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Top 10 Family-Friendly U.S. Bargain Hotels

Money constraints are the hardest part of taking family vacations, according to a recent family travel survey conducted by TripAdvisor. In a survey of over 2,400 people worldwide, more than half of the respondents said that the most difficult aspect of family vacations is staying on a budget.

With this in mind, TripAdvisor sifted through millions of their traveler reviews and tabulated the ratings of U.S. hotels in the family-friendliness category. The result is a listing of the top 10 family friendly bargain hotels with an average nightly rate of $123. It's no surprise that all of these are at destinations that are favorites for families. Seven out of 10 of the hotels on the list are located in Orlando, and 3 of them are Disney properties.

Here's the list of the top 10, according to TripAdvisor:

1. Dunes Village Resort, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Average Nightly Rate: $139
Featuring its own fantastic indoor water park, in addition to beautiful ocean views, the new Dunes Village Resort is a property that is as appealing to children as it is to parents. Visitors marvel at the resort’s huge indoor river ride and water slide. According to a TripAdvisor traveler, the resort has “very clean rooms, water parks were amazing and the view was to die for!”

2. Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Orlando, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $104
Pop Century is an entertaining resort that features themed areas celebrating American pop culture from the past and offers several outstanding heated pools.  One TripAdvisor traveler said, “There are many pools, all the employees and guests are very kind, it’s very close to all the parks, and the rooms were very clean and very new!”

3. Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel – Anaheim, Anaheim, California
Average Nightly Rate: $105
Located just a short walk from all of the attractions at Disneyland, the Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel has two pools, a “spray ground” for the kids, and spacious rooms with free Internet access. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, “The HoJo is definitely a value for the money!  The service desk was pleasant, the concierge was very helpful, and the rooms were quite big and comfortable.”

4. Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club at Orlando, Orlando, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $151
With a pirate-themed pool and a water slide pool, the kids will have plenty to enjoy. A gamer’s paradise; the resort also features basketball hoops, pool tables, ping-pong, and a mini-golf course. Stated one TripAdvisor traveler, “For families with kids under 10 or so, this is an awesome place. If they like pirate type stuff, this place is unbeatable.”

5. Disney’s All-Star Movie Resort, Orlando, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $103
Featuring themes of many popular Disney movies, the resort has several delightful pools for the kids, as well as an arcade and some great family-friendly hotel amenities such as babysitting and laundry services. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, “The atmosphere is very festive and you definitely fee the Disney ‘magic.’”

6. Marriott’s Grande Vista, Orlando, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $156
Offering large, comfortable rooms and beautiful views overlooking a lake and wonderful pools, the Grande Vista is a great choice for families interested in extra space. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, “We had a 2-bedroom unit that was simply fabulous. The room was spacious and was fully equipped with everything you would have in your home.”

7. Homewood Suites Anaheim – Main Gate Area, Anaheim, California
Average Nightly Rate: $121
Located only one mile from Disneyland, Homewood Suites offers spacious accommodations, helpful staff and a nice daily buffet breakfast. A pool and a fitness center are also provided. According to a TripAdvisor traveler, “The whole place is delightful, and the suites are spacious and immaculately clean with all the facilities required for a comfortable stay.”

8. Staybridge Suites Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $155
An excellent location, large rooms, great facilities, and outstanding indoor and outdoor pools make the Staybridge Suites a good destination for families. As one TripAdvisor traveler stated, “This is a perfect place for families who prefer to stay in a suite rather than in the standard hotel layout.”

9. Comfort Suites Maingate East, Kissimmee, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $98
The Comfort Suites Maingate East makes families feel at home by offering large suites, free Internet, deluxe continental breakfasts, a large outdoor pool, spa tub and children’s pool. As one TripAdvisor traveler said, “This place is very nice for the price. The rooms are huge, and are complete with free Internet and refrigerator.”

10. Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, Orlando, Florida
Average Nightly Rate: $102
With a musical theme throughout the grounds, including oversized musical instruments and music piped throughout the property and pool areas, this resort is a hit with kids and their parents. As one TripAdvisor traveler commented, “We can’t say enough good things about this resort.”

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