By: Shayne Benowitz
Where to Stay near PortMiami
Coming to Miami for a cruise? Why not extend your stay for a night or two before or after your sail and discover everything Miami has to offer?
There are a wide variety of affordable, stylish hotels in downtown and Brickell near PortMiami and convenient to exciting attractions—and, of course, to your cruise terminal.
Affordable Upscale Hotels
Directly facing Biscayne Bay in the heart of downtown, DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay Miami is located inside a luxury condo tower at the edge of the chic, residential neighborhood of Edgewater. With easy access to the MetroMover (Miami’s free elevated mass transit system), you’ll reach major downtown attractions in a matter of minutes. With 152 guest rooms and 50 condos, the hotel also boasts four restaurants. With an outdoor pool, fitness center, salon, spa and boutique shops on the lobby level, it’s almost like a city within a city—and it’s located just one mile from PortMiami.
Ideally located on Biscayne Bay in Downtown, the InterContinental Miami offers sweeping waterfront digs next to Bayfront Park. Walk to Bayside Marketplace for shopping and dining overlooking the water and retreat back to the luxurious 34-story marble tower for a good night’s sleep. The hotel recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to its guest rooms and common areas, including a digital LED screen lighting up the entire façade that’s visible from South Beach. Dine at chef Richard Sandoval’s trendy Toro Toro, a modern take on South and Central American cuisine, and enjoy a hip happy hour at the bar popular amongst the Brickell post-work crowd.
Stylish & Boutique Hotels
Part of the Starwood Hotel Group and considered the little sister to the W Hotel brand, Aloft Miami Brickelloffers stylish digs catering to the next generation of travelers. That means rooms designed for the tech generation with free Wi-Fi, iPhone docking stations and a grab-and-go café for travelers on the run. While it’s considered a “limited service” hotel, there’s no shortage of hip millennial style with a chic bar and lounge, as well as an outdoor pool. Plus, you’re just a few steps to Mary Brickell Village with all of its dining and nightlife offerings.
A hip alternative to the downtown big brand hotel, YVE Miami is directly across the street from Bayfront Park and a short walk to AmericanAirlines Arena. With modern décor and chic white furnishings, this downtown hotel exudes Miami style. Dine at Biscayne Tavern, a hip gastropub with a great happy hour crowd, and get a taste of what Miami’s downtown neighborhood is all about. Best of all, you’re a short five minute transfer to PortMiami.
While the price at this Brickell apartment-hotel might seem steep, you’re getting a lot more for your money than your average hotel. More vacation rental than traditional hotel, each apartment suite comes at Churchill Suites Miami Brickell with separate sleeping, living and dining areas with a balcony and up to three bedrooms. They also feature fully-equipped kitchens and washer-dryers for a stay designed to be a home away from home. Located inside a new, luxurious, 36-floor building, you’ll be living large with a pool, fitness room, recreation center and more.
Tucked away downtown, overlooking the Miami River, the River Park Hotel & Suites Port of Miami might be the best kept secret for a budget-friendly hotel in a stellar central location. Featuring complimentary breakfast, fitness facilities and a pool overlooking the river, you’re also an easy walk to Bayfront Park, Brickell and ample dining and nightlife. Catering to cruise ship passengers, they also provide shuttle service to PortMiami for a small fee.
For an unexpected tropical retreat in the heart of Brickell, look no further than Hotel Urbano at Brickell. Filled with local art, an inviting pool with cabanas and a fire pit, as well as a stylish restaurant Bistro Urbano, this hotel offers all the local flavor and charm you desire at an incredible price point. It’s also attractive for art lovers, as it features rotating exhibitions and a staff full of information about the Wynwood Arts District.
Brand Name Hotels
While the Holiday Inn is always a solid option for budget travel and familiar creature comforts like hot breakfast, clean rooms and a workout facility—the Holiday Inn Port of Miami Downtown's prices keep at pace with many area hotels. With 200 rooms, a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and an outdoor pool, the Holiday Inn is located within minutes to PortMiami.
Whether you’re a member of the Hilton HHonors loyalty program, or you’re simply looking for a comfortable full service hotel in the heart of the city, Hilton Miami Downtown offers an ideal location on Biscayne Bay. The massive hotel boasts 527 guest rooms, a heated rooftop pool and ample meeting space, not to mention sweeping water views.
Also a Hilton HHonors member hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell/Downtown offers more Miami flavor than you might expect from a major chain hotel. With bright pink accent furniture, a rooftop pool with South Beach-style cabanas and a hip Brickell address, this 221 room hotel is also LEED-certified and a member of the Florida Green Lodging Association. It’s home to one of Brickell’s most popular sports bars-cum-gastropubs, making it the perfect hotel if you plan to hit the town.
In the heart of Downtown, Courtyard by Marriott Miami offers 231 guest rooms in a comfortable, welcoming setting with an outdoor pool and fitness facility. You’re an easy walk to all of downtown’s attractions, from Bayfront Park to Bayside Marketplace, and a variety of great dining options. It’s also a seamless journey to PortMiami, as the hotel partners with several companies to provide transportation to your cruise ship terminal for $5 per person.
For a gorgeous marina-front setting, look no further than the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. Located at the northern edge of downtown, you can also easily ac-cess the Wynwood Arts District from this hotel. Enjoy dazzling views of Biscayne Bay while dining outdoors at the hotel’s waterfront restaurant. And be sure to make time to unwind with a dip in the pool.
Home to the Miami Convention Center, this massive 612-room hotel in the heart of downtown is always buzzing with business travelers, but ample meeting space isn’t the only thing Hyatt Regency Miami has going for it. Enjoy updated fitness facilities, an outdoor pool and a direct stop on the MetroMover. The city is at your fingertips with this full service hotel located on Miami’s scenic riverwalk.
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