My fiancée and I stayed here both before and after a cruise. We chose the Courtyard based on good reviews and a decent price. We travel to Miami fairly often, and typically stay at a different hotel in South Beach. We decided to give the Courtyard a try due to it being much closer to the Port of Miami and about half the price of the other hotel.
I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised. First of all, service is excellent. Everyone we encountered and dealt with at the hotel were extremely friendly and helpful. It seemed they went out of their way to provide good service. This is not something we've come across often in other hotels. After returning from our cruise, the front desk staff even remembered us and asked how our trip was. I didn't expect that!
The location of this hotel is great. There are lots of shops and amenities within easy walking distance. CVS is across the street, Starbucks just down the road (although the hotel has a Starbucks in the lobby as well), and several restaurants are in the area. The Bayside mall is an easy and pleasant 10-15 minute walk away and is a great way to spend some time. And if you're going on a cruise, the Port of Miami is a very quick taxi ride away. A taxi from the hotel costs about $7, but you can also book the shuttle service for $5 a person. The shuttle will bring you directly where you need to go.
Rooms are simple, maybe a tiny bit dated, but that didn't bother us. One thing we liked is that we encountered no noise issues. My fiancée is a VERY light sleeper and typically has trouble sleeping in hotels due to noise from the street or adjoining rooms, and we didn't have that problem here.
The hotel has a gym that we looked at, but didn't use. It seemed to have all the basics. There is also a rooftop pool which unfortunately was closed during our stay. We were a bit disappointed about that.
We tried the Bistro in the lobby once for breakfast. It was a good selection at decent prices.
The business amenities are good. There are several computers and printers available for free use. The internet is VERY slow, but we were grateful for the free usage.
Overall, I would stay here again if going on a cruise or looking to spend time in Downtown Miami. The price is good and the service excellent.
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- Also Known As:
- Courtyard By Marriott Miami Downtown Hotel Miami
- Courtyard Miami Downtown/Brickell Area Florida
- Miami Courtyard
- Miami Marriott