International Drive is a major thoroughfare in Orlando lined with hotels of all stripes, from higher end villas and resorts to budget-conscious motels. Vacationers often find that staying in accommodations along I-Drive provides convenient access to local attractions like Disney World without the exorbitant costs a hotel in the park might charge. As a result, travelers can spend more money on recreation and entertainment without sacrificing comfort and efficiency.
Wyndham Orlando Resort
The Wyndham Orlando Resort is situated on 42 acres of private tropical landscaping, providing not only easy access to Disney theme parks, but also points of interest like the Cape Canaveral beaches and Kennedy Space Center. The property features three heated pools and a Jacuzzi, all open 24 hours a day, as well as an exclusive health and fitness club with a sauna, steam room and modern exercise facility. In addition, two splash pools, a playground, game room and volleyball courts will keep the kids busy. Extensive on-site dining options range from a casual family-style restaurant with breakfast buffet to a poolside bar and grille to an ice cream parlor. Kid-friendly family suites and roomy two-story Floridian villas feature bunk beds, child-size tables and nightlights as well as premium cable channels and Sony Playstations.
Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas
The Sheraton Vistana Villages sits on 95 acres of lushly manicured grounds, which are less than five miles from Disney, SeaWorld, the Orlando Convention Center and the Grande Pines Golf Club. The property's fitness center features both aerobic machines and free weights, while trained masseuses are available for an extra fee. Outdoor enthusiasts can swim laps in the pool, lay out on the sun deck or shoot hoops on the basketball court. In addition, the concierge service can help organize outings for those interested in off-site entertainment, including transportation via taxi, limo or shuttle bus. Guests can dine at the resort's American-style restaurant or swing across the street to the Mallory Square Market to purchase groceries. Spacious one-bedroom villas sleep up to four comfortably, while eight can fit in a two-bedroom.
Embassy Suites Orlando-International Drive
The Embassy Suites Orlando is just two miles from Discovery Cove and the Wet 'n Wild Orlando Water Park. Additionally, the Hilton HHonors guest reward program allows members to redeem points for theme park passes to Universal Orlando and Disney World. Guests can enjoy a two-hour manager's reception with complimentary drinks, held each night in the lobby, pick up souvenirs in the on-site gift shop, or have a cocktail on the lounge's outdoor patio. Other amenities include a dry cleaning service, indoor pool with sauna, and fully equipped fitness center with water and towel service. The on-site grill features locally inspired cuisines, and a free shuttle bus drops guests off right at Disney's doorstep. Each tastefully appointed suite is more than 500 square feet and features marble vanities, two TVs, a wet bar and a clock radio with MP3 player.
Quality Inn at International Drive
Travelers operating on a budget will enjoy the Quality Inn, which sits next door to the world's largest McDonald's and offers convenient access to the area's exclusive I-Ride Trolley. A 17-acre shopping complex called Pointe Orlando is also right down the street. Dozens of deck chairs encircle the hotel's long rectangular pool, while a video game arcade and playground area are ideal for the 12 and under set. All-you-can-eat buffets are offered morning till night in the on-site restaurant, where kids eat free, while a casual cafe sells snacks and deli items. In addition, happy hour drink specials, live entertainment and pool tables can be found in the sports bar and lounge. Each of the property's nonsmoking guest rooms features coffee-colored carpets and two plush double beds along with free Wi-Fi, in-room safe and Disney Channel access.
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