If your family is anything like ours (fun and frogerrific), then you’re already planning your next hop to Universal Orlando Resort! We just can't get enough of the Butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all the action-packed adventures at Universal Orlando Resort. There is just so much to experience at Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal's Volcano Bay, which is why choosing a hotel near Universal Orlando Resort is important for a successful family vacation. From years of hopping around the parks, we've learned that off-site hotels have many benefits (like saving a little green). We offer some some great discounts on hotels near Universal Orlando and many other lodgings around the city for all you budget-minded frogs out there! Let’s take a look at our list of best hotels near Universal Orlando.
Why Choose a Hotel Near Universal Orlando?
Staying at off-site hotels near Universal Orlando provides easy access to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay and CityWalk. You can save money while still being close to the parks and I-Drive’s entertainment district. Aside from affordable pricing and convenient locations, these hotels also offer a variety of great amenities like shuttle transportation, themed pools, on-site dining and more space. We frogs toadally like to save money so we can use those extra bucks for more yummy food and park souvenirs!
Best Hotels Near Universal Orlando
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Looking for an outdoor oasis in central Orlando? This hotel near Universal Orlando Resort is the perfect paradise for your vacation. With close proximity to the parks, it’s easy to hop back to the Hyatt Regency Orlando for a splash in the pool. Or in this case, pools. This hotel features three tropical-themed pools, including a zero-entry grotto pool with waterslides and a waterfall — oh my! It also has stunning rooms featuring granite countertops and some feature views of the Orlando skyline. Request a higher-floor room facing International Drive so that you can take in the fireworks from the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot at night. Parents will love being steps from I-Drive’s entertainment district with shops, restaurants and the convenient I-Ride Trolley.
You’ll find family-friendly amenities at this hotel near Universal Orlando Resort. With multiple dining options, staying at the resort offers something for everyone. Enjoy the on-site Starbucks for an easy caffeine fix and quick bite on your way out to the parks. The heated pool includes a splash pad and when you’re done soaking up the sun, head indoors to the arcade room! Take in panoramic views of Universal Orlando with floor-to-ceiling windows.
As its name suggests, you’ll find yourself just steps away from Universal at this family-friendly hotel. This hotel offers prime location, amenities and shuttle transportation to the parks without any fees. Tadpoles can leap in the pool or hop over to the splash zone for more fun. Planning a longer stay? This hotel offers convenient amenities such as spacious suites with kitchenettes equipped with a full-size refrigerator, laundry valet and an on-site laundry facility. Families will enjoy dining at the on-site T.G.I. Friday’s, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This modern, chic hotel near Universal is just across from the parks and walking distance to Universal CityWalk. You’ll find suites with full kitchens, family suites with bunk beds for tadpoles, free Wi-Fi and a breakfast buffet. Parents can wind down at the lobby’s H Bar after a full day at the parks. Hop to and from the parks on the free shuttle. The Hyatt House Across from Universal Orlando Resort offers spacious suites featuring a separate sitting area with a sleeper sofa for more room — perfect for larger families!
If you’re looking for a luxurious resort experience, then the JW Marriott Grande Lakes offers exactly that! This hotel near Universal is also central to other Orlando attractions. Shuttle transportation to Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World and SeaWorld is provided. This hotel is just a hop, skip and jump away from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course for those of you who are golf fanatics. Explore the hotel’s seven dining options, including a grab-and-go café for a quick meal. Tadpoles and parents will enjoy the oversized pool and extensive lazy river. When staying at JW Marriott, you’ll forget all your worries while relaxing lakeside with endless amenities.
Approximately 15 minutes from Universal Studios, the Ritz Carlton is rated high on our list of top hotels near Universal Orlando Resort. It offers as much action and adventure as staying at an on-site hotel coupled with a relaxing and toadally serene resort experience. With 11 on-site dining options, three pools, a 40,000-square-foot spa and access to the neighboring JW Marriott’s amenities, such as the lazy river, guests can unwind after a day at the parks without having to leave the resort. Tadpoles will love the activities offered by Ritz Kids, a drop-off program for ages 4 to 12, allowing parents to have a break while keeping the kids entertained.
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