10 Best Miami Cruise Hotels for Passengers (Close to Port)

When it comes to cruising, no place is more iconic than sailing from Miami, the cruise capital of the world. But the city isn’t just a place to get on the ship. It’s one of the most famous, lively, and exciting cities in the world. If you aren’t staying a night before your cruise, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.

Miami is the cruise capital of the world, with no shortage of hotels to pick. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favorites that are all close to the cruise port.

Of course, not only is Miami a great place to experience, but staying in town the night before your cruise is a smart move. Between airport delays and the stress of driving in on the day of your cruise, arriving the day before ensures that you don’t miss your ship.

With that mind, you have literally hundreds of hotel options within a short distance of the cruise port. To narrow things down, we’ve filtered through Miami hotels to find those that are highly ranked and also near the cruise port. That makes for a nice stay and makes it easy to get to the ship on cruise day.

More Hotel Ideas: You can also click here to see “Park and Cruise” hotel near the Miami cruise port or see hotels with shuttles to the ships.

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Top-Ranked Miami Hotels Near the Cruise Port

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The YVE Hotel in downtown Miami is just across the causeway from the cruise port and gets high ranks.

Hampton Inn Coconut Grove
When it comes to name-brand hotels, it’s hard to beat Hampton Inn, which seemingly always gets strong reviews. This location is no different, earning a solid 4.5 stars out of 5. From here, you’re about 15 minutes from the port, putting you close, but outside of the activity and hustle of the downtown area. It also features amenities like free wi-fi, outdoor pool, and included breakfast. If driving in, you should note that parking is $22 per night.

  • Distance to port: 6 miles
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-448-2800

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami/Brickell-Downtown
Do you like Hampton Inn, but wish you were closer to the port? This hotel fits the bill perfectly. It’s located in Brickell, which is just south of downtown and only a few miles from the ships. The hotel is clean and modern, with stellar reviews. You will pay a bit more for the location, putting you within a short distance of restaurants and coffee shops. You’ll also be within a short walk of the Coral Way Trolley, which offers a free ride to the cruise port. You can also use the hotel’s shuttle to the ships (fee applies) on cruise day.

  • Distance to port: 3 miles
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-377-9400

Homewood Suites Miami Downtown
Need a little more space, such as when traveling with a family? This is one of the best options near the Miami port as it offers suites that give everyone a little more elbow room. From here, you’re close to the port but also food, shopping, and Miami’s nightlife. Still, it’s just outside of Brickell/downtown. Amenities including wi-fi and a pool are available. There is also a paid shuttle to the ships, making it ideal for cruise passengers.

  • Distance to port: 3 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-285-7112

Hilton Miami Downtown
If you want a top hotel that’s close to the cruise port, this is nearly as close as you can get. The hotel is located just about 2 miles from the ships by car, but less than a mile as the crow flies. Meanwhile, it’s just one block back from the waterfront. At this location, you’ll have sweeping views of the port and downtown Miami, pool access, an on-site restaurant, and more. You’re also within walking distance of the Frost Science Center, the basketball arena, and Bayfront Park.

  • Distance to port: 2 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-374-0000

Novatel Miami-Brickell
Fancy a rooftop pool, close to the cruise terminal, and highly rated? Novatel Miami-Brickell checks all those boxes. We like that it’s slightly south of downtown/Brickell, giving you a great location that’s also just a bit quieter (for reference, the Four Seasons is just about a block or two away). The hotel is stylish and sophisticated, with a very “Miami” pastel pink theme throughout public areas. Rooms are modern with some great views of downtown and the surrounding area.

  • Distance to port: 2 miles
  • Rating: 4.5 out of 5
  • Phone: 786-600-2600

YVE Hotel
The absolute closest hotel on our list is one that’s technically close enough that you could walk from the hotel to your ship. (Given the area is not very pedestrian friendly to the port, walking is possible, but likely not the best idea.) The hotel describes itself as “Bohemian, Eclectic, and Stylish” — we’d say it’s just classic Miami with fun, cool colors and modern style. When it’s time to get to the ship, you can walk across the street to the Coral Way Trolley to get across the causeway to the cruise terminals.

  • Distance to port: 1.5 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-358-4555

Hyatt Regency Miami
A higher-end hotel, the Hyatt Regency in downtown is right on the Miami River and only about two miles from the ships. There’s a lot to do right nearby, including being within walking distance of Bayfront Park, tons of restaurants, and the MetroMover, which can take you practically anywhere in downtown Miami. In short, if you want a large hotel with a brand name you know and trust, this might be the perfect fit.

  • Distance to port: 2 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-358-1234

Eurostars Langford
This hotel is one of the more unique in Miami, sitting inside the former Miami National Bank building (constructed in 1925) in downtown. Today it’s a cool mix of historic feel but modern style, including the herringbone pattern flooring in rooms. If traditional, bland hotels aren’t your thing, then this is the hotel to look into. Maybe that’s why it’s one of the highest-ranking cruise hotels in Miami. As well, it’s close to the cruise port meaning you can have a stylish stay but also be convenient to the terminal.

  • Distance to port: 2 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-420-2200

Hotel Indigo
Hotel Indigo is a nationwide chain of boutique hotels, numbering about 150 across the United States. They are known for being more unique and styled — more like part of the community than a traditional cookie-cutter location. This edition is located in Brickell, about three miles from the port and in an upscale area. You get all the Miami atmosphere you could want, including a pool, lush green outdoor patio, and in the heart of the bustling downtown region. When it’s time to go to the ship, you’re close to the Coral Way Trolley (which takes you to the port area for free) or you can grab an Uber.

  • Distance to port: 3 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-860-3874

Aloft Miami Brickell
Sitting back-to-back with Hotel Indigo is another Miami cruise port hotel that gets high marks: Aloft Miami Brickell. Best of all, this spot near the port can be relatively cheap. We found rates as low as $125 a night despite it being only blocks from high-end names like Mandarin Oriental. From here you can walk to a number of hotspots like the Brickell City Center (a shopping area with stores, restaurants, entertainment and more). So you can have a night on the town before starting the cruise portion of your vacation.

  • Distance to port: 3 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-854-6300


Courtyard Marriott Miami Downtown
Because you have a number of solid options near the cruise port, we also wanted to include this hotel. It sits across the street from the Hyatt Regency mentioned above, putting you right near Bayfront Park and just across from the cruise terminals. For those needing a little more space, suites are available. There’s also a rooftop pool for you to take advantage of during the stay.

  • Distance to port: 2 miles
  • Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Phone: 305-374-3000

Map of Miami Cruise Hotels Near the Port


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