Kissimmee, located slap bang in the middle of Florida, is the perfect base for excursions to the state’s theme parks and natural wonders. And with more than 45,000 accommodation options available, there’s something for every budget and every family.
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Best accommodation for theme parks
The Flamingo Waterpark Resort is a hotel combined with a state-of-the-art water park, only 20 minutes down the road from Walt Disney World Resort. The whole complex has a tropical theme, and there is a variety of accommodation options, including extra-spacious family rooms. And the price includes passes to the next-door water park, which features three huge slides along with a lazy river ride.
Located just outside Walt Disney World Resort, and with free shuttle rides to the park itself, the Royale Parc Suites are in the perfect location for theme-park excursions. The one- or two-bedroom suites have plenty of room for all the family – and they even offer two bathrooms. They each have a fully equipped kitchen, too, and there’s a complimentary hot buffet breakfast each morning.
Margaritaville Resort Orlando is a short hop to the west of Walt Disney World Resort and only 16 kilometres from Universal Orlando Resort. This huge resort has an enormous lagoon pool, and the 184 guest rooms all come with balconies – plus you have the option of upgrading to a private residence of your own, one the Margaritaville Cottages.
Best accommodation for nature adventures
The Barefoot’n Resort sits on a gorgeous lake in the south of Kissimmee, and makes a perfect hopping off point for trips to the headwaters of the Everglades. The resort is made up of spacious condos that are great for families, and it’s near to local fishing spots and golf.
The Wyndham Cypress Palms describes itself as a “tropical oasis” in the heart of Kissimmee, and it offers one- and two-bedroom suites with separate living areas. This sprawling resort has two swimming pool, a playground and fitness centre among other amenities, and its position on Highway 192 means it’s easy to get out of the city and into nature.
Best accommodation for shopping experiences
The Meliá Orlando Suite Hotel at Celebration is located in one of Forbes Magazine’s “Top Ten Prettiest Neighborhoods” and is ideal for access to Kissimmee’s shops, as well as being close to Walt Disney World Resort. This luxury hotel features 240 one- and two-bedroom suites with balconies overlooking the pool, and it has a spa and fitness centre, too.
Well placed for Kissimmee’s main shopping and eating experiences are the Saratoga Resort Villas – 150 one- or two-bedroom villas with full kitchens with access to a heated pool and spa. The complex has 18 acres of beautiful gardens to explore, and there’s even a complimentary shuttle to the nearby Walt Disney World Resort.
Best accommodation for family dining
The Reunion Resort and Golf Club has not one, but two restaurants. Eleven is a modern steakhouse sat on the hotel’s eleventh floor that’s perfect for a ritzy dinner, aided by the nightly fireworks, which you can enjoy from the restaurant’s open-air veranda. And the huge, 2,200-acre golfing resort also has a more rustic dining option in the form of the Forte Italian restaurant.
The Gaylord Palms Resort is a beautiful, luxury resort featuring a water park and spa, in addition to an astonishing nine bars, restaurants and cafes. The Old Hickory Steakhouse tops the bill with its freshwater ponds and fine wines, or you could opt to sample fresh local seafood at Moor. Then there’s the Mediterranean fare of Villa de Flora and the Cuban vibes of the Socio bar, with its signature cocktails.