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“Not a bad hostel” 3 of 5 stars
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Jazz on South Beach Hostel
3.0 of 5 Hostel   |   321 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Formerly Atlantica Hotel & Suites) (South Pointe)   |  
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Not a bad hostel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

If you want to stay somewhere a bit more low key this is the place. It's south of the main south beach strip, but still easy enough to walk clubs, shops and restuarants. One of the best things about it is that the beach is a block away.
The staff were helpful with any enquiries and great at pointing out some little fantastic value for money cafes. If you do extend your stay here, rebook online because they charge you more if they book you in person.
There are always plenty of people hanging around the lobby. Easy to make friends if you are traveling by yourself. The hostel has people organise pub or club crawls, so if you want to party there is plenty of opportunity.
Everyone knows that everything is overpriced in Miami. Staying in a 8 person dorm, you could say you get what you paid for at this hostel. The beds aren't that comfy, the lockers are not very secure and small, the rooms are very small and try sharing a bathroom with 8 other girls in Miami. But it is cheap!
They served pancakes in the morning, which seemed to be the American staple amongst hostels. The kitchen itself was very small, so get in early if you plan to cook for yourself.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

1. Got bitten badly by bedbugs, which followed me back to my country via my luggage which I had to store kn the dorm floor, and required fumigators to treat.

2. Bad service...laundry room out of service, internet wifi often offline and same for the pay to use computers. Night out to club Mansion and we paid 20 bucks expecting the bus service then told we had to walk all the way there, girls were told to wear heels and this was hard on them, only to get in and a bottle of beer cost 15 bucks! They should have forewarned guests. Some left and lost their 20 bucks cover.

3. Was there almost 2 weeks and in that time the dorm room floor was never vacuumed, swept or polished, nor my bedding changed. Floor was always sandy and gritty and disgusting. I begged the now 'outsourced' cleaners to clean the floor and all they did was come in with a dirty mop and did about 5 swipes on the floor. Basically just wet the dirty floor. Fridges un kitchen ar not big enough to accommodate guests and were filled o the brim and dirty with spilt food and sauces everywhere. Needs to be cleaned more often.

4. Very rude staff called Merlin...an angry woman you would not want to bump into in a dark alleyway. Nasty, nasty, nasty! I saw several guests check out early because she was rude to them. She talks in a condenscending wa and treats guests like criminals. No respect. Don't waste time trying to figure her bad moods out. It's not your fault, that's just the way she is. She is losing the business a lot of money and repeat business.

5. Beggars / former guests ar allowed to come back into the premises and spend the night sleeping rough on their tattered worn out sofas with gaping holes. These hard luck non-paying former guests harass paying- guests for money, favours or to flirt with the girls.

6. WORST sofas ever! The sofa's in the common room have collapsed and need to be replaced. One should not feel swallowed by a sofa. Also the chairs in the dining area need to be replaced.

7. The air conditioner in the dining area was permanently switched off, with a stern note warning guests not to touch it. However the dinning area is right next to the sweltering kitchen, so you can imagine how hot it got, and how nasty and uncomfortable it is to be sweating profusely whilst trying to have a meal, especially as there is no window you can crack open for some cooling fresh air.

Jazz on South Beach is a terrible hostel. Save your money and head to South Beach Hostel, which is only 3 minutes walk away.

Room Tip: Don't bother. Go elsewhere. Or you'll get eaten alive by angry bed bugs.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

I've came there accidentally, because I needed desperately a place to stay in Miami Beach for one night on my trip north. I came there and I found bunch of great people and it turned out, that I prolonged my stay there for another day. If I would have more time, I would stay there longer.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

I highly recommend this hostel. I came with a friend and we booked the private room. Perfect : mini fridge, safe working well, good bathroom and bed. Away from the lobby so no noise.
The hostel was clean and not noisy. At night there are two staff members that look for people not to make noise after their parties.
I didn't want to take a dorm because it is way more unsafe and noisy than a private room.

Unfortunately the housework wasn't made everyday. The breakfast is to pass : "home made" pancakes really bad made of a disgusting pancake mix and and they give you some chocolate chips to eat with...

The staff is nice (boys are) but there is a woman (fake blond hair) who was just really rude. Saying rude not because she talked bad but because she didn't talk at all !! Not even hello, nothing and mainly bad looks !

The lobby is nice, there are computers that you can use (not free) BUT there is the wifi that works also on the patio.

The patio is nice and closes at 10pm so no noise. Also the staff make sure that people after 11pm dont stay in front of the hostel but a bit farther so they don't bother the neighbors.

For people who want to party it is a good place. There is a promotor (cute guy) that comes every night at 10:30pm and gives you a wristband (pay a bit for it) and then brings you to the place (bar, clubs).

The beach is 2 minutes from the hostel and you can rent (leave your id at the front desk) some beach games, umbrellas... handful !



Really nice place to stay for cheap !

Room Tip: Private room are better and only a few bucks more that the dorms
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

The hostel was pretty clean even if beds were not confortable at all, rooms are pretty small. We were 8 girls in the dorm and it was too much. We had problems with roomates who comes at 5pm and screams and slams the door, very disrepectful. We had to complain at the front desk in the morning because of that. They were nice and we didnt have other issues with noisy roomates. the location is very good, beach is just around the corner, so it is very convenient for that. On the other hand, atmosphere was average, not as good as in the other hostels around, we had to be silent after 11pm and it was in a residential area in south beach. So there is nothing crazy about this hostel.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jupiter, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2012

The dude at the desk with the jawline strip of hair ( is it a beard??) is unquestionably one of the most bitter and unhappy people you will encounter. It's frankly best to just avoid this place.
The rates are what they are for a reason. The south beach hostel is just fine, although a few more $ per night.
My honest opinion is if you absolutely, positively cannot afford an extra $10 a night to stay at a quality Hostel, then I suspect you have no choice. But honestly, they pack people in like sardines, bathrooms and showers are dirty...etc.

AVOID THIS PLACE!! Consider yourself warned......

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2012

Stayed in this hostel for 4 nights plus 5 nights (break of two nights) and stayed in both 8-bed dorm and 12-bed dorm rooms. The rooms were really crowded and there was no room for luggage. They weren't that clean on the floor and the beds were really small and uncomfortable. Also, the second night both my boyfriend and I got bitten by bed bugs all over the body. I had 130 bites. When we came back for the other 5 nights they said that the bed bug problem was fixed though... Also, one of the nights when I came home to the room, my bed was taken by another girl because some had changed the letters on the beds - and all my luggage was moved to their storeroom. The "breakfast" was only coffee and those pancakes made of bad pancake mix. The kitchen was ok - they had good tools but the two fridges were filled up with lots of food (including old pizza and stuff like that). The service was ok - they were a little confused and disorganized but the night guy was cool. It is a very expensive hostel compared to other hostels in the US but compared to other hostels in Miami it's (unfortunately) one of the cheapest. I think it's low value for the money. The only good thing about this place is that it's really close to South Beach.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 321 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Formerly Atlantica Hotel & Suites)
Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach > South Pointe
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Ranked #32 of 57 Specialty lodging in Miami Beach
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Hotel Class:3 star — Jazz on South Beach Hostel 3*
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