If you follow my site at all, you know that I’m a huge proponent of staying at a Disney Resort Hotel. There are ton of benefits including free transportation between the resort to the Orlando International Airport via the Magical Express, Extra Magic Hours, and transportation from your Disney Resort Hotel to the Disney theme parks, water parks, and entertainment areas and back again.
However, all of this comes at a price.
While the Value resorts provide reasonably priced rooms that will meet most vacationers’ budgets, some people aren’t willing to pay the premium for a Disney Resort Hotel.
Disney Springs Hotels offer a good alternative to the Disney Resort Hotels. They’re not owned and operated by Disney, so you won’t get the benefits that Disney Resort guests get, but the Disney Springs Hotels are well appointed, sometimes even to the point of Moderate or even Deluxe Disney hotels.
In other words, hotels with the amenities offered in Disney Springs would be out of many families’ budgets were they owned and operated by Disney.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the seven hotels in the Disney Springs Area.
7. Best Western Lake Buena Vista
The Best Western Lake Buena Vista offers some nice, though basic, amenities including free wifi, mini-fridges in every room, and Pizza Hut pizza. Each room has a private balcony with outdoor furniture. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, but there isn’t much shade. There is also an arcade and a convenience store selling snacks, toiletries, and some souvenirs. Two guests per room are eligible for a continental breakfast for every night of their stay. The shuttle to and from the Disney theme parks is complimentary and runs approximately every 30 minutes. However, this shuttle is not as reliable as the Disney transportation.
The Best Western offers golf discounts for the local courses, and it’s very close to Crossroads, which is a shopping plaza just outside of Disney World Resort. If you want to go off property for dining or to buy groceries, Crossroads is a great place to go.
Best Western Lake Buena Vista is the least expensive hotel on the list and is similar to the cost of Disney’s Value Resorts while offering comparable amenities making this the most budget-friendly hotel on our list.
6. Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is the closest Disney Springs Hotel to Disney Springs. It’s right across the street from the very popular shopping, dining, and entertainment district making this the most convenient hotel on the list.
However, the amenities are pretty basic. Some highlights, though, include three heated pools, a Jacuzzi, and a pool and arcade for the kids. Another really nice opportunity that this hotel provides is a Character Breakfast on Sundays. The whole family can meet some of their favorite characters and pose for pictures. There’s also a Benihana Steakhouse, which is one among the seven food and beverages options here.
Regarding transportation, The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista offers complimentary shuttle to and from the Disney World theme parks as well as an Avis rental car desk in the lobby.
5. Holiday Inn Orlando
Holiday Inn Orlando is known as the “No Resort Fee” hotel making it a very budget-friendly hotel. It does, nevertheless, provide some nice, though standard, amenities including free Wi-Fi, Keurig coffee makers in the room, a game room, and a basic fitness room.
A much needed 2010 makeover updated the hotel with a heated zero entry pool and a tropically-themed whirlpool, but there is absolutely no shade. Sun-worshippers unite!
While this is a pretty basic hotel, it is very nice and affordable.
4. DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Orlando
The DoubleTree Suites is the only hotel on property, Disney owned or not, at which every unit is a suite. There are one and two bedroom suites available plus patio suites. This hotel was recently renovated, and every room provides guests with a wet bar, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffee maker. Wi-Fi is available for an extra cost.
Public areas include a pool, a whirlpool, a tennis court, and a fitness room. There is also a playground and a new splash pad for the kids.
The adults will appreciate discounts on golfing as well as a convenience store and a Budget Car rental desk in the lobby. Speaking of transportation, the DoubleTree participates in the Disney Springs Bus system with buses to and from Disney Springs and all of Disney’s Theme Parks.
3. B Resort and Spa
B Resort and Spa is a luxurious hotel offering amenities similar to Disney’s Moderate or even Deluxe Resorts. It is newly renovated, stylish, and fun offering festive theming even though it’s not Disney theming. However, the theme is comparable to Disney’s Contemporary Resort Hotel.
B Resort’s public areas include a zero-entry pool, free Wi-Fi, and an excellent spa. The hotel also has access to preferred tee times at the local golf courses. B is close to the outlets, and you’ll love the full-service ice cream shop on property, which also sells snacks, pastries, and coffee.
While this resort is the most extravagant hotel on our list, it is also family-friendly. There is a kids club with board games, video games, and movies. There are also kitchenettes in the suites, so preparing meals and snacks for the family is pretty easy.
As with the other Disney Springs Hotels, B is close to Disney Springs and provides buses to and from the Disney theme parks.
2. Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace
Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace is an excellent family hotel. It is modern, comfortable, and provides top-notch hospitality that you usually only see at a Disney Resort Hotel.
While this hotel is often used for conventions, it is also good for the average vacationer. The buses to Disney Parks runs every 30 minutes or so, and there is a Disney Store in the lobby. There is also a pedestrian bridge to Disney Springs and a Character Breakfast on Sundays.
Convention-goers and vacationers alike will appreciate the Alamo and Nationwide Car Rental desks along with the airline boarding pass kiosk in the lobby. One unique aspect of this resort is the pool area, which has a lap pool, a zero entry pool, and a lazy river! Half of the pool is covered while the other half is open to the sun. If you’re looking for some pampering, the Palace Spa rivals Disney spas. Finally, the Outback Steakhouse, which is not the same as the chain, will serve up a tasty, though expensive, steak dinner. Other dining includes in-room dining and a grab-and-go market.
1. Wyndham Garden Lake Buena Vista
The Wyndham Garden is number one on my list of Disney Springs Hotels for several reasons including the pools, the character breakfast, and the family-friendly atmosphere.
The Oasis Aquatic Playground is an amazing area with two pools, a large hot tub, and interactive water features. While there isn’t any shade, you’ll enjoy the variety of ways to cool down and keep the kids entertained. There is also an arcade on site, and you might even be able to join a beach volleyball game!
The Character Breakfast, which occurs every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM, is a fun Disney experience for the whole family. Other dining includes a full-service restaurant, room service, a pool bar and grill, a 24-hour café, and a lounge in the lobby.
The Wyndham is just across the street from Disney Springs, and the buses will get you to and from the Disney theme parks. There is also a Dollar Car Rental desk on site.