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Visitors to Orlando can be overwhelmed by the hundreds of lodging options available to guests. Families often pay far more than their means on accommodation, mostly because they do not expect that a place as widely-visited as Orlando to even approach affordability.

Though still expensive compared to non-tourist areas, Orlando’s airport motels can offer a good mix of comfort and affordability. While top-tier hotels offer Jacuzzis, room service, and grand ballrooms, Orlando’s motels trim the excess to offer simple, comfortable rooms for budgeting travelers. And why not? Tourists do not fly to Orlando to stay at the nicest hotels—they are there to see its theme parks and other attractions.

Twelve miles from Orlando International is the Motel 6. Boasting “the lowest price of any national chain,” it is a smartly designed motel which covers a satisfying list of basics—clean beds, functional elevators, and appropriate security. A small pool is its only indulgence, and even this has the look of being selected for efficiency first and fanciness second. Across the way, the Wet n Wild water park offers a nearby treat to round out any vacation and wear the kids out for the flight home.

Though it offers comparable prices, Celebration Suites has a notorious reputation for poor maintenance, with numerous complaints about broken air conditioning and a supposedly heated pool that seems suspiciously close to current temperatures. On the other hand, the rooms are enormous for the modest price they’re asking. If space and price are your priorities, this is worth a look.

If price is your main concern, consider Record Parkside Inn & Suites. With prices starting at $27, this surprisingly affordable lodging is only five miles from Disney. Its air conditioning and heated pool are always functioning, while a commitment to business visitors has led to the promise that the data ports in each room will let you get online for business or pleasure. Though by no means a ritzy establishment, it’s efficiently and smartly operated.

Super 8 offers two things: price and convenience. However, guests have complained about everything from moldy smells to insect-filled rooms. Cheap and close to the airport, it is an option only for thick-skinned travelers who want to go straight from their plane to a cheap room and then out into Orlando.

The Days Inn on International Drive is a stone’s throw from Motel 6 and shares its advantage in terms of location. Like the Motel 6, it is an inexpensive but well-maintained option, with high marks on friendliness of staff even from those who were expecting more than what was offered. Days Inn cuts corners where it can—small but hardworking staff, vintage furniture, and an average pool—but the corners are smartly chosen and do not effect satisfaction overmuch.

Good luck on your trip!

<a href = “http://www.daysinn.com/DaysInn/control/Booking/property_info?propertyId=09575&brandInfo=DI/”>Days Inn
5858 International Drive
Corner Int’l Drive/Kirkman Rd
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 351-4410
Prices Begin At: $28/night

Celebration Suites
5820 W. Hwy 192
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Phone: (800) 327-9126
Prices Begin At: $80/night for a 4-room suite

Super 8
1850 West Landstreet Road
Orlando, FL 32809
Phone: (407) 240-8400
Prices Begin at: $37/night

Motel 6
5909 American Way
Orlando, FL 32819
Phone: (407) 351-6500
Prices Begin At: $34/night

Record Parkside
4651 West Irlo Memorial Highway (US 192)
Kissimmee, FL 34746
Phone: (407) 396-8400
Prices Begin At: $27

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