Does anyone know how to arrange for the shuttle from FLL airport to a Miami Hotel? I know it costs about 1/2 the price of a taxi. We'd like to take it to a hotel the night before the cruise & then use it to return to the FLL airport after staying 1 night post cruise. We Usually leave from Port Everglades so this is a bit trickier for us...we can't fly direct to miami fromour local airport. Also is there a hotel you can recommend similar to Amerisuites--something clean, modest & convenient to Miami pier for just 1 night? Thank you
We used Tricounty share a ride service from FLL to our hotel on South Beach. It was $15/person. Their website is www.floridalimo.com but you do not need to make arrangements in advance. Their counter is located just outside of baggage claim. I hope this helps!
Thanks for limo info. We will use the limo suggested. from Ft Laud. airport. We are also hoping the limo will pick us up at the Miami port after the cruise & take us to a hotel nearby FLL airport. We had a nightmare experience last trip out of Miami...tried to take a Super Shuttle. We wanted to go to the Airport Hilton, the dispatcher said that was OK. He took our money & gave us the tickets but the driver kept saying van was full & then refused to take us to the Hilton Hotel--would only agree to go to the Miami Airport. After wasting an hr in the hot sun with our luggage in tow, we were able to get our money back & took a cab-- Follow up with the company resulted in an apology--told us driver was fired (maybe?) That's why I am being so anal so far in advance this time around...I do not want to repeat the bad experience.
As to the hotel tip--you did well with $35 through priceline cost for the Holiday Inn--it is listed right now for $118 + 13% tax. What did you bid to get that location? How was the area around it? (safe, clean?) Did you go to Bayside Market place? We are thinking of maybe going to Holiday Inn or a Clarion for which we get air miles.....Has anyone stayed there?
Also try hotwire.com, we are staying in a 4 star royal palm resort with taxes ect $98 and on their website they start at $250. It is nice to feel pampered for a change. We used them before and had excellent service and no problem with getting our room.
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Stayed at the Holiday Inn South Beach after a cruise last year. Also used priceline.com and booked it for $40/night. Use priceline and choose the Southbeach area for a 3 or 4 star property. You can always start low and work your way up. Experience tells me to bid at 1/2 of the going rate and you'd win. The hotel is old and the room shows the age. There was a big window but couldn't be open. The room was big and clean and simple. The carpet was old and so were the bedspread. But it was good value and decent place to spend a few nights. Holiday Inn South Beach is really not in South Beach. It's 1/2 mile north of South Beach on Miami Beach. Nevertheless, it's still on the beach and the area is not bad. It was a 25 minute walk to the South Beach area. A very pleasant walk either on the beach or on the street parallel to the beach. It was also a 15 minutes walk to Lincoln Mall filled with restaurants and stores. Lincoln mall was very lively at night. We had dinner there and walked back to the Holiday Inn.
Holiday Inn South Beach was $35 taxi to the cruise port. There is free parking at the hotel, a great plus. There is an Enterprise Rent a car next to the hotel, and there is an AVIS agency cross the street from the hotel. So you can rent a car from Avis or Enterprise at FLL, drive to the hotel and return it there.
We used a taxi van to get to the pier and it was $10/person. We also walked to Lincoln Mall for dinner and people watching and had a great time. When we got off of the ship we just used a taxi to get to our post cruise hotel in Miami Beach and it was $35. I hope this helps!