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By: Lori Kahn

Coming to Greater Miami & Miami Beach for a cruise? You should really stay a night or two before or after your cruise vacation from PortMiami and discover some of Miami’s incredible art and culture, restaurants and fun-filled entertainment while you are here. The best part? These Downtown Miami/Brickell hotels are conveniently located near a world of exciting things to do and, of course, your cruise ship.

Yve Hotel Miami
Add some color to your cruise vacation at Yve Hotel Miami

Stylish & Boutique Hotels

Yve Hotel Miami

A hip alternative to Downtown Miami’s big brand hotels, YVE Miami is truly a Miami gem. With local art throughout the lobby, modern décor and chic white furnishings with bright strokes of color, this hotel exudes Miami style. It’s located in the heart of the action – directly across the street from Bayfront Park, only a short walk to FTX Arena and a short five-minute transfer to PortMiami. Bonus: comfortable rooms with views of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline.

Aloft Miami Brickell

Part of the Starwood Hotel Group and considered the little sister to the W Hotel brand, Aloft Miami Brickell offers 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.

Novotel Miami Brickell

The Novotel Miami Brickell is a modern hotel for the savvy traveler. Located in Brickell, close to PortMiami, this Latin-inspired beauty is a premier U.S. property. Enjoy many amenities such as a 24-hour fitness center, pet-friendly rooms, complimentary coffee, and live music by the pool on Saturday evenings. There is a stunning rooftop infinity pool with views of the bay and Miami’s iconic skyline (Wednesday nights, you can enjoy a movie under the stars here). The best news? The price is very competitive with other hotels in the area.

Tried and True Brand Name Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami Brickell/Downtown

A Hilton Honors member hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Brickell/Downtown seamlessly evokes Miami’s style more than you might expect from a major chain hotel. With bright pink accent furniture, a rooftop pool with South Beach-style cabanas and set in a hip Brickell location, this 221-room hotel is also LEED-certified and a member of the Florida Green Lodging Association, so you can feel extra good about staying there. It’s also home to one of Brickell’s most popular sports bars and gastropubs, Batch, making it a perfect hotel if you plan to hit the town.

Hilton Miami Downtown
Enjoy full-service amenities at Hilton Miami Downtown

Hilton Miami Downtown

When you’re 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 sweeping water views. If you don’t care about breaking the bank, you can even stay in the deluxe penthouse suite that fits 70 people. (Last-minute party, anyone?)

Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell

Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami Downtown/Brickell offers travelers a little of the comfort of home, with studio and one-bedroom suites all with fully equipped kitchens that include a refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. They also have a covered outdoor swimming pool, a fitness room, and free full breakfast. You can even enjoy a free evening social complete with dining and drinks on Wednesdays, for those who can’t say no to a deal.

Hyatt Regency
Convenience is king at Hyatt Regency Miami

Hyatt Regency Miami

Located on Miami’s scenic riverwalk and home to the Miami Convention Center, the Hyatt Regency Miami is a massive hotel in the heart of Downtown Miami that is always buzzing with business travelers, but it has a lot more to offer than just business. Enjoy a fully equipped StayFit gym, a heated outdoor pool, and lots of nearby food options. It’s a direct stop on the MetroMover (Downtown Miami’s free elevated mass transit system) so getting around is a breeze. PortMiami is also at your fingertips – only two miles away.

Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown

The Holiday Inn is always a solid option for budget travel and creature comforts like hot breakfast and a gym. Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown's amenities keep pace with many of the area’s hotels. With 200 rooms, a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and an outdoor pool, the Holiday Inn is located within minutes of PortMiami.

Courtyard by Marriott Miami - Miami Downtown/Brickell Area

In the heart of Downtown, Courtyard by Marriott Miami - Miami Downtown/Brickell Area 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 Miami's attractions, from Bayfront Park to Bayside Marketplace, and all kinds of restaurant options. It’s also a quick and easy trip to PortMiami, as the hotel partners with several companies to provide affordable transportation to your cruise ship terminal.

Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay

For a gorgeous marina view, look no further than the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay. Located at the northern edge of Downtown Miami, you can easily access the famous Wynwood Arts District from this hotel. Enjoy dazzling views of Biscayne Bay and Downtown Miami from your private balcony or while dining outdoors at the hotel’s waterfront restaurant, Catch Grill & Bar. You’ll even get a view from the nicely equipped fitness center, and be sure to make time to unwind with a dip in the pool.

DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay

Directly facing Biscayne Bay in the northern part of Downtown Miami, 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, you’ll reach any part of Downtown Miami in a matter of minutes with time to spare while you meet up with friends or make new ones. This hotel also boasts four restaurants, 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.

Stay close to the action at InterContinental Miami

InterContinental Miami

Ideally located on Biscayne Bay in Downtown Miami, the InterContinental Miami offers sweeping waterfront accommodations next to Bayfront Park. Walk to Bayside Marketplace for shopping and dining overlooking the water, then retreat back to the luxurious 34-story marble tower for a good night’s sleep. Outside you’ll notice a digital LED screen lighting up the entire façade that’s visible from South Beach. Dine at chef Richard Sandoval’s trendy Toro Toro, which offers a modern take on South and Central American cuisine. Enjoy a hip happy hour at the bar, which is popular among the Brickell post-work crowd.

Want to see more? Here is a comprehensive list of hotels near PortMiami in Downtown Miami/Brickell.

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