Orlando’s best hotels for families 2013

Swimming pool at Floridays Resort Orlando

Floridays Resort Orlando: All-suite, condo-style accommodations with two swimming pools, a waterjet playscape for kids, and shuttles to Orlando’s theme parks.

When I received the list of TripAdvisor’s prestigious Traveler’s Choice 2013 awards for the Top 25 Hotels for Families in the WORLD, I was surprised to see how many were in Italy (seven!)… and also in Orlando, Florida (six!). If you enjoyed the recent Five Expert Tips for visiting Walt Disney World with your Baby, Toddler or Preschooler (by guidebook author Jeffrey Merola), I thought you might also like to know which Orlando hotels made the list of best-recommended hotels in the world for families.

I’ve included a brief summary of what makes each of the top three Orlando resorts on the list so family-friendly, and you can follow the links to see the most recent customer reviews at TripAdvisor and current special offers for the resort. And the winners are…

#5 in the world:  Floridays Resort Orlando

Two- and three-bedroom suites sleep from six to eight guests in beds, allowing families to spread out (or vacation with grandparents without stepping on each other’s toes). What’s better? Each unit offers two bathrooms! Each of the all-suite units has its own kitchen, and there is a grocery store nearby to help you stock yours. The resort features two swimming pools, plus a waterjet playscape that can keep kids–including toddlers–entertained for hours. A cafe on site offers breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.–and will deliver to your room if you so desire. Free shuttle service is also provided to Walt Disney World theme parks, Sea World, and Universal Orlando.

#7 in the world: WorldQuest Orlando Resort

Two- and three-bedroom suites sleep from four to six guests in beds, with all units offering a minimum of 2 bathrooms–while some three-bedroom units have three bathrooms. Each unit also has its own kitchen plus a washing machine and dryer. The very large, free-form pool makes it easy for families to claim their own space (and others who might prefer to lounge away from their squealing). A 24-hour “pantry” market also makes it easy to curb appetites on site, even on a jet-lagged schedule. Free shuttle service to Walt Disney World resorts and attractions.

#13 in the world: Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Deluxe studios with kitchenette sleep 4 (two in a sofabed), while 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom villas are also available. Bay Lake Tower is walking distance to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and some of its rooms overlook the theme park. Lounge by the pool or on a white sand beach at Bay Lake, and don’t miss the winding water slide for bigger kids and waterjet play area that is popular with littler kids. The hotel can help you arrange for in-room babysitting or a babysitter to help you during park visits (don’t forget you can use the hotel babysitter and vacation nanny services to arrange your own babysitter in Orlando as well).  The resort offers a convenience cafe and three restaurants on site, and is linked to the other Walt Disneyworld parks and attractions by monorail, bus, and boat.

Which other Orlando resorts made the 25 best for families list?

#21 in the world: Disney’s Beach Club Resort

#23 in the world: Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

#24 in the world: Marriott’s Harbour Lake

Do you have a favorite place to stay in Orlando? Please share your recommendation in a comment below! (Bloggers, feel free to link to your own review.)

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Safe journeys,

Shelly Rivoli, author of the award-winning Travels with Baby and Take-Along Travels with Baby 

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2 Comments

  1. James

    We stayed at the Polynesian Resort with our 5 and 3 year old. It was great for the family — lots of activities by the pool and the kids loved the kids\’ care at the Neverland Club, which they enter by jumping up on a bed and climbing through a window.

  2. Elaine Schoch

    We stayed at the Contemporary Resort with our then three year old. I loved that we could see the fireworks from our balcony and then put her right to bed. The hotel does have a lot of great conveniences for families.

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