We stayed for three nights at the Hyatt Miami over New Year as part of an Orange Bowl tour package. Thus, I can't comment on the low costs that appeared to impress some of the other reviewers. We have stayed at Hyatts on numerous occasions and, while the service and the lobby/convention facilities appear to be up to their standards (as was the service), the rooms (at least ours) were very dated, the carpets were very old and stained, and oddly configured (when even partially openned, the closet door blocked access to the bathroom). We were also disappointed that, while we had reserved a room with a king sized bed, the only one that they had available was one with two standard double beds (queens would have been fine; and we find that double queens is the practice in most high end hotels).
Another issue was noise. Our room overlooked the river, which was great, but when traffic over the drawbridge was heavy (particularly trucks), the noise sounded as if we were staying above a subway station. Our room was above the 20th floor, so I cannot imagine what the noise must have been like for the lower floors.
The hotel only has one restaurant. While the food was quite good (Cuban food), the menu was limited. We couldn't find any other restuarants other than the ones in nearby hotels. There is a free elevated tram leaving from the ajoining Knight Convention Center every few minutes; and 3 stops away is "Bayside", which has a number of very good restaurants (and shopping). If you take this tram system, I would advise not to go alone after dark and to take the reverse route back rather than going around the full loop, since some of the stations on the entire loop are very "sketchy" - we had what appeared to be a homeless person yelling at himself on the car for part of the loop.
One last point - with all of the busy one-way streets, finding your way into and out of this hotel is difficult without specific directions, even though it is very close to the I-95 and I-395 intersection.
All and all, this hotel may be OK for businesspersons wanting to be downtown for the convention or government/financial district (or, as one of the reviewers indicated, to wait for a cruise), but tourists would be better served staying in some of the newer hotels north of South Beach for what is quite likely the same price.
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