If Universal’s onsite hotels are out of your budget, don’t worry. There are thousands of hotel choices in Orlando, with something that will fit any vistor’s budget.
Within one mile of Universal Studio’s gates, there are half a dozen affordable lodging options. For the very best deal, try the Comfort Inn Universal Studios. It offers free parking and rates starting around $50 a night. Best of all, you can walk to the theme parks from here!
For something a little closer, try the
Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando
This hotel is a bit more spacious and upscale, and you should have no problem finding rooms for around $100-125 a night. Plus, like all Doubletree hotels, this hotel offers free fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies at check-in. (Bonus: I’ve never had the staff tell me no when I’ve requested an extra cookie at bedtime or check-out!)
Families may want to check out the Homewood Suites by Hilton, also less than a mile from the park. This all suites hotels offers rooms with separate living rooms, providing more space for big families. With suites starting at around $150, the extra space may be well worth the price.
Finally, if this is truly a budget vacation, you’ll be happy to know that there are still plenty of rooms available in Orlando for under $50. Simply head down Route 192 in the Kissimmee area. Sure, it’s a little bit of a drive, but with dozens of value hotels here, it’s worth it. Many of the hotels and motels here post their rates on signs outside, so you can get a feel for the price. One of my favorites is the good old Howard Johnson, where I’ve spent many nights in Orlando for around $30-40 per night. It even has a few pools and a hot tub, plus free parking, which is a great perk in a town where some hotels charge up to $20 per night just to park.
As a bonus, there are many great food and souvenir values to be found along 192 in this area, and if you’re going to visit Disney, you’re practically in their back yard!
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If you really want to go cut rate, you can try Priceline. This is my preferred way to book an Orlando hotel. I’ve gotten four star hotels near Disney for less than $100 a night, and on a quick business trip a few years back, I paid $35 a night for a two star.