Devonshire Apartments: Home Away from Home

Out of town parents and families oftentimes need overnight accommodations. Now, Nicklaus Children's has apartments and efficiencies that can be rented for brief periods of time at very reasonable rates.

Parents play a key role in the treatment process. We try to ensure that they can be near their child during the treatment process. This is just one example of how Nicklaus Children's Hospital cares for families.

All of these services are provided as Nicklaus Children's is firmly committed to providing family-centered care. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I make a reservation at the Devonshire Apartments?

Unfortunately, we are unable to make reservations due to the high need for lodging.  We place families on a waiting list and we can confirm if lodging will be available as early as 3 days before admission.

Who can request lodging at the Devonshire Apartments?

Families of patients admitted to inpatient units may request lodging at the Devonshire Apartments.

How long can I stay at the Devonshire Apartments?

Families may stay at the apartments for the length of admission.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate lodging for families once the patient is discharged.

How do I request lodging at the Devonshire Apartments?

You may submit a Request for Lodging online or by calling our office at 305-669-5861.

Where do I check in/out?

Check in is done Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at our office, located at the main campus.  We are in the Patient/Family Services Department in the second floor.

** If you are unable to check in during these times, we ask you to please call our office at 305-669-5861 during weekdays to make alternate arrangements.

How are the floor plans for the apartments?

The Devonshire Apartments have 2 settings:

  • Shared apartments:
    • 2 or 3 bedroom apartments
    •  each family is given keys to the apartment and to their own room
    • kitchen and living room are common areas
    • depending on the set up, you may share the bathroom with another family
  • Private apartments:
    • Studios or 1-Bedroom apartments
    • All areas are private

What are the rates for the rooms/apartments?

The rate for the shared apartment is between $20-$25 per night.  The rate for the private apartment is between $30-$35 per night.

How many guests can stay in the room/apartment?

Our rooms/apartments accommodate a maximum of 2-4 guests depending on the size of the room/apartment. 

At the hospital, can I stay in the same room with my child?

If your child is in the Central Building (2E, 3E, 3NE), 1 parent may stay in the bedroom.
If your child is in the Tower Pavilion (CICU, PICU, NICU, 5 Tower, 6 Tower), 1-2 parents may stay in the bedroom.

Can I request more than one room/apartment?

Unfortunately, due to the high demand for accommodations close to the hospital, we can only offer one room/ apartment per patient.

Do I need to stay in my room/apartment every night?

We understand unforeseen events may happen some nights.  Nonetheless, due to the high demand for rooms/apartments, we ask you to check out if you see you will not be staying at your room/apartment for more than 2 nights.

Are toiletries provided?

Toiletries are not provided at the rooms/apartments.  We ask families to provide toiletries for their own personal use.

Are pack & plays and/or cribs provided?

Yes.  Pack & play and/or cribs are subject to availability upon request.  Please make your request to the office staff.

Are towels and linen provided?

Yes.  Towels are provided twice a week, Mondays and Fridays.  Linen is provided upon admission but is not replaced during the stay. 

Is there a place to do laundry?

Yes.  Families are welcome to use the laundry services at the Michael Fux Family Center at the main hospital campus, first floor.

Are housekeeping services provided during our stay?

Although garbage is picked up daily, housekeeping services are not provided during your stay.  Rooms/apartments are cleaned by our staff after every discharge in order to prepare for the next family.

What can I expect to have available in the kitchen?

Every kitchen is equipped with at least a 2-burner stove, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, silverware, dishware, pots and pans, and basic cooking utensils. 

Is there parking available at the Devonshire Apartments?

There is limited parking at the Devonshire Apartments.  We ask families to limit their use to one parking space.  Additional parking is available at the hospital main campus.

Are there shuttles provided to and from the Devonshire Apartments?

There are no shuttles provided.  The Devonshire Apartments are conveniently located 2 blocks from the hospital main campus.  If you do not have a car, transportation may be provided by the Security Department based on their availability.  You may request so by calling 305-669-8585 or ext. 8585.

Devonshire Apartment Facts

  • Devonshire Apartments offer a comfortable, supportive temporary home for patient families coming from distant places. Sick and healing children require their families’ continual emotional support during the weeks or even months of recovery. The Devonshire Apartments provide a home away from home where family members can sleep, eat, relax and share experiences with other families in similar situations.            
  • The Devonshire Apartments are always busy and heavily utilized.
  • Most families who stay at Devonshire are Floridians who live outside of Miami-Dade County. Twenty percent come from outside Florida; many are from Latin America and the Caribbean Islands.
  • The average length of stay is three to five days. Some families, however, may spend up to three months because of their child’s condition. Parents of premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, for example, may need to stay for several months while their baby becomes strong enough to survive in a home environment
  • The Devonshire Apartments consist of two buildings with a total of 20 furnished units, located two blocks from the hospital in a safe residential community.  Units are furnished and include fully equipped kitchens, linens, laundry facilities, private telephone lines/computer jacks, cable television, and maid service. Transportation service to and from the hospital is also provided.
  • In 2006, Rooms To Go donated nearly $100,000 worth of furniture and accessories to the Devonshire Apartments.  Rooms to Go staff personally visited the Devonshire Apartments to select the best type of room furnishings and design for families, replacing well-used but definitely aging furniture with brand new, updated and coordinated furniture.

Apartment Devonshire I - Shared Building

Apartment Devonshire II - Private Building