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Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area
Ranked #44 of 122 Hotels in Miami
Waterloo, Canada
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“Good value for downtown location”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

I stayed at the Marriott Courtyard for one night before embarking on a cruise.
I had shopped around for hotels and the Courtyard offered a very competitive rate.
The decor in the hotel and in the room itself seemed pretty dated, kind of 70's. However, the bed was comfortable and the towels and bedding very clean.
They have a small restaurant on the main floor. While the food was not fancy it was fine for a quick bite and also reasonably priced. They also had a computer and printer set up in the lobby for printing out boarding passes for the airport, which is a useful convenience. They also offered a shuttle to the cruise ports for a very inexpensive price.
The stand out of the visit was the service by the staff. They were very helpful, very nice. I actually forgot my jacket when I left for my cruise. When I returned from the cruise I called up the hotel, and yes, they had found my jacket and kept it for me. I was grateful to get the jacket back as it was expensive.
Is this place fancy? No. However, it has all the basics that you need and is centrally located.

Room Tip: They are constructing a building across the road, and the construction did wake me up in the morning...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Cary, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed here for one reason: the proximity to the cruise port. That's about the only part of the stay that wasn't a disappointment. The cruise port is indeed very close (and so is the Miami Convention Center, if that's what you're looking for).

Would not describe this as "a good area," as one reviewer did below. But really, that's secondary to the main problem we experienced. We noticed that one of our curtains had a large--probably 12 inches or more--stain of uncertain origin, but definitely something you wouldn't want to think about. Took a photo of it and showed it to the front desk staff. She indicated she would consult with the manager and someone would be up within 10 minutes, and offered free breakfast in return.

First: does that seem like an equitable trade? Second: it is now two hours later and we haven't heard a word from anyone.

There are lots of options in this area. You can do much better.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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california
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

If you're used to travelling in Europe, this hotel may feel familiar. The entrance is through a garage, the rooms are tiny. On the plus side, it is very close to the Metromover stations but so is the classy Hyatt which has its own access. If you are disappointed that no "free" breakfast is offered, you will be very pleased to find the Cafe Bastille just a block away and you'll never want a free breakfast again.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

We stayed at the Courtyard the night before our cruise. I originally booked the B2 (better location view than Ctyd) but had enough points for a free stay so we change to Courtyard. The staff are very nice. We stayed on the top floor but there is not a view of the water because of construction. Great beds and wonderful shower!! You are close to Bayside which has nice shops and it is a 3 block walk to it. There are a lot of homeless people so be aware that you might be asked for $. If you don't have breakfast included there are some very good breakfast choices. Starbucks wasn't doing it for me. That is one thing I liked about Miami was the European feel to it. It is a nice hotel and close to the Metromover which is a block away. If you have time you should ride the FREE Metromover. It is a fun way to see the sights of downtown Miami.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Disappointing for a marriott hotel .. When unsure where to stay and not familiar with area I tend to lean to marriott or hilton owned resort due to consistent service levels. This hotel is a great location, 3 of us were doing a miami weekend. Upon check-in, none of the 3 keys worked so had to make a second trip to lobby. Room was nice but after sometime in it started to have problems. First tv was unplugged for coffee pot, when plugged in it would not get a signal, then toilet seat was loose, almost slide off was very dangerous and then noticed on the textured wall behind the bed dust balls clinging to wall. They addressed problems we had but 3 things brings concern of quality control and management oversight. Then sat. Spent day at beach, returning at 4:30 pm our room had not been serviced.. Had dinner plans and had to wait for towels and make a trip downstairs to resolve.. Whereas young lady did correct and throw in free coffee in am, having to make phone calls and go to front desk 4 times in 2 days is unacceptable, especially from a marriott level hotel. I'm not sure I will select marriott next time if Hilton available!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Philadelphia
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

No major issues during a recent long-weekend stay -- but having seen nearby offerings, I'd choose elsewhere next time.

This property is not without its charms: a very convenient downtown location near public transit; well-maintained, clean and comfortable, and the staff are generally helpful.

But the shortcomings were all too noticeable: a nonworking television, area traffic and construction that interrupted sleep, elevators jammed and practically unavailable at certain busy times of day, flyers placed under my door twice in two days by local restaurants (who's controlling entry here?), and -- most of all -- this property's popularity among the cruise ship crowd, for whom it serves as an overnight transfer base. This can result in lobby chaos when the entire place checks out at 11:00a.

If you're budget-minded and not annoyed by the foregoing, then this property is your choice in downtown Miami. Next time, I'll spend a bit more and hope for a less chaotic, more predictable experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 December 2013 via mobile

Nice n comfortable place to stay if u r in this area, within walking distance to activities n fun areas the view of the hotel was not the greatest because of the construction but its ok. Big thank u to Desmond the front desk supervisor for all his help. SIMPLY THE GREATEST PERSON FOR THE FRONT DESK!!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area
Address: 200 SE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33131-2106 (Formerly Courtyard by Marriott Miami Downtown)
Region: United States > Florida > Miami > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#31 Family Hotel in Miami
#32 Romantic Hotel in Miami
#40 Business Hotel in Miami
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area 3*
Number of rooms: 231
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