If you are vacationing to Disney World this year, and you desire an exceptional hotel at a better than wholesale nightly rate then you should be looking for a hotel in Kissimmee, Florida. When the first park was built in Disney World in 1971, Kissimmee was a small country town that mainly consisted of orange groves and cow pastures. Fast forward a few years and with the ever growing popularity of Disney World, Kissimmee was transformed into one of the hottest family vacation destinations in the world.
Here are two great Kissimmee hotels which we represent:
Holiday Inn Maingate East
This is one of the newest interior corridor hotels near Disney. It is also one of the best kid-friendly properties in Central Florida. The Holiday Inn Maingate East offers: FREE scheduled shuttle service to Disney World, a kids eat free program, game room, state of the art fitness center, a huge outdoor swimming pool, kid’s pool, and a large playground. The Holiday Inn is one of the few hotels in Kissimmee which offer the special kid suite rooms. Here mom and dad have their portion of the room and the kids have theirs. These rooms are extremely popular with families.
Baymont Resort Kissimmee Florida
The Baymont Hotel offers some of the nicest rooms of any Kisssimmee hotel. This property was brought to the market as a condo hotel in 2007. Prior to that time, the property was closed and redesigned in full. The furniture was designed specifically for the room and the amenity package is quite unique. Here you get a microwave, refrigerator, 42” plasma flat screen television, granite counter tops, his and her sinks in the bath area, a fitness center and a Deluxe Continental Breakfast for all guests staying at the hotel. This is one of the closest hotels to Disney World, and the rates are as low as $49.
Important Information to Know about Kissimmee Hotels
Hotel rates are cheaper in Kissimmee – The nightly rates for hotels in Kissimmee are generally 40% less per night as compared to hotels inside Disney World, also compared to nightly rates in Lake Buena Vista the rates for are generally discounted some 15%.
Kissimmee area is more mature – To be honest, most of the hotels, restaurants, and shopping venues on state route 192 where built in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The area is not new, but in recent years many of the major chain hotels (such as Holiday Inn, Baymont, Radisson, etc.) have been buying hotels in this area and pouring huge money in renovations to these properties.
Close to all the Attractions– Since this area was the first developed area near Disney World, it is lined one family attraction after another. If you drive down State Route 192, the main road in Kissimmee, you would notice everywhere you turned a Dinner Show here, a putt-putt golf course there, a go cart track here and public golf courses, helicopter rides, and the list goes on and on. In short, there are a myriad of family activities in this area than just Disney World.
Advice on making a hotel reservation
Note: many of the hotels in Kissimmee are older. The last thing anyone wants is to make a reservation at a hotel only to find out it is not what you expected especially after your arrival. To insure you are booking a nice hotel here are a few tips:
1) Look for the Disney Good Neighbor Symbol – Many of the Kissimmee hotels look to Disney World to assist them in filling their hotel. A hotel that is classified as a Good Neighbor is one that has met certain criteria set to get visitors from the parks. This marketing program was developed in early 1990’s. The hotels participating in this program have met the standards of offering nice accommodations and great customer service.
2) Book with a name brand hotel. The reason hotels fly National Hotel Chain Flags such as Holiday Inn, Baymont, Radisson, Sheraton, etc is to give you an understanding that they have met standards that the brand requires to be a franchise. When you book with these, more times than not the rooms are most attractive.
3) Look at pictures of the hotel, a wise man once said, a picture is worth a thousand words.
- As Low As$148.00
This property offers all of the luxury one could ever desire plus it does it the Hyatt way. The staff is most gracious, the rooms are gorgeous and the hot breakfast skillets well that is spectacular too and it is free! The 169 rooms offer two Queens and a pullout sofa sleeping a max of five. The King rooms offer a King bed and a sofa sleeper. If you want to be very close to all of the Magic that Disney World has to offer, and you desire luxury the way Hyatt offers, then you will want to check out and stay at the Brand New Hyatt Place of Lake Buena Vista.
- As Low As$174.00
This hotel is all you would ever want. Its located smack dab right in the heart of all the “MAGIC” that has come to make Walt Disney World the most popular family destination in the world. The Hilton provides exceptional deluxe accommodations, great service, and complimentary shuttle service to all the Disney World attractions every 30 minutes. You desire fabulous food…the Hilton boasts of seven restaurants on site from Andiamo Italian Bistro & Grille, Benihana and their 24 hour gourmet Mainstreet Market. On Sundays they offer a Character Breakfast. You want a fabulous photo opportunity…then you will want to make reservations.
- As Low As$51.00
The Red Lion Maingate Resort is located literally next door to the Walt Disney World resort, yet in a perfect spot close to other attractions, dining, and shopping on popular Highway 192. Don't worry about traffic because the hotel is just a couple of blocks from the Sherbeth Road entrance, a nice little secret that you can use to get to the Disney parks with no hassle or delays. This "Newly Renovated Resort" is close to I-4 and the 429 toll road, with other major attractions like SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, just 14 minutes away.
- As Low As$55.00
Orlando’s only family inspired all-suite resort and waterpark, Holiday Inn Suites is its own adventure. The resort’s Lagoon Waterpark features seven slides, a splash zone, cabanas, and family pool areas. You’ll also find mini-golf, a 3,000 sqft arcade, a 4D Experience Theatre, and the Batman Laser Challenge.
- As Low As$74.00
This hotel is located only 13 blocks from the entrance to Disney World. They offer FREE scheduled shuttle to all the Disney World Theme Parks They also run a shuttle schedule to SeaWorld, Universal Studios and the Premium Outlets Mall. The hotel was completely redone in 2012. These are the most spacious of rooms you will find in the Disney World area. All rooms have two Queen beds, flat screen televisions, microwaves and refrigerators and FREE coffee pots. This property carries the highest distinction of any Holiday Inn in the market and you are so close to WDW, you can feel the Magic.
- As Low As$45.00
The newly re-opened Grand Hotel is as the name says within blocks of the ever popular Universal Studios. All new furniture, new carpets, new bedding, new bathrooms, new flat screen tvs, new everything down to landscaping…it is most accommodating and fresh. The Grand offers a full hot breakfast for a family of four along with Free scheduled shuttle service to neighboring Universal Studios, SeaWorld along with Walt Disney World.