I decided to take a minute and talk about hotels in the Orlando/Kissimmee/Celebration area. I will be completely honest; I have never stayed on the resort. I would love to; however, I don't have the money to throw down for an expensive hotel (I'd rather spend the money on souvenirs). So, while I have read lot's of research about the resort hotels, I have no first-hand experience. I'm sorry, I have failed you...
However, if you’re looking for a decent hotel, not too far from Disney, for fairly cheap, than I am the person to talk to. I have stayed in a few hotels in the area and I have spent hours looking at prices and accommodations. For my family, cheap is important. And the resort taxes in
do not make cheap easy. The resort tax is going to add about 12% on to your bill (yikes!). And, all of the hotels stay competitive by listing one price, but adding a “resort fee” on to your final bill. Florida
For instance, we originally stayed at a Ramada in
on W. Irlo Bronson Dr (the main road in Kissimmee ). It was the cheapest place I found with an indoor pool on Travelocity, listed at $35 a night. When we got there, we found out that there was also a $10/night resort fee to add on. On top of this, the indoor pool was supposed to be heated and it was freezing! To be fair to the hotel, we stayed at this same Ramada a second time. And we still had the same problems with the pool! We also found two roaches in our room, and the staff was rude. We will never stay there again! Kissimmee
So, we left the Ramada and stayed at a different hotel for a few nights; the Champion World Resort, also on W. Irlo Bronson in
. And we loved it. No indoor pool, but 2 out of the 3 pools were heated, including a kiddie pool that my 1 year old loved. Travelocity listed the hotel as $35. Unfortunately, they still have a $2/night resort fee, but the hotel lists it on Travelocity’s website. You can also pay it up front (could not do this with the Ramada), so you have no surprise bills at the end of your trip (when you spent all of your money). The rooms are your typical rooms, nothing fancy but since you won’t spend much time in the room (other than sleeping), it’s not a big deal. Kissimmee
To give you an idea of how cheap this place is, the Value resorts (the cheapest hotels) on Disney property have smaller rooms for double the price. Yes, there are some amenities to staying in the resort (we will get into them at a later time), but if you don’t have the cash, its no big deal to stay away from the House of Mouse Hotels.
The hotel I really want to stay in! Yes, there is a room inside and I will never, ever get to stay in it...