Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by Katrina

Photo credit: Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

As the mother ship for theme park vacations and conventions, Orlando isn’t generally thought of as a hotbed for luxurious relaxation. And yet, whether you’re coming to the Florida hub for a conference or roller coasters, a little luxury is always called for. Orlando can deliver, and then some. These are the best luxury hotels in Orlando, all of which offer serious indulgence, plus perks to streamline any theme park vacation.

Waldorf Astoria Orlando (14200 Bonnet Creek Resort Ln.; 407-597-5500) Orlando

This 502-room Waldorf Astoria “echoes the elegance of its New York counterpart,” says Condé Nast Traveler, “with casual elegance suited to its Central Florida setting.” The hotel also has a spa, 18-hole golf course, a kids club, and continuous transportation to Walt Disney World. “Location does not get better,” says a Google reviewer. “The aesthetic is viscerally pleasant and peaceful, just like any Disney property. The Hotel is five stars with regard to cleanliness, it is spotless.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort (10100 Dream Tree Blvd.; 407-313-7777) Lake Buena Vista

This “stunning, AAA Five Diamond Resort combines the best of luxury with Disney magic,” says Travel+Leisure. This Four Seasons offers upscale ambience—like a jaw-dropping lobby chandelier—a fabulous water park, and views of the nightly fireworks. Plus, “they have an onsite concierge for Disney and will even shuttle you to all of the parks and back at no charge,” says a Google reviewer. I would go back and do just the property with no Disney. One of my favorite Four Seasons.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando (5800 Universal Blvd; 407-503-2000) Orlando

You’ll feel like a rock star at this branch of the Hark Rock brand that is “miles ahead of any other Hard Rock hotel in America,” says Frommers, with “more perks for the money than most of the city’s similarly priced hotels.” Those perks include music systems, a huge pool and early access to one of the Universal theme parks during your stay. “If you are attending the theme parks and have 3-4 people in your party, you get express access the day of check-in and check-out, so the room pays for itself,” say a Tripadvisor user. “Everyone was friendly.”  >> Book this hotel for less

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (4401 Floridian Way; 407-939-1936) Lake Buena Vista

Frommers calls the flagship resort of Disney World a “magnificent Victorian inn” with “an opulent five-story lobby complete with a Chinese Chippendale aviary.” Google reviewers like the luxury, but also like that it doesn’t feel stuffy. “A step back in time to an era of grace and grandeur,” says one. “Dining options vary from casual dining, to fancy dress, even in ice cream parlor. Shopping is also varied…It’s a bit more expensive than other Walt Disney World resorts, but worth it.” Splurge even more for a club-level room that includes access to a lounge for complimentary breaks and snacks.  >> Book this hotel for less

Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando (325 S Orange Ave.; 844-631-0595) Downtown

About 16 miles from the theme-park zone, this member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection is “far from the candy-colored, cartoonish vision you might have of Orlando” says Condé Nast Traveler, with its “dramatic gold-trimmed columns…and an onsite gallery [that] features works by local and international artists.” Given its downtown location, you’re “within walking distance to great nightlife and the [Amway] Center,” says a Tripadvisor reviewer. “What really put them over the top…we left some clothes and shoes by accident. They found them and mailed them home to us.”  >> Book this hotel for less