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“Plenty of room for family of 6, read cruise tips below” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Homewood Suites Miami-Airport / Blue Lagoon

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Homewood Suites Miami-Airport / Blue Lagoon
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5500 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami, FL 33126   |  
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Ranked #39 of 129 Hotels in Miami
tulsa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Plenty of room for family of 6, read cruise tips below”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We booked this hotel a couple of days before a cruise because it could accommodate a family of 6 (3 are teens and grandma). We got a 2 bedroom/2 bath suite and also included is a hot full breakfast and dinner (with wine or beer) Monday thru Thurs. The dinners were great, even the kids (one is very picky) liked the choices. Great price for 2bedroom vs. getting 2 rooms somewhere else, plus the free meals were worth it too. Two of our family came in the next day so the free shuttle to the airport was great. The hotel is only about 20min. to cruise ports/Miami beach. The staff was also great, even the shuttle drivers -all were very polite and helpful.

Cons-a few things could use some remodeling, like the kitchen, bathrooms and the pool area. The kitchen is small, which we expected, but the stove top (no oven-so don't buy pizzas) didn't really work, we could only get one burner to work and it would go off on its own. The microwave took about twice the needed time. The pool was the biggest disappointment, my kids really wanted to go swimming but the color and smell of the pool was a turn off at first sight (also very very small pool). This hotel sits on a lagoon but the amount of trash people throw into it is very sad. A lot of it is along the shore behind the hotel.
We only wanted to rent a car the last day, so we took the free shuttle back to the airport/rental car area and got a great 24hr car rental with Avis (a ford explorer that accommodated all of us and all our bags for the cruise) for $28.00. We usually book w/Avis for this reason-if you are a preferred member (wizard number) you can usually get free upgrades to suv from the intermediate rate. Or you can get a coupon/promo code off the internet. Then ask them to put in remarks of your reservation for a 6 seat passenger car. Sometimes this upgrade is based on availability when you arrive, but we have always gotten the larger SUV (even at 3 different islands in Hawaii). We were able to go to Miami beach and spend the day, went to the grocery store, and the next day we dropped off everyone and the bags at the port. My husband then returned the car to the airport and got the $24.00 taxi ride back to the port-which we were just getting to the front of the cruise check in line, so he just came to the front with us. So for about 65.00 (including gas) we were able to do all this, rather than spend about 150.00 for taxi's.

Another tip for cruises (if you are arriving a day or more before the cruise), buy your soda and liquor bottles when you get to Miami and put them in your CHECKED bags. Some cruises allow you to take one bottle of wine per person in your carry on. They took Grandmas half bottle of coconut rum becuz she forgot and left it in her carry on. We can remember cruises when they included everything-like drinks, now they want to charge you for all of it and if you buy any bottles of liquor on the ship or in port they keep it til then end of your cruise. So here is my tip for getting around this. Take a really large EMPTY water bottle into port and buy your liquor and pour it into the water bottle to take back on the ship. If your buying a dark liquor then use a coke or Dr. pepper bottle. We also take bottles of water for each person into each port, as you never know where, when or how much they are on the islands. My teens would even take an extra fruit and the mini cereal boxes from breakfast for quick snacks on the islands, to tide them over til they got back on board to eat. Yes, we are cheap and this is what we do.

Room Tip: If you have 5 or more get the 2 bedroom suite-its only about 20.00 more a night and is worth the ext...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

I was so happy to find this hotel when looking for accommodations for our our family of five and one friend. It is always a challenge for a shorter stay, do we get two hotel rooms? A condo?( Usually requires a longer stay). We got a two bedroom suite. I was pleasantly surprised by it's size and layout was just perfect for us.We had a king, two doubles and a couch bed. All mattresses were very comfortable. Couch bed was a little smaller, perfect for one person. Small kitchen had everything we needed for simple meals.The room was clean as was the area where it is located. Hotel provides a fantastic, full breakfast. Large variety and the three mornings we were there, there were different options each day. No complaints from our older teenage kids, one who won't touch carbs, one who doesn't eat meat etc. You can eat inside or outside by the water and see all the turtles and fish. Pool was very nice and large. Located in a business area. Great, safe area for lovely walking. Handy to downtown Miami and South Beach. All staff were friendly and welcoming starting with the front desk, housekeeping and the GM who was working the breakfast area each morning. Impressive. Their goal is to make you feel at home and they do. Only (small) complaint is that the service elevator was slow and stuck open one time and did not stop level with a floor once. We just used the main elevator. I highly recommend this hotel and was reluctant to leave to move on to the next part of our vacation in Marathon Key!

Room Tip: The higher floors on back and sides have beautiful views of water.Front has cool view of airport.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We were in Miami to take our girls to the One Direction concert and cannot say enough about the front desk staff. Mike was very helpful at check in and throughout the entire stay. My husband wanted to print out One Direct masks for the kids to wear to the concert but the printer was not working Yisselis printed them in back for him and Pamela went to the sales office to get string to tie them on. I am in the hotel business and have high expectations. Your hotel was very clean and the staff made the stay beyond exceptional.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Lewiston,NY, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Stayed here for four nights in June 2013. The first room I was assigned had no functioning wired internet access (do NOT use wireless access if you can avoid it!). The manager, Mr. Rick Funke, bent over backwards to get me into a room with wired internet within just a few hours. His and the staff's continued attention throughout my stay was most welcome and helpful. I can't say enough about how they made my stay more comfortable. And the breakfast buffet was excellent, especially the waffles! The manager's dinner reception was also quite good. The hotel location is convenient, near the airport, yet quite quiet as it's located on a man-made lagoon. Pleasant. All in all a fine property and outstanding staff.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Melbourne, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

I don't like to go on vacation because I love my clean and orderly house. Well I am so pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The staff has been amazing. From I think the mans name was Michael at the front desk to the poor guy that brought linens to the room 3 times I don't know his name but he was from Jacksonville. The room is clean, which is my main concern. The location was easy to find and close to our family in Miami. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, United States
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

This is not a glamor property but the staff will make you feel like royalty. Every request and concern was cared for immediately. The fish and turtles in the back yard were a real hit with the kids. The airport noise was not an issue. The shuttle service was spot on.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Perth, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

We are two thirds of our way through a world trip. The Homewood Suites Miami-Airport/ Blue Lagoon Hotel has been one of our best hotel experiences. Very well appointed and clean rooms, excellent front-office staff, generous breakfast, free internet, regular airport shuttle and close to a shopping centre. We received two calls to our room asking if everything was OK. if only New York hotels could learn from this standard of service.
AC is a little noisy but there's also an overhead fan in the bedroom.
The hotel is ideal for a stopover where you can drop off your bags, get a five minute shuttle to the airport and then catch the express bus to Miami beach all for less than $5 return and about half an hour each way.
This hotel meets all of our expectations and we strongly recommend it to anyone looking for comfort and convenience at a reasonable price.

Room Tip: Ask for a 7th floor suite overlooking the lagoon
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 5500 Blue Lagoon Dr, Miami, FL 33126
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#25 Business Hotel in Miami
#29 Romantic Hotel in Miami
#31 Family Hotel in Miami
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Homewood Suites Miami-Airport / Blue Lagoon 3*
Number of rooms: 159
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