Where Should I Stay in Miami Before a Cruise? Our Top Cruise Hotel Picks

An upcoming cruise from Miami shouldn’t be a cause for stress. Yet when you see the number of hotel options that are available to you, your head can start to spin.

Miami hotel with a view of the beach

As a tourist haven, there are literally hundreds — if not thousands — of hotels in the Miami area for you to stay. So which should you book before your cruise?

When it comes to finding the best hotel for you, we first suggest you choose between two different areas. To be sure you can stay anywhere in South Florida; with the availability of Uber, Lyft, and taxis, getting to the port is pretty simple on cruise day.

Still, most people will choose to stay either near the airport or near the cruise port. These are the two most convenient areas overall, and your choice will depend on your preference.

Staying near the airport: You have a wide variety of hotels that are usually at more affordable prices compared to staying near the ship. In addition, hotels near the airport often have free shuttles between the hotel and your flight.

Staying near the cruise port: While prices here are likely more expensive than what you’ll find by the airport, you are also near the heart of Miami’s downtown, with all that it has to offer. As well, come cruise day you are right near the cruise terminals. That makes it easy to get to your ship.

The good news about both spots is that many of the hotels offer cruise shuttles to the port. That can save you some hassle when it’s time to head to the ship. Others are on the Coral Way Trolley route — a free trolley that runs to the Port of Miami. Because this is a nice perk for cruise passengers, all of the hotels offer some sort of transportation to the cruise port.

Below we’ve listed what we consider our favorite cruise hotels for passengers staying in Miami. This comes from a mix of amenities, name brand, review ratings, and location. We’ve also specified whether the hotel is near the airport or near the cruise port to help you decide the right spot for your stay.

Click each hotel name to read reviews on TripAdvisor. Review ratings come from either Google or TripAdvisor and are rounded to the nearest half point.

Where to Stay for a Miami Cruise

Terminals at the Port of Miami

DoubleTree Biscayne Bay (cruise port area)
If you want to make your hotel stay memorable, then this spot could be your top choice. It sits on Biscayne Bay, looking out over the water to Miami Beach and the cruise terminals. The DoubleTree name is known for a high-end experience, and this hotel doesn’t disappoint. It’s rated a strong four out of five on TripAdvisor. Keep in mind, however, that this is one of the pricier spots to stay near the cruise port. If you need a ride to the port, you’ll need to book the hotel’s package. It comes with breakfast and a ride to the port.

  • Price: $$$
  • Distance to Port: 2 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Miami Airport Marriott (airport area)
Wanting a “Miami-style” stay with neon lights, beach, and a wild time? Then the Miami Airport Marriott might not be for you. Have a flight into the city and want a highly-rated hotel that offers a free ride to the airport and the cruise port? This fits the bill.

Marriott is always a well regarded brand-name, and this hotel is just minutes away from the airport meaning you don’t have to fight a ton of traffic to get to your room after a long flight. If you book their cruise package they will offer breakfast and a ride to the ship on cruise day.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 5.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Residence Inn Miami Airport (airport area)
Put this hotel near the water and we’d expect the price to be twice as much. Its location right by the airport, however, is extremely convenient to those flying in, and we’ve found relatively affordable rates around $120 a night for some dates. It also comes highly rated by past guests. There is also a pre-cruise package that includes your ride to the cruise port when it’s time to sail out.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 5.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Comfort Suites Miami Airport (airport area)
One of the ironic things in hotels is that the more affordable places to stay often offer better amenities. This Comfort Suites near the Miami airport gives free rides back and forth from the airport, has free wi-fi, and breakfast. For your cruise, there’s even a complimentary shuttle to the Port of Miami each day. Simply register at the desk when you arrive for check in. Meanwhile, the hotel gets strong reviews and can be had for under $100 a night on many dates.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 8 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Novatel Miami-Brickell (cruise port area)
Staying near the cruise port you have a lot of options, and most fall in the category of luxury stays. After all, what else would you expect from the heart of Miami?

The Novatel Miami is in the Brickell area that’s just south of the cruise port. It’s a high-rise hotel with a rooftop lounge area that overlooks the water and the skyline. Meanwhile, it’s one of the highest-rated hotels in the area. When it’s time to get to your ship you can walk the short distance to the Coral Way trolley stop that heads directly to the port.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 3 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Eurostars Langford (cruise port area)
Forget best Miami hotels for cruise passengers, this might be one of the coolest in the city. It’s in the converted Miami National Bank building, taking the bones of something old and updating it with modern touches. That means it has a ton of style and a great location as well. From here you could walk to the port if you wanted (it’s still a bit of a trek), but instead you’re right next to the Coral Way trolley that will take you there for free.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 2 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Holiday Inn Port of Miami (cruise port area)
This hotel makes our list for its location alone. It’s literally the closest hotel to the cruise port. From your room you could see the cruise ships, as well as Bayside Marketplace — a park and mall that’s right across the street. If you want to be by the ships, it simply doesn’t get any closer. You could literally walk over the causeway to your cruise ship if needed. Prices are also relatively affordable given the location.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1 mile
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Hampton Inn & Suites Miami/Brickell-Downtown (cruise port area)
Sitting in the heart of Brickell, which is only a few minutes from the cruise ships, this Hampton Inn is one of the best reviewed hotels in the area, earnings 4.5 out of 5 on TripAdvisor. Of course, being in the heart of Miami, having a great pool area, and offering a clean and modern hotel is a great recipe for success. You can either take the hotel shuttle to the cruise port ($8) or ride the free trolley to the terminals.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 2.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

YVE Hotel (cruise port area)
Just a block south of the Holiday Inn, YVE is also across from Bayfront Park and the shopping center. It’s also a short couple of minutes to get to the cruise ships. If your room is facing that way, you can even see the ships across the causeway. The hotel itself gets great reviews thanks to its location as well as the hip and modern atmosphere — making it perfect for downtown Miami. There is a shuttle to the port for $8 per person.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.7 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

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