Historic Miami River Hotel
437 SW 2nd Street, Miami, FL 33130
I found this gem on priceline.com, and Dave and I were happily surprised upon arrival.
Old, colorful buildings labeled A - G, a large rectangular swimming pool surrounded by comfy lounge chairs, a large grassy courtyard with a couple of cabanas and a hot tub and palm trees galore made quite the first impression. A continental breakfast served from 8-11am was included that offered toast, jelly, juice, bottled water and fresh mango and papaya. It was self-serve, and we could eat as much as we wanted.
Our room was comfortably furnished, had surprisingly high-quality bedding for the price of the hotel, cable TV, free Wi-fi, and we were even presented with a free bottle of wine upon arrival. I don't think that is the norm, but that night they had had a wine and jazz night out on the courtyard under the stars with free wine, cheese and crackers. We arrived just as the show was over, so I think that's how we got lucky with the wine.
The bathroom had big, fluffy white towels and while it was definitely aged, it was clean. It is one of those places that is old enough to feel special and you're glad it's still standing. It's old from the late 1800's, not from the 1970's. :)
The neighborhood is a little scary driving in at night, but we walked the old river front the next morning and felt safe (at least I did, with big Dave by my side).
I recommend this hotel to family and friends that need a cheap, comfortable place to stay before departing from the Miami Port. Cab ride to the port was a little under $15 and from the airport to the hotel it was about $30. We were able to do a late check-out at 1pm, which gave us plenty of time to unwind before boarding the ship.
Priced at $75 including tax, we will try to use this hotel again.