7 Great Hotels Near Walt Disney World Compared for Location, Amenities, and Value

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019


Finding a great hotel near Walt Disney World and other popular attractions is not always an easy choice. Certainly some on-site resorts have their perks but can drain the family vacation budget. Alternatively, nearby off-site resorts can offer excellent value, excellent amenities, and convenient park access with free shuttles. In fact, if you are planning on visiting any other parks or attractions other than the Magic Kingdom, some of the hotels on our list are much closer in proximity. You may find that you can get a better overall value and quite possibly a better vacationing experience with these hotels near Walt Disney World. We’ll compare each so you can decide which might suit your needs and expectations. For those who can’t wait we have a TL:DR summary of pros and cons at the bottom.

1. Comfort Inn International Drive

International Drive is a main thoroughfare about 5 miles north east of Walt Disney World. This is a particularly convenient area completely dotted with restaurants, shopping, and attractions. This Comfort Inn sits right off the freeway, with a number of places to eat within walking distance. The closest are a Golden Coral, Mango’s Tropical Cafe, BJ’s, Red Robin, Uno’s Pizzeria, and a bunch more. There is a Circle K a short walk and a nearby Walgreens as well. Just a block south is ICON Park, a 20 acre complex with more than 40 amazing restaurants, bars, shops and attractions, all anchored by The Wheel, a 40 story tall observation wheel.

As far as in-room amenities, this hotel offers refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms, pay-per-view movies, a free breakfast buffet, and free wifi. There is an outdoor pool, laundry facilities, free parking and a free shuttle to all major theme parks.

It’s also worth noting that as far as location, this hotel sits directly in between SeaWorld and Universal Studios, just a few miles away in either direction. So if you plan on visiting either, this location is actually more convenient than any Walt Disney World Resort.


2. Best Western International Drive

This Best Western hotel is actually right next door to the aforementioned Comfort Inn, so all of the above restaurants and attractions are the same distance away. With that out of the way we’ll scoot a bit further down International Drive, the density of restaurants and attractions continue. Further down you’ll find Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, a Wonderworks game center, Dave & Busters, and Point Orlando shopping center. Just down the road there are way too many restaurants to name but expect well known national chains and some independent options as well. Finally, the Orange County Convention Center is located 1.5 miles south on International drive, still walking distance away for many.

This hotel is similar to the Comfort Inn as far as amenities, refrigerator and microwave in all rooms, free WiFi, and in-room safes. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness room, laundry rooms, and free breakfast. As with all major hotels near Disney World, a free shuttle to all major parks is provided.


3. Royal Parc Hotel, Lake Buena Vista

Moving about 4 miles south west toward Walt Disney World, we find the Lake Buena Vista area. This is another cluster of hotels, restaurants and shopping, which has less density of restaurants and shopping as International Drive, but one big attraction walking distance away…Disney Springs. Disney Springs is a mega-complex with an eclectic mix of eateries, boutiques, and entertainment that you could spend the whole day at.

If you don’t want to walk the mile to Disney Springs, immediately next to the hotel are at least a dozen restaurants including Chevy’s Fresh Mex, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sweet Tomatoes, Fuddruckers, TGIFridays, and a bunch more. There is a McDonalds and Burger King also walking distance for those that need a super quick bite.

The hotel itself was formerly a Comfort Inn and was remodeled into a Royal Parc in 2018 going into 2019. The building and pool are definitely an small upgrade from the previous mentioned hotels. The outdoor pool features a waterfall and waterslide. Free parking and WiFi are included. In-room amenities include a refrigerator and microwave, and balconies.


4. Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Lake Buena Vista

Just north of Royal Parc LBV about 300 yards, we find the Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Lake Buena Vista. This boutique Marriott brand has been newly renovated and is an Official Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, free WiFi, a fitness center, free breakfast buffet, laundry, safe deposit boxes (front desk) and a concierge. Room amenities include refrigerator, microwave, and premium movie channels. It’s worth nothing that this is a 3 star hotel, compared to the previous Comfort Inn’s 2.5 stars. That said, this Fairfield’s pool is pretty basic. So if you are pool dwellers and are not too critical of hotel service, The Comfort Inn LBV may be a better value.

As far as restaurants and stores, you could head south the 300 yards to the Comfort Inn’s dining options. or stay closer because directly across the street you have a Shoneys, Chili’s Bar & Grill, and Romano’s Macaroni Grill. There is a Walgreens directly across the street for convenience items.

Disney Springs is also just over a mile away, but since that has also been mentioned, there is another major attraction in the immediate vicinity. Epcot Center is less than 3 miles away just on the other side Disney Springs. Perhaps too long to walk but definitely a very short shuttle ride away. Equally important to note that Epcot and Magic Kingdom are connected via Monorail. So from the Lake Buena Vista area you have this path into their most popular park.


5. Royal Parc Suites Kissimmee

Less than 3 miles south of Disney Springs, located in an area known as Old Town is Royal Parc Suites Kissimmee. This is yet another area dense with hotels, restaurants, shopping, and attractions. Old Town is a walking district containing a unique collection of shops, dining options, rides, attractions and weekly events. Its theme is a old American town with historical architecture, a musical stage, and classic car shows. Old Town has its own amusement park called Fun Town, with various carnival and thrill rides, go-karts, a midway, and the world’s tallest skycoaster at 300 feet. Admission is free but rides require passes. In the immediate area there are plenty of popular national chain restaurants and shops for your convenience. For those that can’t live without a nearby convenience store, there is a 7-11 literally 100 feet from the hotel.

This hotel was formerly a Quality Suites, and remodeled recently into a Royal Parc. It is unique in that it is an all-suite hotel, with a separate bedroom and queen sized sleeper sofas in the living room. This layout may be desirable for families or larger groups. Continuing on the family focus is a real kitchen with sink and stove, absent from all the previous hotels we mentioned. The outdoor swimming pool is on the larger size compared with the other hotels, and the hotel also features a playground and (small) arcade. Also of note is that this hotel allows pets, fees may apply please contact the hotel for details.



6. Worldgate Resort & Hotel, Kissimmee

The Worldgate Resort & Hotel, Kissimmee, is 3 miles west of Royal Parc/Old Town, and .5 miles from the main gate to Walt Disney World. Magic Kingdom is actually tucked away a few miles past the main gate,so for sure you’ll want to take their free shuttle (again, all hotels in this review offer free shuttles)

The Worldgate Resort & Hotel is not in a restaurant/shopping dense area, so you will not have the bountiful selection as our previous hotels. However, Park Inn offers a few unique amenities. On-site AVIS car rental (this right here could be a game changer), TWO heated outdoor pools (one of the pools offers 24 hour access), a seasonal poolside bar, 10 person hot tub, game room and Disney theater for the kids, tennis & basketball courts, and an on-site restaurant. This hotel is more appointed like a resort with this level of amenities. More likely you’ll be staying on property, but if you want to venture off to eat there is an IHOP, Arbys, and Popeyes just down the road.

Also of note: this is the closest hotel on our list to LegoLand, another great theme park in the area, especially for any Lego-lovers in your family.


7. Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport

The last hotel on our list is a the farthest away from the theme parks. But it is the closest to one other important place…the Orlando International Airport. For those wanting convenience traveling to and from the airport, and aren’t interested in being in the middle of a crowd of theme park tourists, the Fairfield by Marriott Orlando Airport might be your best value. This Fairfield is located 2 miles north of the airport and still has a selection of nearby restaurants, a Sonny’s BBQ, Denny’s, Chili’s, and Bar Louie American pub.

As with the other Fairfield hotel reviewed, expect a 3 star hotel experience and the same amenities. This is the only hotel reviewed here that offers aa 24/7 shuttle to the airport, which could be an important detail to certain travelers. This is also the closest hotel to popular East Coast Florida beaches such as Daytona beach, which is about an hours drive away. There is a free shuttle to theme parks but it runs on a limited schedule, it may be better to rent a car. Other hotel amenities include free breakfast buffet, free WiFi, outdoor pool with whirlpool, fitness center, laundry services, safe deposit boxes (front desk), and concierge.

In Summary

All of these hotels offer an excellent value, well appointed amenities, and a promising vacation to Orlando, Florida. Some have special offerings or cater to particular customers. Because of that, it’s impossible to rate these in a specific order. So instead we’ll list each again with pro and con highlights.

1. Comfort Inn International Drive

Pros: Fantastic area full of restaurants, shops and attractions. Free shuttles to major theme parks. Fridge and Microwave. Closest to SeaWorld and Universal Studios

Cons: No stand-out hotel or room amenities

Best for: Explorers, people who don’t mind walking to nearby destinations. People headed to Universal Studios or SeaWorld. People who might appreciate the other smaller nearby attractions. People who demand a very wide selection of restaurants nearby

2. Best Western International Drive

Pros: Fantastic area full of restaurants, shops and attractions. Free shuttles to major theme parks. Fridge and Microwave. Closest to SeaWorld and Universal Studios

Cons: No stand-out hotel or room amenities

Best for: Explorers, people who don’t mind walking to nearby destinations. People headed to Universal Studios or SeaWorld. People who might appreciate the other smaller nearby attractions. People who demand a very wide selection of restaurants nearby

3. Royal Parc Hotel, Lake Buena Vista

Pros: Fantastic area with many dining options and close proximity to Disney Springs and Epcot Center, upgraded pool area. Free shuttles to major theme parks. Fridge and Microwave. Balconies.

Cons: 2.5 star rating compared to 3 star Fairfield Inn listed below

Best for: People with Disney Springs or Epcot on their short-list. Pool-dwellers who may appreciate the waterslide. Those who require a wide variety of restaurants nearby.

4. Fairfield Inn by Marriott, Lake Buena Vista

Pros: Fantastic area with many dining options and close proximity to Disney Springs and Epcot Center. Free shuttles to major theme parks. 3 star hotel rating.

Cons: Much more basic pool compared to nearby Royal Parc LBV listed above

Best for: People with Disney Springs or Epcot on their short-list. Those who care less about the pool and more about hotel service. Those who require a wide variety of restaurants nearby.

5. Royal Parc Suites Kissimmee

Pros: All-suite hotel with actual kitchens. Separate bedroom and living room. Upgraded pool. Free shuttles to major theme parks. Pets allowed. Proximity to Old Town district with plenty of restaurants, shops, and its own theme park.

Cons: Ongoing construction/renovation (as of April 2019), limited breakfast items compared to the other hotels listed here

Best for: People who might appreciate the Old Town district next door (https://myoldtownusa.com and https://fun-spot.com/kissimmee/). Classic car lovers. Families that can utilize the suite layout.

6. The Worldgate Resort & Hotel

Pros:: 3.5 star hotel rating (highest in this list). Free Shuttles. On-site car rentals. Fridge in room. Amenities and services offering resembles a real resort. Upgraded pool(s). 24 pool access.

Cons: Not a lot of other dining, shopping options nearby. No microwave in room.

Best for: People who would use the on-site car rental services. People who expect to stay on the resort’s property when not visiting the parks. People who (really) like spending time at the pool. People who require an elevated hotel experience and service.

7. Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport

Pros: 3 star hotel rating. Free Shuttles. On-site car rentals. Fridge and microwave in room. Close proximity to airport. 24/7 shuttle to airport.

Cons: Not a lot of other dining, shopping options nearby. Shuttle service to parks is very limited.

Best for: People who have trouble getting to the airport on time. People who would prefer to be further away from theme park tourists. People who will be renting a car to visit the parks and sights. People headed to the beach. People who require an elevated hotel and service experience.

In Closing

So there you have it, we hope this list has been helpful in helping you find the perfect hotel near Disney World (and other attractions). All of these options have aggressive pricing, especially compared to on-site Disney resorts. Weigh your expectations when it comes to hotel amenities and service, proximity to attractions, and price and you’re sure to have a fun-filled vacation.

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