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Old April 6th, 2009, 07:45 PM
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We are going to fly in the night before our cruise on Destiny. Which hotel do you guys recomend we stay in? I know this question has been asked a 100 times, sorry. Thanks for your help.

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I stayed at the Embassy Suites by the Miami Airport. It was a nice hotel, but the elevators were really slow and there was no stairs to use except for an emergency. So it got to be a pain becuase we stayed for 3 days before and 2 days after. Going up and down from the room to the pool.
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We are going to fly in the night before our cruise on Destiny. Which hotel do you guys recommend we stay in? I know this question has been asked a 100 times, sorry. Thanks for your help.

Randy and Heather
The hotels closest to the port are:

Radisson Biscayne Bay
Doubletree Grand
Hyatt Regency Miami
Intercontinental
Holiday Inn Port of Miami/Downtown
Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay

I have stayed in all of them, except the Marriott, and none are too bad. The Radisson and the Holiday Inn have been renovated since my last stays and I have heard positives about both.

My advice is to try Priceline: I was able to obtain the Hyatt Regency Miami (4 star) for $70 on 4/17/09.

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HI Randy and Heather;

We always stay at the Embassy Suites - Airport. They have a nice free
cocktail party in the evening after you check in. They also have a full
free breakfast the next morning. The rate can be a little higher but we think its worth it. Nice two room suites! We always share w/another couple but maybe you two could get a decent rate to? It's worth a try.

Enjoy your Destiny cruise, we are doing that ship 1/25/2010.

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I stayed at the Beacon on Ocean Blvd the night we came back off our cruise last November and really loved it. It's an old hotel that has a lot of charm.
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I am booked for 1 night pre-cruise there in May. It's a brand new hotel that just opened in December. Location is right across the street from the Hyatt. Every room has a balcony, looking out over the city or water view. Originally I was at the Intercontinental, but I was able to get the Epic cheaper and with a water view. Been reading great reviews of it on Tripadvisor.com. No shuttle to port and I believe complimentary wine hour in the evening. Just another hotel option to think about. Still close to Bayside also.
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Mike M. What location did you designate for the priceline search? Don't want to get a hotel in a bad area.

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Mike M. What location did you designate for the Priceline search? Don't want to get a hotel in a bad area.

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The Priceline designation is Downtown and bid 4*. Start at $50 and go up $20 for your three bids. You can only bid 3 times in 72 hours. There are ways around it: www.biddingfortravel.com is a great source to find out how to use Priceline. Spend 30 minutes reading their strategies and look at what hotels are going for and you won't regret it.

To include what someone else has said in your post just click on the "quote" box at the top right of the post you want to quote.

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Mike: I used Priceline and also got the Hyatt for 70. Thanks. I first tried 50 and it was rejectd.

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I stayed at the Intercontinental in Miami 1 night precruise. I got a great rate on Priceline and spent a wonderful evening and breakfast at the Bayside Market outdoor mall located right nearby. The cruise ship terminal is about a 1/4 mile away and you can see the ships from all the rooms. The hotel has been featured on Miami CSI. It is an amazing place to stay!
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Mike: I used Priceline and also got the Hyatt for 70. Thanks. I first tried 50 and it was rejectd.

I do not see the quote box at the top right corner of let's say your reply. I do see it at the top of the reply box but that does not seem to work.
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I'm glad you got a good deal on the Hyatt. The standard rooms are running about $159 - $179.

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It really depends on what you want to pay. There are many boutique hotels (independently owned), but usually the big names like Radisson, Hyatt, and the Hilton family hotels (Hilton, Doubletree, Hampton, Embassy, etc.(for more info on their brands go to http://hiltonworldwide1.hilton.com/e...tonFamily5Home)) are usually of good quality, although you occassionally find a bad one. I usually book through hotels.com because they usually have the lowest prices and since I am a member of their rewards program, 10 nights earns me a free night, which is nice.
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I don't think that picking a hotel based purely on it's general reputation is a smart move. Most of us know those already, but a bad one can be a disaster in a city like Miami, where the pier isn't too far from downtown. And, like most cities, there are bad neighborhoods near downtown. I would definitely stick with recommendations on specific hotels from people who have actually been there.l Just MHO.
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I've stayed at the Intercontinental and it was great. Have also stayed at the Airport Hilton, which was also nice. When we stayed at the Hilton, there was a shuttle service set up to take you to the pier the next morning.
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