As you’re shopping for the best Universal Orlando packages, one of the most important aspects will be which hotel you’ll stay at. There are plenty of Orlando hotels, but which are the best for a trip to Universal Studios? Read on to get the scoop on the best rated hotels with the best amenities.
1. Grand Hotel near Universal Studios
Topping our list is the Grand Hotel near Universal Studios, which just recently reopened after a significant upgrade. One of the closest hotels to Universal Studios, this spot has brand new everything, all the way down to furniture and landscaping. Each room comes with a free hot breakfast for up to four guests and free schedule service not just to Universal Studios but to SeaWorld Orlando as well. Of course there is free shuttle service to Walt Disney World too.
The best part of this hotel is that prices start at just $45 per night. When you consider how much it costs to feed four people for breakfast, plus the $18+ you’re saving each day by not having to park at the theme parks, this hotel almost pays for itself!
2. Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites with Waterpark
If you’ve traveled to Universal Studios in the past and miss the awesome Nickelodeon Hotel then you’re going to love this news: The Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites with Waterpark is located right where that hotel was. When it comes to great Orlando Hotels for Universal Studios, this is a great option. Every room is a suite, which has two bedrooms and can handle up to six people. Each suite also has a kitchenette for preparing meals or snacks.
One of the most exciting things about this property is the water park right onsite. This is an exciting enough waterpark to warrant taking a break from the theme parks for a day just to hang out poolside, check out the slides, and ride the flumes. There are also cabanas for rent if you want to relax in the lap of luxury. That’s not all though – there are also activities at this amazing hotel, including:
- Batman laser tag game
- 4D movies starring the characters from Ice Age and Angry Birds
- A huge on-site arcade
Finally, this hotel also has one of the best shuttle services to and from all the parks, including of course Universal but also SeaWorld and Disney World.
3. Saratoga Springs Premier Resort Villas by Best Western
If you want a great value and tons of extra room, the Saratoga Springs Premier Resort Villas by Best Western is a great choice. In fact, this property is so exceptional that it won Trip Advisor’s coveted Certificate of Excellence. Each villa has two bedrooms and two full baths. There are four flat screen TVs in each villa too, so everyone can watch just what they want.
With a full kitchen (including pots, pans, dishes, silverware, etc.) you can easily make meals in your home away from home, and then enjoy it in one of your two sitting rooms or outdoor screened in patio. If you don’t feel like cooking, you can visit one of the many nearby restaurants, or the restaurant and lounge on site. As is true of most Orlando Hotels – Universal Studios, there is free shuttle service to and from the parks.
4. Hawthorn Suites International Drive
This is a simple all-suite hotel with great prices starting at just $71 per night. Everyone gets a free hot breakfast buffet, which can easily save a family of four $60. There are also free shuttles to all theme parks and each room sleeps six. The suites also include their own kitchens with dishes, glassware, and silverware. Truth be told, there are so many ways to save with Hawthorn Suites International Drive that it practically pays for itself.
5. Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista
Yet another super-affordable option, the Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista starts at just $74 per night. That includes free shuttles to not just Universal and the other theme parks, but to the nearby premium outlet mall too. Completely remodeled from the inside out in 2012, these are enormous rooms that have two queen beds each, flat screens, coffee pots, microwaves, and fridges in every room.
So what’s the best hotel near Universal Studios? These five are all great choices but the right choice for any individual family will depend on their preferences, their size, and their budget. The good news is that there is a hotel for virtually any need.