The Holiday Inn is across the street from the Bayside Market, a very nice open air shopping center. The port is just over the bridge, a short taxi ride away. We took the Valor two years ago, but we stayed about one block further away in the Intercontinental. The Holiday Inn is okay for one night but the Intercontinental was amazing. It is right on the inland waterway. If you like a nice place bid Priceline and you will get it for half price. Hotwire is also a good place to get a good deal. If you want the Holiday Inn do it early because it fills up fast with cruisers. Also the Bayside Market has some good places to eat breakfast and dinner with amazing views. Good luck!