Where to Stay in Orlando?
HOLIDAY INN SUNSPREE RESORT This popular resort offers "Kidsuites," including a separate room for little ones outfitted with bunk beds, TVs, video and CD players, and Nintendo systems. There's an oversize pool, two Jacuzzis, and a movie theater. Kids get a goody bag on arrival and eat free at the restaurant. Suite prices start at around $109. 13351 S.R. 535, Lake Buena Vista; 800-366-6299
MARRIOTT'S GRANDE VISTA This property is a time-share resort, but its family-friendly villas are available for nightly rentals. The accommodations are spacious, with full kitchens and whirlpool tubs, plus five swimming pools, four tennis courts, and a Kids' Club activity center. Rates vary by season but start at around $142 a night for a one-bedroom villa. 5925 Avenida Vista; 800-845-5279
PEABODY ORLANDO This luxurious hotel offers the spectacle of a twice-a-day march through the lobby by a group of trained ducks, a ritual made famous at the Peabody's sister property in Memphis. Centrally located across from the Orange County Convention Center, the hotel provides buses to Disney World and boasts a near-Olympic-size swimming pool with a waterfall for kids. Rates start at $149 a night if booked through the Web site. 9801 International Drive; 407-352-4000
HARD ROCK HOTEL Located within walking distance of Universal's theme parks, the Hard Rock has a swimming pool with a 260-foot slide, fountains, and an underwater audio system. Inside, you can choose from five hip restaurants and lounges, including the Palm steakhouse. Rates start at $229 a night. 5800 Universal Blvd.