As a "local," it's one of several hotels that I usually recommend in the downtown Miami area. It's near Bayside, the Port, and a short ride to South Beach.
Nice hotel. Nothing special, but nice, clean, comfortable, etc;
My wife and I stayed there this Sept specifically because we had heard so many differing reports. Not only were we able to get the Managers Special at $69 a night, but that was for a room on the top floor, center, non-smoking, overlooking the bay! I have posted photos of this room in the photo gallery under the Explorer 9/15 title. Very large, clean and most satisfactory place to stay and so convienent to Bayside! Looks like this will be our preffered hotel from now on.
We have also read some positive and negative reviews on this hotel, but have decided to take a chance and stay at this hotel. We have reservations for January 26, 2002. We will be leaving on the Voyager on January 27th. We hope all goes well, this is our first cruise.