Orlando Vacation Accommodations Planning Guide
The first thing you will want to do when you plan your vacation to Orlando is to book your place to stay. Here in Orlando you have many options…you can stay in a hotel, vacation home, or a townhome/condo. Below we have broken each category down for you, and we have listed articles which will assist you in deciding on what type of accommodations best fit you and your party needs.
So you have decided that a hotel fits your family best. Here are a few tips to make sure you stay in the right hotel. The first thing you will want to do is decide on what area of Orlando you would like to stay. Here at Orlandovacation.com we recommend staying near Walt Disney World, all of the theme parks are located within 15 minutes of each other and many of the Disney World hotels offer free shuttle to Universal Studios. Since there are so many hotels built around Disney World the competition brings the nightly rates down quite a bit. Here is a great article which outlines the three most popular hotel areas near Disney World.
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The best thing to do is write down the perfect hotel amenities for your family and this will help you decide on the perfect hotel.
Hotel On Property or Off Property
There are 30,000 hotel rooms which are located on Walt Disney World property, and as with anything there are benefits of staying on property and benefits of staying off property. This article goes into great detail about the pros and cons of both. Please note, if you are looking to save money then you will want to stay at a hotel which is located off property.
Decide on what is important to you and your family, and this will help you decide on which hotel is best for you. If you have small children which you think need to come back to the hotel room for a nap everyday then you will want to probably stay at a hotel on Disney World property, which runs free shuttle service to and from the parks every 30 minutes. If you have older children and you are going to be at the parks from sun up to sun down, then a more economical hotel off property might work well for you.
When you first start your search for a hotel you will probably notice the low nightly rates as compared to other cities. Don’t let these rates fool you, Orlando is the largest family vacation destination place in the World, and we have literally hundreds of hotels located throughout the city. Since we have some many hotel rooms to offer, the nightly rates are usually much lower.
If you are looking to save money plan your vacation and book early. As the hotels start to fill up the nightly rates go up as well. If you book 6 months in advance, we usually have selected hotels which offer an early booking discount.
Almost every hotel in Orlando charges a resort fee so when you are making a reservation please take notice of these fees. Some of the hotels charge a low nightly rate and then raise their resort fees to be as much as $12 to $15 a night…Ouch!
All of the vacation homes we represent are located within 15 minutes to Walt Disney World. Some of our homes are located in Davenport and some of our vacation homes are in Kissimmee. In order to assist you, here is a great articles which should help you decided which area is best for your family (best location for an Orlando Vacation home ).
All of the Orlando vacation homes we represent have fully functional kitchens, full baths, all the towels, linens, pots, pans, plates and silverware, plus the homes also have full size washer and dryers, and multiple TVs. Here is a great article on what to expect when staying in our vacation homes. Please note, almost everything is provide but we only give you starters sets of toilet paper, paper towels, dish washing detergent, etc. If you are staying for an extended period of time you will probably need to purchase more of these items
All of the vacation homes have swimming pools. The larger the home, the larger the pool. Some families decide to upgrade from a 3 bedroom home to a 5 bedroom home just to get the larger pool. One thing that you will want to know if you are visiting during the winter months is the pool heat.
Picking Your House
You have pretty much three options when choosing a vacation home through OrlandoVacation.com:
Platinum Vacation Home Rentals
We also give our clients the opportunity view pictures of specific vacation homes we represent and choose a specific home they would like to stay in. In order to do this the rates had to be raised about $10 to $15 more per night as compared to the executive level homes, but this option does give you the most peace of mind as now you know the exact house you will be staying in.
Gold Vacation Home Rentals
All of our Gold vacation homes have been professionally decorated by a local interior decorator and they have a WOW! Factor when you walk into them as compared to the Silver vacation homes. Since these homes are more lavish in décor the nightly rates is usually $10 to $20 more per night.
Silver Vacation Home Rentals
Our least expensive options is the Silver vacation homes. These homes are located in the same neighborhood as the executive homes, and they have the same amenities and feel of the Gold vacation homes. The only difference is the interior is not decorated as nice as a Gold vacation home. The pools in the standard homes are a great option if you are looking to save money or if you feel most of your time in Orlando is going to be spent at the theme parks.
Condos and Townhomes
One of the most popular accommodations we represent are the condos and townhomes. These products are perfect for a family that still wants all the amenities of 4 or 5 star hotels while having the extra space of a vacation home.
All of the condos and townhomes we represent have large community pools and some even have private pools connected to the units. This is great in the winter months, this way you will not have to pay for pool heat as the communities heat the community pools for free.
Our condos and town homes are all in gated communities and most of these properties are within 2 or 3 miles to Disney World.