Hotel Review: Holiday Inn, Port of Miami Downtown


Previous parts of this trip:


For my time in Miami, I wanted somewhere reasonably close to the airport, that was easy to reach… but also somewhere that would be near enough to the action. Once again, an IHG was preferred. There were a few options around, and although the Intercontinental was tempting, the price put me off somewhat. So instead, I went for the Holiday Inn Port of Miami Downtown, which was in the same area.

Holiday Inn Port of Miami

Check in

I arrived at around 5pm. I was checked in fairly quickly. Once more I wanted to put the $50 pre-authorisation on a separate card. Unlike in New York however, they said that would be just fine. Although in reality, something didn’t quite work out. As far as they were concerned it worked. As far as me and my account were concerned, it didn’t. Suits me.

I was given a minor room upgrade – from a queen size bed to a king size. I also took the drink voucher instead of the points and was handed a platinum elite luggage tag – must admit, I never knew such a thing existed!

The Room

My room was located on the 10th floor.

Holiday Inn corridor

Upon entering, again I found a room that wasn’t your standard cookie cutter hotel room.

Holiday Inn room

There were no hallways in here – the front door opened straight on to the bedroom.

Holiday Inn bedroom

Along the front wall was a lounge area with two chairs, table and a coffee machine.

Lounge
Coffee machine

Beyond this was the king sized bed, which was very comfortable – probably more comfortable and had softer sheets than the Crowne Plaza in New York that featured previously on this trip.

Holiday inn bed

Alongside each side of the bed was a lamp with power ports.

Lamp

In front of this was a TV cabinet, complete with microwave and fridge.

Microwave

Behind this wall was the bathroom. Nothing overly special – typical US hotel style bathroom really, with the standard Holiday Inn amenities.

Bathroom
Amenities

My thoughts

Great location for public transportation from the airport. Also across the street from the popular Bayside Marketplace. An Uber to nearby South Beach set me back just under $10 each way.

Whilst the hotel is showing its age in a few areas, it’s reasonably well maintained. The room I had was a little smaller than usual, but it was perfectly acceptable.

View
View from the room

Further info:

https://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/miami/miabb/hoteldetail?fromRedirect=true&qSrt=sBR&qIta=99603195&icdv=99603195&glat=SEAR&qSlH=MIABB&setPMCookies=true&qSHBrC=HI&qDest=340%20Biscayne%20Boulevard,%20Miami,%20FL,%20US&dp=true&gclid=CjwKCAjwtuLrBRAlEiwAPVcZBr7iYVhfmjNNzhKaxQ3yvlTsCEXrAP4N8MVfJLNQoku-_Ap6kDHYKBoCnmQQAvD_BwE&cid=57774&srb_u=1

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