The Miami Dolphins -- a National Football League team since 1970 -- have been based in Miami Gardens, Florida, at Sun Life Stadium (formerly called Dolphin Stadium) since moving from the Miami Orange Bowl in 1987. Football fans come from all over the U.S. to see the Dolphins play and often stay at local hotels around Sun Life Stadium. The area, situated near Miami International Airport, has a number of affordable hotels in close proximity, and the area is conveniently close to downtown Miami and the Port of Miami as well.
El Palacio Sports Hotel
El Palacio Sports Hotel is located right next to Sun Life Stadium and the Calder Casino & Race Course, catering specifically to the needs of visiting sports enthusiasts. Each of the hotel's 217 guest rooms comes equipped with a kitchenette, a queen-size bed and wireless Internet. The hotel also offers guests an outdoor swimming pool, large banquet hall, spacious business center, basketball court and nine-hole mini-golf course. El Palacio is also home to Legends Sports Grill, where sports fans can watch the big game on 10-foot-high TV screens, drink draft beers, and enjoy a burger.
Holidays Golden Glade
Holidays Golden Glade is located in northern Miami, just a five-minute drive from the beach. The hotel's 163 rooms are basic and comfortable, providing wireless Internet, mini refrigerators and cable TV. Holidays Golden Glade also features an outdoor pool, fitness center and conference room. Guests looking for a bite to eat can check out neighborhood offerings like Fitzgerald's Newsroom Restaurant and Lounge, Rippy's Killer Subs and Little Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant.
Hotel Hollywood Florida
Hotel Hollywood Florida -- operated by Quality Inn -- is located near Sun Stadium and the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. The spacious rooms at this hotel include refrigerators and microwaves in addition to high-speed Internet access and on-site laundry facilities. The hotel offers a free shuttle to and from Miami International Airport. Guests can relax at the hotel's heated outdoor pool or stroll through the property's tropical garden. Every morning, the hotel serves guests a free continental breakfast. Nearby restaurants include Rickey's Restaurant & Lounge, China Lane Restaurant and Sebastiano's Pizzeria & Ristorante.
Hampton Inn & Suites Miramar/Ft. Lauderdale
The Miramar/Ft. Lauderdale Hampton Inn & Suites, situated right between the northern Miami and Ft. Lauderdale areas, sits almost right on the beach. The hotel offers 122 comfortable guest rooms, all of which come with desks, large TVs and wireless Internet access. The hotel also features amenities like an on-site snack shop, free continental breakfast, a fitness room and an outdoor heated pool. The Hampton Inn is within walking distance to several area restaurants including Shula's Steakhouse, Jerry & Joe's of New York, and the Roasted Pepper.
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