I've stayed here a couple times. You cannot beat the location. Bayside Marketplace has lots of great restaurants, besides a food court in the mall. A bandstand with live music, lots of places to have beverages, etc.
There is a coupon book you can pick up if you have the coupon from the bayside website. We used it and had lots of fun.
Taxis are readily available in front of the hotel. It is a 5 minute ride and costs around $8, you can easily fit 3 people and luggage into a regular taxi.
Checkout wasn't too bad, just go down early in the morning and get it done. We never had trouble getting the elevator to go down to the lobby. I've never seen anyone going down a back elevator.
This is the only hotel we stay at when cruising out of Miami.