Best in Show: 10 Hot-Ticket Hotels for Amway Center Convenience

Orlando's Amway Center is a big draw, whether your interests lie in the heated courtside action of an Orlando Magic game, an enchanted night of music from one of your favorite platinum-selling artists or some other hot-ticket event. Many locals make an Amway event an all-night affair, booking stays at one of the city's downtown hotels. Out-of-towners are no different, though they may stay longer to check out a few of Orlando's other draws while they're in the area. Either way, this Amway-centric list offers downtown digs for every style and budget. You may even want to catch an Orlando City soccer match or a show at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts while you're in town. The upscale Grand Bohemian is tops for luxury, but its new neighbor, the Aloft Orlando Downtown is an excellent alternative with modern lines, hip venues and a budget-friendlier price point. The Courtyard at Lake Lucerne is a complete departure, offering downtown – and thusly Amway Center – convenience, but with old-Florida, bed-and-breakfast charm. Embassy Suites and the Crowne Plaza have their own offerings, too, each with shuttle service. It's all a matter of sorting out the amenities and locations to decide which best fits your agenda. Just outside the downtown circle, but still only minutes from Amway, the Comfort Suites Downtown gives visitors the option of on-foot neighborhood exploration of some of Orlando's lesser-known but no less charming neighborhoods like College Park and Ivanhoe Village. Visit the Amway Center by night and some wonderful small businesses by day, or vice versa, and see a side of the city you might otherwise have missed.



Minutes to downtown, six miles from Universal Studios Orlando, 13 miles from the airport and 15 from the Walt Disney World Resort complex ––" easy-access is the go-to phrase at this downtown property. The Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown is...  Read More



Less than two miles from the Amway Center, a host of cultural venues and convenient to all that downtown offers and still within easy reach of fun, local neighborhoods including Ivanhoe Village and Winter Park makes the Residence Inn Orlando...  Read More



Bed-and-breakfasts are sadly scarce in metro-Orlando; this lovely inn is comprised for four separate historic homes in the shadow of the city's bustling downtown. Popular for weddings and other posh events, its older neighborhood is one...  Read More



The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown offers prime accommodations near lovely Lake Ivanhoe with exceptional downtown convenience. Guests will find themselves less than two miles not only from the Amway Center, but the Orlando Museum of Art,...  Read More



Looking for an altogether different Orlando experience than the one offered in the traditional resort area? Check out the EO Inn & Spa, a boutique experience on the shores of lovely Lake Eola and an ideal home base for exploration of...  Read More



Within walking distance of downtown Orlando's restaurants and nightlife, the Embassy Suites Orlando Downtown serves as an excellent platform for business travelers or those hitting up the Amway Center or some other venue for a one-night event;...  Read More



Well-located for Florida Hospital-related visits (it's the closest hotel available) ––" and near to the spoils of College Park, Ivanhoe Village and downtown Orlando, which is just one mile away ––" the Comfort Suites Downtown offers...  Read More



Marriott quality and convenience are the norm at this well-located downtown property where complimentary Starbucks coffee in the lobby gives business and pleasure travelers a fueled-up send-off as they head out to explore. The lobby and all...  Read More

Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection
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This undeniable Grand Dame of downtown Orlando properties, the Grand Bohemian is eclectic and elegant, seducing its guests with sophistication ––" not to mention fine art, music and martinis. Not merely steps from the Amway Center, the Grand...  Read More



This new-in-2013 property is steps from the Amway Center and the city's vibrant dining and nightlife options, making it a hip home base for downtown Orlando exploration. Its modern, clean design is attractive and open, its rooms sleek and...  Read More


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