Florida visitors seeking a break from theme parks can find a not-so-small world of culture downtown, with top-tier concert acts, upscale taquerias, lakefront markets, and no mouse ears in sight. Aloft Orlando is centrally located downtown with a mid-century modern vibe. Adapted from a 1960s-built office building, the hotel retains the 10-foot ceilings and teak wall panelling from its original iteration, adding a buzzy lobby bar and lounge and an outdoor pool. Spacious rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, mini-fridges, and Bliss spa bath amenities. Suites allow business travelers to spread out with a separate seating and work area. The W XYZ bar serves cocktails and snacks with live acoustic music performances. The hotel’s Dog in Residence program helps connect shelter animals with their own forever families and lets visitors interact with the dogs during the day in the lobby. Traveling with your own pet? Dogs stay free with special treats and toys for their stay. Aloft is across the street from the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, walking distance from Amway Center and Church Street restaurants, and ten miles from Universal Studios.