For those headed out for a Caribbean or Mexican cruise from the U.S., your ship will likely dock and set sail from Miami, Florida. If you don't live in the area, you'll need to make travel plans to arrive in Miami before the ship leaves, and depending on your schedule, you may need to stay overnight before your cruise. In this case, it's a good idea to book a hotel as close to the Miami cruise ship docks as possible.
River Park Hotel & Suites
River Park is a downtown Miami hotel near the financial district, just over a mile from the cruise ship docks. The facilities include a fitness center, pool and Internet access, and the hotel offers shuttle service to the port of Miami. Rooms at this hotel include cable TV, complimentary newspapers, and coffee makers. River Park is just a few short blocks from the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
River Park Hotel & Suites 100 SE 4th St. Miami, FL 33131 800-573-6351 riverparkmiami.com
Courtyard by Marriott
This hotel is across the street from Miami's convention center and less than a mile and a half from the cruise ship docks. The facilities include a fitness and business center, pool, restaurant and room service, and Internet access. The Metromover stop next door to the hotel offers guests free downtown transportation and is a short walk from South Beach, Bayside Marketplace and the Miami Convention Center.
Courtyard by Marriott 200 SE Second Ave. Miami, FL 33131 305-374-3000 marriott.com
Hyatt Regency Miami
Also next to the convention center, the Hyatt Regency is a short ride away from the cruise ship port. The facilities include a fitness and business center, pool, gourmet restaurant, room service and Internet access. Rooms include flat-screen TVs and deluxe baths. The hotel overlooks the Miami River, and guests will enjoy easy access to Brickell Village and Little Havana.
Hyatt Regency Miami 400 Se 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33131 800-573-6351 miamiregency.hyatt.com
Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay
Right on the water near Key Biscayne, this luxury condo-hotel is only a mile away from the port of Miami. The facilities include a grand ballroom, outdoor heated pool, fitness and business center, salon, restaurants, lounges and cafes, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Rooms can have either a bay, park or garden view upon request, and every room is decorated in a tropical theme. This hotel is within walking distance of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Art Deco Historic District and South Beach.
Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay 1717 North Bayshore Dr. Miami, FL 33132 305-372-0313 doubletree1.hilton.com
Four Ambassadors Suites Hotels
A mile and a half from the cruise ship docks, this hotel is in the financial district within walking distance of South Beach, Coconut Grove, the America Airlines Arena and the Miami Seaquarium. The facilities include a lounge, bar, salon, storage space and laundry services. Each suite has either a kitchenette or full kitchen, along with views of both the bay and city.
Four Ambassadors Suites Hotels 801 Brickell Bay Dr. Miami, FL 33131 305-371-6500 fourambassadorshotel.com