Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the U.S. state of Florida may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence v. Texas on June 26, 2003, and same-sex marriage has been legal in the state since January 6, 2015.
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1. Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando FL

Hyatt Place Orlando:Lake Buena Vista
Hyatt Place Orlando:Lake Buena Vista

Featuring free WiFi, Hyatt Place Orlando Lake Buena Vista offers accommodations in Orlando, 400 m from Walt Disney World Maingate East.

Every room is fitted with a small refrigerator, coffee-making facilities, and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. A private bathroom, complete with free toiletries and a hairdryer, are also provided. An en suite safe is also included.

The hotel offers freshly prepared foods and also has a full bar serving wine, beer and cocktails, as well as Starbucks drinks available around the clock.

Swim in the outdoor pool or workout at the fitness center at Hyatt Place Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Additional facilities and services include an on-site launderette, meeting facilities, and a business center. You will find free parking at the hotel.

This casual hotel off I-4 is 2 miles from Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets and 6 miles from Walt Disney World®.

Featuring living areas with pull-out sofas and desks, the simple rooms offer flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi, plus mini fridges and coffee makers.

A breakfast buffet, a Walt Disney World® shuttle and outdoor parking are complimentary. Other amenities include 24-hour dining, and an outdoor pool with a hot tub, as well as a 24/7 gym.

Located in the heart of Walt Disney World Resort, this newly opened hotel features 169 rooms & Kid Suites, ideal for both business & leisure travelers, corporate meetings, youth groups & social events. Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista presents a contemporary decor, spacious accommodations and 24/7 food & drinks.

Hotel has a beautiful outdoor pool and a Fitness Room with free weights and cardio machines. Enjoy our complimentary amenities – hot breakfast, parking, and Wi Fi. Located close to Disney Springs, we are just steps away from over 150 exceptional dining, shopping and entertainment venues.

There are dozens of hotels near Disney Springs This is one of the best ones as I have stayed on others. It has everything you need aside from being close to all the parks and restaurants. Staff is friendly and helpful. You feel safe and secure which is something important to everyone.

The room was very large and comfortable and included a refrigerator. The pool area was also very nice and relaxing. Breakfast was $13 a day per room but it included a variety of hot items and was well worth the price. The eating area itself was spacious and clean. Staff greeted us warmly every morning and every evening. The hotel is conveniently located close to Disney Springs. I would stay here again in a heartbeat; the value for our money was incredible.

The only suggestion I have is for the park shuttle to leave earlier; the first shuttle leaves at 8:50 which is just too late … so we ended up driving to the parks ourselves. Other than that, I highly recommend this hotel for anyone looking for a budget-friendly  & gay friendly option near Disney.

This was a very nice option to stay during our trip to Disney. Magic Kingdom is just 10 minutes away, Animal Kingdom 12 minutes away, and Disney Springs is closer than that, 3km. The rooms are comfortable, clean, and big, with a fridge in case you want to have cold bottled water. Breakfast was included for us and it’s nice, there are fruits, yogurt, bread, eggs, bacon, coffee, tea, orange juice, milk, pancakes, etc.

Just what you need for your Disney Park. There’s an Olive Garden and Denny’s right next to the hotel, so it’s very convenient. Every hotel employee is friendly and helpful.

The rooms are quite spacious and very well kept. The property is in a quiet location, although in peak hours, it might be hard to exit as it’s a high traffic intersection. Staff is extremely friendly, and the breakfast, which was the highlight, is nothing short of excellent.

We really enjoyed the spacious and clean rooms. They are much larger than a standard room elsewhere. The location is great as well, lots of restaurants and shopping close by. It’s located quite close to the entrance of Disney Springs and the rest of Disney World.

Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando FL
Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando FL

How much does a room costs at Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista?

Prices start 104$/night for King Room. The King Room – High Floor is  111$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Located on the 5th or 6th floor, this room includes a small refrigerator, coffee-making facilities and a laptop safe. It also has a flat-screen TV with Google Chromecast, along with a sofa bed. The private bathroom with shower comes complete with a hairdryer, free toiletries and ironing facilities.

Where to book online – Hyatt Place Orlando/Lake Buena Vista – Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando FL  – you can find the best hotels deals in Orlando during Food and Wine Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Orlando FL on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Meliá Orlando Celebration 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando

Meliá Orlando Celebration
Meliá Orlando Celebration

Melia Orlando Hotel is located in the town of Celebration and is only 2.5 mi from Walt Disney World. The hotel offers free WiFi. Universal Orlando is 12 mi away. A complimentary shuttle to the Walt Disney World Transportation Center is provided. Private parking on-site is included. The property is dog friendly.

Melia Orlando Hotel features one and two-bedroom suites that feature a pool or nature view. A fully equipped kitchenette and a private balcony are provided. All accommodations types offer a flat-screen TVs and iPod docking station.

Guests can use the vanishing-edge pool that offers beach-style entry.

An on-site restaurant and bar with poolside service are provided.

This upscale all-suite hotel is 3 miles from Walt Disney World® and 9 miles from SeaWorld Orlando.

Polished 1- and 2-bedroom suites come with full kitchens, balconies and Egyptian cotton linens, as well as free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and pull-out sofas. Some suites have pool views.

Parking is complimentary. A resort fee includes a theme park shuttle. There’s a Spanish restaurant and a bar with live entertainment, as well as an outdoor walk-in pool, a hot tub and a business center.

The Meliã Orlando Celebration fuses together stylish comfort & Location. A Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel located in the stunning town of Celebration originally developed by The Walt Disney Company, one of Forbes Magazine’s Top Ten “Prettiest Neighborhoods”, just 6mi from Walt Disney World®, 12mi from Universal Orlando™ and close to countless other Orlando attractions. Featuring 289 spacious rooms and 1- or 2-bedroom suites complete with equipped kitchens, beds with Egyptian cotton linens, flat screen TVs and balconies overlooking our vanishing-edge pool or Florida landscape.

The bed was a cozy king-sized with goose down everything and at times my gf and i didnt feel like getting up to go on about our planned days lol. The room and hotel both had a neat trendy style to it and for the money, i felt it sure did offer a lot. my favourites: free access to a health center facility just across from it for exercising; complimentary breakfast – juices/coffee/croissants/bagel/pastries (non-continental), shuttle service to the parks/the downtown of the town.

he Melia is just off I-4 on route 192, near most Orlando theme parks and attractions. We booked through and upgraded from a single pool room view to a 5th floor suite (pool view) that was spacious and comfortable. Suite came with a small, well- appointed kitchen, allowing for minor meal prep – a welcome respite from the high-priced fare at the theme parks and restaurants in the area. Five guys burgers is nearby and delicious, as is Starbucks, Walgreens, CVS. Walmart is a 10 minute drive.

Pool is great and overall the hotel and lounge areas is larger than we initially expected. While a tad on the pricey side, the breakfast buffet is fantastic and certainly well worth it – particularly when comparing it to alternatives. Melia staff we interacted with were fantastic, including: front desk, restaurant/bar, housekeeping and grounds. To a person, staff were friendly, helpful and strived to facilitate a comfortable stay.

Just to be clear, the hotel is not a brand new, nor is it a heavily marbled, 5-star experience, per se, but the features, location and staff made the experience a “high recommend”. Transportation to and from the theme parks was on time and reliable. Last, but not least, you definitely need a vehicle if you are going to go anywhere other than the theme parks as the Orlando area is vast. If you are elderly or a slow driver, be prepared to be immersed in very fast, and occasionally frenetic traffic and be sure to get a vehicle with a good GPS. Overall, we strongly recommend the Melia.

Basic room but with everything you could want in it. Comfy bed and very quiet. We had great sleeps!
Pool area lovely with lots of chairs and plentiful thick towels. The pool was freezing but we didn’t mind too much, very refreshing in the hot weather.

Location is great, we like to walk if at all possible and plenty of restaurants within walking distance. This hotel is not in downtown Celebration but on the outskirts. They do offer a free car service though!

Nice big room, with a full kitchen, large bathroom and very large bedroom. Staff was super helpful, friendly and truly wanted to know how we were enjoying our vacation. Onsite arranging transportation to major attractions, selling of tickets, booked car rental for us. Restaurant was really good, pizza rocked and breakfast buffet had a good variety of choices! Would highly recommend staying here.

Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando
Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando

How much does a room costs at Meliá Orlando Celebration?

Prices start 138$/night for Classic Room. The One-Bedroom Suite is  173$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Offering over 750 square feet of space, this suite includes a sofa bed as well as a refrigerator, stove top, and microwave. A dish washer is also provided.

Where to book online – Meliá Orlando Celebration – Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando FL  – you can find the best hotels deals in Orlando during Food and Wine Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Orlando FL on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista 3* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Orlando Florida

Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista
Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista

This Florida hotel is a 4 minutes’ drive from the Walt Disney World Resort and 5 minutes’ walk from restaurants at the Crossroads shopping center. A heated outdoor pool is provided.

A fully-equipped kitchen and sofa bed are featured in all spacious suites at Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista. A flat-screen cable TV and desk are also included.

Free WiFi and a 24-hour fitness center are provided by the property. Guests can relax in the gazebo or make a meal at the outdoor barbecue facilities as well. Grab n Go breakfast is available and includes juice, tea and coffee, fruit and a muffin.

The hotel is 2.2 mi from SeaWorld and within 2.4 mi from the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. Universal Orlando Resort is 8 mi away.

Set 2 miles from Disney Springs entertainment complex, this informal all-suite hotel in a commercial area off I-4 is 7 miles from Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

The unfussy suites feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and living areas, as well as kitchens.

Freebies include a breakfast buffet, parking and a theme park shuttle, plus regular evening socials. There’s also a heated outdoor pool, a kids’ pool, a hot tub and a 24-hour fitness center, plus guest laundry facilities.

Lake Buena Vista features spacious oversized hotel suites with full kitchens in Orlando. Perfect for overnight business travelers or families on the road, the hotel offers one and two bedroom suites. Take advantage of the outdoor pool, fitness center, complimentary grab n’ go breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and more during your stay near Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.”,”viewport”:”DESKTOP”}]}”>

Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista features spacious oversized hotel suites with full kitchens in Orlando. Perfect for overnight business travelers or families on the road, the hotel offers one and two bedroom suites. Take advantage of the outdoor pool, fitness center, complimentary grab n’ go breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and more during your stay near Disney World, SeaWorld Orlando, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Staybridge Suites in LBV is in an excellent location. You are able to walk to several restaurants, pharmacy and grocery store. Disney attractions are a 10-20 min drive away, depending on which attraction you are going to and Universal is 16 minutes away. Location is really fantastic. Front Desk staff are super friendly. We stayed here for 10 days.

The kitchen is decently equipped. We could have used a colander, kitchen towel, and oven mitts but all else is provided to make basic meals. Our pancake turner was missing but a quick call to the front desk got us one very quickly.

The living/dining room comes equipped with a DVD player, sleeper sofa and a space for 4 people to sit and eat.

Housekeeping is minimal at this time but we like that anyway. We brought our own cleaning supplies.

Breakfast is included. You must show up with your entire party and go through a line, telling the server what you would like. Then you take it to your room to eat it. It had the usual breakfast items. Not horrible but not great. It’s food and will get you through. Having said that, I must say that the warm blueberry muffin was so much better than I thought it would be.

Laundry facility is in a separate building. They had approximately 6 or 7 machines and dryers too. Make sure you bring cash. The machines take tokens and the token machines only take dollar bills. You can buy laundry supplies from another machine in the laundry room.

The pool is small and can get crowded. Early morning was the best time to go. Afternoon crowds varied from day to day.

We loved our outside entry room as we enjoy feeling like we have our own little apartment but I think the outside access also lent to a slight musty smell from the carpet in our room. We were very happy that we didn’t see any bugs.

Decor was nice and has been updated relatively recently. Our room looked like the online photos.

Lastly, I would stay here again. When the price is right, it is a tremendous value, close to Orlando Attractions, 2 beds and 2 baths was wonderful and cooking “at home” in the evening suits us but we also had access to tons of restaurants when it didn’t. Just remember that parking is $10/day so factor that expense in.

Overall, it was a very good, value for money stay and it was one of the best accommodation that we had stayed in during our vacation. Highly recommended! Keep up the great work.

Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando Florida
Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando Florida

How much does a room costs at Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista?

Prices start 120$/night for One Bedroom King Suite. The Two-Bedroom Suite is  138$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite features a kitchenette and a sitting area with a sofa bed.

Where to book online – Sonesta ES Suites Lake Buena Vista – Gay Friendly Hotels Orlando FL  – you can find the best hotels deals in Orlando during Food and Wine Festival which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Orlando FL on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.