Planning a vacation to Orlando usually means one thing – you are going to Disney World! With one of the world’s most famous theme parks on its doorstep, you can rest assured that Orlando is full of hotels. What you will probably not be surprised to learn, however, is that finding cheap hotels in Orlando can be a challenge. After all, Mickey and Co. know that you are going to come visit one way or another, so there is no incentive to reduce prices. It is good business sense, but not great if you are looking to visit Orlando on a budget.
Of course, this does not mean that you will not be able to find a cheap hotel in Orlando – it just means you will have to do more than just the first room you find. There are lots of hotels within a few minutes of both the Orlando airport as well as Walt Disney World, so if your plans call for nothing more than arriving in the city and spending all your time at the theme park, the area around the airport is a perfectly fine location in which to base yourself. Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld are also close to this neighborhood, and there are some budget properties to be found there as well. They are pretty standard (or boring) hotels, but if you do not plan to spend much time in your hotel room, that is probably just fine.
If you are traveling with a family, you may want to consider booking a room in one of the hotels that offer suites or “mini-suites,” which come with small living room areas and small kitchens. This can be a great way to save money on a vacation to Orlando (or anywhere) when you can keep a few things in a fridge for the kids to munch on, or cook up a simple meal or two every so often during your trip. It helps you cut costs by not eating out so often, and it also helps make sure the pickier members of your family do not go hungry!
For those of you who are just visiting Disney World and the other nearby theme parks, consider the family of AmeriSuites properties near the airport, including the AmeriSuites Orlando Airport Northeast and AmeriSuites Orlando Airport Northwest, as well as the Hyatt Place Orlando Universal. If you are planning to spend some time in the city of Orlando itself in addition to the theme parks (and there is plenty to do in the city in addition to visiting Mickey Mouse!), the Courtyard Orlando Downtown puts you close to the city’s attractions while still not far from the theme parks.