6 Places to Stay Near the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando

By: Dalia Colon


The 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which takes Orlando by storm Feb. 24-26, is one of about a zillion reasons to visit downtown's shiny new Amway Center.

Whether you're heading to All-Star Game, taking in a regular-season Magic basketball game, concert or other special event, you'll need someplace to rest your head after all the excitement.

Here are my picks for accommodations near the Amway:

1) Sheraton Orlando Downtown: Situated less than a mile from the Amway Center, this hotel is your closest budget-friendly bet.

2) Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown: Don't let the humdrum exterior fool you. The guest rooms are surprisingly nice! King suites have a kitchen, so you can stock up on groceries at the downtown Publix supermarket and save a few bucks on eating out. And on Magic game nights, there's a free shuttle to transport you between the hotel and the Amway. Check out the hotel's packages here.

3) Embassy Suites By Hilton Orlando Downtown: An affordable option that's gotten good reviews.

4) Doubletree by Hilton: Another comfy-yet-budget-friendly choice.

5) Courtyard at Lake Lucerne: Yes, Virginia, there is a B&B in downtown Orlando.

6) Grand Bohemian Hotel: This one's definitely a splurge, but sometimes you get what you pay for. When Hubby treated me to a stay at this posh hotel for my birthday a few years back, I felt like a queen. Even if you opt to stay elsewhere, swing through to check out the ground-floor art gallery.

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