Hotels in the State of Florida

by Alison Merfeld

Florida is filled with dozens of tourist destinations such as the city of Orlando near Disney World parks, and St. Augustine, Florida's oldest city. Some hotels provide amenities such as championship golf courses, while others include quality spa services. From luxury accommodations like the Waldorf Astoria hotels to budget hotels like the Holiday Inn and Suites, all types of hotels are located throughout the state.

Hilton Hotels

Overlooking Matanzas Bay in St. Augustine, the St. Augustine Hilton Hotel is decorated with detailed tile floors, red roofs and stone fountains, creating a Spanish-style feel. Rooms continue with the Spanish decorating in the 72 guest rooms with etched details on the wooden headboards. Rooms offer sitting areas and Internet access. The hotel provides meeting rooms that accommodate up to 100 guests, an outdoor swimming pool, a hot tub and business services. Guests dine at the on-site Aviles Restaurant & Lounge. The Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront is located along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and only three miles from the Cocoa Beach Pier and 20 miles from the Kennedy Space Center. Hotel activities range from beach volleyball courts to nature walks and water equipment rentals. The 296 suites and guest rooms offer mini-refrigerators, free Internet access and weekly newspaper delivery. Some rooms provide scenic ocean views. An outdoor swimming pool and surfing lessons add to the hotel's services.

Choice Hotels International

Located in St. Petersburg, the Comfort Inn and Suites at Tropicana Field is three miles from Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays play major-league baseball. The 75 rooms are decorated in golds and reds, and offer microwaves, refrigerators, private balconies and Internet access. Designated smoke-free rooms are available. The hotel provides a daily complimentary breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, an outdoor hot tub and laundry facilities. The hotel is within five miles of the Florida International Museum and the St. Petersburg Museum of Art. Situated on 24 private acres, the Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista is within one mile of Walt Disney World and Downtown Disney. Overlooking a lake, the 640 rooms contain Internet access, kitchenettes and satellite TVs. Rooms have natural-wood furnishings. Two swimming pools, a convenience store, a business center and two restaurants are located on-site. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Walt Disney World theme parks. Other nearby family attractions include Universal Studios, approximately six miles from the hotel.

Waldorf Astoria

The Waldorf Astoria Orlando offers private cabanas by the outdoor swimming pool, spa services at the on-site Waldorf Astoria Spa and an 18-hole championship golf course. The tan-hued guest rooms provide Egyptian linens, Internet access and soaking bathtubs. Suites include separate living rooms, private balconies and a breakfast bar. Six restaurants are located on the property. The Bull and Bear Steakhouse offers grilled meats ranging from salmon to beef. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to each of the four Walt Disney theme parks. It's hard to miss the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, with its pink facade, brick pathway and castle-like appearance. The 203 smoke-free accommodations offer floor-to-ceiling windows with scenic ocean views, separate sitting areas, robes and Internet access. Hotel amenities include two golf courses, four outdoor swimming pools, and eight restaurants and lounges. Open for lunch and dinner, 501 East offers a menu of calamari, grilled steak soup and Thai noodles. If traveling with children, the hotel provides tennis lessons at their 30 clay courts or 18 hard courts, and a kids' camp that includes fishing and nature walks.

Holiday Inn Hotels

The two-story Holiday Inn and Suites Tampa at Busch Gardens is a three-minute-drive from Busch Gardens. Guest rooms consist of two-bedroom suites, and include separate living rooms with a pull-out sofas, kitchenettes and dining areas. Rooms provide private balconies overlooking the outdoor swimming pool and poolside tiki bar. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Busch Gardens. Additional hotel services include complimentary Internet access, laundry facilities and dry-cleaning services. The six-story Holiday Inn and Suites Orlando offers 180 guest rooms with complimentary newspapers, satellite TVs and Internet access. Nonsmoking rooms are available. An outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center and a business center are located at the hotel. The hotel is within two miles of Sea World and Universal Orlando City Walk.

About the Author

Alison Merfeld has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her published articles can be found on various websites, covering golf, the outdoors and other topics. She is currently working on her first fiction novel. Merfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Iowa.