Any suggestions for a hotel within 5 miles or on Disney property in Orlando for a family of 4? Would like a Cat 5 or 6 preferably, plenty of points to spare!
Thanks in advance
If you are going to Disney, Dolphin or Swan are your best bet. Not my favorite hotels as I have had issues with the room being ready on time and pullout bed cleanliness but the availability to book your fast passes 60 days out is very nice. Cool to walk to Epcot and the Boardwalk is fun at nighy. Movies on the lawn for the kids and fun entertainment acts every 30 min. Good restaurants in the hotels too.
If you dont care about that, Gaylord Palms is my favorite place to stay. So much to do.
If cost is a concern, there are a plethora of Springhill, Courtyard, Fairfield ect.
Agree with the recommendation of the Swan or Dolphin. Stayed at the Dolphin a year ago and got a good rate and was upgraded to a top floor room with a balcony and view towards Epcot. The only thing we missed by not using a Disney property was no Magic Band for park charges to room and no use of the Magical Express from airport to the hotel. Used a Super Shuttle instead.
Our room was available before the published check in time and was clean although we did not use the pull out bed. YMMV. Main issue was the room that had the tub and toilet was very small and a couple of times housekeeping didnt replace the used glasses.
The Swan and Dolphin are the low-hanging fruit here, on-site walking to Epcot and Hollywood Studios, plus early hours access and 60-day fastpasses, I stayed there for 2 weeks last year and my blog goes through my stay and room plus resort pictures Back to the Magic - 2 weeks at the Sheraton Dolphin! The Swan is a Westin and the Dolphin a Sheraton but I couldn’t really see any difference between them. You can charge to your room across both hotels 15+ restaurants, bars and eateries.
Beyond the borders of DisneyWorld, the Delta and the Sheraton Lake Beuna Vista are both close enough to walk to Disney Springs outside the sweltering summer months. As are the Courtyard FFI and SHS there. All are a ~$10 Uber to Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Beyond that you’re starting to need a car but there are loads of Bonvoy options.
Alas none of the hotels beyond Disneyworld have early park access or 60-day fastpasses, if these are important but you’re looking to keep costs reasonable then you could consider the “Disney Springs Hotels” being 2 Hilton’s, a Wyndham and a Holiday Inn. All these have early hours, 60-day fastpasses and are easy walking to Disney Springs with regular all-day bus services running to and from the parks. It’s unfortunate that Bonvoy doesn’t have one of those properties but they could be a good fit, especially if you’re a member of Hilton, IHG or Wyndham Rewards programs...
Thanks to everyone for the recommendations!
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