Posted March 18th, 2005, 04:58 PM
You could check out any of the hotels near Biscayne Bay or Bayside Marketplace in Miami. The Holiday Inn
, Marriott, Hilton
, and the Sheraton
hotels are all located in these areas. It is about a 10 minute taxi ride to the pier from the Biscayne Bay and Bayside areas. Some hotels offer shuttles to the piers, but you have to call and ask. I believe that a taxi fare from Bayside to the pier is about $8 and from Biscayne about $10. This was last year so things may have change.
Staying near Bayside Marketplace is neat for anyone who is coming a day before the cruise. There are restaurants and many little shopping stores. You could see the cruise ships at the piers if you stay in a hotel near Bayside. Bayside is just across the bridge from the pier. There is also a free metro mover that will take you to other locations in downtown Miami.
I have stayed at the Sheraton Biscayne Bay and enjoyed my stay there. There is a restaurant, pool, exercise room, and other great facilities there. The concierge will assist you with a taxi and other local information.
Just check out the different hotels near Bayside & Biscayne to see which one is in your price range and which one meets your standards.
Expedia, Hotel.com, and sometimes the hotel's website offers lower rates.
If your flying in late (after 8pm), then it is best to stay at a hotel near the airport and take a shuttle or taxi to the port the next morning.