Marriott has a reputation for being one of the best hotel brands in the Orlando, Florida area. Given the amount of time I’ve spent in Orlando over the last ten years or so, I’ve stayed at quite a few Marriott’s. One in particular (the Swan and Dolphin), more than others. Additionally, my top budget-friendly off property choices both fall under the Marriott brand of hotels.
With these thoughts in mind, I decided to put together an overview of the best Marriott’s near Disney World. Disclaimer: I haven’t stayed at every single one of these…yet. But I have most of them, and most importantly, I know their locations well.
You see, when you get outside of the Disney bubble, you can easily end up in extremely touristy or transitional areas. Often, both. I’ll be the first to admit some of these areas I adore, like Four Corners. But there are a few areas that I wouldn’t want to stay at for the entirety of my trip, and nor would you.
Additionally, when you hop on Google and search “Marriott in Orlando,” something like 100+ hotels are going to surface. It might take you a long time to filter out the results, and you will probably still be overwhelmed with choices. Not only that, some hotels that look like they’re near Disney World on the map can still be a considerable drive, especially during high traffic times.
It’s really no telling where you might end up if you aren’t familiar with the area.
So for this review, I’ve put together a list of the best Marriott hotels near Disney World. And I’ve included the ones that are actually on Disney World property too. This is how I’ve broken them down:
Best Budget-Friendly Marriott Hotels Near Disney World
We’ll start with my top choices for budget-friendly hotels that are near Disney World. The bonus? These two literally sit outside the Disney World gates on Western Way. For reference, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort sits on the corner where Western Way dead-ends at Buena Vista Drive.
The first of these hotels is the Towneplace Suites at Flamingo Crossings. This best Marriott hotel choice has everything you need to stay on budget, including a small, fully-equipped kitchen area.
A stay at Towneplace Suites will be slightly higher in price than our next choice because of the in-room upgrades. However, the upgrades are suitable for anyone wanting to save money by preparing a few meals in the room.
Additionally, Towneplace has amenities, including an on-site restaurant, swimming pool, and fully equipped gym. Rates are available here on Expedia.
We’ve recently added a full review of our stay at the TownePlace Marriott at Flamingo Crossings if you would like to learn more.
My second best budget-friendly hotel is Spring Hill Suites Marriott. This hotel is also located at Flamingo Crossings and sits next door to Towneplace Suites. For the past several years, this has become my go-to hotel for a first night stay before moving on-property the next day. Needless, to say I’ve spent a good amount of time here.
Back in December, I had a room identical to the one below before moving over to Disney’s Caribbean Beach. While I enjoyed my stay at Disney, I came to the realization I would have been much better off staying here for the week.
That’s mainly because I ended up driving my car to the theme parks the majority of the trip. And frankly, this room was nicer.
One of the biggest advantages of staying on Disney property is the use of their transportation system. But during my stay, the Skyliner went down several times, and most days, I felt more comfortable having my car on hand.
As for the Springhill Suites Marriott, the hotel provides free breakfast every morning! No, I’m not kidding. There are pastries, fresh fruit, cereal, and a variety of hot offerings. I think there were scrambled eggs and Canadian bacon on my last visit. So while you should still enjoy a nice breakfast or two at Disney, it’s nice to have a mindless option in your hotel lobby every morning.
In addition, it will take less than one minute to be on Disney property from these hotels. And anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to reach the four theme parks.
Another perk I wanted to mention is that there are no parking charges at the Flamingo Crossing Marriott hotels. Unfortunately, Orlando has become one of the many tourist destinations that will sock it to you regarding parking fees. Even when you stay at one of Disney’s value resorts, they charge you for parking!
You can check the rates here on Expedia for this Springhill Suites.
Best Marriott Hotels Near Disney World
Our next stop is to check out the best Marriott hotels near Disney World. While these hotels might not be the most budget conscientious, they are still within reason. And they are nice! You’ll definitely want to plan a resort day while staying at one of these. There will be plenty to do at the hotels alone.
The Kissimmee-based Gaylord Palms is centrally located off Osceola Parkway. Those familiar with the area know that Hollywood Studios sits on one end, and the parkway dead ends into Animal Kingdom park on the opposite end.
If you’ve stayed at a Gaylord Palms Resort before, then you already know what to expect. The hotels are designed to keep guests entertained. Why leave when your hotel has dining, recreation, and a water park right there at your fingertips?
With these cater-to-you resorts packed with amenities, there are a few extra charges like resort fees. Gaylord Palm’s resort fee is approximately $30 per day, and you’ll pay $28 per day to park if you have your car.
Make sure to use a car service or consider the hotel shuttle to avoid parking fees at the theme parks when staying here. The last thing anyone wants is to pay $28 for parking at their hotel and nearly the same to park at a theme park all on the same day.
Rates for the Gaylord Palms Orlando are available here on Expedia.
This next option, I am fairly excited to share with you. It is the newest Marriott hotel near Disney World, the JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa. While I haven’t stayed at this one yet, I have stayed at several other hotels along Bonnet Creek.
With neighbors like the Wyndham, Hilton, and the Waldorf Astoria, you will more than likely be happy with your stay here. The JW Marriott Orlando is surrounded by Disney World property. Besides the lack of Disney transportation at your resort, you will never know you aren’t staying at Disney.
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to my first visit to this newly opened hotel. Oh, and they have something you won’t find on Disney property, an indoor pool. Additionally, there’s an outdoor pool, kids pool, hot tub, sauna, and a fitness center.
Parking here will cost approximately $37.00 per day, and their resort fee is currently running $35.00, so make sure to calculate these in when comparing options. Other than our next resorts, which are actually on Disney property, this will be your closest proximity to Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs.
Rates for this recommended Marriott hotel near Disney are available here on Expedia.
Marriott Hotels on Disney World Property
Our last of the best Marriott hotels are unique because they are actually located on Disney property, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. So when considering a stay in the Epcot Resorts Area, we always consider these sister hotels.
Both are comparable to the Disney deluxe hotels that sit on either side of them. And you can walk to Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Like many others, you will encounter a resort and parking fee at these Marriott Resorts. However, often the overall pricing will win out in comparison to the neighboring on property Disney hotels.
The Swan and Dolphin boast numerous dining options, and their pool is included in the top three of my best pools at Disney World review. Now that’s saying something.
As far as the main differences between them, the Swan has a boutique feel, while the Dolphin accommodates larger crowds and convention guests from time to time.
Other perks include the use of Disney Friendship boat transportation if you don’t care to walk to the two neighboring parks. And there is a shuttle service to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney Springs. Most guests that stay here never know they aren’t at a Disney-owned and operated resort.
Coming Soon! The Swan Reserve is the newest Marriott hotel that will be added to the Swan and Dolphin trio. The expected opening date is September 1, 2021. You can read more about the new hotel here on Marriott’s site.
The last time I was over that way, I took a photo of the new Swan Reserve. Of course, the hotel will have its own amenities. However, from my understanding, guests will be able to walk over and use the Grotto Pool area at the Swan and Dolphin.
Related: Best Pools at Disney World
In the meantime, there’s a full review of the Swan and Dolphin hotel if you would like to learn more. It includes a list of the Disney amenities you can expect when staying here.
Hopefully, the information provided was able to help you find the best Marriott hotels near Disney World that are right for you.
For more Disney World planning advice, you might like to browse over our full list of Disney World Hotel Reviews. When it comes to choosing dining locations, you’ll definitely want to read over our Disney restaurant reviews and best restaurants at Disney Springs guide. And for meeting characters, check the Disney World characters list and the Disney World Character Dining Guide with 2021 updates.
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