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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 - Explorer of the Seas 2014
RCI - Serenade of the Seas 2015 - a planned family vacation if son is not in medical school this year
Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:
Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade of the Seas March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean
RCI - Serenade of the Seas Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - 30th Anniversary cruise! - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel of the Seas Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel of the Seas Repo cruise Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance of the Seas June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner of the Seas Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis of the Seas May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer of the Seas Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty of the Seas August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer of the Seas April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision of the Seas Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico