While Orlando is practically synonymous with theme parks, there is also a bustling downtown area deserving of attention. Downtown Orlando is home to the city’s numerous sports teams and their arenas, popular concert venues and museums. As an added bonus, Walt Disney World Resort and Universal’s Islands of Adventure are still less than 20 miles away.
Stay downtown to experience a different side of Orlando. We’ve selected a range of the best lodging options, including budget inns and luxury hotels. These hotels stood out for their high guest ratings, amenities and proximity to Downtown Orlando’s attractions.
Aloft Orlando Downtown
From $179/ night
Featuring an urban-inspired design, the Aloft Orlando Downtown is a modern hotel with many amenities. Rooms feature plush, platform beds and Bliss spa amenities, with either a pool or lake view. Enjoy a taste of Orlando’s nightlife at the on-site WXYZ bar, or some quiet time in the Re:mix lounge. Work out in the hotel’s Re:charge gym or take a dip in the outdoor Splash Pool. Aloft is committed to conserving resources and offers a $5 voucher to Re:fuel for each night you turn down housekeeping.
Hotel Grand Bohemian
From $195/ night
With lush velvet drapes and marble bathrooms, the Grand Bohemian Hotel’s guest rooms ooze luxury. Each room has a pillowtop mattress with luxury bedding, a signature bathrobe and premium bath products. Prepare for a day of exploring with the in-room Starbucks coffee. Or, stick around and soak up the sun at the outdoor heated pool, which has views of Downtown Orlando. Make a reservation at AAA Four-Diamond Boheme Restaurant for dinner or the Sunday Jazz Brunch, featuring the area’s hottest jazz musicians. Amway Arena is just a 10-minute walk away.
Residence Inn by Marriott
From $190/ night
This hotel is highly rated for its location and it’s no wonder why – the Residence Inn is close to the downtown attractions, public transit and a short drive from the theme parks. Guest rooms feature everything you’d need for one night or an extended stay. This hotel is popular for families, with some suites sleeping up to eight people. A complimentary breakfast buffet is offered each morning, with plenty of juice and coffee to go around. Take a dip in the indoor pool or keep up your workout routine at the exercise room.
The EO Inn – Downtown
From $140/ night
The EO Inn is an intimate boutique hotel with just 21 rooms and suites. Rooms include basic amenities like a hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Don a comfy robe and enjoy the premium bathroom products. While the rooms are on the smaller side, you can also hang out on the rooftop terrace with a hot tub. Some rooms include access to a shared balcony. The EO Inn located just across the street from Lake Eola, where you can partake in year-round events like outdoor movies and fireworks.
Embassy Suites Orlando – Downtown
From $150/ night
Located on the corner of Lake Eola Park, the Embassy Suites is part a popular chain and is well reviewed by guests. Book a room or a suite, all of which are equipped with a microwave and coffee maker. Before you hit the theme parks, get energized with a made-to-order omelet at the breakfast buffet. The Evening Reception features complimentary snacks and drinks to end the day. Residence Inn has been recognized for its commitment to the environment – rooms have water and energy efficient appliances.