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  1. Without looking at reviews its an easy decisions. Croydon if you #1 concern is going to the beach. Hampton Inn if you want to walk around shop/eat and be a bit closer to the port. Croydon you'll need to hope in an Uber/Lyft to head to the more walkable areas of town.
  2. They are about a 1/3 of a mile apart from each other. Hyatt is very new, but Hampton Brickelll is by far the most recommended hotel on cruisecritic. You'll be good with either. I guess technically the Hampton in a slightly better location for walking to places to eat. But really they are in the same area. Chose the better price or the one you like the reviews for more.
  3. I think your idea of one night each place makes sense, unless you really want to see one part over the other more. It makes more sense with your travel schedule. For Miami, anything in Downtown or Brickell is a good start. Hampton Inn Brickell is the most popular hotel recommended on the boards.
  4. There are not many times when its "ok" and personally I would still never do it. But if there was one situation that it was ok, this would be it. I would still never do it, but you are right that the options to get on another plane from New York to Miami is endless. Endless as in you are ready to buy another last minute ticket or you are flying on an airline that has a lot of its own flights (Delta, JetBlue, American) or will put you on another airline to get you there (not Spirit or Frontier). If it is winter I would be much more hesitant though. And if its summer you want to make sure your flight is scheduled to arrive in Miami before 12:00 p.m.
  5. You have the option, though the police might think you are odd for doing it as does everyone here. YVE hotel to the port will be an Uber that is under $10.00. Just grab an Uber/Lyft.
  6. Plenty to do nearby, and a short Uber/Lyft ride away from Miami Beach and other popular spots like Coral Gables or Little Havana. A great location.
  7. FLL is a mess. Don't pick airports based on them, there is not a huge difference, though any local will tell you MIA is a much nicer airport. Pick it based on air fare and schedule with the caveat travel from FLL to Miami and back adds a little bit of an extra cost.
  8. No. It would only be by bus. You can take a quick and cheap Uber/Lyft there. In Brickell, a nice walk from your hotel there are Cuban food options.
  9. The post above says Labor day. Not sure if that is when you are coming in but September is not a busy time for hotels in Miami. Friday Sept 4 on hotels.com I see the YVE hotel (great location) at $119/night. The Intercontinental (great hotel) is at $191/night/. Hampton Inn Brickell (by far the most popular hotel recommend for Miami on this board) is $145/night! Hampton Inn Midtown (brand new hotel) and a fine location so long as you are renting a car is $119/night. Why in world would you go with an Airbnb with these type of prices? I have no idea on bed comfort, never stayed at any of these places. But go with a better location with a hotel. If you stay Downtown/Brickell you don't need a car. You can walk around and take transit to a lot of places and take a quick Uber/Lyft to Miami Beach if you want to see South Beach/OCean Drive.
  10. Our top pick at the moment looks to be on NE 50th St in Miami. I would pass. The area is not horrible, but for someone that is not familiar with Miami you will likely not feel comfortable there at night. There is not much if anything walking distance other than a trendy restaurant or two across the street from a retirement health center and an abandoned school. If you had a car, then its ok. With no car. This is a no go IMO. This is exactly the type of place that might have great reviews, and could be great for 3 20 somethings on a road trip, but terrible for a family or people on vacation looking to walk around. "Buena Vista Shops" that is a joke. But it sounds like it would be close to some great shopping/restaurant area. And it is, by car.
  11. Find a hotel in Brickell or Downtown Miami. Don't sweat the cruise shuttle. You can split some Ubers for $10/each. The port is basically in Downtown Miami. Hampton Inn Brickell is a very popular choice, always great reviews and fantastic location. For 12-people, again you are talking about 2-3 Ubers/Taxis. Maybe two taxis if you ask for two large SUV/Van taxis. The SUV/van cost the same as a regular sedan. If you want to enjoy Miami at all, don't stay by the airport to try to save $50 on transport.
  12. I think people have posted links before, but you could give us an address or maybe even just tell us the nearest intersecting street.
  13. The hotel is in the middle of the urban core of one of the largest cities in the U.S. You have anything and everything you want within walking distance. Bayside is an easy hop away with lots of dinning options. If you want something a bit more local check out Pollo Y Jarras (3-min walk) or head over to City Centre and Mary Brickell Village (15-min walk/5-min drive/10min mover ride).
  14. There is not much in between. I would just book something in western Broward County or Northwest Miami-Dade. Check out hotels in Weston, FL or Miami Lakes, FL to start. And see how they compare to hotels near the port in Downtown/Brickell. Does your ship leave on a Friday?
  15. I've had multiple clients had their homes listed on Airbnb in Miami. They were not the ones listing them... I am not against it at all. I have used it myself, but I still prefer hotels. Especially in an area you don't know well. If a house is cheaper for a weekend then two hotel rooms it says a lot about the condition and location of the home. How about this. Let us know where the Airbnb you are thinking about are at or some that you think have good reviews and we can let you know if that is true or not. The thing with hotels is we know where they are, you have hundreds if not thousands of reviews. I've seen "high level" host, listing properties they don't even own. And sure a group of 22 year olds who have a car might think a house in Wynwood was awesome. Not sure much for a family etc..
  16. I usually don't book with hotels honestly. I like using hotels.com for their ease of use, 10% cash back, and price guarantee. However, I have never heard of 123save.com in my life, their website looks like garbage, it just screams "scam" or sometimes you get a good deal sometimes you don't have a room type of place. Maybe someone else can provide a review of their experience using the site, but when I see a website that looks like that I RUN away.
  17. You can pick up an uber/lyft anywhere in Miami. Zero restrictions. Most cities in the U.S. don't have restrictions like that anymore.
  18. Agreed. Saturday and Sunday morning traffic tends to be very easy to get around the Miami area. A google estimate for either route should be pretty spot on IMO given how rare weekend morning traffic is. As to which route, all up to you. 95 is pretty simple, A1A is mostly stop lights. The A1A drive is certainly much more scenic, though it is not like you are driving on the ocean. You'll see mostly large hotels and condominiums. There would be one stretch of beach/water views between Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbour. And then if you stick to Collins Ave you'll see the heart of Miami Beach and you can even make a quick detour down Ocean Drive and see the famous art deco buildings there. The drive down I-395 from Miami Beach towards Miami is wonderful as well, but you'll get the same view from your ship. Personally I prefer street/scenic drives when traveling over just taking the highway. But its all about how much time you have and how quickly you want to get there.
  19. 3:30 a.m. is fine. Airport is not that busy that early, and not of course you should not get any traffic. The long term parking is the same lot for short term IIRC, just park the car in the lot and its $15/day. But now thinking that, you want to be walking into the terminal around 3:30 a.m. sometimes its not easy to find a space, even early in the morning and there is a bit of a walk depending on where you park. So I would plan to be there at 3:15 a.m. car in the garage.
  20. Parking at a hotel is fine. To the OP the options are extremely limited for hotels that offer this. I have only heard of the ones listed above. You can of course park at the port for $22/day.
  21. In August I would check out to see if you can get a good rate to one of the larger hotels in Miami Beach like the Fontainebleau. Hampton Inn Brickell is a good choice, so is Intercontinental Miami. Plenty of other options. Almost any large hotel in Miami will have a pool. Or stay in Miami Beach and walk to the beach.
  22. I have hear of Larry's Limo as well. But why a car service? Why not just take a taxi or even better Uber/Lyft.
  23. This is really a personal choice. Just see what you find. I will say in Miami be careful with Airbnb more so than other places. One, most condominiums do not allow it, so it is not unusual to hear of people out with no where to stay when they can't get access to a condo. Two, there are a lot of homes out there that sound like a great location, that I would never want to stay at. In Miami an area can change very quickly to great and busy to not so much. There are a ton of hotels to pick from near the port in Downtown Miami/Brickell and plenty of airbnb too. September prices for both should not be that bad. But otherwise your request is really to general to give you any advice, there are hundreds of hotels to pick from.
  24. Never heard of it, but reviews seem good and location is very good. At night you might seem like you are a little isolated. You are not, just a block or two away from a lot, and you might notice a homeless population around. But that area is having a lot of development right now, in year it will be even better. No reason to cancel it given the reviews. February is a hard time to find good rates.
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