The Best Hotels in Miami to Ride Out a Storm

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With the 2008 hurricane season in full swing, the folks at list some of the best hotels in Miami to ride out the storm.

Travelers booking Miami hotels between the dates of June 1st and November 30th may be worried about being caught in the middle of one of the storms of the season. In making travel plans during this time of year, has put together a list of hotels in Miami that make riding out the storm a little more bearable. Check out for all the available options.

Hurricanes, even at a Category 1, tend to shake the city up quite a bit in terms of businesses closing and possible power outages. Hurricane Wilma, as a Category 1 storm, left Brickell Avenue covered in broken glass from smashed high rise windows. Hotels near Miami Beach are usually evacuated. Look for hotels that are inland and that are big enough to offer food outlets and other activities for guests who are stranded in the days following the storm.

  • The Biltmore: Located in Coral Gables, this classic Miami hotel is also not a bad place to be when it's sunny. Exuding luxury and class, the Biltmore is an icon among the hotels in Miami.
  • Airport Hotels: These hotels usually offer two big pluses in our list of attributes that help when getting stranded in a storm: interior corridors and proximity to the airport, very useful when trying to catch the first flight out. Some of the best are:

--Hilton Miami Airport
--Miami Mart Airport Hotel
--Miami International Airport Hotel
--Wyndham Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

  • Low-rise hotels: If the winds pick-up, the best place to be is on low ground. Here are just a few:

--Days Inn-Miami International Airport
--Baymont Inn Miami-Airport West
--The Coral Gables Hotel-Miracle Mile

  • Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood: Offering an entertaining bunker with no windows to hide out during the storm…the casino. Although the $25 minimums at the blackjack tables may do more damage than the hurricane.

Apart from this list, all hotels in Miami do have quite a bit of experience in riding out storms. If you happen to book a hotel other than those listed, not to worry, most hotels have strict hurricane safety and evacuation proceedings and are in direct contact with city officials.

A reminder that it is important to always check weather reports before traveling, call the hotel to be informed about evacuation policies and heed all warnings given by state and local officials while in town.

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