Looking for pre-cruise hotel recommendations.

Hi everyone! I'm pretty new to the forum and getting ready to go on my first cruise in December aboard the Mariner of the Seas. We are planning on flying in to Miami the day before and are looking for any recommendations for hotels. We have narrowed our search to the EB Hotel Miami but want to see what you guys say. We aren't to worried about shuttle access, we plan on leaving for the port before most of the hotels send shuttles anyway and would like a hotel with a nice view of the ships coming in. Thanks for the help :)

 

Tags: Miami Florida

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Welcome to the forum. We have only stayed at Comfort Inn Airport East and a LaQuinta by the airport before our cruises out of Miami. Both provided shuttle service. We enjoy getting to the port early, but with Carnival, staggered embarkation times now means just standing outside in the hot sun if we arrive before our scheduled time. 

Hope you enjoy your cruise. Please write a review afterwards and let us know how you enjoyed the hotel and cruise.

This past December I stayed at the Fairfield Inn Miami Airport and had a wonderful experience. They even have a package you can choose that includes transfer to the cruise terminal. To get back after the cruise I did have to take a taxi (the taxi was a whole other experience...) to get back to the hotel. Transportation to the airport is available both ways at no extra charge.

 

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/miapt-fairfield-inn-and-suites-miami-airport-south/

We stayed at the Downtown Hilton.  We had a corner room with a direct view of the port, but the ships came in while we were sleeping Big Smile

It's normally pricey, as all the Brickell area hotels are, but watch for deals.  Generally, booking directly with Hilton brand hotels is the cheapest option I've found if I can catch an internet special.

Be aware that many of the Miami hotels are "condo-tels".  The price may be attractive, but I've found that there are sometimes add-ons such as resort fees or deposits that make them less of a bargain.  

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