The Castle Hotel Orlando International Drive | Hotel Tour & Review

The Castle Hotel is a boutique hotel located on International Drive in Orlando, Florida that is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. The 214-room nine-floor hotel was originally constructed in 1995 and fully renovated in 2013.   

Rated a four-diamond hotel by AAA, the Castle Hotel is in the heart of the tourist area near the Orlando / Orange County Convention Center and less than 25 minutes from all of the local area theme parks.  Within the past several years International Drive has experienced a resurgence in activity with a number of new hotels, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues.

The style and décor of the Castle Hotel is quite intriguing and very unique for hotels in the Orlando area. When first entering the lobby guests think that they are in a local in New York City or South Beach Miami.  They style is practically a cross between ultra modern and rustic, just as you would expect in a typical “castle”.  You can even buy some of the décor in the lobby as well as the artwork on the hotel walls.

The Castle Hotel is pet-friendly and more suitable for adults than families traveling with children.  This hotel represents a fairly good value for travelers to the greater Orlando area for either a vacation or business.

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Castle Hotel – International Drive: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the rates at the Castle Hotel?

The Castle Hotel is moderately prices with rates ranging from around $150 per night to more than $250 per night depending on the time of year.  See our price chart below for specific rates.

Is the Castle Hotel close to the theme parks and convention center?

Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and Sea World are all located within a 25-minute drive from the Castle Hotel.  The Orlando / Orange County Convention Center is about 5 minutes south along International Drive.  

Does the Castle Hotel have a pool and other amenities?

The Castle Hotel has a small courtyard pool and hot tub along with fitness center, business center, marketplace / pantry and a rooftop bar.

What at the food & beverage options at the Castle Hotel?

There is an on-site restaurant, poolside bar and lobby bar at the Castle Hotel.  There are also extensive dining options within walking distance along International Drive.

What is the check-in and check-out time for the Castle Hotel?

The check in-time at the Castle Hotel is 4:00 pm and check out time is at 11:00 am.

What is the Castle Hotel’s pet policy?

The Castle Hotel is pet-friendly and allows up to two pets per room with a weight limit of 40 pounds.  See below for more information.

Are there electric car charging stations at the Castle Hotel?

There are three complimentary electric vehicle charging stations at the Castle Hotel directly adjacent to the front entrance at the north side of the hotel.

Does The Castle Hotel have meeting & event space

The place hotel has a total of six meeting rooms consisting of 6,879 square feet of space.  See below for more specific details about capacities and meeting rooms.

The Location of the Castle Hotel

The Castle Hotel enjoys a very good location on International Drive in the heart of Orlando’s tourist district.  This property is centrally located to all the local area theme parks, the Orange County Convention Center, International Drive and several of Orlando’s major shopping & entertainment destinations.

Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection

8629 International Drive

Orlando, Florida  32819


It will take guests approximately 20 minutes to get to the hotels from the Orlando International Airport and approximately five minutes to get to the Orlando / Orange County Convention Center.  

There are several restaurants and retail venues within a very short distance to the Castle Hotel.  Cafe Tu Tu Tango and Vito’s Chop House are adjacent to the pool courtyard on the west side of the hotel and ICON Park is just steps away.

ICON Park consist of more than 40 restaurants, shops and attraction centered around “The Wheel at ICON Park”.   The Wheel is a 400-foot tall observation wheel which first opened under the name the “Orlando Eye”.  Additional attractions at ICON Park include the Orlando StarFlyer (450-foot tall swing ride), Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, SeaLife Orlando Aquarium and the Museum of Illusions Orlando.  Coming soon will be the world’s tallest slingshot ride and drop tower (under construction).

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The Orlando area theme parks are also a short distance to the hotel and per Google Maps, travel time is as follows (non-peak hours):

  • SeaWorld Orlando: Less than 10 minutes.
  • The Universal Orlando Resort: Approximately 10 minutes.
  • The Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort: approximately 25 minutes.
  • EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort: approximately 25 minutes.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort: approximately 25 minutes.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort: approximately 25 minutes.
  • Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort: Approximately 20 minutes.
  • Downtown Orlando: Approximately 25 minutes.
  • Orlando International Premium Outlets: Approximately 10 minutes

Hotels Amenities at the Castle Hotel

Unlike many of the larger hotels in the Orlando area, the Castle Hotel has a limited amount of amenities. 

While there are not any major water features like resort pools, water parks and slides, hotel guests enjoy a small circular heated pool in a courtyard setting, hot tub, ample patio seating and a poolside bar.

Additional hotel amenities include:

  • Fitness Center
  • Computer availability / business center
  • Lobby pantry / marketplace (drinks and snacks)
  • On-site laundry facilities
  • Two rooftop terraces

Dining Options at the Castle Hotel

On site food & beverage options are limited at the Castle Hotel.  The main restaurant is the Garden Bistro and Bar which is a casual dining option that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The menu include traditional American favorites including burgers, sandwiches, salads, pasta and steaks.  The Garden Bistro is adjacent to the courtyard pool.

An additional on-site food and beverage option is Antler’s Lounge which is the Castle Hotel’s lobby bar.  Light plates as well as beer, wine and cocktails are offered at this eclectic bar.

There are also a number of off-site dining options for guests staying at the Castle Hotels.  Cafe’ Tu Tu Tango and Vito’s Chop House are located just adjacent to the courtyard pool and offer a variety of tapas and American fare.  Other restaurants in the immediate area include:

  • The Yard House
  • BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
  • Mia’s Italian Kitchen
  • Boston Lobster Feast
  • Friendly’s
  • Shake Shack
  • Uncle Julio’s Mexican from Scratch

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The Rooms at the Castle Hotel

There are 214 rooms (207 rooms and 7 suites) in several room types at the Castle Hotel.  These room types were indicated to be as follows:

Castle Hotel Room Types

  • Standard King Room: This 300 square foot room includes one king bed, sofa or sofa chair and a work desk.
  • Standard Two Queen: This 300 square foot room includes one king bed, sofa or sofa chair and a work desk.
  • Tower King Room: This 340 square foot room includes one king bed, sofa or sofa chair and a work desk.  Premium rooms have extended living area within the hotel “turret”.
  • Tower Two Queen: This 386 square foot room include two queen-sized beds, sofa and a fully equipped kitchen with dining table. Premium rooms have extended living area within the hotel “turret”.
  • Executive King Studio: This 420 square foot suite includes one king bed with a separate pull-out sofa, additional vanity area and work desk.

All rooms and suites include a 32 inch flat-panel television(s), wireless internet access, mini-refrigerator, coffee maker / tea service, alarm clock, room safe, hair dryer and iron/ironing board.   Check in time is 4:00 pm and check in time is at 11:00 am.

Enhanced high speed WiFi is available for an additional fee of $4.95 per day.  The enchanced service would be needed for video conferencing, large file sharing and streaming video.

Are Pets Allowed at the Castle Hotel?

Do you like to travel with your pets?  The Castle Hotel is a pet-friendly hotel that allows a maximum of two pets per room.  Dogs can be no larger than 40 pounds in weight and there is a non-refundable deposit of $150 per room for the first pet and an additional $50 for the second pet.

It should be noted that although the hotel is pet-friendly, there is very limited green space to walk pets either on the hotel premises or along International Drive.  

Hotels Rates at the Castle Hotel

The follow rates are the rates for each of the resort varies for different dates throughout 2021.  The rates shown below are the best available rate for two adults in three different room types at the Castle Hotel.

The rates were obtained from the hotel web site at the time of publication of this article.  

Rates for 2021   6/15 8/15 10/1
One King Room   $170.00 $215.00 $179.00
Two Queen Room   $170.00 $215.00 $179.00
Executive King Room   $224.00 $269.00 $233.00

There are no resort fees the Castle Hotel but there is a 6% resort tax on top of a 6.5% sales tax on nightly rates.  There is also a $15 per night self-parking charge.

If you are a Marriott Bonvoy member you earn or can use points to stay at this hotel.  Category 4 hotels require 20,000 during off peak nights, 25,000 during standard nights and 30,000 during peak nights.

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Meetings and Events at the Castle Hotel

Since the Castle Hotel is a small, boutique hotel, they do not extensive meeting and event facilities.   However, the hotel is able to hold events of up to 200 people in 6,879 square feet of space in six event rooms.

  • Palace Ballroom: capacity of up to 200 guests
  • Conservatory Ballroom:  capacity of up to 120 guests
  • Bavarian Boardroom: capacity of up to 14 guests
  • Pool Courtyard: capacity of up to 155 guests
  • North Rooftop Terrace: capacity of up to 80 guests
  • South Rooftop Terrace: capacity of up to 80 guests

The Castle Hotel just may been the perfect spot for your next event or smaller business conference.  The hotel has AV and video conferencing capabilities, on-site catering and is within a very short distance to the Orlando / Orange County Convention Center.

What We Like about the Castle Hotel

Following is a list of what we liked best about our stay at the Castle Hotel. 

  • Great “vibe” / eclectic décor
  • Fairly good value for the money with no resort fee
  • Nice central location along International Drive
  • Close to restaurants, shopping and the local area theme parks

What We Didn’t Like about the Castle Hotel

There were a few things not to like when staying at the Castle Hotel.

  • Small pool and limited amenities
  • Limited on-site dining options
  • Not well suited for families
  • $15 per night parking charge

What We Think the Castle Hotel is Perfect For:

These hotels are great for a wide variety of travelers coming to the Orlando area for and are perfect for:

  • Adults on a weekend vacation
  • Travelers looking for a trendy hotel “vibe”
  • Business travelers to the local area convention center

Our Endless Summer Hotel Rating

Endless Summer Florida has stayed at many different economy, moderate and luxury hotels in the Orlando tourist area and feel that the Castle Hotel represents a very good value for the money as compared to other similar type properties throughout Central Florida.  It has a distinctive style and enjoys a central location to all the Orlando area theme parks.

Endless Summer rates this resort a 3.75 out of a possible 5 stars and recommend these hotels for your next trip to Orlando to visit the theme parks or for a longer terms stays.

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