With more than 4 million cruise passengers passing through the Port of Miami each year, it's no wonder that many of Miami's hotels are located nearby to offer accommodations for pre-cruise and post-cruise guests. The types of hotels available in the area are as different as the cruises that sail from the port. Whether guests are families looking for affordable hotel rooms or couples visiting on their honeymoon, Miami's cruise port-area hotels have something for everyone.
The Courtyard Miami Downtown offers family-friendly accommodations with close proximity to the Port of Miami, as well as several family attractions. Miami Children's Museum, the Miami Museum of Science and Space Planetarium, and the Miami Seaquarium are just minutes away from the hotel, some within walking distance. Back at the hotel, kids can take a dip in the pool while parents keep in shape at the cardio fitness center. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the Courtyard's Bistro, and hotel rooms feature complimentary coffees and teas. When it's time to embark on your cruise, the Port of Miami is just two miles away with transportation available via the hotel's paid shuttle service.
Many couples take cruises to ignite romance in their relationship. Whether for a honeymoon, anniversary or casual getaway, checking into the Mandarin Oriental Hotel prior to a cruise offers guests an opportunity to connect before hitting the high seas. Located on a private white-sand beach less than three miles from the Port of Miami, the Mandarin Oriental provides private beachfront cabanas complete with butler service, a spa menu and flat-screen televisions. The cabanas not only offer premium access to the water, they are also located near an infinity-edge swimming pool and pool bar. Couples can participate in belly dancing classes or tee off together at the nearby golf course. After a long day, guests can unwind with cocktails and city views or they can feast on Asian-inspired cuisine at the hotel's Cafe Sambal.
Cruise passengers who want to vacation in luxury will be pleased with the accommodations at the Viceroy Hotel. Located on Biscayne Bay, approximately two miles from the Miami cruise port, the Viceroy is outfitted in chic contemporary decor and bright tropical hues. For true luxury, guests can book the two-bedroom penthouse suite featuring more than 1,400 square feet of living space and panoramic views of the ocean. A private lounge and swimming pool are located rooftop, and a variety of dining options offer both casual and fine dining on the property. To further indulge, the hotel spa offers facials and massages, and the hotel concierge can arrange for a variety of leisure activities nearby. Additionally, weekend guests at the Viceroy have complimentary access to the house car.
Miami cruise visitors desiring comfortable accommodations at an affordable price may benefit from a stay at the Embassy Suites. The hotel regularly offers cruise packages that include shuttle services to the Port of Miami as well as a full hot breakfast, round-trip airport transfers and a complimentary manager's reception. Accommodations include a night in a spacious two-room suite complete with a microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker. Guests who opt to dine out can order up a steak at the hotel's casual Barcelona Steakhouse or explore one of several area restaurants.
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