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A top pick. The popular privately owned Missouri-based hotel group expanded to Orlando in July 2012 on an ideal plot—drive around the corner to Universal, down Palm Parkway to Disney, or go on foot to the restaurants of I-Drive or Sand Lake Road. Design is fresh in rust browns and greens, rooms are wider than the industry average, and there are tons of free extras. So friendly is this brand that every day at 5:30pm, it hosts a “Kickback” with free food, beer, and wine. You could make a dinner out of it, and retire to a room that is newer and cleaner than just about any other budget property in Orlando right now. The king-bed category has only a shower; the others have tubs.