We stayed here the night before leaving on our cruise and it was a great place to stay and about a mile away from the Port of Miami (about an $8 cab ride). We stayed there mostly for the price as it was one of the few hotels that were under $200 per night. The front desk staff at this hotel was fabulous and they couldn't be more helpful and friendly. We found out upon check-in that we were upgraded to a bay view room, which was a nice surprise. They also offered us acomplimentary snack of warm cookies. I would stay here again for the cookies alone. Those were delicious!
When we got to our room, it was clean, however, the housekeeping staff had left a few dirty rags on the desk. We notified the front desk and they sent someone from housekeeping right away.
I agree with the other reviewers that the decor was a little outdated, but to me that doesn't take away from the hotel at all. We had a balcony that offered a nice view of the bay, the patio furniture was a little old, but I kept reminding myself that I was in hot sunny weather and wearing shorts in November, so I could deal with the old furniture.
There isn't much around this hotel in terms of restaurants, things to do, etc. but there was a free trolley service that was in walking distance and took us to Bayside, which is a neaby shopping area that has stores, restaurants, bars, entertainment etc. if you don't want to go down to South Beach.
The beds were very comfortable and had lots of pillows. The bathroom area had two sinks, one inside the bathroom and outside, so that was nice, as I could get ready when my friend was in the shower and vice versa.
The hotel had lots of shops in the lobby, more on the high end side, but, I was able to get a pre-cruise pedicure, and the staff there were excellent and friendly as well.
We also ate breakfast in one of the hotel's restaurants. I don't remember the name off-hand, but it was cafeteria style as they made your breakfast and put it in styrofoam containers. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. I had eggs benedict and they were very good.
We didn't get to take advantage of the pool since we were only there half a day, but it did look nice and there were lots of seats. Maybe next time.
When we left to go to the Port, it was very easy to get a taxi and it was a short ride.
Over all, this was a great hotel, and we would stay there again.
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