Our groups pre-cruise stay will be at the Best Western Marina Park Hotel, which is directly across the street from Bayside. We have stayed there several times before and like its close proximity to Bayside and the Port (right at the entrance).
We try to always book the top floor (10th) east view which overlooks Bayside and the Port area. It's fun to see the ships enter and do their turn-around in the pre-dawn hours. The view looks right down at the turn-around area (see photo).
Rates this year, surprisingly, are a little higher than the past years for the end of January. The room rate is about $90.00 which includes up to four persons per room and a full buffet breakfast for all.