Some people don’t care what hotel they stay in – they say it’s just a base for their vacation and it doesn’t matter. Other people, however, feel their hotel is actually a big part of their vacation, and when you’re in Orlando, that’s how it should be; the hotels there are fun and cool and definitely make a difference in what you do and how much fun you can have. So if you’re looking for a cool hotel near to the thrills of the Disney parks, here is a great list that will help you make the right choice.
- Westgate Lakes
It doesn’t get much cooler than an onsite waterpark.
Everyone’s definition of cool is going to be different, but there is one thing that can’t be denied; a hotel with its own waterpark is most definitely cool. Add to that a lazy river and a 41,000-gallon wave pool, along with seven other pools, and you have a recipe for a great place to stay. That place is HERE, at the Westgate Lakes hotel in Orlando. As well as the waterpark, there is a fitness center, a variety of restaurants, spacious suites and rooms with all the mod cons, and even shuttles to and from the theme parks. What more could you ask for when you’re looking for a cool hotel in Orlando? You could also opt for a timeshare ownership with Westgate Lakes, however, you must also learn about how to get out of timeshare before you do so.
Source: Instagram, posted on December 31, 2019, Animal Kingdom Lodge’s official profile.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
See real wild animals from your hotel room window.
Don’t be put off by the fact that this is a Disney hotel – even if you’re not in Orlando to visit the parks, these hotels are superb and offer a variety of different themes and perks that will make your stay all that much better. When it comes to the Animal Kingdom Lodge, one of those perks is the fact that you will be able to see all kinds of wild animals from the hotel’s windows. This includes zebras, giraffes, and much more – they wander around the grounds, and guests can watch them from all over the site. You’ll also get transportation to all the Disney parks, plus Disney Springs (a fantastic shopping and dining area), and you can even opt for a stay in one of the villas if you prefer.
Source: Instagram, posted on August 14, 2014, Disney’s Polynesian Resort’s official profile.
- Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Take the Monorail directly to the parks.
Another of Disney’s excellent hotels is the Polynesian Resort. This is themed with a Polynesian design, so you’ll immediately feel as though you are on vacation, surrounded by a tropical paradise. There are many reasons why this hotel might be considered cool, but the one that stands out is the fact that you can hop on board Disney’s Monorail as it passes by the hotel every few minutes. This means you can be in the parks in moments and not have to miss out on any of the fun. You’ll also have early access passes. As well as all this, there is plenty of entertainment in the hotel itself, including evening dances and cookouts. The rooms are spacious and well-appointed, and all in all, this is a fabulous choice when you need to get away from it all but still be close to the action at Disney.
Source: Instagram, posted on April 25, 2022, Gaylord Palms’ official profile.
- Gaylord Palms Resort
Take some time out in the onsite spa.
If you’ve never heard of the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, that’s okay; it’s time to start learning about it now, though, as it’s one of the coolest hotels in the area and certainly one you’ll want to check out. Whether you’re visiting Orlando for the theme parks, to relax, or for any other reason, and whether you’re on your own, with a partner, or taking the whole family, Gaylord Palms offers you something; it’s the ideal spot. You’ll know you’ve chosen well as soon as you step inside and see the glass dome of the main atrium, and from there, it just keeps getting better and better. The site has a number of different restaurants to choose from, as well as a variety of pools, so if you like to change things up when you’re staying somewhere, you can do so right here. There is even an adults-only pool for when you need a little peace and quiet. There’s a spa too, so relaxation will never be an issue.
Source: Instagram, posted on June 1, 2022, Margaritaville Resort Orlando’s official profile.
- Margaritaville Resort Orlando
You’ll feel as though you’re really on vacation.
When you stay at Margaritaville in Orlando, you’ll know that you’re on vacation and you won’t be allowed to forget it! This four-star resort has it all, and if you’re looking for fun, excitement, or relaxation, you can have it here. You’re close to all the main attractions, so enjoying your vacation exactly how you want to isn’t going to be hard when you pick Margaritaville to be your home away from home. The décor is bright and vibrant, inspired by the tropical sights and sounds of the Caribbean. To prove that point, there are pools lined with palm trees, so you will feel as though you’re far away from it all. Plus, there is a great onsite waterpark for everyone, young and old and in between, to enjoy. The rooms all include flatscreen TVs and minibars, and you can upgrade to a suite if you need a little more space.
Source: Instagram, posted on May 12, 2022, Grand Bohemian Orlando’s official profile.
- Grand Bohemian Hotel
This hotel offers sophisticated coolness.
For a hotel that’s cool in a unique, stylish, modern kind of way, there might not be a better candidate than the Grand Bohemian. It’s a classy and elegant place to stay, with sophistication evident around every corner, and since it’s located right in the center of Orlando, you’ll be able to use it to see and do everything you want to, no matter what kind of vacation you have planned. If you want to treat yourself and feel special, the Grand Bohemian offers that vibe, and the modern, clean lines and white and red color scheme certainly makes it stand out. To make things even better – and cooler – you can wander through the hotel as though it were an art gallery, taking in more than $6.5 million of art which comes from the private collection of Richard Kessler. Unwind in the spa, the whirlpool, or the rooftop bar.
Source: Instagram, posted on December 31, 2020, LBV Orlando Resort official profile.
- Lake Buena Vista Resort Village
You can’t miss the enormous pirate ship water playground.
No list of cool hotels near Disney World would be complete without the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village having a place on it. There are a number of reasons for this, but the one that stands out – and that no guest can fail to miss – is the huge pirate ship that sits in the middle of the pool complex. Far from just being ornamental, this ship is a place to play and have fun, and it’s a great way to unwind. On top of that, there is a large heated outdoor pool, and it has its own poolside bar. When it comes time to eat more than snacks, head to Frankie Farrell’s Irish Pub, and for the adults, there is a spa and salon that will add to your chilled vacation feelings. With Disney World only two miles away and rooms being modern and comfortable, there are many reasons to pick Lake Buena Vista Resort Village as your place to stay when you’re in Orlando.
Source: Instagram, posted on May 22, 2022, B Resort and Spa’s official profile.
- The B Resort & Spa
Walking distance to Disney Springs
The B Resort and Spa is a popular place to stay in Orlando, and it’s clear to see why when you start investigating what makes it so cool. It’s close to Disney World, which is always a plus – the less time it takes to get there, the more time you have to play – but the hotel itself is also amazing, meaning that even when you’re not out and about, you can have a great time. It offers guests a wonderful zero-entry pool, an award-winning restaurant, and a full-service spa, to name just a few of the brilliant amenities that will help you slip into vacation mode. This is a modern and different kind of aesthetic, with bright colors, fancy lighting, and a playful feeling all around. Hop aboard the complimentary shuttle to the parks, or wander across the road to Disney Springs to enjoy the shopping and dining options there.
Source: Instagram, posted on May 13, 2022, Castle Hotel Orlando’s official profile.
- Castle Hotel Orlando
Your own Orlando castle with all the amenities you need
If ‘cool’ to you means finding something unique and boutique, then the Castle Hotel could be your ideal option when it comes to finding a cool hotel close to Disney World. It’s not just close to the parks, but close to the city center so you can enjoy the nightlife as well as having fun during the day. The hotel itself is designed like a castle, making it a fun place to stay, and since the amenities are top class as well, you won’t be disappointed. They include marble bathrooms, free wifi, and room service. The hotel also has a pool, bar, and a lovely restaurant.