Best area to stay in Orlando

Where is the best area to stay in Orlando?

When you hear the American city name of Orlando, no matter what your age is the inner child inside jumps at the thought of its surrounding theme parks, which include the world-famous Universal Studios, Disney World and Sea World.


These theme parks as well as many different smaller ones and other various tourist attractions are found outside the city, yet there is plenty of accommodation, restaurants, pubs, clubs and shopping to satisfy everyone’s needs. Film-themed rides and roller coasters await both children and adults as do spectacular performances from marine life, which all-in-all makes for a special holiday.


The best area to stay in Orlando is International Drive as it is exceptionally close to Universal Studios as well as Sea World. What better than to stay right in between both major theme parks, which is well connected with frequent shuttle bus rides and train trips that can take you to all the different themed areas and even into Orlando itself. International Drive is easy to get to by car, from the airport and other forms of public transportation and is one of the safest areas to stay in.

Hotel   Avg price
Hyatt Place Orlando/Convention Center
8741 International Drive
167€ - 199$
Hampton Inn Orlando-Convention Center International Drive Area
8900 Universal Blvd
185€ - 220$
Rosen Centre Hotel
9840 International Dr
241€ - 287$
Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention Center
8600 Austrian Court
244€ - 290$
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Orlando International Drive
8214 Universal Boulevard
314€ - 374$
Hotel   Avg price
Sonesta ES Suites Orlando
8480 International Drive
207€ - 246$
Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Drive
229€ - 273$


If you are interested in where to stay in Orlando, you may also be interested in where to stay in Miami, where to stay in Key Westwhere to stay in Fort Lauderdale and where to stay in Tampa.

International Drive, the best area to stay in Orlando

International Drive Orlando This area, which is just outside the city of Orlando is the perfect place to stay in due to the proximity of some of the world’s most famous parks as well as many other smaller ones, though are just as fun. There are plenty of hotels to pick from in this area, which cater for budget categories including those who like to stay in the most luxurious of resorts to the most basic place going.


What’s more is that wherever you stay in International Drive, there will be a bus station where the shuttle bus will pick you up from and take you to whichever theme park you want to go to. The neighbourhood has a wide selection of restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs and bundles of shops and department stores, which are home to many international brands and designers.


Universal Studios is the closest major tourist attraction and is Disney’s main challenger, which contains various film-themed rides and roller coasters including: The Incredible Hulk, Jurassic Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Men In Black, The Terminator, Back to the Future, Jaws, King Kong, Alien, The Mummy and many, many more. There are also performances by drama productions, films concerts and comedians on show.


Furthermore, the resort is home to hotels, a restaurant and nightclub complex and a shopping area. The other main theme park close by is Sea World, which is famously known for its fantastic shows with marine life being the star attraction as well as some rides and roller coasters. Other notable theme parks are Wet ‘N Wild, which is a fun water park and Gatorland, where you find many alligators and reptiles.



Hotels in International Drive


Other areas to stay in Orlando


Downtown OrlandoThe central business district of Orlando is its historical centre and is also referred to as ‘Downtown’ or simply ‘DT’ and is the perfect place to stay if you want to enjoy the amusement parks for a few days but will them need a change of tempo! Having said that, there is still plenty to do in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of Downtown. The focus for the area is Lake Eola which has numerous swans, swan-shaped boats to hire and a famous light show! For younger visitors, there is a fun play park and the Walt Disney amphitheatre regularly holds different events. The amphitheatre is the best venue in DT for watching the 4th July fireworks.


Other attractions include the weekly farmers’ market with stalls selling everything from home made cheese to jewellery. There is the snazzy Dr Phillips Centre which is well known for its musical and operatic productions and the Amway Centre which attracts ‘A’ lister performers and hosts some great basketball games.


There is a great sprinkling of good pubs and international restaurants in this district and the chance to take a walk and enjoy the local wildlife or learn all about it in the Orlando Science Center. It is fun to explore the Leu House Museum and Gardens. This is a beautifully restored 19th-century home in 50 acres of landscaped grounds, with woodlands and a lake. If you want to relax, why not practise your swing on the local golf course?



Hotels in Downtown Orlando






Kissimmee, OrlandoFor a memorable action-packed family holiday, Kissimmee is the No 1 choice! This city is situated in the heart of sunny Florida and is just so close to all the awesome amusement parks including the mega Walt Disney World Resort Complex. The big difference is that in Kissimmee there is a great choice of cheaper hotels and more self-catering options than you will find on International Drive. Getting around without a car is slightly easier in International Drive as it is more compact. Kissimmee is more spread out but has a lovely rural feel as properties as many homes and villas have private pools.



If you fancy being away from the bustling parks, Kissimmee is a great choice as it sits on the north-western shores of Lake Tohopekaliga (aka ‘Lake Toho’). Right on your doorstep, there is a waterfront park with forest trails, playgrounds and good fishing, plus the chance to zip through the treetops or glide in a hot air balloon. Downtown, there is good retail shopping and a selection of restaurants.



Hotels in Kissimmee






celebration OrlandoCelebration is a Walt Disney Company made town, which is just a few miles out from Disney Land and offers an ideal area to stay in. Being so close to the major tourist attraction as well as being a safe neighbourhood, having excellent public transportation links and is easily reached by the airport, make this place particularly appealing. The town itself was planned as a pre-40’s style of town and has evidence of this from the architecture that was built.


The place is so compact that everything is within walking distance with most of the locals just walking, cycling or on the off chance, be seen using their electric vehicles to get around the town. The town centre is where you will find the most amount of restaurants with cuisines offering American, European and further afield and shops that sell a range of products from clothing to various types of technology. The town is also home to golf courses, cinemas, theatres, playing fields, parks and a lake with many different festivals going on throughout the year. You can also rent out electric cars, bikes, paddle boats and even remote controlled sail boats.



Hotels in Celebration




Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena VistaThe community feel about staying in Celebration is incredibly unique, however if you have had so much fun during the day and can’t bear to leave Disney Land, then you can stay at Lake Buena Vista, which is part of the site and is owned by the company. This vastly safe area has brilliant connections to the entrance of the park as well as other theme parks and also Orland itself.


The majority of the hotels are found along Hotel Plaza Boulevard and Palm Parkway, which are mostly high-priced due to how close you are to Disney Land but you do get amazing views of the park as well as the various lakes that surround you. There are numerous restaurants offering all kinds of food from Chinese, American, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Mexican and many other cuisines and there are a decent amount of pubs and bars that usually have some form of live entertainment including magical shows, comedians, music and more.


Disney Land itself is the most popular theme park in the world and has a great mixture of rides, roller coasters and modelled areas that imitate parts of the world, which is sure to bring out the magic, fantasy and wonder in you, whatever your size and age. There are also water parks, a zoo, and a shopping and entertainment district, which provide a great deal of shops, restaurants, bars, and even hotels. Furthermore, there are many leisure activities that you can do like tennis, go karting, boating, spas and health clubs.



Hotels in Lake Buena Vista