I am looking to book a pre-cruise stay at a hotel in the Miami area for January. Any advice or recommendations?
I just stayed at the JW Marriott Marquis in Miami. Very nice hotel. If I'm not mistaken, it's fairly close to the cruise ship terminals.
If i am just staying overnight and don;t want to do any Miami stuff, I have stayed twice at the Miami Marriott Airport or the Courtyard which is attached. Both were good, and there is a nice sports bar in the Courtyard. Taxi fare was about 25 bucks. Unless it has changed, when i looked there was no Marriott brands that offered a free shuttle to the cruise so faced with one cab or two and having little interest or time to explore Miami, I stayed at the Airport.
Your advice sounds good. I wasn't seeing any hotels when i looked that offered a shuttle so being right at the airport is a good option. We may be able to pick up the cruise transfer from the airport that way. Plans aren't set yet but just trying to look at options.
Yes you could go back to MIA and get the transfer, The Marriott and the Courtyard are very close to the airport and the shuttle was good. Personally I would take a cab.
Are you wanting to stay in downtown Miami? Or on South Beach? They aren't within walking distance of each other, so it may depend on what you want to see or do!
I am looking at simply getting down there the day before. Not really sightseeing but coming from the northeast in January and having a past experience trying to get to Florida right before a major blizzard I like the idea of being there the night before.
Well jbherr1 I can offer you my perspective on the Biscayne Bay Marriott and the South Beach Stanton. I ran a reunion on a cruise and we had a pre-cruise room rate at the Biscayne Bay. They were kind enough to upgrade me to a decent suite overlooking the bay and the bridge that was being rebuilt. The next building over has a sports bar on the 9th floor that offers some cheap eats and great drink prices. We did manage to take a walk around the park and I didn't feel unsafe but would not have attempted it at night alone. For the smokers there was an outdoor area and a pool too! No shuttle to the cruise port but the taxi ride wasn't bad.
Post-cruise my husband and I stayed at the Stanton based on a recommendation. The hotel had completed the interior upgrades but was still working on the exterior, and the pool deck in particular. This allowed us "free" beach chairs and an umbrella with the flag you raise when you want a drink or eats. Got a nice king room with great views! Lovely hotel that has maintained the art deco character. Also, they had a good happy hour where our $10 welcome gift got us a few beers. Nearby was the Big Pink Diner with great food and fairly reasonable prices (hey - it's south beach!). Easy walk all the way to the end of South Beach and the pier to watch the cruise ships come in. Would love to go here again. It's more of a boutique hotel where the Key Biscayne is attached to a convention center and mall with all that goes with it.
Lots of great choices but if you go to either of these I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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