I’ve seen the wonder of a toddler’s face when he walked into Seuss Landing, the Universal land that’s a lifelike tribute to a favorite storybook. I’ve heard the gleeful screams of teenagers swishing down the slopes of the thrilling Incredible Hulk roller coaster. And the Harry Potter lands? Little beats the joy of strolling through an immersive Hogsmeade replica with kids who’ve been obsessed with the Harry Potter books since first grade.
Maybe your family wants a serene escape after a day of hanging upside down with Spiderman and flying through Jimmy Fallon’s New York. The kids can cool off in the pool while the grown-ups sip chardonnay. Or maybe you want to stay in full-on active mode. In that case, choose a themed hotel that’s decorated with playful elements and has water play areas, bowling alleys or contests by the pool.
Luckily, you’ll find whatever kind of hotel is best for you in and near Universal Orlando Resort—home to two theme parks, a water park, and a dining/retail/entertainment complex. Here are the 10 best, from value-priced motels to full-service resorts.