Prior to our cruise we always drive to the area the night before. Less stress, no worries about missing the ship and usually we can find a cheap room. We make this a leisurely day, often we go to the ocean and have a nice dinner.
The last cruise from Port Canaveral we stayed at the Radisson at the port. To be fair most of the hotels in the area cost the same amount for the night that we needed. What pushed me to book here instead of our normal hotel was the Club Carlson Radisson book one get one promo. If we stayed at any Radisson we got a night at any Radisson, I had to do that deal! Why not get a free upcoming night if you are paying the same amount no matter what hotel you pick?
The Radisson Resort at the Port is a little bit older hotel, but it was in great shape! My Daughter loved the pool area and we liked to listen to the band that was playing out by the pool. We had a room facing the parking lot which was great, we figured it would be quieter than the pool facing rooms. The room was spacious with two queen beds. We spent most of the night out by the pool after dinner. When it was time to check out I was again reminded how nice it is to have the rental car. There was a mob of people in the lobby waiting to shuttle to the cruise ships. We do not use the free shuttle with the mob of people, just not something I choose to do for my own sanity!
The pool area is very large.
There is a nice landscaped courtyard in the center of the hotel to the left of the pool area.
We would stay here again prior to a cruise. You are a very short 10 minute drive from the port from the hotel. If you want to use Club Carlson hotel points this one is 38,000. Or if you want to pay its usually around $100 a night.