Hotels Near the Orlando Watersports Complex

by Laura Latzko

The Orlando Watersports Complex hosts waterskiing, wakeboarding and surfing competitions, and also offers wakeboarding, waterskiing, kneeboarding and boating camps and lessons. Hotels near the complex sit within a 30-minute drive of major amusement, water and marine parks, including SeaWorld Orlando, Gatorland, Wet ‘N Wild Orlando and Universal Studios Orlando. Budget and luxury hotels near the watersports complex, which are characteristic of area hotels, offer daily breakfasts, outdoor pools or restaurants with children’s menus.

Courtyard Orlando Airport

The Courtyard Orlando Airport is located 5.7 miles from the Orlando Watersports Complex. It is also about 20 minutes from Gatorland and the Orlando Science Center. An outdoor pool surrounded by palm trees and other tropical plants; an outdoor sitting area with modern couches and chairs; media pods with multicolored booths and short stools; a lounge with a wraparound sofa; a courtyard with a gazebo; and a bistro with a long communal table add to the combination modern -- yet tropical -- ambiance of the hotel. The fitness center offers cardiovascular equipment and free weights. The hotel also has a market with snack items, a computer area for printing out boarding passes and an on-site Starbucks cafe. An interactive board in the lobby has weather, news and map features. Guest rooms and suites come with down pillows, office chairs, and mini-refrigerators; some suites have dining-room tables with space for up to six people.

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson Orlando Airport

Country Inn and Suites by Carlson Orlando Airport also sits about 5.7 miles from the watersports complex and within a 20-minute drive of the Orlando International Airport and the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium. A breakfast area with intimate and long wooden tables; an outdoor pool and hot tub area with patio tables; and suites with separate bedroom and living-room spaces enhance the hotel’s homey atmosphere. Some suites come with whirlpool tubs and wet bars. A daily breakfast includes hot and cold foods, including waffles and danishes. A shuttle service takes guests to and from the airport, and the on-site library lends books to guests. The hotel’s couples’ package comes with bottles of wine, chocolates and wine glasses. A park-and-fly package allows guests to park their cars at the hotel for up to 14 days while they travel.

Holiday Inn Orlando-International Airport

Located about 5.7 miles from the watersports complex, the Holiday Inn Orlando-International Airport is within a 30-minute drive of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Titanic the Experience museum. The hotel offers colorful spaces, including an outdoor pool area with tables with brightly-colored blue umbrellas, a lounge with a wraparound bar with purple stools and a cafe with four-person tables with patterned chairs. The American-style cafe serves a daily breakfast buffet and provides room service, and an internet cafe has four guest computers with high-speed Internet access. An outdoor sports court is equipped for tennis and basketball. Executive-level suites come with a turndown service and hotel bathrobes; guest rooms and suites have mini refrigerators, microwaves and on-demand movies and video games.

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

The Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport hotel sits about seven miles from the watersports complex and within a 30-minute drive of Universal Studios Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando. The hotel offers spacious public areas, including a large lobby foyer with armchairs and sofas scattered throughout the room, a multiple-level fine-dining restaurant, an indoor courtyard with tropical plants and an outdoor pool area with a wraparound sundeck. You have a choice of eating at a fine-dining steak and seafood restaurant, a sushi bar, an American-style bar, lobby bars with appetizers or a grill restaurant with brick-oven pizza options. For an extra fee, hotel staff takes your luggage to the Orlando International Airport; the hotel also has an in-house car-rental service. An on-site mall features a salon, a flower shop, clothing and electronics stores and a pet shop, and the 24-hour fitness center has weight-lifting equipment and dumbbells. Guest rooms and suites come with large-screen TVs, brand-name hygiene products and i-Pod docking stations; some suites have marble bathtubs, separate work spaces or parlors.

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