We arrived on Christmas day about 7pm and was surprised to see the hotel with so many people. However, with it's close proximity to the port of Miami and so many people leaving on cruises the next day (including us) it was a hopping place.
The downstairs reception was very friendly and helped us find our way to Bayside which was only 3 blocks east and 3 blocks north and was VERY surprised at the amount of shops and restaurants that were open on Christmas night. The walk is in a downtown area but seemed perfectly safe and there were a lot of people out. The whole Bayside area appeared open and as busy as any Saturday night. (And Christmas was on a Sunday this year) We enjoyed an outside Italian dinner on the bay overlooking all of the yachts.
Our room had some renovation to it but obviously it was still an old building with popcorn ceilings. For one night it was perfectly fine. We had a suite that had a bedroom with a king bed and a sitting area seperate with a pull out couch and sink/fridge etc. We didn't really need that but had to choose that to have a second bed for our child. It felt like an old room with new things in it.
The bar/snack area was a little bit unusual and the service was lacking. We actually sat at the bar and drank a beer and drank slowly and never was asked if we wanted another. Finally, we did get the attention of the server and ordered again. The same place was open for breakfast and we had already checked out and wanted to pay cash form some coffee and they said they couldn't take cash.
Transportation from Ft. Lauderdale: We arrived at the Fort Lauderdale Airport at 4:40pm on Christmas night and were able to take public transportation all the way to the hotel.
First we took the Tri Rail from Fort lauderdale to Miami and got very lucky to make the last train at 5:03pm. We wouldn't have made the shuttle if we had checked our bags! The schedule said there would be a 7:03 train also but arriving at the station found out that the last train had been canceled for the day due to the holiday. We actually arrived at the station about 5:03 bought our tickets and waited about 10 minutes and the train arrived. Overall felt very lucky as we were unsure of transportation options on a Sunday Christmas evening.
We took the Tri Rail to the Metrorail transfer and then took Metrorail to Government Center. At times the Metrorail didn't feel very safe and on a future visit I would most likely make a different arrangement for transportation. At the Government Center we transferred over to the Metro Mover and had to use the elevator due to our suitcases and found it soiled with urine. We also wanted the Omni loop and somehow got on the Brickell loop. Luckily we recognized our error and were able to get off and go in the opposite direction and still get off at Knight Center Station. Once at Knight Center Station we exited the building and it was less than a block walk to the hotel. Overall I would do the mass transit option again if I felt the Metrorail section could be safe. Maybe it was just because it was evening on a holiday. Overall this route only cost us $7 per person. $5 for the Tri Rail and $2 for the Metrorail and then because we had been on Metrorail the Metro Mover was free.
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