This hotel was officially chosen by Rose Tours for Backstreet Boys Cruise 2013. In the past, I had always stayed in SoBe but glad I didn't this time. The layout of the lobby, the room, the balcony and the beds were nice. Even had a rollaway bed in room with double beds when it's usually not allowed. They made an exception for me because there was a huge mix up and I really needed the extra bed. There was 4 people staying in the room and 2 of them needed beds to themselves for personal reasons. This hotel is also close to the Metromover, which offers free transportation to various locations in Miami like Bayside Marketplace. Also note that there is a mini mall right beside this hotel. I missed it initially but was able to check it out thanks to a friend who told me about it. It's located to the left side of front desk.
When I checked out, there were buses waiting to takes me and my friends to the Port of Miami. That was awesome so I didn't have to call for a cab. I doubt they do that normally though. I think it was just because there was a high demand for taxis and a majority of us going on the cruise were staying at the hotel so it was a nice thing for the hotel to do. Plus they gave away free water before I left. You had to ask for it first but that was awesome service. :)
After all the positives, I only have 2 complaints. The first is the WiFi. It's stupid that you have to pay for it in the room but it's free in the lobby. I found it so annoying to spend an hour in the lobby on my iPhone instead of in the comfort of my hotel room. I hope that is something they change in the future as every other hotel I stayed with in the past have always offered free WiFi in the room. This was the first hotel I encountered that didn't have that and I found it very bizarre. The second complain is that I had requested prior to booking for extra towels and I didn't get that. I had to call for extra towels.
This hotel also has a restaurant attached to it but I didn't eat there. I was on a tight budget and researched a cheap restaurant nearby called Mike's At Venetia, which was a the building right beside the hotel.