There are many homes for rent using Airbnb or homeaway.com that are quite cheap. You can get a nice 4 bedroom home for about $100/night so if you need the room or are travelling with other families this can be a very cost-effective way to stay. However, if you want free then check out the hotel scene. There are plentiful amounts of hotels around Disney that you can book with points. You can find great hotels from all the hotel brands but I want to spend this post sharing my experience at one in particular that my family really enjoyed. It is the Embassy Suites in Lake Buena Vista, a short shuttle ride to the Disney parks. There are many benefits to this hotel that I’ll get into but my favorite one is that it was completely free for us. Embassy Suites is a part of the Hilton group so you can use Hilton points to book it.
This hotel is 40,000 hilton points per night but if you stay 4 or more night, the 5th night is free. So if you stay for 5 nights the total is 160,000 hilton points. That is exactly what my family did. Now you may be thinking that that is a lot of points to acquire. Well, it is but fortunately Hilton has numerous credit cards you can sign up for to quickly accrue many points. There are 3 credit cards you can quickly get and meet spending requirements to acquire 165,000 Hilton points all for just $75 in annual fees. That is equal to 5 nights at the Embassy Suites. When we stayed it was about $200/night so you’re saving $925. Now to the perks:
- Free breakfast – Many people overlook this valuable perk. This is a legit breakfast folks with all you can eat made to order omelettes, bacon, waffles, cereal, juices. And it’s convenient too. You just walk right downstairs and fill up for the day.
- Suites- With a family of 5, a traditional hotel room is tight. Each room has a one bedroom suite to give sleeping space to each person and a little separation for when kids go to bed.
- Incredible pool area with huge indoor/outdoor pool, hottub, splashpad for the little kids and bar.
- Happy hour – 5-7pm is free snacks and open bar (seriously, all you can drink beer, wine and mixed drinks. Again, an overlooked perk of big value.
So check out this hotel. Again, there are many hotels in the area that offer great value but if you want to use points you can get them and book the hotel relatively easily.
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