Hostel Review: Miami Beach International Hostel

If you’re visiting Miami and need a cheap place to stay, hostels are definitely the way to go. Luckily Miami has tons of options all located super close to clubs and the beach.

I recently stayed at Miami Beach International Hostel for a total of 4 nights, and it was an awesome place to be.

Location

Located on 9th and Collins, the hostel is ideally located just two blocks from the beach, and just down the street from Mango’s Tropical Cafe, an exciting Latin restaurant by day and club by night.

There are a lot of other hotels and restaurants nearby, so everything you need in that regard is walking distance. Most clubs are located either farther north or farther south (the hostel is situated right in the middle), but that leaves just a short drive or decent walk between you and places like Nikki Beach and Ora.

Price

This hostel was just above average pricing for this area. Most hostels range from about $20 to $25 USD per night, and this hostel was $32 USD per night for a 6 bed room. It’s not outrageously priced in comparison to the average, and the amenities are definitely worthwhile.

Activities

Each night the hostel hosts activities whether you’re interested in going to a party or just staying in.

There are always movies at night, and the pool and ping pong tables in the lounge are open to use at any hour.

On the flip side, the hostel coordinates entrance to night clubs so you can pay a small fee to get entrance and transportation there, plus the hostel hosts a happy hour two hours prior to leaving. Considering all that’s included, it’s cheaper than if you were to go to the club on your own accord.

Amenities

The hostel really provides everything you might need. Each room has lockers (about the size of a normal backpack) and locks available for use and the bathrooms in each room have soap dispensers for the shower and sink.

Extras, like hair dryers and towels, are available at the front desk and most items are free to use. If you’re using a lot of extra towels, for example, there is an extra fee for rental, but otherwise you can get anything you need and the workers at the desk are super friendly!

Most importantly, all meals are included. Yes, you read that right. As long as you show up to meals on time, you can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner without paying an extra dime.

Pros

  • Great location for day and night activities
  • Meals included
  • Mostly everything you’d need is provided or available for rental
  • Nightly happy hour with free drinks for club goers

Cons

  • Air conditioners do not work in every room (especially the second floor)
  • Bed comfortability is a huge game of chance
  • Small lockers in each room (not large enough for luggage)
  • A little rundown in appearance

Overall thoughts

If (and hopefully when) I visit Miami again, I would definitely stay here again! The biggest convenience here was its proximity to everything and the nightly activities the hostel organized. This all made it so easy to have fun and coordinate plans with new friends. 

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