The AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista is a fairly affordable hotel that is near the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. This Marriott brand property enjoys a great location, just outside of the Disney theme parks and is convenient to Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando.
Located less than two miles from Disney Springs, this eight-floor 196-room hotel was recently renovated and opened for guests in August 2022. Property features an outdoor pool, fully equipped fitness center and an on-site restaurant and lounge. The hotel also offers complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service to the Orlando area theme parks.
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AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista – Frequently Asked Questions
What are the hotel rates at the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista?
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is a very affordable hotel. Depending on the time of year, hotel rates typically range from around $100 per night to approximately $200 per night (for peak travel times).
How close is the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista to the Walt Disney World theme parks?
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is located less than two miles from Disney Springs and approximately 10 to 15 minutes to all four of the Walt Disney World theme parks.
How close is the hotel to Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando?
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is located approximately 15 minutes to the Universal Orlando Resort via Interstate 4 or Palm Parkway / Turkey Lake Road. SeaWorld Orlando is approximately 10 minutes from the hotel.
Is there a Resort Fee or Parking Charge at the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista?
As of May 2023, there are no resort fees but there is a $18.00 per night parking charge.
Does the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista offer theme park transportation?
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista also offers complimentary scheduled shuttle bus service to the Orlando area theme parks.
Is there a nice pool at the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista?
There is a basic pool at the front of the hotel which features ample patio seating.
What are the food & beverage options at the hotel?
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista features an on-site restaurant / lobby bar and a lobby marketplace which offers beverages and snacks.
What is the pet policy at the hotel?
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista does not allow pets.
The Location of the AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista has a very convenient location near the Walt Disney World Resort, just two miles north of Disney Springs. In addition, the AC Hotel is close to International Drive, SeaWorld Orlando, the Orange County Convention Center and Interstate 4. Overall, the property is considered to be well located near all the Orlando area theme parks, the Orlando International Airport and several of Orlando’s major shopping & entertainment destinations.
AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista
12799 South Apopka Vineland Road
Orlando, Florida 32836
It should be noted that ingress / egress to the hotel is not easy as there is no direct turn lane from south bound Apopka Vineland Road. Travelers will need to make a U-turn at Vineland Avenue and head back north to the hotel. Additionally, when leaving the hotel to head south along Apopka Vineland Road, travelers will need to make a U-turn less than 100 yards from the hotel entrance. These U-turns are not particularly easy during peak travel times.
Travel time from the Orlando International Airport will take approximately 25 minutes and around it will take about 10 minutes to get to the Orlando / Orange County Convention Center.
There are several restaurants and retail venues within a very short distance to the hotel which include the Waffle House, Olive Garden, BJ’s Restaurant, Bahama Breeze and a Starbucks coffee shop. Additional shopping outlets and restaurants are located nearby along Apopka Vineland.
Theme parks and other local destinations are short distance to the hotel. Per Google Maps, travel time is as follows (non-peak hours):
- Disney Springs: Less than 10 minutes.
- The Magic Kingdom Park: Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
- EPCOT: Approximately 15 minutes.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Approximately 15 to 20 minutes.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Approximately 20 minutes.
- The Universal Orlando Resort: Approximately 20 minutes.
- SeaWorld Orlando: Less than 15 minutes.
- ICON Park: Less than 15 minutes.
- Downtown Orlando: Approximately 30 minutes.
- Orlando Premium Outlets: Less than 10 minutes.
- Vineland Premium Outlets: Approximately 25 minutes.
At just 196-rooms in size, the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is not one of the major resort hotels in the area outside of Walt Disney World. Therefore, it does not have all the features & amenities of the larger properties. However it’s amenities are considered to be adequate and include:
Outdoor Swimming Pool
The hotel features a heated outdoor swimming pool that features has ample patio seating. The pool area does face Apopka Vineland Road but road noise is not as extensive as we initial anticipated. It’s a nice place to relax after a day at the theme parks.
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista features a fully equipped fitness center with modern cardiovascular machines as well as an ample amount of strength training equipment including free weights.
Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Hotel
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista offers high speed wireless internet access throughout the entire hotel. The internet speed was considered to be VERY fast and perfect for browsing and streaming uses. Following are the results from a “speed test” from our room.
Additional Amenities at the AC Hotel include:
- On-site theme park ticket center
- Theme park transportation
- Computer access in the lobby area
- Self service laundry facilities
The Rooms and Hotel Rates
At 196-rooms, the AC Hotels Orlando Lake Buena Vista is considered one of the smaller to mid-sized hotel for this area. In-room amenities include flat panel televisions, working desk with chair, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker, iron / ironing board, in-room safe and a hair dryer.
- Guest room with One King Bed
- Guest room with Two Queen Beds
The hotel rates shown below are the best available rate for different dates during the year for two adults in both room traditional guest room types. Theses were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication.
|Rates for 2023||7/15/23||10/15/23||12/15/23|
|1 King Room||$169.00||$289.00||$199.00|
|2 Queen Room||$149.00||$269.00||$179.00|
There is a 6% resort tax on top of a 6.5% sales tax on nightly rate. There are no resort fees at the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista but there is a $18.00 per night self-parking fee.
Food & Beverage Options
There are just two food and beverage options at the AC Orlando Lake Buena Vista which are as follows:
The AC Lounge
The AC Lounge is the hotel’s lobby bar and eatery. This venue is open daily for breakfast and for dinner service. Guests will enjoy a variety of beer, wine and specialty cocktails as well as burgers, sandwiches and salads.
The Lobby Marketplace is open 24/7 and guests will enjoy a variety of beverages and snacks.
What We Liked about AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista:
There are many different things to like at this hotel. Following are some of the highlights:
- Great location near Walt Disney World, restaurants & shopping
- Fairly affordable hotel price point
- Newly renovated with modern décor
What We Didn’t Like about the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista:
There were a few things not to like when staying at the this hotel which include:
- Overnight parking charge of $18.00 per night
- Access to the hotel (unable to make a left turn from Apopka Vineland Road southbound)
- Traffic along Apopka Vineland Road
What We Think the AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is Perfect For:
The AC Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista is great for a wide variety of travelers visiting Walt Disney World or the greater Orlando area is perfect for:
- Guests visiting Walt Disney World and any of the other Orlando area theme parks
- Budget conscious vacationers
- Large groups looking for an affordable hotel close to Disney