Unlike a lot of people who reviewed this hotel, I really enjoyed my stay there. If you don't want to feel like you've left home when you leave home or want the bland uniformity of a national chain, don't stay there. If you like things a little different and have a bit of the bohemian in you, you will definitely like this place.
The place is old. In keeping with its age most of the furniture are antiques. My closet was an ancient armoire and there was a nicely restored dresser. The desk was actually an old treadle sewing machine. The room was in good shape, with good paint and the bathroom was modern. The power outlets have been updated to three prong. The pool was clean as a whistle, as were the grounds.
Breakfast was a typical continental breakfast, so don't expect much--coffee, tea, toast, fruit and juice. Except the fruit was fresh cut pineapple and papaya. The staff was very friendly and helpful the whole time I was there. There is a great latin American restaurant around the corner.
The hotel is near a bridge over the Miami River so I was able to walk downtown to my business meetings every day.
I stayed five days and I would definitely stay there again. Having reviewed what other people wrote about the Miami River Inn I can see it is getting better as time goes by. Maybe think about it as a work in progress. And the price is half or less than what a downtown hotel would cost, but the Miami River Inn has a lot more character.
A word to the wise that has nothing to do with the hotel: Miami taxis can be challenging. No GPS and some of the drivers do not know their way around. The cabs do not take credit cards so everything is a cash transaction. Give yourself a little extra time, the cabs may not show up when they say.
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