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Old 12-11-2014, 03:02 PM   #1
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Question 1st time in Miami

Any hotel recommendations for a family of 5? And can we get away with not renting a car? Flying in 1 day before the cruise. Thanks for any help
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:13 PM   #2
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The Comfort Inn Suites right by the Miami Airport. we just stayed there end of October. 2 beds and a pull out couch. Free hot breakfast and free shuttle to the cruise port! and a pool.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:50 PM   #3
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We will be staying at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Miami-Airport/Blue Lagoon. It offers Wi-Fi, weeknight dinners, breakfast daily, wine reception, airport transfers for the price of the room. There is a pool and it appears that all rooms offer a view of the lagoon. There are full kitchens and at least one bedroom in all rooms. We reserved the smallest room as there are only 3 of us and it sleeps 6. It is located within walking distance of Publix for snacks and booze before the cruise. There is a Costco a very short cab ride away and lots of shopping and restaurants within walking distance. A cab will be about $25 to the POM. Also, if we do end up needing a car, there is an Enterprise rental location at the hotel next door. Can't beat that!
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:01 PM   #4
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We stayed at the Holiday Inn Port of Miami the night before our cruise and we would not recommend.

We arrived at the hotel around 11:30pm most places in the area were closed for food. The front desk told us to order pizza(there was only one open till 1am that would deliver) and for security not give out our room number/phone number and just give them a name for the front desk. We ordered with those instructions and then called the front desk to let them know who was coming to deliver us a pizza, they said they would call us when they arrived. We waited about 90 minutes with no call, it was about 1:15am so we called the pizza place. They said they attempted to deliver the pizza but we never came down, they had the correct name. We called the front desk they said they had no record of us telling them we ordered pizza, the staff had changed since we arrived. Bottom line was the pizza place offered us a free pizza the next day for our trouble(we sailed, so told them it was not their fault and thanked them), the hotel did nothing to help us out; we followed exactly what they told us to do. So that is the story of how I decided to just starve until we could make it to Carioca's we were boarding number 2, although not platinum but had the first PAT.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:43 PM   #5
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We stayed at Hyatt House Miami airport
Shuttle between hotel and airport
Week Night "dinner" - soup, salad, nachos, fruit, dessert, more including coffee, tea, soda, beer and wine
daily breakfast

We flew in, stayed here, had them take us back to the airport in the morning, took the DCL bus to the port ($20 or $25 per person one way)
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