“3 Sophisticated (Family-Friendly!) Hotels under $200: Orlando, Florida” by Josey Miller

3 Sophisticated (Family-Friendly!) Hotels under $200:
Orlando, Florida

by Josey Miller

The kids are out of school for just a little while longer. And you’re tired of being cooped up in your slow office during the warmest, most high-energy time of the year. But those aren’t the only reasons why August is the most popular month for family vacations. According to travel expert and blogger Christopher Elliott, a recession economy in particular leads to late-summer travel deals galore: “Travel companies price their products high during the early part of the summer, and then discount as the summer winds down. This summer it’s especially bad—or, depending on your perspective, good—since travel demand just isn’t what people predicted it would be.”

We start our series on sophisticated, but family-friendly hotels with Orlando, Florida. Is it possible to please both parents and kids alike in such a child-centric city? Yes! These three hotels—each with a complimentary shuttle to the Walt Disney World theme parks—will keep also keep the grown-ups entertained. And, at under $200 a night, your savings account will be smiling, too.

  • Omni Orlando Resort (from $179/night)

    Shoot down the 125-foot corkscrew waterslide? Indulge at the European-style spa? Lounge in a private cabana by the formal pool? Hit a round at the championship golf course? Play sand volleyball? Coast along the impressive 850-foot long lazy river? Life is full of tough decisions—for family members of all ages—at the Omni Orlando Resort in sporty ChampionsGate, Florida. It’s only 20 minutes from Universal Studios and SeaWorld, but you may not want to leave the hotel grounds.

  • International Plaza Resort and Spa (from $99)
    Thanks to a recent $35 million renovation, the International Plaza Resort and Spa—soon to be the Double Tree Resort Orlando, International Drive—is a contemporary, tropical oasis of palm trees and fountains. You’ll love the on-site L’Esprit day spa, full-service fitness center and poolside bar. Your kids will appreciate its cool factor: flat-screen TVs, iPod compatibility and Nintendo video games in every spacious room. And together you’ll enjoy the hotel’s complimentary miniature golf course.
  • Celebration Hotel, Celebration Florida (from $169/night)

    Celebration, Florida is famous for its nostalgic, homegrown feel. At Celebration Hotel, you can browse the Grand Bohemian Art Galleries, then take a dip in the peaceful lakefront outdoor heated pool. But here’s the kicker: When you suggest a family outing… on the Segways rented around the corner… you’ll unanimously win for parents of the year. This boutique hotel is also located within walking distance of nature trails, dining and shops.


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