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All the Fun in Orlando on a Budget
Orlando, Florida is the Theme Park Capitol of the World, and one place most people like to visit over and over again. The hospitality industry offers a lot of cheap hotels, so you can save your money for the entertainment. Many of the inexpensive hotels are all suites, where you get a fully-equipped kitchen to lower you vacation costs even more by preparing your own food. Sites like Hipmunk will help you find all the hotel deals and entertainment discounts available in Orlando.
THEME PARK RESORTS
Many of the major theme parks in Orlando have their own hotels and resort facilities for guests. They offer packages and discounts but even with these it can be expensive. You can find a great hotel for a fraction of the cost that is not connected to any resort. They offer all the same amenities and conveniences as well as transportation to and from the major theme parks. Some of the all-suite hotels offer laundry service and a free hot or cold breakfast. Other facilities you may need are free parking if you plan to rent a car, and entertainment at the hotel such as a game room, swimming pool or playground. Once you determine your requirements, you should call ahead to find the hotel that meets your needs.
Most of the major theme parks want to provide less expensive accommodation for people who may not be able to afford the rates at a theme park resort. They have created networks with other hotels called Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotels, SeaWorld Orlando Hotel Partners and Universal Partner Hotels that offer high-quality accommodation at reduced prices. You can be sure of getting a good room and amenities if you select one of these hotels, because they are required to meet standards set by the theme park resorts. These hotels also have perks that you won’t get at other hotels such as a free shuttle to the theme parks, early entry into the theme park, discounts for the restaurants and souvenir shops. You can also purchase your theme park tickets in the hotel and avoid the long lines at the entrance. To become a partner hotel to a major theme park, the hotel must be AAA approved and have regular inspections. These hotels range from two to five star hotels including budget hotels or luxury resorts that have multiple swimming pools, tennis and volleyball courts, markets, game rooms and more.
ORLANDO VACATION RENTALS
Vacation rentals help reduce the cost of accommodation as well as food for a family on a budget. You can get a condo with three bedrooms for a fraction of the price of a hotel room and single rooms may be well under $100 per night. Most offer free Internet access, fully equipped kitchens, laundry facilities, swimming pools and some even offer free breakfast and housekeeping.
As with most high-profile vacation destinations, there is a high season and an off season. The off season in Orlando when the lowest hotel rates are found is between the second half of August through mid-October. One good guideline is to visit when most children are in school.
Orlando is one place where you can get great hotel rates if you are willing to book when you arrive. Last minute bookings tend to be the cheapest.
This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a travel website that offers customers a fast and easy way to find the best travel deals.