So you and your family are finally taking a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando! The kids are so excited, and you, the parents, have been busy putting the plans together. You arranged the travel, bought park tickets, and packed your bags, but you still need to pick a family-friendly hotel.
Maybe you want to stay off property to save money, but how do you know which hotel will be the best choice for you and your family?
Here is a table to show which hotels there are, whether they have a swimming pool, star rating and the price range they fall into. We created three categories; luxury ($$$), mid-range ($$) and budget-friendly ($) so you can find what is better suited to you and your budget.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Orlando
This hotel is situated right on Universal Boulevard, which means that the Universal parks are only a little over a mile away.
The Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens are also a short distance from the hotel, which could make for an extra fun excursion during your trip to Orlando.
Some amenities for the hotel include free Wi-Fi, a fitness centre, an outdoor heated pool, meeting rooms, and more. It also offers kid-friendly activities throughout the day, and the Elements Bar and Grille serves family favourites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There is free parking available for guests who are driving there is also complimentary wifi and a swimming pool. There is also a games room perfect for keeping kids entertained on your days off from the parks.
Book Here: Crowne Plaza Hotel Orlando
DoubleTree By Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
This hotel is a Universal Orlando Partner hotel, meaning that they are walking distance away from the Universal parks and surrounding attractions like the Orlando Premium Outlets and the Mall at Millenia.
The amenities available at the hotel include an on-site pool so you and your family can swim, a restaurant that serves American family favourites, free Wi-Fi, and a golf course.
They also have several conference rooms and services to support business people. The concierge can also recommend excursions for the whole family.
Homewood Suites by Hilton on International Drive Orlando
This hotel is situated just ten miles away from all of the major Orlando theme parks: Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld Orlando. This makes it the perfect home base for all your Orlando adventures.
Amenities offered include complimentary breakfast, free parking, a golf course, fitness centre, pool, concierge, and free Wi-Fi.
You and your family can save money by enjoying the complimentary breakfast and have fun at the pool. The concierge can also help you plan out your day by offering suggestions.
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando International Drive North
This hotel is located on I-4, just two miles from Universal, and the park shuttle stops at the hotel so you and your family can take it there to save some hassle.
The Orlando Premium Outlets are great for shopping sprees and are only eight miles away.
The hotel includes free parking and Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant that serves family favourites for breakfast and dinner, a pool, golf course, fitness centre, room service, a business centre, and meeting rooms.
The pool area also includes a whirlpool and tiki bar so that everyone can cool off and feel refreshed.
Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel
This hotel is partnered with Universal and is located on Universal Boulevard, just minutes from the parks.
The hotel features room service, a large pool, two hot tubs, an on-site restaurant serving all meals as well as an on-site deli, sundry store, free parking, Wi-Fi, basketball court, and fitness centre, and a 24-hour front desk where the multilingual staff is always available to answer questions.
The Best Western hotel features a great place for everyone to stay with an outdoor heated pool, 2 hot tubs complimentary wifi throughout. This hotel is a great place for families with great family rooms available suitable for a number of family/party sizes.
The on-site restaurant is called Sharky & Jack’s Restaurants which is open for breakfast and dinner serving traditional American cuisine and also has a full-service bar.
There is a hotel deli which is open for all meals selling sandwiches, pizza, pastries and a variety of drinks.
Book Here: Best Western Orlando Gateway Hotel
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
The Wyndham Orlando Resort is situated within walking distance from the ICON Park entertainment district with various shops and restaurants.
The hotel also offers shuttles to and from Universal and SeaWorld, ideal for those who want to avoid driving when in Orlando.
It also features a fitness centre, outdoor and ambient pools, room service, a restaurant and bar serving American favourites at all meal times, and free Wi-Fi and parking. In short, all the essential services you and your family will love.
Hyatt Place Orlando Across from Universal Orlando Resort
This hotel is another Universal Orlando partner that is close enough to the park that you can walk to it.
However, the hotel also offers shuttle rides to both Universal Studios and SeaWorld. These do come at a small additional cost (price per person, each way) but are ideal for those looking to avoid driving or the additional costs of parking on-site.
Other amenities offered are complimentary breakfast, an on-site restaurant for all-day dining, a fitness centre, pool, free Wi-Fi, meeting spaces, and a business centre. All the essentials are here to make sure your vacation goes off without a hitch.
Four Points by Sheraton Orlando International Drive
This hotel is the most family-friendly of the search so far, as well as a Universal Partner, meaning you get complimentary shuttles to the Universal parks and SeaWorld with your stay.
There are also many family attractions nearby, like Ripley’s Believe It or Not, escape rooms, and Pirate Cove Adventure Golf.
This is the first hotel on the list that features a children’s splash pool, cribs on request, and they have an offer where children under 18 stay free with a paying adult.
The basic amenities like free Wi-Fi, a full-size pool, on-site dining, and a fitness centre are there for your enjoyment as well.
Clarion Inn and Suites Across from Universal Orlando Resort
Another member of the Universal Hotel Partner Family, this hotel offers complimentary shuttles to Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando. It is also directly across from the Orlando Premium Outlets.
Amenities provided here are an on-site restaurant, pool and hot tubs, fitness centre, a lounge and bar, picnic area, sun deck, free Wi-Fi, vending machines, and car and stroller rental.
There are plenty of options to keep everyone entertained if they would rather stay away from the parks for a bit.
Floridays Resort Orlando
This hotel offers a fun tropical atmosphere while being situated in the heart of Orlando. The hotel offers shuttles to and from Universal and SeaWorld – these are perfect if you don’t want to drive on your vacation.
If you’re looking to ‘shop until you drop’ in Orlando then Floridays Resort is perfectly positioned just for you with less than 10 miles to the Mall at Millenia and less than 2 miles to the Orlando Premium Outlets in Vineland.
Some of the amenities here include two pools with a children’s splash zone and a sand play area, a game room, fitness centre, on-site cafe, and a concierge.
They also have family-fun activities like a dive-in movie at the pool, karaoke night, and a DJ pool party every week, so the whole family will have something fun to do if you want to stay home from the parks.
Book Here: Floridays Resort Orlando
The Point Hotel and Suites Orlando
This hotel is located minutes away from all major Orlando theme parks and attractions and offers a shuttle service for these destinations for guests.
This makes exploring Orlando just that much easier, and you and your family will be able to get the most out of your stay.
The Point Hotel’s amenities include a concierge, self-parking, on-site dining and room service, Wi-Fi, a fitness centre, and a pool and hot tub so you can relax at your home away from home.
The hotel’s website also has an interactive area map so that you can plan out the activities you would like to do ahead of time with your family.
Book Here: The Point Hotel and Suites Orlando