Orlando, Florida is home to more than 100,000 hotel rooms. Hotels are spread throughout the city, and many provide their guests with private balconies with views of nearby surroundings. Whether travelers seek entertaining views of theme parks, scenic water views, romantic city views or would like to people-watch on the inside of their hotels, Orlando's hotels have something for everyone.
Theme Park Fireworks Shows
Every night, the Orlando skies are lit up with spectacular fireworks shows from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot at Walt Disney World. Though the fireworks are ignited for park-goers at the close of the day, some spectators can watch the nighttime shows from private balconies at area hotels. For the Magic Kingdom, the sights are easily viewed from rooms at Disney's Bay Lake Tower. Guests pay more for rooms with balconies facing the theme park, but these rooms are the closest possible to the evening fireworks show. The Swan and Dolphin Hotel is approximately six miles away Epcot, and the nightly "Illuminations" show is easily viewed from there. To see the fireworks, guests must request the balcony rooms with views of Epcot's Illumination fireworks.
Lake and Water Views
Because Orlando is home to 104 named lakes, it is no wonder that many Orlando hotels are located on bodies of water. Many hotels have rooms with balconies that face the water. One such hotel is the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes. Though all rooms have balconies that overlook Grande Lake, guests can specifically request the Lakefront Executive Suite, with two private balconies rather than one. The hotel also encourages guests to get onto the water, with daily guided kayak tours and guided eco-tours of nearby Shingle Creek -- the headwaters to the Florida Everglades.
Views of the City
Travelers who want a break from the Orlando theme park scene or are traveling on business can check into the Embassy Suites Downtown. Rooms at the Embassy Suites feature private balconies, many of which have city views. Not only is the hotel located in the middle of the Orlando Business District, but it is also just steps away from boutique shops and a variety of restaurants.
Though most hotel room balconies are outside with views of the surrounding area, some hotels opt for interior balconies that overlook a hotel atrium, encouraging a sense of community among guests. For example, the Hyatt Regency Hotel inside the Orlando International Airport features a seven-story glass-topped atrium, in which the top five stories are guestrooms, many of which have private balconies overlooking the activities below. The atrium area features a sushi bar, a lobby lounge and a casual restaurant. Guests who enjoy good views can opt for dinner in the Hemisphere Steak and Seafood Restaurant, where diners are treated to views of the airport runways.
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