International Drive is home to tons of restaurants and shops and is also close, while Downtown Orlando has tons of non-theme park things to do.

Where should adults stay in Orlando, Florida?

Despite the kid-friendly approach of most hotels, many family-friendly resorts seek to attract adults without children by promoting features like adults-only pools and other grownup endeavors such as spas and golf.

How many hotels are in Orlando, Florida?

The Orlando metro area boasts well over 120,000 hotel rooms, the second-highest in the country behind Las Vegas. And although a substantial number of rooms are within Disney theme parks, the strong convention trade, as well as traveler needs, have driven the growth of high-quality hotels all over the city. 

How much does it cost to stay in Orlando, Florida?

Prices vary enormously, though non-Disney hotels are far cheaper than what you’ll find within the theme park grounds.

Peak season prices usually surge between mid-December to April and the period from March to May sees fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures. Summer will be cheapest but expect stormy humid weather.

However, anytime school is not in session, prices can rise to attract families with kids. Busy convention schedules may also drive up prices.

What is there to do in Orlando, Florida?

Orlando has been home to Walt Disney World since 1971, which expanded to open Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios, and many shopping and entertainment complexes in addition to the Magic Kingdom.

But Disney is hardly the only theme park. Brands such as SeaWorld and Universal have also set up shop with the latter recently opening the wildly popular Harry Potter World.

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