Friday, April 29, 2016

10 Tips for Greener Travel In Miami

Enjoy your Miami vacation without any green guilt by considering some eco-friendly travel suggestions. Below are 10 tips for greener travel in Miami.

1. Think reusable. Use stainless steel water bottles, snack containers, zippered snack bags and other reusable products to stay hydrated and eat healthy snacks.
2. Buy green gear. Invest in eco-friendly travel gear such as refillable BPA-free containers for shampoos and lotions, solar-powered device chargers, reusable water bottles and bamboo travel blankets.
3. Choose a car or train instead of a plane. Consider driving or using public transportation when traveling to Miami. Air travel is now the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
4. Rent a hybrid or biofueled car. Public transportation is the greenest choice, but if you rent a vehicle, get it from the major car rental companies that offer eco-friendly vehicles.
5. Lighten up your luggage. Simplify your family vacation by packing lighter. The weight of your suitcase impacts the amount of fuel burned and carbon emissions released during your trip.
6. Eat locally and sustainably. Seek out and dine at eco-friendly restaurants near your Miami hotel.
7. Skip the souvenirs. Forget about loading up your suitcases with soon to be forgotten souvenirs. Use your camera or smartphone to capture family memories by taking pictures at each place you visit.
8. Time your sunscreen. Buy a biodegradable, natural brand of sunscreen and apply it at least 30 minutes before you hit the beach. If you put it on just before diving in, even many of the waterproof varieties will come off and add to coastal pollution.
9. Be conscientious during your vacation. Reuse your room sheets and towels while staying at your hotel in Miami. Turn off the lights and set the air conditioning to a higher temperature when you leave your hotel room.
10. Recycle it. Make sure to use recycling bins that are becoming increasingly more common throughout South Florida for bottles, aluminum, plastic and paper.

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Miami Hotel Near FIU Commencement

Our hotel near FIU offers convenient access to Florida International University’s commencement ceremonies. FIU spring commencement will take place on May 7, 9, 10 & 11, 2016. FIU summer commencement will be held on August 7, 8 & 9, 2016.

Commencement is a formal ceremony that celebrates and recognizes the academic achievements of graduates. The ceremony marks a beginning for graduates who are ready to embark on a new journey in their professional lives.

The FIU Bookstore maintains a list of undergraduate students who have earned 40 credits at FIU and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher as of their most recently completed semester. Students meeting these criteria will be allowed to purchase an honor cord to be worn over their regalia during commencement.

FIU commencement exercises take place three times a year at the end of the spring, summer and fall semesters. Find more information at https://commencement.fiu.edu/schedule. If you’re traveling to South Florida to see a friend or family member at the commencement, our hotel near Florida International University is your perfect choice for affordable accommodations.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Miami Hotels Near Brew at the Zoo 2016

If you love beer or simply enjoy live entertainment and exotic backdrops, then don’t miss the Seventh Annual New Times & Zoo Miami Brew at the Zoo on May 7th, 2016. Sample craft beers and spirits from around the world, eat great food and enjoy live music from two time Grammy winning hip hop band, Arrested Development.

Zoo Miami is one of South Florida's main attractions and approximately a 15-minute drive from our hotel in Miami. Brew at the Zoo ticket holders get into Zoo Miami for free May 8 – 15, 2016 or 50% off admission to Zoo Miami through September 30, 2016.

General Admission Tickets 
General Admission Tickets include unlimited local and International beer samplings from 100-plus breweries and live musical performances.

February 29 – May 6, 2016: $40
At the Door: $50

Brewmaster Tickets 
Brewmaster Tickets allow a one-hour early entrance to the event at 7pm, commemorative items, exclusive beer tappings only available for Brewmaster and VIP Ticket holders, and complete access to Brew at the Zoo.

February 29 – May 6, 2016: $70
At the Door – $80

VIP Tickets
VIP Tickets allow a special one-hour early entry into Brew at the Zoo along with a special VIP section that includes complimentary food and full size beers along with spirit samplings. Zoo Miami zookeepers and conservation educators will greet VIP ticket holders with small Zoo Miami animals that they can meet and photograph.

February 29 – May 6, 2016: $80
At the Door: $90

Get out and enjoy the annual Brew at the Zoo, and have a blast at one of the nation's most popular zoos. For more information, visit www.zoomiami.org/BATZ or ask the friendly staff at Comfort Suites Miami, your hotel near Zoo Miami.

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5 Things To Do Near Our Kendall Hotel

Our hotel in Kendall is close to many fun things to do in South Florida. Whether you’re looking for family attractions, natural parks or great shopping, there is something for everyone.

Kendall has a rich history and offers a unique glimpse of local life. The Florida Land and Mortgage Company purchased much of what is now Kendall from the State of Florida in 1883. It is named after Henry John Broughton Kendall, a director of the company who moved to the area in the 1900s to manage the company's land. The Kendall area continued to flourish as tourism expanded in the surrounding areas. These days, Kendall is a Miami suburb with hotels, shopping, dining and entertainment for all tastes. Below are 5 fun things to do in Kendall, Florida.

1. Zoo Miami 
Zoo Miami is one of the best and most popular zoos in the United States. The South Florida climate allows it to feature a wide variety of animals from Asia, Australia and Africa. The exhibits are entirely cage less and animals are grouped according to their natural geographic territories.

2. Everglades
Everglades National Park features 1.5 million acres of swamps, saw-grass prairies and sub-tropical jungles. The park is home to rare and endangered species, including the American Crocodile, the Florida Panther and the West Indian Manatee. Visitors have the opportunity to walk, camp and canoe throughout the beautiful and protected landscape.

3. Tropical Park
Tropical Park was developed on the site of a former horse track in 1979 and attracts approximately 1,500,000 visitors every year. Enjoy bicycling, walking or running on the miles of paved pathways. You can also shape up on their fitness court or in their boxing center.

4. Gold Coast Railroad Museum
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum is conveniently located on the grounds of Zoo Miami. It offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the history of railroads and their contributions to our nation. You can even drive a locomotive through their “Engineer for a Day” program!

5. Dadeland Mall
Dadeland Mall is conveniently located right next to the Dadeland North Metrorail station and includes more than 185 specialty stores with unique surprises and fun for the entire family.

Make sure you get out and have some fun while staying at our Kendall hotel. The friendly staff at Comfort Suites Miami will be happy to provide more information regarding things to do in Kendall, Florida.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Miami Hotel Near 2016 Ultra Music Festival

If you love music and dance, don’t miss the 2016 Ultra Music Festival near our hotel in Miami. Ultra Music Festival (UMF) is an annual outdoor electronic music festival that occurs every March in Miami, Florida. The festival, which was founded in 1999 by Russell Faibisch and Alex Omes, is named after the 1997 Depeche Mode album, Ultra.

Ultra Music Festival is held in Downtown Miami at Bayfront Park. It was a one-day festival from 1999 to 2006, a two-day festival from 2007 to 2010, and was a three-day festival in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, a record 155,000 people attended the festival. In 2013, for the first time in festival history, UMF took place across two consecutive weekends. In 2014, the festival returned to a one-weekend format and presale tickets sold out in a matter of seconds a week before the event, with standard priced tickets selling out on the last day before the event.

Although they share names, UMF is not directly tied to Ultra Records, an electronic music record label. However, the two entities did announce a "global alliance" in August 2012, which allows them to collaborate on marketing and cross-promotion.

Other Ultra festivals are held in Spain, Croatia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand and Japan.

Party people from around the world come to Miami for the annual Ultra Music Festival, so get out and enjoy the jams during this popular event near our Miami hotel.

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Hotel Near 2016 Miami Open

If you’re a tennis fan, then you won’t want to miss the 2016 Miami Open. Make sure you catch it while staying at our hotel in Miami. The Miami Open is an annual tennis tournament held in Miami, Florida. It’s an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event on the men's tour and a Premier Mandatory event on the women's tour, played on hard courts at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. This South Florida tournament is held each year in March and is owned by IMG.

The tournament has had multiple sponsorships in its long history. It was initially known as the Lipton International Players Championships and was a premier event of the Grand Prix Tennis Tour from 1985 until 1990 as part of the Grand Prix Super Series. In 2000, the event was renamed the Ericsson Open. In 2002, the event became known as the NASDAQ-100 Open. In 2007, the tournament was renamed as the Sony Ericsson Open. From 2015 onwards, the international bank Ita├║ has become the presenting sponsor.

In 2010, a record 300,000 visitors attended matches at the 12-day Sony Ericsson Open and made it one of the largest tennis tournaments outside the four Majors. Attendance has grown substantially since then and has made the event a national destination for tourists and sports fans. The friendly staff at our Miami hotel will be happy to provide more information about the 2016 Miami Open during your visit.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Miami Hotel Discounts

Comfort Suites Miami Hotel offers some great discounts for people with travel memberships, military/government employment and/or seniors. Make sure to inquire about these discounts when booking your hotel in Miami. Below are some details regarding Miami hotel discounts.

AARP Miami Hotel Discounts

Our hotel in the Miami-Kendall area is proud to offer AARP members up to a 10% discount on Miami hotel rates. Start planning your Miami vacation today. Our special AARP hotel discount rates for members will make your money go further.

AAA Miami Hotel Discounts

At Comfort Suites Miami, your AAA membership is useful even when you're not on the road. We offer AAA hotel discounts of up to 10% off at participating Miami hotels. The AAA discount is an even better value when you consider the affordable rates and amenities you've come to expect from Choice Hotels.

Military & Government Miami Hotel Discounts

Our Miami hotel shows its appreciation for military and government travelers with discounts on one and two person rates. Active duty/retired military personnel, federal employees, cost reimbursable contractors and employees of foreign governments are eligible for the Choice Hotels military discount and government hotel rate program.

Government hotel rates are reserved for federal employees on official government business. Military personnel, their dependants and members of several government/military associations can extend the rate for official and leisure travel.

Senior Miami Hotel Discounts

Comfort Suites Miami Hotel offers special rates and amenities designed to make travel more affordable and convenient for seniors. If you are 60+ or an AARP member, you'll save up to 10% with advance reservations. Just request the Senior Rate when you book your Miami hotel accommodations.

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