The hotel has great views overlooking the cruise ship port. Get a high floor and you can watch the ships arriving and departing, the hotel would be excellent for a night stop before or after a cruise. We used the hotel as an alternative to staying in South beach. The Hilton on the beach costs around £300/night whereas we got this for £85/night!! Makes quite a difference! The problem with this is you need to pay about $16USD for a taxi each way plus tip, and driving your own car down to the beach is a complicated drive with all the twists and turns and traffic and people and parking issues and costs.
The hotel itself is the usual Hilton standards, with a large room and large bathroom with comfortable linen and bed, but only one hotel restaurant.The breakfast buffet was slightly limited and definitely not the best out there, but adequate. Car parking was $25 per day - I think this should be included in the price of the hotel. If you want to use the car during the day you have to pay the parking bill each time you exit, as it is basically a public car park, so if you are in and out you could easily end up paying more than $25.
The main draw back off this hotel is that the surrouding area seems a little unsafe. There is only the one restaurant in the hotel so we popped across the road to burger king which is only 50m maximum away. My wife and I were stopped once in Burger King and twice on the walk (2mins) by people asking for money. The area seems to be a haven for homeless people sleeping on the street, and whilst we were not actually threatened by these people it does not take much imagination to think what they could be like. We were also approached during the day by similar people when viewing the marina. The exterior of the hotel is not an area to wander about on foot despite appearing to be nice and upmarket.
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December 19, 2011
Thank you for your informative review and for letting us know how much you enjoyed your stay. The views from our rooms are truly exceptional. While we can understand that parking fees can be inconvenient, along with self-park, we do offer Valet Parking which allows in-and-out privileges during your stay. With the convenient location of the Hilton Miami Downtown to the Metro, most of our guests enjoy the freedom that public transportation can afford to explore the area. We hope our suggestions will help with your stay when you visit Miami again and we look forward to welcoming you back.
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