If finding a well-priced hotel close to Disney World is a big priority, then choosing Kissimmee is a no-brainer. For starters, you have a killer location on the doorstep to Disney World. Many hotels in Kissimmee are so close that guests can view Disney's nightly fireworks. The main hotel strip is US 192, also known as Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, which makes a quick shot straight to the Disney parks. But Kissimmee is more than just a terrific location. If you're on a budget, then staying here lets you get more fun for your money. Check out how these six Kissimmee hotels really pour on the family-friendly extras, and at a price that's incredibly affordable.
Clarion Resort Waterpark
Address: 2261 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy.
What we like: Wow! Following a $55-million renovation, this good-value hotel now has a brand new, gigantic (as in 50,000-square-foot) waterpark with a lazy river, multiple three-story waterslides, six kiddie slides, and an interactive splash pad with fountains and jets. All rooms have a refrigerator and microwave, cable TV, and sometimes even a Jacuzzi tub. Mom and Dad can enjoy the free wi-fi and weekday newspaper delivery. Rooms from $90.
What we like: This erstwhile Holiday Inn was revamped with a bright, colorful new look but still features the popular Kid's Suites, which include a designated kids' sleeping area with bunk beds, plus a TV, VCR, Nintendo, CD player, and fun phone. (There are also standard rooms and two-room suites that sleep up to eight.) There's plenty of fun to be had, from swimming (two pools plus a kiddie pool) to tennis, volleyball and basketball. Check out the video arcade, two playgrounds, and even free nightly screenings of family movies in the hotel's movie theater. There's also a convenience store and a food court for meals on the run, and kids 12 and under eat free at breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Kid's Suites from $71; Two-room suites from $79.
Howard Johnson Enchanted Land Hotel
Address: 4985 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy.
What we like: Kids have their own check-in at the hotel's signature treehouse, where they receive a special kids-only welcome gift. The hotel also offers a complimentary breakfast, free nightly ice cream party for families, and a kids' arcade. Choose between the colorful Crayola Kids' Room or the Tree House Room, where kids get their own sleeping quarters with bunk beds, TV, and a "survival" kit. Standard rooms from $45; Crayola Kids' Rooms from $65; Tree House Rooms from $90.
What we like: The spacious, well-designed rooms here are a step up in both decor and comfort from what you normally see at this price. Even the standard rooms feel like mini suites, with a small sitting area containing a pullout sofa, cable TV, wireless Internet access, and a handy wet bar featuring a microwave, refrigerator, and coffeemaker. The outdoor pool area features a heated pool and hot tub, plus a nice toddler pool with a mushroom fountain. Each day starts with a free breakfast buffet of waffles, bagels, and cereal, and much more. Rooms from $100.
Royal Parc Suites
Address: 5876 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy.
Saratoga Resort Villas
Address: 4787 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy.
What we like: Want more space than a typical hotel offers? This all-suite resort is just the ticket. Each two- or three-bedroom villa has a separate living room and kitchen (some also have dining rooms and patios), delivering nearly three times more space than a typical hotel room for the same price. The large grounds offer plenty of opportunity for recreation, with a swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, a video arcade, and a fitness room. The hotel's restaurant serves three meals a day and has a kids' menu; there's even room service delivery to your suite. Two-bedroom suites from $150.
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