Holiday Inn Port of Miami Downtown
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Port of Miami is Fab!
We had the chance to stay in the Holiday Inn Port of Miami before and after our Carnival Cruise to Grand Cayman & Jamaica. We chose this hotel because of the decent reviews here at tripadvisor.com & the cost.
The staff are friendly and multi-lingual, all speaking some form of English. With our Holiday Inn Priority card, we got free drinks from the bar (which housed all of 3 tables) and the drinks were tasty. We also had a chance to use their business center on the second floor. What a great idea - we were able to e-checkin to our flight for the following morning.
The room was nicely appointed with 2 beds, desk, 2 phones, a small table and 2 chairs. The bath, with it's marble counter, though small was beautifully decorated and accomodating. The windows opened a little wide for my taste with my 3-year-old wanting to see all the action below and at Bayside.
We overlooked Bayside both before and after our cruise. . . and we could see when our ship came in (and departed) from our rooms. There were great sights and sounds emanating from this little shopping mecca. It was very nice to be able to sample Bubba Gumps, Hard Rock Cafe, grab our favorite Starbucks, and loads of souvenir shopping right across the street from the Holiday Inn.
I would highly recommend Holiday Inn Port of Miami for your downtown Miami vacation or pre- & post-cruise accomodations.
I was really impressed with this hotel. It was incredibly roomy and nice for a 3 star. I checked out the marriot courtyard down the street and it was sooo much smaller than holiday inn and it cost more per night also. I will definitely be staying at the Holiday Inn next year when I go to the Bahamas. Only thing I think should be better is the quality of the sheets....they are not as soft as they look, but other than that I LOVE HOLIDAY INN PORT OF MIAMI.
Very Nice Hotel at a Very Nice Price
Stayed one night at the Holiday Inn, Port of Miami after returning from a cruise. Although this is not the greatest area in Miami, the hotel is extremely well maintained, exceptionally clean, and a great bargain at $97 a night. Best of all, however, is the staff. Although we arrived right in the middle of a cruise group's departure, Rommel, the concierge and Israel, the assistant manager checked us in early, got us a city tour, gave us a booklet with discounts at the shopping mall across the street, and treated us as though we were regulars. This is where we'll always stay while in Miami.
i came here for 4 nights of phish for dec 28 - new years eve....perfectly located accross from the AAA, and we had a suite for an average of 150 dollars a night...everything i expected, no problems whatsoever
Great view/location; the service..bad
we were there for spring break;having an employee discount does not justify the rudeness we recieved. the first thing wrong was the burned out lamp, a non functional remote control and to top it off rudeness in the restaurant. the hotel needs to hire staff proficient in english and not have to repeat orders or requests. Our rm was not cleaned athough we had told the housekeeper specifically to come back later..and the fd agent tells us we refused service..even though there were 3 ppl in the rm at the time to say the opposite. we decided to eat before we c/o..the bellman has the nerve to say 'now wat'as we bothered him when we ask to retrieve an item from the bell closet.. i don't think we will be returning
Great location! We booked into the Holiday Inn for one night after our cruise. It was nice and close to the pier and right across from the Bayside Market not 1/4 mile as I was advised. It was great because all you had to do was walk out the front door and cross the street and you were at the Market. The room was clean, staff helpful and it has a decent pool area with lounge chairs. I would stay here again.
I travel a fair amount and have had some rude surprises, this was not one of them. For the price, you can't go wrong if your looking for something across from Bayside Market, American Airlines Arena, near the soon to be completed Miami ballet or a pre/post cruise hotel. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and well furnished with parking available behind the hotel ($10/nite) with entry into the registration area. Rooms facing the bay offer excellent views. Food service is available and the restaurant is average in cost and quality. Multiple restaurant are available across the street at Bayside Market. I would happily return here, if the need arises.
A WET BED....I Would NOT stay here again
I stayed at Holiday Inn Marina Park before and after my cruise in September 2003. The reason we stayed there was because it is across from the Bayside Marketplace and we wanted to be able to shop and eat without taking a cab. This was definitely the hotel's best and possibly only asset.
The first night was average. It cost $24 for a cab from the airport to the hotel. There's no drive up lobby area in front so the cab driver stopped in traffic to let us and all our suitcases out. A homeless man grabbed our suitcases and took them inside without asking us and then asked for a tip. Immediately we noticed that the majority of the staff was unfriendly and by no means made us feel welcome. Our room was on the fourth floor and was average quality and what I expected for a Holiday Inn. The next morning we had our bags held by the concierge while we went shopping across the street until our cruise boarded. When we returned back to claim our tagged bags, the concierge made us go in a dingy back room and sift through all the checked bags to find ours.
They're close to the port but don't provide a shuttle. We paid $4 per person to take a van to the port. That was it for the night before our cruise.
The second night we stayed there we arrived with a rental car. We had no place to park momentarily while we checked in because the main entrance is a few feet from a busy street with no sides to park on. The parking lot is on the back side of the hotel but we didn't know that until after we checked in. This time seemed to go better. We were informed that parking was $10 per night and the small lot had a security guard there all night. We proceeded to park our car and go to our room. We had a room with a king size bed and after about an hour in our room we decided to go to bed. After I opened the sheets and sat down, I realized half the bed was wet. I felt the top of the bed and it wasn't wet but the sheets were. Then I realized the mattress was soaked through and the sheets were getting wet from the mattress and not the top of the bed. It seemed as though someone had wet the bed or something else the night before and they changed the sheets right over it. We called the front desk and they sent up the nicest man from housekeeping. The only barrier was he didn't speak any English at all.
He was extremely nice which seemed out of place for this hotel but it was very difficult to explain that the wet sheets were coming from the mattress and not the top of the bed. The nice man finally understood and he went back to the manager and we had to pack all our stuff up and move to another room. The new room had only a double bed which was disappointing but the sheets were dry. The next morning when we checked out we complained again about the digusting inconvenience. Finally the manager agreed to waive the $10 parking fee but that didn't seem enough to cover for that disgusting experience.
I hope this review is helpful. We won't be staying at Holiday Inn Marina Park again. Next time I'll try the Marriott or Double Tree.
Holiday Inn-Port of Miami
Holiday Inn is a perfect pre-cruise hotel. Hotel is really nothing
special but the view is wonderful. Biscayne Bay Mall across the street
completes the pre-cuise stay. Huge Key Lime pie at Bubba Gumps,
interesting shops and waterfront seating make this an enjoyable stay.
Great business/pre cruise hotel
Conveniently located within one block of the free "Metro Mover" monorail system. Walking distance from a wide variety of shops, entertainment, and restaurants in the Bayside Marketplace. Rooms are clean and comfortable. Service in the restaurant is slow and complicated by a lack of english proficiency. Cab ride to the port is under $7 US. Whoever said that they were assaulted in the parking lot, mugged, and sexually harassed all in one day must have been a competitor incognito. This was a great hotel and we would definitely stay here again.