Where to stay in Miami: Hampton Inn & Suites Midtown Miami review

A midtown Miami hotel is a good choice for a pre or post-cruise stay with easy access to the airport, or can be centrally-located for a Miami weekend away from South Beach. I recently checked out the brand new Hampton Inn & Suites Midtown Miami on a recent stay, and was very pleasantly surprised.

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Where to stay in Miami:

The Hampton Inn & Suites Midtown Miami is without a doubt the prettiest, hippest Hampton Inn & Suites I’ve seen. The lobby is chic and spacious, but better yet, there’s an entire second floor of lounge space and seating, which reminded me more of a boutique hotel than of a economy hotel. The second floor is where the complimentary breakfast is served, which offers a nice variety of breakfast items, from hot dishes (real eggs, yay!) and waffles to yogurt, fresh fruit (which was exceptional), hard-boiled eggs, and hot, freshly prepared oatmeal.

Also on the 2nd floor is the small but serviceable fitness room and the far-beyond expectations outdoor pool and lounge area. The pool is not exceptionally sized, but is ringed by various upscale outdoor furnishings, including fun rocking seats, couches, and loungers. While it’s only on the 2nd floor, you still get some nice Miami skyline views. As you can tell by the description of the 2nd floor, this is really the gathering area and ‘living room’ space of the hotel.

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Rooms at the Hampton feature nice touches like wood (style) floors (no carpets), tons of outlets and charging stations, excellent lighting, and comfortable beds. It doesn’t hurt that everything is new, of course. My bathroom featured a shower only (no tub), so ask when you book about any tub availability if you need one. Each room has a mini fridge ready for your snack items or leftovers, and another cabinet that’s designed to hold non-perishable food items. There’s a microwave available to use in the 2nd floor breakfast area (accessible all day).

WiFi is free for Hilton Hhonors members (which is also free, so definitely sign up), and while parking is valet-only, it’s only $25 a day, which is a deal in downtown Miami. My room was very quiet at night, which was a very nice change from South Beach hotel rooms.

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Pros and cons of the midtown location:

The location of the Hampton Inn & Suites is both a pro and a con. It’s quiet at night, as noted above, and while it’s possible to walk to desirable destinations like the Shops at Midtown or even Wynwood, it’s not a pleasant walk. There’s a lot of construction going on in this part of Miami, and while I walked to Wynwood in 25 minutes, I had to hop on and off sidewalks and it wasn’t scenic. Instead, you’ll want to plan on renting a car (and parking it) if you stay here, or relying on Uber or Lyft.

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There are a few chain restaurants in the immediate vicinity within walking distance, and one fun bar with a great outdoor patio just two buildings down, called Lagniappe. Other than snack food items in the lobby marketplace, there’s really nothing else directly near the hotel.

I found the trade-off of location worth the savings, since I knew I’d be getting around Miami by car anyway, but for anyone hoping to walk most places, situate yourself in Brickell or Wynwood and plan to do most of your eating in those neighborhoods. Miami is not a pedestrian-friendly town, though it has improved in this regard.

Room rates at the time of my visit were around $129 off season, and I enjoyed not having to pay a hefty resort fee as I have on South Beach. Find the Hampton at 3450 Biscayne Boulevard, about ten minutes from the airport.

If you are staying on South Beach instead of midtown or downtown, check out our review of the Kimpton Surfcomber.

Disclosure: I experienced the Hampton Inn & Suites as a guest of the hotel, for the purpose of review. All opinions remain my own.

About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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