There are many great places to stay when you’re in Florida and many great places to stay when you’re in Orlando specifically. However, one of the very best has to be International Drive. International Drive (or I-Drive) is more than just a big road – it’s got everything you could need for a fun day (or days) out with the family when you need a break from the parks, everything is open well into the evenings, so it could even be a stop after the parks. Plus there are many restaurants and bars for entertainment. So ideally, to make the most of this area, you’ll want a hotel that’s close by, if not on International Drive itself. With that in mind, here are some of the most amazing hotels close to International Drive to choose from.
1. Westgate Lakes
A hotel with an onsite waterpark.
Westgate Lakes is a fabulous resort complex, and it’s located just a very short distance from International Drive. It’s also a very short distance from the Disney World theme parks, Universal Resort, SeaWorld, and Disney Springs, so in terms of location, you wouldn’t be able to ask for much better. You don’t even need a car since there is a complimentary shuttle service that runs from the hotel to all the major attractions. At Westgate Lakes, you have your very own waterpark onsite. It’s called the Treasure Cove Waterpark, and it consists of a 41,000-gallon wave pool, a lazy river, a splash pad, and plenty of slides. Prefer something quieter? That’s fine; there are seven pools in total at this resort, so you’re sure to find something that cools you down just right. The rooms are modern and spacious, and if you rent a suite, you’ll even have a kitchen and living/dining area to enjoy. The hotel has a fitness center and a spa offering massages, body scrubs, and more. With four restaurants and three bars, you’ll always have plenty of choice, but with International Drive so close, you can try out many different dining options there too. Why not VISIT SITE to find out more?
2. Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
A Universal partner hotel.
Although the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive is, as the name suggests, on I-Drive, that doesn’t mean all you’ll see is stores and restaurants and lots of people. The great thing about this hotel is that it is tucked away within lush tropical landscapes, giving it a peaceful atmosphere even though you’re only moments from all the action. On top of its fabulous location, this hotel is one of the Universal Resort partners, meaning that you can get early passes to the park and other areas and discounts on Universal merchandise. There is even a free shuttle service that will take you to the park. Of course, one of the perks of being so close to International Drive is that you’ll have a wide range of eating options, but if you want to stay in the hotel to eat, that will work out well because there is a restaurant, coffee shop, and bar at your disposal. There are rooms to suit every guest and every family group, and that includes the bunk bed rooms, which the kids will love. Speaking of family, if you have a small pet (weighing under 60 pounds), they will be welcome too.
3. Universal Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
Use the hotel’s water taxi to get to the parks.
Universal Loews Sapphire Falls Resort is in a fantastic location close to everything (especially Universal and International Drive), so it can make an ideal base for your Orlando vacation. However, this hotel shouldn’t just be considered a place to sleep – it’s also a place to enjoy. You’ll feel as though you’re on your own tropical island, allowing you to get some well-earned rest and relaxation as well as enjoying the excitement of everything that Orlando has to offer. There is an outdoor pool with a waterslide that will keep the kids (and adults) entertained for many an hour. You can even hire your own cabana (with a fridge and ceiling fan) to make the most of your time poolside. Within each room, there is plenty of tech, such as smart temperature controls and iPod docking stations, and the décor is sunny and bright. The onsite restaurants (there are four of them) are Caribbean and seafood themed, but they serve other food as well, plus you’re right in the middle of a plethora of other restaurants nearby. The location is so great that you can use a water taxi to reach the theme parks if you prefer this to a shuttle bus.
4. Hyatt Regency Orlando
Hire a bike and go exploring.
What more could you ask for than being on International Drive itself and mere minutes from all the major parks and attractions you’re planning on visiting while you’re on vacation in Orlando? This is exactly what you’ll get when you stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. You’ll also get plenty more besides. That includes two outdoor pools that are perfect for cooling off in – one even has a splash pad and slide. At the Grotto Pool, you’ll find a poolside bar, stunning waterfalls, and you can hire a private cabana to make the day even more special and relaxing. There are a number of restaurants at the hotel, including a 24-hour deli-style eatery, a steakhouse, and the B-Line Diner, serving traditional burgers, hot dogs, and other diner fare. Not hungry? If you’re thirsty instead, you can choose from three different bars, including the poolside one. Since you’re on International Drive, you can go out and explore any time you want to, and to make that easier, the hotel offers bike rental so you can see more during your time there.
5. Rosen Plaza Hotel Orlando Convention Center
Enjoy the partnership with the local golf course.
The Rosen Plaza is a magnificent hotel complete with everything you could possibly ask for. You’re only 10 minutes from Disney World and five minutes from Universal and SeaWorld, but you’re also close to the events and restaurants to be found on International Drive, so every moment of your day is sure to be filled with fun, whether you’re in the parks, on I-Drive, or in your hotel. Speaking of the hotel, the Rosen Plaza offers a variety of different accommodation to suit everyone, no matter what size of group you might be traveling with. Outside of the rooms, you can use the pool, fitness center, gift shop, and whirlpool. If you need more park tickets or you want to hire a car, the hotel staff will happily help. If you love golf, this is a great option, too – Shingle Creek Golf Club is under a mile from your accommodation, and you can use it when you want. As for food, with seven different restaurants in the hotel, you’ll never be at a loss for something great to eat.
6. Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
Waterparks are everywhere when you stay at this hotel.
Being located on International Drive is a great bonus when you’re staying in Orlando, as it means you can enjoy everything the city has to offer. When you choose the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, you’ll have International Drive, but you’ll also be within walking distance of SeaWorld and its sister park, Aquatica (a fantastic waterpark). You’ll be able to see sea creatures up close and learn more about them and the conservation efforts going on to help them. However, you don’t even have to leave the hotel for waterpark fun since there is a small one right there that even includes a kiddie area for the littlest ones. The hotel also has a spa, so while the children are enjoying themselves, adults can also have some enjoyment with a choice of facials, pedicures, manicures, massages, and more. The rooms are lovely and very comfortable, and some even come with a view of SeaWorld.
7. Castle Hotel
Try the tower rooms for a different view.
Although the Castle Hotel feels like a boutique, independent hotel, it’s actually part of the Marriott chain, so you’ll get the best of both worlds. It’s a fairy tale place to stay, and you’ll feel very special when you walk through its door and see the gorgeous castle-inspired hotel décor all around you. If you want to make your stay even more memorable, you can pay extra to stay in a tower room, but since all the rooms are wonderful, you’ll have a great time no matter where you stay. There are two onsite restaurants, and you can use them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you choose. The outdoor pool is a delight, and for those looking to keep fit, there is an onsite fitness center too. Nearby you’ll find tennis, mini-golf, and bowling, as well as all the fun that International Drive has to offer.