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I just wanted to give my opion on HI POM. I read a lot of negatives and was very leary of this hotel but we were happy with this hotel. I don't think I would stay here for a vacation but 1 night pre cruise was just fine.
It is in a great location and we loved watching the ships come into port and the Bayside was great. The only thing I did notice was a faint paint smell in the hotel but the are renovating so that should be expected. We had a great time and will stay here again!
It IS very popular with new cruisers/travelers because as you say, it is in a good location for a night's stay. Especially if you have a group that just wants some downtimeand distractions in walking distance. And the fact that your ship is in view, adds to newbies excitement.
There are nicer places to stay roomwise, but I too don't agree that it's "the dump" some here have reviewed it as. And it is slowly being refurbished from what we hear.
Thanks for your update and thoughts.
Last edited by eandj; June 14th, 2012 at 12:53 PM.
That's fine, but we would never stay there again. Maimi is a vibrant, exciting city and there are other places to stay, pre-cruise.
RCI - Serenade of the Seas 2015
Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:
Celebrity - Solstice May 2015 Alaska
RCI - Explorer Nov 2014 Repo/S. Caribbean - 40 ft. rogue wave, lifeboat damage
Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean
RCI - Serenade Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - 30th Anniversary! - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel Repo Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico