Hotel at a Glance: Econolodge Inn & Suites Near Florida Mall
This AAA Three Diamond–rated hotel puts guests within a few miles of Orlando’s legendary theme parks. But even more convenient is its proximity to the The Florida Mall, a 250-store behemoth anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue that’s just a half mile from the hotel. After a day of shopping, come back and unwind by the outdoor pool or plan out the next day using the free WiFi in your room.
- Free perks: continental breakfast, airport shuttle, and parking
- Eat out with ease: More than 20 restaurants are within a 2-mile radius.
- Within 5 miles: Universal Studios, Wet ‘n Wild, and SeaWorld
- Walt Disney World® Theme Parks are 14 miles away.
- Take a day trip using the hotel’s onsite car-rental service.
Orlando, Florida: World-Famous Theme Parks and Cultural Surprises
Located in the center of Florida, Orlando may be forever associated with the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks—the world’s most-visited entertainment resort. Spanning roughly 30,000 acres, it encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and the Downtown Disney® Marketplace. There’s no shortage of things to do here: begin your day by boarding a rocket-shaped three-seater that climbs to 180 feet before entering a deep black tunnel and racing past stars, satellites, and constellations. Walk across the park to sample Moroccan cuisine for lunch, or ride a dune buggy through a haunted mansion. Before heading back to the hotel, take in the nightly fireworks, laser, and water show. One of the most popular family destinations in the world, sunny Orlando is also home to Universal Orlando—which includes The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—SeaWorld, and Gatorland.
Those hoping to shake up the typical theme-park-dominated itinerary can head into downtown Orlando’s vibrant arts district. The neighborhood boasts venues such as CityArts Factory, a multifaceted patchwork of gallery spaces, and SAK Comedy Lab, which hosts family-friendly improv shows five nights a week.
About a 10-minute drive north, you’ll find eight cultural institutions at Loch Haven Park, including the Orlando Museum of Art, which houses work by Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. The park is also home to the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orlando Science Center, where you can a rover across a simulation of Mars or race on a 70-foot pinewood derby track.