Fine Stays for Footie Fans: Orlando Hotel Options near the Citrus Bowl

Right on the heels of its $207 million renovation the Citrus Bowl, while still hosting the signature annual events longtime fans of each have come to expect, it's also the home of the top-ranked Orlando City Soccer Club and the host of high-energy college football match-ups, neutral-site NFL games, epic events like the Monster Jam and world-renowned performers, like the Rolling Stones. Consequently, the surrounding properties are enjoying an uptick in business. Which should you consider booking? For luxe weekend stays, consider the Grand Bohemian with its world-class dining, posh piano bar and mouthwatering Sunday brunch. For sleek, hip and more affordable overnights, the Aloft Orlando Downtown may be more up your alley. Budget-minded options abound, as well. Case in point, the Best Western Orlando West, which sits closest of all to the Citrus Bowl while offering wallet-friendly stays in clean surrounds. Other options bring with them convenience for exploring not only downtown Orlando, but its other charming neighborhoods – such as College Park, Ivanhoe Village – as well. Those looking for a city-centric stay may delight in the EO Inn, where Lake Eola Park sits right across the street and an on-site spa will pedicure those explorer's feet and prime them for your Citrus Bowl event, whatever it may be. 



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 spacious...  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 Lake Ivanhoe in downtown Orlando. Hotel guests will find themselves nine miles from Universal Studios and 16 miles from Walt Disney World. Attractions within two mile's...  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



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



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



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



With its extremely Citrus Bowl convenient location and reasonable rates, the Best Western Orlando West is ideal for budget-conscious visitors. That said, recent renovations keep guests quite comfortable in both their rooms and poolside. An...  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

Grand Bohemian Orlando, Autograph Collection
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A landmark in downtown Orlando, the Grand Bohemian claims the role as one of the city's most eclectic and memorable hotels, immersing its guests in an array of exceptional artwork, elegant decor and modern flair amid cosmopolitan, AAA...  Read More


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