The Everglades is a big park and tours are operated from different sides. Some of the airboat tour companies can pick you up from your hotel (e.g. in Miami). If you’re driving yourself then you might want to make your day as relaxing as possible by staying in a hotel in the area.
East (Miami side) of the Everglades
When we visited the Everglades, we stayed in the Best Western Plus Kendall. This is an excellent chain hotel and actually one of the best places we stayed at during our road trip in Florida! They bake delicious fresh cookies, which are available for free to guests. How can you resist?!
West side of Everglades
If you’re on the west side of the Everglades and don’t mind driving for an hour, then we can recommend the Inn of Naples. It’s very affordable and we got a nice, clean and very large room. It also has plenty of parking spaces and a great authentic italian Pizza restaurant just down the road. A great place to relax before your exciting airboat trip through the Everglades.