6 Hotels 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, or still figuring out fun things to do in Orlando, you'll need someplace to rest your head after all the excitement.

    Here are my picks for hotels near the Amway Center:

    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.

    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.