I have been told that the hotels in the area around the Port of Miami are not considered "safe". (Would this also be considered the "downtown" area when looking at hotels?)
What does everyone think? Where is it safer to stay? Nearer the port or nearer the airport?
We stayed at the Holiday Inn. It was great with a shopping area just across the street. Lots of great food, night life and a great place to walk around. In the morning we could see our cruise ship arrive.
We stayed at the Port of Miami Holiday Inn last week the night before our pre-inaugural Freedom cruise and it was surprisingly good. It is right across the street from Bayside and I felt very safe walking around alone.
We just stayed at the Intercontinental for one night post-cruise in May. It is a gorgeous hotel, right on the Bay and walking distance to Bayside Market. Bayside was fun to check out all the shops, there are restaurants, a big food court, and music. You can take a boat ride around the bay, there are horse and carriage rides, too. We were 2 women and felt safe walking around and back and forth to the hotel...went back before dark, though, just a personal preference. The hotel itself was beautiful, had a rooftop pool and was a short ride from the port. What I appreciated most was that they allowed us into our room as soon as we arrived from the ship in the morning and this gave us time to put things away and get out and enjoy our day in Miami...what a difference from our pre-cruise hotel in South Beach where check-in was 4pm...and they stuck to it, no leeway. That kind of put a damper on the whole day there, so not sure if I would go back, even though it was a very nice hotel in a great location.
Holiday Inn Port of Miami is a great location downtown, also. Have never stayed there but it is less pricey than Intercontinental and right across from Bayside. Hope this helps................Happy sails