Orlando is king for family-friendly resorts. So say the readers of TripAdvisor, who made their choices for best family hotels and resorts in the website's Travelers Choice Awards this month.
The No. 1 choice was Floridays Resort Orlando, on International Drive just outside Walt Disney World. The average rate, according to the website, is $214 a night. The hotel features two- and three-bedroom suites with kitchens and living areas plus two on-site swimming pools, one with a play area adorned with fountains and spray features.
It's not the largest property in the area with only 432 units, but it's centrally located among the attractions, only an 18-minute drive to the Magic Kingdom and nine-minute drive to SeaWorld. Its rating not only made it No. 1 in the U.S., but No. 5 in the world.
"It is absolutely one of the most prestigious honors a resort could win and we are quite proud of it”, said Jeff Swirsky, Floridays General Manager in a press release. “This is an endorsement of our property by the guests who stay here."
The resort wasn't the only Orlando hotel represented in the top 25. The Orlando area including two Disney options made up 5 of the top 10. Those were the Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista at No. 2 (No. 11 in the world), Disney's Art of Animation Resort at No. 5, Disney's Wilderness Lodge at No. 6 and Marriot's Cypress Harbour Villas at No. 7.
The TripAdvisor awards are based on both quality, but also quantity of reviews on the site, so theme-park centric locations that attract large numbers of family tourists were most likely to finish in the top.
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Top 25 Best Family Hotels in the U.S.
1. Floridays Resort Orlando, Orlando, Florida
2. Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida
3. Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley, Pennsylvania
4. Howard Johnson Anaheim Hotel and Water Playground, Anaheim, California
5. Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Kissimmee, Florida
6. Disney's Wilderness Lodge, Orlando, Florida
7. Marriott's Cypress Harbour Villas, Orlando, Florida
8. Candy Cane Inn, Anaheim, California
9. Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Kapolei, Hawaii
10. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, Highland, New York
11. Residence Inn Anaheim Resort Area, Garden Grove, California
12. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Sandusky, Ohio
13. Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
14. BEST WESTERN PLUS Park Place Inn - Mini Suites, Anaheim, California
15. LEGOLAND California Hotel, Carlsbad, California
16. Wilderness Resort, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
17. Hotel Breakers, Sandusky, Ohio
18. Zehnder's Splash Village Hotel & Waterpark, Frankenmuth, Michigan
19. Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey Near The Park, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
20. Tyler Place Family Resort, Highgate Springs, Vermont
21. Aloha Oceanfront Motel, North Wildwood, New Jersey
22. Sunny Hill Resort and Golf Course, Greenville, New York
23. Adventurer Oceanfront Inn, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
24. Timber Ridge Lodge & Waterpark, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
25. Francis Scott Key Family Resort, Ocean City, Maryland
Source: Orlando Sentinel